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Old 04-11-2011, 01:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I am a very novice fisherman and was looking for some tips for fishing Lake Michigan offshore. I have tried different spoons before without much luck. I bought a chatter bait lure and some new spoons, but also wanted to try some live bait while casting. Can anyone offer any tips? Thank you.
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Old 04-11-2011, 02:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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TSWisla,

If you have a fishing pole & real, try a #6 hook with a bobber. Apply your favorite bait such as a minnow at 4' below surface and see if you can catch a coho salmon along the lake front! I know I did catch my first spring coho today!

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Wow, great! Thank you, I was not sure if I should use a bobber or some kind of bottom rig. Congrats!
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I am also fairly new to the big lake. I had some success in the fall with the yellow perch. For those, I used variety of plastic grubs with a split shot about a foot above the jig heads. The majority of them were caught by the the boat slips at Montrose harbor.

I am wondering what kind of setup (rod/reel/line/lure) people are using for the coho and trout caught in the harbor.

Thanks in advance for the tips!
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Your Coho's are about 2, 3lbs. But a longer rod to cast like a 7' med or longer would be good.
If you look back at the posts from LM shore you can always find lots of great tips.
Spoons, Rattle traps, red eye shad, clackin raps make sure you use a good swivel for those spoons or you will have seagulls nesting in your reel. Some use white twister tails with squid. Mainly the Coho are in 2 to 10 feet of water. Red and black seems to be good for more dirty water. You can move and cast or set up 2 bobber poles and cast, cast, cast.
Bring a net. I ty rapped my broom stick to an older net so I could reach the water 8' down. But if your not thrifty you can get a good extendable one 4 about $50 at BPS.
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Most guys use two approaches when rod and reel shore fishing for spring salmon and trout off Chicago. For bait fishing, suspend a nightcrawler or large fathead 4-6 feet beneath a slip bobber(1" diameter) using a #6 or #4 Gama hook and maybe 1/8oz of split shot. Even the browns will be cruising near the surface. For artificials, use 1/4 to 1/2oz spoons like KO wobblers, Cleos, Kastmasters in nickel green/blue, orange and gold, or fluorescent colors like charteuse. 3/8 to 1/2oz crankbaits like Shad raps, Fat raps, Husky jerks or any number of alewife/minnow imitating cranks. The key is going with smaller baits.

In terms of equipment use a spinning reel that holds about 150 yards of 6-8lb line. These fish don't go on long runs, so you won't need the large capacity necessary in the summer or fall when you can tie into kings that can spool you. Either mono or braid is fine. Match the reel with a 6.5 to 8 foot medium light action rod and you're set. I would suggest focusing most of your efforts on the outside of the harbors, unless it's too choppy to fish there. Good luck and let us know how you do.
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Wow, great tips, thank you! I am going tomorrow in the AM, but was going to go to Winthrop Harbor. Bad idea? I am working until 8am in Waukegan and wanted to try somewhere near there. Thank you again.
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Dude....fish are caught right off Government Pier and the South Rocks. You got fish right there! Why go to Winthrop? If you fish Waukegan you can fish live/dead bait(shiners or alewives) on slip rigs on the bottom and do some casting as well.
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Thanks for the detailed advice! I can't wait to put it into practice. Reports to come.
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Make your way out on the government pier (the longest of the two piers that runs straight east), there will be a rock wall that extends to the south. Fish right in the corner there either casting spoons or bait under a bobber. That is a pretty reliable spot in the spring for cohos. Good luck out there
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