Michigan Salmon Fishing

December 20, 2006
By: Stephanie Simmons
Website: http://www.my-fishing-equipment.com
Lake Michigan Salmon Fishing…give it a go!
Are you looking for some great salmon fishing? Why not plan a trip to Lake Michigan? Lake Michigan is the sixth largest lake in the world with a surface area of over 22,000 square miles. At over 300 miles long and 118 miles wide, the lake has over 1,600 miles of shoreline and has an average depth of 280 feet.

Lake Michigan supports many plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. Sand dunes, marshes, tallgrass prairies, savannas, and forests provide the essential habitats for this diversity of life. Lake Michigan supports the largest sport fishery on the Great Lakes and the Salmon, Trout, Walleye, and Smallmouth Bass fisheries are world renowned.

If you're looking for Salmon, Lake Michigan has two types:

The coho or silver salmon, is easily recognized by the small, dark spots on the back and upper tail fin, and gray gums. These fish feed mostly on smelt, alewives and other small fish. Their average weight comes in at around five to six pounds at three years old, but some live to four years and can reach twenty pounds. Silvers account for seventy-five percent of the salmon caught in the Illinois portion of the lake.

The chinook or king salmon, can be distinguished by dark spotting on the back and usually on the upper and lower tail fin, and teeth set in black gums. They primarily feed on alewives and smelt. Their average life span is four years and they reach an average size of two to fifteen pounds. Some live longer and have even reached forty!

Both types are part of a stocking program each spring where fingerlings are introduced to keep the population flourishing.

Because Lake Michigan is so large and has so much coastline, the number of charter boat options seems infinite. Check out micharterboats.com . This is a great site with tons of information to help you find the charter that’s right for you.

Here’s a few picks from the directory:

Captain Brent Daggett welcomes you aboard the Sportsmen, a 31' Chris Craft Sportbridge. The sportsmen is State of Michigan (DNR) inspected and fully equipped for your safety. Captain Brent is licensed by the United States Coast Guard. We are located at the Pentwater Municipal Marina on beautiful Pentwater Lake. Your Captain Brent Daggett, is a lifetime resident of the Pentwater area with a lifetime of fishing out of Pentwater Harbor. The captain and crew of the Sportsmen will do everything in their power to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable fishing trip on Lake Michigan.

The Stone Jug has a wide beam of 11' which means plenty of room for your fishing party up to six persons, (more boats available for larger groups). Her flybridge is enclosed for your comfort to enjoy the beautiful surrounding scenery as well. Captain Harry Pratley has been fishing Lake Michigan waters for over 20 years and can guide you to a successful fishing experience. The Stone Jug sails out of South Haven, Michigan

Angler Charters
The Angler is a Coast Guard licensed, fully insured, registered Lake Michigan charter boat. Multi-boat charters can be arranged for larger groups. Join us for an unforgettable deep-water fishing adventure on Lake Michigan! The Angler Departs from beautiful Montrose Harbor, just minutes from downtown Chicago, 4400 North and the lake.

About the author:

Stephanie Simmons is a successful author and a regular contributor to my-fishing-equipment.com your number one online resource for fishing rods, fly fishing equipment, tackle boxes, lures, hooks and reels

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