Lake Michigan - Waukegan Harbor, Lake County
You can get on the coho sooner and increase your time catching by starting in Indiana where the water warms ups first. Coho are showing up now. Launch out of Burns Ditch or Pastrick marina. Then move north to Chicago and fish around the breakwaters and lighthouse as the coho move north. Then, when the coho move north, hit Waukegan. If you sit in Waukegan and wait, you'll miss 3 months of coho bite.
With your rig, just watch the weather. I use Fishweather.com. South, west and NW winds you should be fine up to 20 mph. Waves don't have a chance to build too large coming off of land. If the winds are North or East, they need to be light to even consider it. If north winds have been blowing all night coming down the length of the lake, it takes awhile to settle down and you'll have big rollers. You can also check the lake michigan mid-lake buoy for wave height.
Spring fever is quite bad right now. Met a charter Capt in an isle at the Bass Pro in Gurnee BPS this past weekend. I have not done the trolling for coho ever, but have trolled for lots of other fish. I plan to go to Waukegan Harbor very soon. I don't want to travel several miles away on the lake until I get a better feel of it.
1) Is the ice off of the ramps/out of the harbor? 2) How far do you have to travel away from the harbor? 3) I have an 18' light deep V with 115 and kicker...what are the limits with SW/W/NW winds to get into the coho ranges? This Saturday the winds may be pretty stiff (20mph + gusts). Is that too much? 4) Cranks or dodger/fly... or both....and how deep for starting? 5) I have a hand-held VHF radio...does that meet the demands for Great Lakes and what is the channel to listen to or use for SOS?
Any advise is appreciated.
NICE FISH MAN!!!!
Any chance of you snapping a pic of that bait you used?