You are not to late .Salmon run is just starting...
Racine Harbor, Racine County
Also, another question. Am I too late for any type of salmon or should I just wait till the trout come in November? And can someone give me the best seasons/General months, for targeting salmon please? I'm new to all this. Thanks!
MOON PHASE (55%)
46° - 50° F
Went out today for around 4 hours. Used everything. Spoons, cranks, jerkbaits, spawn. Switched to a Reef runner, first cast got one snapped off within the first 5 seconds of hooking the fish, then the grief of having it jump out of the water with it in its mouth still. Fish jumping EVERYWHERE 2 feet above the water its crazy. I must be too late in the year, fish are all dark brown. Any tips? Thanks.
Good choice on the river. Skein or a fly rod is usually the choice especially that far up the river. The river isn't very deep and throwing baits isn't much of an option in most areas. You could see if Lake Michigan angler in Illinois or R&R in Milwaukee has some spawn.
First time poster, first year fishing for salmon.
Started out fishing south pier early September with no luck, seemed most people around me we're doing alright. This was likely because I didn't know what I was doing but a bunch of guys (likely several of you) pointed me in the right direction with some good advice.
Noticed the south pier started to thin out about a 1.5-2 weeks ago, so I decided to head upstream and check things out near the Main Street bridge. No luck until last Wednesday through Friday. Didn't actually land any, by had 6 nice hits/fish on during that time period throwing large jointed cranks (usually 6-7:30 pm). Action seemed to die out around that area on Saturday afternoon as soon as the 3 straight days of rain passed.
Took Sunday off and headed back out Monday (3-7:15 pm) and tonite (6-7:30 pm) with no luck. Number of fish jumping was down to about a 1/5th of what I was seeing last week, so I was thinking the majority started really taking the swim. Heard that the rain filling up the river and pushing that river water back out into the lake has probably got them running pretty good now. Just looking for some advice as to where they might be now, how fast they're moving upstream, and if I can still toss smaller cranks in the river, and if not, what (besides skein, as I don't have any) would be a good alternative. Buddy at work said floating/drifting flies using a slip weight & leader over pools in the river used to work for him. Never done anything like that, but I'm definitely open to new setups/techniques...
I'm thinking later this week I'm going to try the Island/Lincoln park areas with some different baits and talk to some more people that don't mind chatting while tossing. Again, it's my first year doing this and I'm just trying to slay some hogs like the next guy. Good luck to everyone and thanks in advance!
MOON PHASE (12%)
Waves were rough all day. Decided to try trolling into the ruff river - glad I did. Scored 2 this am and 1 nice one about an hour before sun down. Saw lots of other smaller boats doing well too. Troll in main channel close to rocks seemed to do the trick. Just be courteous of shore fishermen. Spoons - watermelon colored.
MOON PHASE (7%)
The weekend was a rough one. Fished the harbor for a few hours Friday night due to the strong E/NE winds. Only saw a few jumpers and got no takers. Fished Saturday morning at the Pugh Marina. Tried soaking skein while casting cranks and spoons. A few more fish moving around, but still no takers. Pulled up and headed to the power plant, and there was nothing happening there. Tried the main street bridge and got nothing there. Tried the lake side after the wind switched and the rain quit and still got nothing. Decided to sleep in on Sunday and headed home empty handed. Good luck out there.
Personally ill take a depth finder clip like the ones used for ice fishing... i put it on my hook and figure out the depth of where I am fishing. Then I continue to adjust the knot for my slip bobber until I find bottom. Once I do that then I will go up anywhere from 1-3' off the bottom. Remember they can only look up, so you don't want to be on the bottom!!
I am close to being done with harbor fishing in Kenosha and only fishing Racine due to certain people who think they own the pier/dock. This may seem like a complaint...maybe it is, however its intended to land in the ears of the people who are the constant offenders of acting like they run the show on a public pier and show zero respect to anybody but themselves.
My quarrel is with those of you who decide that whenever you are down fishing, you need 6 poles to take up every holder along the rail under the hotel, or spread out your 3 poles over 30 yards on the harbor rail to claim your stake of land. Seeing as you can only have 3 lines in the water its kind of a dick move to leave your other 3 poles in the holders and not even use them, there could be someone who has been there since 4am who would like to fish that area. Or do you really need 30yds of space when your lines are on top of one another? Furthermore its very irritating that you leave all 6 poles in the holders, not use them, and go cast spoons on the other side of the pier. This is my first year fishing down here and I already have a bad taste in my mouth from the way people are down here. And then when you approach them they talk about how they were there first and so on... or they don't even speak English to you? Listen I know you understand the words I am saying, stop playing dumb and all this crap, that is just plain disrespect when I show every ounce of respect to you and I don't even know you.
And last but not least, I am fully willing to share a spot with someone, ill even move my lines, my poles, etc... But if there really isn't any room, like literally the only space available is between myself and one other guy, and there's only 2 feet between our lines because we are making room for other people...don't go casting spoons over the top or in between our bobbers and then make us have to reel 4 poles in an untie the rats nest you just created...that is just plain rude.
Basically I hope that in the future you gentlemen decide that its only fishing, that everybody can enjoy a good day fishing and share spots and help each other out. No I don't want your secret bait, or your secret spot. I just want to fish and not have to be resetting my lines every 30 seconds because you cast over them, or maybe share some room with someone and not take up 6 pole spots when you can legally only have 3....like come on lets grow up about this my spot crap.
To the guys who helped net fish for other guys and myself included, and the ones who actually make room and share and help out, you are what makes fishing enjoyable and a sport everybody can love. To the rest of you, I hope you lose every fish you hook...
that's the end of my rant...good day gentlemen