Bite me 2, yes. Eric Hataaja was taking guys out showing how you can find baitfish and jigging salmon by doing it with side imaging. My buddy even uses it to find whitebass schools. Do it!
Lake Michigan, Milwaukee County
MOON PHASE (73%)
Fished solo last night from 330 to 7. Wasted about 1.5 hrs in shallow on cranks with only two bumps to show for it. Blasted out to 70fow off of St Francis and went 1-3. Fat 10 lb brown on 8 color blue knight that was released. Something hammered the rigger down 50 with a swr mag nbk, came off after few minutes. Missed a real nice fish on a 6 color happy meal blue ladder back, on the fifth aerial assault it came off. I found sub 50F water down 10' in 20fow in places.
Heading over to Milwaukee this weekend to hunt and was going to bring some rods along to try and catch some salmon also. Anyone have any advice on dams or good river areas in Milwaukee? not asking for any secret spots, just new to the area and am unsure of the dam locations. Thanks! PM me please.
My boss wasn't looking so I did some more research.
Naturally reproducing salmon have drastically better survival rates then stocked salmon. This applies to Atlantic and Pacific Salmon independent of the ocean species. This even applies to returning wild salmon who are captured and spawned in a hatchery and then the smolts are released into the same river the parents were captured in and as the wild smolt. The ratio is like 4:1 survival rate.
The implication is amazing. To have a 50/50 stocked versus wild adult population, we would have to stock 4x the number smolts compared to the natural reproduced smolts. If the the number is 70/30 and we stock 1.2-1.3 million smolts, the wild smolt number matches the measured lower peninsula of michigan production. We can remove the Huron contribution from the equation by assuming the same number percentage wise of stocked versus natural cruise Lake Michigan.
I have done my best to fact check what the Committee is telling us. I have come at from multiple directions. Everything supports their conclusions.
I don't know if they clip or not. Clipping is a mark for the coded tag. They are not doing that for sure. I am guessing they do not clip based on comments made by Lake Michigan Committee. Also, I think the committee knows how many these clubs put into Huron. I recall a number about Huron stocked kings caught in Lake Michigan at something like 10-20%, not sure.