There have been King Salmon in good numbers hanging out in the Kewaunee River for the past two weeks straight. Most of these fish have now moved into the upper stretches of the river from Footbridge all the way to the hatchery.
These fish have gone from silver to tan and are now approaching black zombie status. This hasn't stopped plenty of anglers from fishing/snagging for them. Catch rates have plummeted as these Salmon are now spawn minded.
There had been a pretty decent skein and crankbait bite in the lower stretches of river while the fish staged and allowed their eggs to develop fully before moving upstream to spawn.
There are also a few Cohos, Browns, and Steelhead entering the river to feed on spawn and prepare for their spawn as well. Expect things to slow down and then pick back up once the Cohos move in in higher concentrations over the next couple weeks.
Spawn, skein, flies, small crankbaits, spinners, and spoons will all work for Cohos and the bonus Trout over the next few weeks.
Stay tuned for more updates and reports for the Kewaunee River as well as other area Lake Michigan tributaries.