Fished for a bit in the harbor Friday morning with no bites, a couple fish rolled and splashed didn't see what they were, coulda been carp for all we knew so moved to the lighthouse and cast for around 2 hrs with nothing. Saw a small boat trolling, he hooked up in front of us but lost it within a minute or so. Was hoping to see him land it. No fish but damn good to get out and try. Tight lines all stay safe.
71° - 75° F
76° - 80° F
I washed off a half dozen spoons this evening, at the harbor mouth, leaving just after sunset.
I did not see anyone hook up along the harbor, nor did I see any activity from the boats and kayaks trolling. Not even one fish broke the surface.
A positive note was the beautiful sunset.
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76° - 80° F
I spent a couple of hours, enjoying yesterday's sunny late afternoon, casting spoons at the mouth of the harbor.
I had one nice chinook follow my Cleo up to the breakwater, before turning and lazily swimming away. There were a few that broke the surface, but that was it.
There were also a few dried blood stains on the concrete, so someone has made a catch recently.
The water temp at the surface was in the low 70's. I would think that the salmon will start showing up in stronger numbers in the next week or two. A good heavy rain should get them to start up stream, at Pike Creek, when they do show up.
Some kings can start showing up any day after September 1st. From past experiences
It has been a while and I would like to begin fishing the harbor, from land, and would appreciate any activities from the harbor north to the root. I realize it is early but in the past I have hooked up with some nice brownies. Pretty sure the Kings are still out in the cool but strange thing do happen. Tight lines all.
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56° - 60° F
Got out yesterday evening with the grandfather and father for a few hours. Running 2 dipsys and 2 flatlines. Went 4 for 4 all coho. Trolled out to 50' with no takers, moved back in near the bubbler and BOOM a double. Landed both fish came back through and picked up two more. Beautiful day to be out, and good quality time spent with the old men.
40° - 45° F
41° - 45° F
5 for 6 coho action this am. South of harbor and close to shore. 20- 26 feet of water. Typical small/dodger/flasher peanut fly combo. Aqua/blue and green/ blue. Riggers check, dipseys check , and planers check. Great first day out this year. Nothing huge but good eaters. South wind all morning.
Kenosha harbor can be hit or miss, when it comes to salmon.
The best water temp is around 55F and this fluctuates with the wind direction. West winds for 24 hours, brings cooler water. temps into the Wisconsin shoreline.
The Alewife bait fish is also a key to having salmon inshore. If you are at the end of the harbor entrance and see dark masses moving around, these are Alewife.
Cast a spoon into these schools and let it fall for a few seconds before reeling in. Salmon will target what they think is a wounded Alewife. Crank baits and Rattle Traps also produce.
The harbor holds a population of Brown trout year around. They can be caught in the same lures as salmon, along with using jigs or spinners.
Right now, it's a bit early for the coho. I usually cast for coho from the harbor entrance, beginning the first week of May.
Late August into September, the Chinook will come inshore and into the Pike. Spawn sacs with a small split shot and bobber will work.
Keep your tackle on the lighter side, 10# test is a good choice, with a high capacity spool. You will get more strikes than if you were casting heavy lines.
One last suggestion, if you snag Alewife with your spoon or other lure, use it as bait on the bottom. To do this run a hook to a swivel , using 24" of line. From the swivel to the reel, put on a bead, then a 1/2 to 3/4 ounce egg sinker or better yet, pyramid sinker. The bead keeps the knot from being beaten up by the sinker.
Hook the Alewife just under the dorsal fin and cast out as far as you are able to. The Alewife will swim around in circles, upside down, with this rig.
A Sabike rig can be used to catch Alewife.
I hopefully this helps. I have used these techniques for 41 years with good success.
Any tips on where to try shore fishing for salmon either on the harbor or along the Pike? I'm new to salmon and trout fishing Lake Michigan and looking for some spots to take my daughter.
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46° - 50° F
This Saturday must have been kayak day in the harbor. Must have been a dozen at one one time. Trolled flicker shads, spoons, then tried bait (spawn and gulp minnow). Not a single bite. I didn't see anyone having much success. On Friday, I was marking a lot at 20 feet, so I came back prepared to get down there and hardly saw any marks. It's anyone's guess as to where they snuck off to.