Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Reports 7/15/2008

2008-07-16 07:07:31
Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Freshwater Fishing Report
30 to 70 feet of water

Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Reports 7/15/2008

By Capt. Jim Hirt

Continuous west wind has pushed the warm water out of Milwaukee. Surface temperature is 46 with the coldest water north of the filtration plant. This has brought the fish to the top 30 feet. We are catching all five types of Lake Michigan fish Chinook, Coho and Lake, Brown and Rainbow Trout. The fish are from the 30 to 70 feet of water fishing the top 30 feet. The shore anglers are doing well off the break wall at McKinley Marina. There is some fish deep however working the top will put more fish in the cooler. The best action is from east of the filtration plant all the way to Fox Point. There is not a concentration of fish anywhere with good action everywhere. Church Walleye planer boards with 2,3,4 and 5 color Cortland Kerplunk leadcore with Reaper Magnum Monkey Puke, Peacock, Fish n Chip, and Big Joe Silver spoons in silver/blue, silver/green or silver/chartreuse caught Chinooks Coho and Lake Trout. Vulcan Magnum Blue Sky and Silver Lizard are also taking fish. On overcast days try the Reaper Magnum Fish Fry Glow spoons. For you anglers that have not tried the Reaper and Vulcan form Badger I recommend you give them a try. Most of my fish are on Vulcan's and Reapers everyday. They are offering a buy 4 and get 1 free at this time. The fish ranged in size from 3 to 20 pounds. The 4-year-old Chinook have been more active the last several days with many Chins to 17 pounds. The smaller Vulcan regular size Dolphin Green Silver spoons are taking a many Rainbows on 2 color leadcore. Downriggers from 15 to 30 feet down 125 behind the ball picked up Chinooks and Laker's. I am running all spoons I think the 8-inch flashers are turning the fish off with the calm clear water we have had lately. Trolling at 1.8 to 2.1 miles per hour on the Depth Raider speed and temp gauge will get more fish. We ran Slide Divers with the big ring they took their share of fish with 40 70 feet of line out set to number one and a half. I used 50-pound Power Pro on all my divers this year and it allowed for better hook sets and deeper running with less problems. The only place you will find Reaper and Vulcan spoons is on the Badger Tackle web site at Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. With Blue Max Charters He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at If you are going out on the lake please call me for an update.

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Jim Hirt

About The Author: Captain Jim Hirt

Company: Blue Max Charters

Area Reporting: Lake Michigan Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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