Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Report 8/21/12
By Wisconsin fishing charter Capt. Jim Hirt
Biggest King Salmon of The Year in Milwaukee!
Surface temperature is down to 70 degrees and the fish are 40 feet to bottom. The weather has been clear in the morning pop up storms in the afternoon.
Clear skies and calm winds go deep to 110 to 150 feet. With all the current troll southwest to northeast. Set up in 110 and beat the bottom for the deep marks as it gets deeper. Our Lowrance HDS Gen 2 has been keeping us on fish with most of the marks in 105 to 155 feet. Tons of warm water out there and a very slow troll (1.5 - 1.7 MPH) has been best with Badger Tackle Magnum Reaper spoons. Bill and Mike Imhoff double teamed this 21.5 pound 35 inch Chinook. Smile and laughs all around with action on some of the biggest fish of the year the last five days. Reaper spoons are made by
Afternoon pop up storm action!
Our best presentations are 8 & 10 color Cortland lead core and downriggers 40 to 75 down. Fish have been on regular and magnum spoons in a blue and silver or green and silver pattern. Our best boat speed is 1.7 to 2.0 mph on the Depth Raider. Divers are producing very well set to #2 with 50 to 125 feet of line out with the ring. Yes the big kings are in the warm water!
Head north south or due east compass bearing and set up in 110 feet of water. Out in front of the water filtration plant is a good option for small boat anglers the fish seem to be closer to shore in that location. Fished northeast of the Milwaukee shipwreck 43° 08.242’N / 87° 49.888.00’W with steady action in 120 feet. It’s eight miles north but can be worth your time and gas.
On the way out we have seen some big marks in the gaps. We spent a half hour on them nothing. Shore fishing is zip nada nothing! Have a great fishing season. Let's go fishing!! Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at