Lake Michigan Salmon and Lake Trout

Lake Michigan Salmon and Lake Trout Update


The Lake Michigan salmon bite is heating up right now, and the lake trout have been chewing as well!

This week from the state of Michigan, we have Captain Ron Dohm Jr. checking in with the latest information on both of those aforementioned bites. If you’re looking for some current information from someone who’s been on the water following the action, you’ve come to the right place!

Here’s Ron’s report:

“Right now, the big craze is chasing our fresh run of big king salmon that have pushed into ports such as Frankfort, Leland and even a few into east and west Grand Traverse Bay up by the Traverse City area.

“The best way to target these fish when they first come in is definitely trolling. Trolling at speeds of 2.1 all the way up to speeds like 2.6 or 2.7 miles per hour – those are some great speeds.

“Focus your efforts around the thermocline. Right here you can see on the graph this evening that they are at 70 feet right now with a couple kings stacked in there right now. We’re focusing just above and just below the temperature break. In there, they have phytoplankton and zooplankton and alewives out there taking advantage of that awesome food source.

“If these salmon aren’t pushed into your areas yet, vertical lake trout jigging as a fantastic option. That bite is really run right now and it’s a great way to stay busy until our kings come in at a little bit heavier numbers.

“If you’re looking for a captain or guide in the state of Michigan, check out and book your trip today!”

That Lake Michigan salmon bite is extremely popular popular this time of year as the fish begin to make their seasonal run. The kings are king (pun intended) right now, but don’t forget about the vertical jigging bite for lake trout. They catch some seriously huge lakers on Lake Michigan this time of year, too.

Don’t forget to check back in next week for more up-t0-date fishing information from the Sport Fish Michigan crew. They have a number of guides that stay on top of the bite all year long.

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