Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Report 8/12/12

By Wisconsin fishing charter Capt. Jim Hirt
The Gales of August are over!
Two days at the dock but what can you do. Ten foot waves are gone and it’s time to go hunting for fish. This is more of a heads up and maybe a how to for anglers heading out after the big blow.

Where to Start.

Surface temperature is up to 76 degrees and the fish are going to be scattered. I recommend. The tools you will need are depth gauge, temp gauge and fish locator. I key on temp and food. In most cases when you find them you will catch fish. Start with a temp check on the surface. If it is too warm for your target species, you must take a temperature check from the top to the bottom in the water you are in to see if it is cold enough for your target.

How To

East wind will bring warm water into Milwaukee. The result may be water that is too warm for your target. When you find this scenario move out to deeper water and check again. Repeat this process until you are satisfied with the temp. Look for a sharp break in temp from the warm surface to the colder water. I work tackle both slightly above and below the break. Having said that, there are exceptions to every rule. I would also run one line well above and below the temp break. This may be out of the temp you expect to catch fish, but at certain times of the day they will be there.


Run your most aggressive lures with the most action on the warm side of the break. In contrast, use slower less aggressive tackle on the extreme cold side. Baitfish are a very important ingredient to this mix. Always fish schools of baitfish when you see them. When you are under power on the way out and see baitfish on the locator get the lines in. Good Luck Captain Jim. 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 Charter Fishing Milwaukee Wisconsin with Blue Max Charters on Lake Michigan Copyright© 2012, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved.