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Salmon Fishing Is Hot Weather Fun For Fishing Chicks From Indiana

Updated on June 13, 2014
It was a good day after the storm blew through
It was a good day after the storm blew through

Hot Weather Cold Water

Lake Michigan is a great place to Salmon fish during hot summer months. You have to have a good boat to get out where the water is colder. That means traveling a good ten miles straight out from shore. This is heaven for fishing for the larger fish rather than baiting up for Perch and Small Mouth Bass. You can get the pan-fish from shore but, if you want to try for something a little more exciting and a lot harder to land, a trip to the deep blue is where you want to go.The quest for Salmon and Trout, on this Great Lake. during hot weather is sure to be filled with fun and excitement.

My best fishing buddy was on vacation last week so we managed to hook up with another friend on our dock and cut some waves to the deep blue. No it is not the deepest part of Lake Michigan or the coldest but, if you know what the fish like then you can find them in accommodating water. This time of year they like the temperature that is found at 45 to 65 feet deep. The water is darker and colder there. The surface temperature might be reading around 62 degrees but straight down about fifty or sixty feet, the water is a cool 45 degrees. Now you locate the bait fish and you will find salmon feeding too. This is ideal catching water.

The Big Ones We Bring Home Always Gets Mom Smiling

This Lake Trout looks like he will be headed for the smoker soon.
This Lake Trout looks like he will be headed for the smoker soon.

Rain And High Wind Delay

The plan was to leave the marina by 4:30 am but, the weather got ugly the night before and storms blew across the lake. We were up and ready but the sixty mile per hour wind gusts will keep you off the water if you have half a brain. We slept in until 8 am and then started gathering our cooler and clothing for the trip. We had to get a move on as we were only going to have 4 or 5 hours to fish. We had a birthday party planned at the house around 6 pm. It takes about thirty to forty-five minutes to travel from the shore to the starting spot where lines are carefully baited and put out in a selected order. We got the first line down by 9:30 am so we were making great time even though the water was still rolling pretty good.

Rollers on Lake Michigan can turn a stomach inside out if you do not have the gut for it. We were fine this day but, the following day we watched on, in pity, while one friend left his lunch on the deck. It is a sad sight and an awful experience for the unfortunate one. Rollers aside and pole number two in the water we were getting after it. We had 9 poles to put out and by the time we were letting the fourth one down we got our first fish on. This is where the excitement rises and you forget about the waves. It was a good fish and we got him to the boat but he never made the cooler. The fish wrapped a lead line and it was not our fortune to save the fish without damaging the line so we opted to save the line.

Salmon fishing equipment can get pretty expensive and you will learn fast to save equipment from damage and loss. The line on the one pole will cost $60. to replace. The pole cost about $250. and then add another $40 or so for leaders and rigging, it gets expensive quick. Now multiply that by nine poles and you can see how saving the equipment is so important. You fish but you fish conservatively. So we lost the first three fish on. That was okay and we did not get discouraged. We count all the bites we get and all the fish that make the cooler. Those are the keepers. Coho Salmon are my favorite to eat. The first one was a big Coho. We did not get him but we got the ones pictured below.

Filling up the freezer and feeding many friends
Filling up the freezer and feeding many friends

LinksTo Salmon Recipes

Hire A Charter

It does not require that you have your own boat to enjoy this sport. There are many good Charter Captains on the lake. They can take you out for a fishing extravaganza you will never forget. These guys fish for a living and they know where the fish are and how to catch them. It is rare to see one of the Captains come back without a boat load of happy people and coolers full of fish. It costs a bit to book a charter but you can split the cost amongst six friends and make a fun filled time for all. You do not have to purchase a bunch of expensive fishing gear and the charter crew will take care of all the hard work. They will usually clean your catch but you should always give them a generous tip because this is probably the most unpleasant aspect of fishing for these big ones. I linked to my favorite Salmon Charter Here so you can book a trip if you are in the area. It will be worth the time and money if you love to fish.


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    • air701st profile image


      9 years ago from Philippines

      Wow, i dreamed of having fished around salmons already!

      Sad to say in the Philippines, we are only exporting those fish; because of our tropical climate - but only a few breeders succeeded it though.

    • C.S.Alexis profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from NW Indiana

      Talk to the locals! Sorry to say I have never fished in Canada. I really hate the cold too. Guess that is why I always head south. Good Luck and let me know what you catch, maybe write a hub!

      I dream a lot of my work while I sleep, you mean I am not CRAZY?

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      Gawn Fishin' 

      9 years ago from Vancouver, BC

      Hi Alexis,

      I love your article, and learned a lot from it. I spent all winter preparing for an 1800mi move to BC Canada's coast, and am ready to hunt down some Salmon as soon as the season opens here. Any advice on fishing Vancouver area? HUGGGS!

      I am also a crafter, I fall asleep just to get ideas on my next project, lol

      Trisha, Gawn Fishin'

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      Louis Beard 

      9 years ago

      Mom looks super proud of that fish you brought home. That's wonderful!

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      Joanie Ruppel 

      10 years ago from Texas

      That's quite a catch. The fishing wasn't that good in Southern Indiana, we used to just catch catfish in the small streams around my grandfather's house.

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      Louie Jerome 

      10 years ago from UK

      Sounds like fun!

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      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I love this hub and the pcitures. So great!

    • G-Ma Johnson profile image

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      wow what a catch..and I do know how much fun it can be...and then the fresh fish is like no other...yummy for the tummy...get job here and Thanks for sharing..G-Ma :o) hugs

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      10 years ago

      Sounds like a great time ...will have to keep it on the list of things to check out. Thanks for sharing best to you!


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