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Lake Michigan Fishing

Postby 1500J » Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:49 pm

The rebuilt Alumacraft 190 and 1985 Mercury 115 did rather well last week on Lake Michigan.   I rebuilt this boat with Lake Michigan in mind. I grew up Salmon fishing  there on family vacations.  This is the first "fishing" boat Ive ever owned that is big enough to feel somewhat safe on big water.

First day we caught one rainbow trout (12 lbs) and a coho but the wind drove us off an angry lake.  Second day was no better.  But the third  day we picked up some smaller ones and one 10 lb rainbow for a total of 6 that day.  

Salmon fishing on Lake Michigan is no where near what it was when I was young in the 80's, but its still fun.    8 fish in the boat is better than none.

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Re: Lake Michigan Fishing

Postby Michael » Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:53 pm

Conrad looks like you guys had a fun day, salmon out here on the west coast are in pitiful shape too
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Re: Lake Michigan Fishing

Postby 1500J » Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:08 pm

Michael wrote: salmon out here on the west coast are in pitiful shape too


Well thats not good to hear.  Is there any reason why your fishing has fallen off?   Lake Michigan may have its Salmon days numbered if the trend continues.  (they are not native fish by the way) My friend in Alaska seems to be doing well, but he runs his own charter boat.  I dont think Ill be taking my boat to Alaska any time soon :)  If I went Id hop in his boat.
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Re: Lake Michigan Fishing

Postby Michael » Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:21 pm

despite predicted high return for the year,  the spring run didnt happen and stayed a closed season..........the ocean is being scoured,  purse seine netters can destroy an entire run.

worlds tuna is in big trouble as well  [swearing.gif]
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Re: Lake Michigan Fishing

Postby mercaholic » Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:56 am

I've never seen any one of the great lakes that look that calm.
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Re: Lake Michigan Fishing

Postby 1500J » Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:51 pm

mercaholic wrote:I've never seen any one of the great lakes that look that calm.


Most of my photos are from the 3rd day when the winds went down to near zero in the morning and only up to 5 mph during the day.   The first two days I didn't take too many photos cause we hand our hands full staying in the boat :)

Our family normally in the past fished around Washington Island farther North.  You could normally find a calm side of the island to fish/hide on.  No hiding from a NE wind in Port Washginton..
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Re: Lake Michigan Fishing

Postby Tom Brockmeyer » Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:09 pm

Conrad, please tell me you didn't go to Port Washington for three days and then didn't go visit Chuck Petersen "ctpdsr"...   I'm guessing you were about 8 miles away.
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Re: Lake Michigan Fishing

Postby 1500J » Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:25 pm

Tom,
I didnt know he was that close to there.
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