The Fall of 2013 will go down as one of the better Salmon runs in recent memory! With a warm and fairly dry month of September and first half of October, the Salmon continued to stack up in the lower sections of the tributaries and around the pier heads rather than blast way upriver. The size of the Salmon this fall is also quite impressive, with anglers having a legitimate shot at landing a 25 plus pound Salmon in any of the ports along Lake Michigan!
The sheer numbers of fish stacked up in small areas resulted in some action packed fishing for both boat and shore fishermen alike. Many fish were taken on the standard spoons and j-plugs, but the crank bait bite and skein bite was red hot! Racine, Milwaukee, Port Washington, Sheboygan, and many of the other ports to the north have all experienced hot action over the past month.
Most of the mature Salmon have now made their way upriver to their final resting places, but there are still some decent Cohos available for those still looking to pursue them. Brown Trout and even a few Steelhead are also beginning to enter the tributaries and harbors around Lake Michigan on their annual spawning migration. These fish can be caught using the same tactics, in the same areas as the Salmon!