Offshore winds bring cold-water upwellings, baitfish and king salmon inshore. Anglers cast spoons or jigs & softbaits from small boats or off piers for monsters.
Stocked trout are abundant throughout much of the U. S. shortly after stocking in early spring, they are easily caught by anglers casting from shore, or longline trolling small crankbaits near the surface.
In spring, longline troll minnow- or shad-shaped crankbaits for brown trout in bays, harbors and near river mouths flowing into the Great Lakes. Light tackle and small planer boards do the trick.
There are two kind of situations you want to look for when targeting chinook salmon in the Great Lakes close to shore, near river mouths and in the harbors. The first is during the fall when these fish move in to spawn and then eventually die. This happens early to...
Dan Lindner and Dave Csanda talk about Brook Trout. Big brookies aren't just bug eaters; they grow large by feasting on minnows and small fish. Spinners, jigs and crankbaits are ideal for provoking strikes and bulldog fights.
Casting or vertically jigging 4-inch softbait minnow imitations on spinning gear is the hot tactic for chinook salmon, especially near Great Lakes harbors and breakwalls.
Wind direction is a major factor determining the depth and location of salmon. Strong winds pushing warmer surface layers offshore draw cool water, baitfish and salmon near shore.