Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Reports 8/12/2008

2008-08-14 10:55:35
Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Freshwater Fishing Report
130 feet east of the main gap

Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Reports 8/12/2008

By Capt. Jim Hirt

East wind and warm weather continues to push the fish into deeper water. Surface temperature is 72 with the Temperature break at 80 feet. It is important to check your down temps every trip as wind direction will rapidly change the thermocline and location of active fish. Look for 50 degrees this is a good place to start. Currently the action down is at 45 to 100 feet. We are catching mostly Chinook and Rainbow Trout. The fish are from the 100 to 225 feet of water. The best action is east of the North Gap and south of the Wilhelm. Church Walleye planer boards with 2,3,4,and 5 color Cortland Kerplunk leadcore are taking lots of Rainbows in 150 feet of water. For all species use Reaper Magnum Monkey Puke, Peacock, Fish n Chip, and Big Joe Silver spoons. Spoons in silver/blue, silver/green or silver/chartreuse caught Chinooks. Vulcan Magnum Blue Sky and Silver Lizard are also taking fish. On overcast days and the dark 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 15 pounds. The 4-year-old Chinook have been active the last several days with many Chins to 15 pounds. The smaller Vulcan regular size Dolphin Green Silver spoons are taking most of the Rainbows on 2 color leadcore. Downriggers from 70 to 100 feet down 125 behind the ball picked up Chinooks. Trolling at 1.6 to 2.0 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 Rainbows with 40 70 feet of line out set to number one. 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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