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banjominnow99
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4/18/15 10:04 AM CST
+1 on Jeff's advice. I'd shy away from trolling the harbor until the fall King run as there are better opportunities elsewhere.

If you're going to fish out of Milwaukee, you might want to target shallow (shoreline) out of South Shore instead of the harbor. Spread your boards way out so you don't spook fish in the clear water. Just be mindful of your trolling depth if you're using 3-color lead core or you could hit bottom on your outside board. It's the best place to find a mixed bag of browns and cohos this time of year. Also, there have been kings showing up shallow every once in awhile which is a bonus.

If you want cohos and are willing to travel, head south to the boils in a couple of weeks and use your lead core with coho rigs on boards and you can't go wrong. The boils are a great place to gain confidence in your equipment because they hit everything.

jeff57
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4/18/15 9:45 AM CST
3boys- lake Michigan can be tricky this time of year. If you don't find warmer water, you likely won't find fish. Generally speaking, you don't use stick baits (flicker shads) outside of the harbor. This spring has been slightly unusual. My cousin and I went out last Saturday 2 miles south of the harbor and caught 8 brown trout. We found a mud line close to shore in about 16-25 ft of water with warmer water. However, if you plan to troll lake Michigan more this year, use orange dodgers and peanut flies for coho from now until late june, then switch over to spoons and salmon flies later in the year. Also talk to guys at the launch. Most people will help you out to at least some extent with tips on what to use, but keep trying and doing research, it has worked for me.

cycleguy
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4/18/15 8:40 AM CST
What kind of lead core. I've done a bunch of research lately to learn it, and most will get about 5' per color, and it is very speed dependent. I bought Suffix Advanced, expecting around 7'.

3boys
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4/18/15 8:18 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 56° - 60° F Water Temp: 46° - 50° F
Wife and I went out yesterday to troll in the new rig yesterday, 2 Line counter level wind rods, 30ft fluorocarbon,3 color leadline, the rest power pro. 2 flicker shads firetiger and purple. It was my first attempt at leadline fishing. Headed out the n gap near McKinley. Didn't mark a lot on finder, trolled at 2.0 to 2.5mph with 1 color out. The few archs I did find seem to be about 25ft down. Went back and forth outside the harbor in and out of the mudline, only a couple of boats out as well. Seemed no one was catching a thing. I thought the leadline would go down in the water at more of an angle than I saw. My first ever experience with anything other than mono. A lot of branches near the gaps. Trolled for about 5 hours, no bites. Am I doing anything wrong, or just a slow day, first time trolling in the boat. Any tips or tricks welcomes-newbie troller. Tight lines gents.

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4/17/15 2:16 AM CST
It's never too late with the right conditions.

You know what they say.

raycherry13@yahoo.com
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4/16/15 11:50 PM CST
Can someone please let me know if it's too late to fish for steelhead, And possibly where I can go to fish for them from shore in and around milwaukee. I have yet to catch one and will give my all this weekend.

ajhallfr
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4/13/15 8:50 PM CST
Coho are legal to keep if you have your lake michigan stamp, but I wouldn't eat them. Just give me a call when you get back to the ramp and I'll take them off your hands (They're delicious, one of the best fish out there).

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4/13/15 8:45 PM CST
Off next week and I see a west wind at 8mph for Milwaukee next Tue the 21st. Never fished the harbor. Any tips fir baits to throw or jig if I come over ?? And are the coho's legal to keep and are they edible?? And what do they bite on....spoons?? My brother may come down from Eau Claire and wants to try it too. PM me if ya want to, Thanks !!

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4/10/15 10:04 AM CST
There was a midline inside the harbor Monday that ran East to West just South of the museum to the river mouth. The Browns were relating to that in <19 FOW. Another boat and I took turns running parallel and perpendicular (zigging in an out of it) and with the 38 degree air temps had enough action to keep us out there until nightfall. With the added rain and prevailing winds I'm sure the line has shifted elsewhere, but perhaps the Browns remain. Good luck!

banjominnow99
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4/9/15 10:56 PM CST
Hey, fish the reef south of the green can. Why not? It should be fairly clear of debris and you might run into some post spawn browns and maybe a stray coho. You're going out of south shore so why not? If that doesn't work, try working in and out of the mud line outside of the harbor.

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4/9/15 8:53 PM CST
Sucks... I was hoping to get out tomorrow.... going south from harbor. Wish I knew it was all getting blown north. Anyone ever experience this, and know how far it effects things? Going out of south shore, would it get that far down?

Momazboy
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4/9/15 7:55 PM CST
I took a very wet walk out on McKinley this afternoon. I could see a fairly good mud line about 100 yards out. McKinley marina was actually pretty clear, and the inner harbor/river was disgusting(you can smell it from a distance). Looks like a fair amount westerly winds and this should clear out by next week.

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4/9/15 7:19 PM CST
Um...Yeah, The harbor will be nasty to say the least. It will most certainly have an impact on fishing along with the usual debris that comes with this much rain. No idea how far you might have to go to find active fish and fishable water. Next round of storms rolling in now with a lot more rain. Good luck

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cjs190d
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4/9/15 7:04 PM CST
Have off tomorrow was thinking of heading over to give things a try. Given the weather and all the run off does it have a big impact on the fishing?

thanks

markrazzy
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4/9/15 1:47 PM CST
Not to mention the poopbergs that are being dumped by mmsd right now. http://www.mmsd.com/weather/weather-center

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