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Sept 24th 2015 - by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters - Limits of fish the rule in Milwaukee! Cold water the key to success. Check out this nice mixed bag of fish caught by Jason and company. To get my fish reports and how to videos first go to jimhirt.com By subscribing you will keep ahead of the other anglers. When I post you will get it fast by e-mail!
How Chinook
The Reaper Fish N Chip Magnum spoons are best when on 8 color Leadcores. Divers set at #1.5 with 160 feet of line out another option. The only place you will find Reaper and Vulcan spoons is on my web site at Badger Tackle.
How Lake Trout
Action for Lakers has been steady. Same presentation as for Chinooks have been best. Over the last week I have taken Lakers 50 to 70 down over 50 to 70 feet of water. Option #2 Copper and Lead cores are also good. Best action has been in 65 feet of water today
How Coho
Coho have found the 2 and 3 color lead cores with magnum spoons.
Rainbow Trout
Vulcan regular Green Dolphin spoons on 2,3 and 4 color lead core best. They have turned on over the last 2 days. You must fish deep to catch this jumping fish in about 140 feet of water.
Where!
Fish are north or south of Milwaukee. Fish the complete water column for the best action. Set up in 50 feet and fish out to 80 and back in. Fish the gaps at first light is another option for Brown Trout and a few Chinooks. Our best speed was 1.9 to 2.0 mph measured at the ball with the Depth Raider. The current has been strong watch your speed!

Milwaukee 2015 Fishing Report Limits of fish the rule in Milwaukee!
Sept 1st 2015 - by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters -
Fishing in Milwaukee Heats Up!
Weather has turned great and action on all species has cranked up.
How Chinook
The Reaper Fish N Chip Magnum spoons are best when on 8 color Leadcores. Divers set at #1.5 with 160 feet of line out another option. The only place you will find Reaper and Vulcan spoons is on my web site at Badger Tackle.
How Lake Trout
Action for Lakers has been steady. Same presentation as for Chinooks have been best. Over the last week I have taken Lakers 40 to 135 down over 60 to 160 feet of water. Option #2 Copper and Lead cores are also good. Best action has been in 125 feet of water today
How Coho
Coho have found the 2 and 3 color lead cores with magnum spoons.
Rainbow Trout
Vulcan regular Green Dolphin spoons on 2,3 and 4 color lead core best. They have turned on over the last 2 days. You must fish deep to catch this jumping fish in about 140 feet of water.
Where!
Fish are north or south of Milwaukee. Fish the complete water column for the best action. Set up in 90 feet and fish out to 160 and back in. Fish the gaps at first light is another option for Brown Trout and a few Chinooks. Our best speed was 1.9 to 2.0 mph measured at the ball with the Depth Raider. The current has been strong watch your speed!
Have a great fishing season.
 
Aug 18th 2015 by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters -
Limits of Lake Trout Fishing Milwaukee!
West wind continues and has pulled the fish into fifty to eighty feet of water. Badger Tackle.Reaper or Vulcan spoons getting it done in the regular or magnum size. Nickie Stephson hauled in this huge Lake Trout and caught a cooler full of fish.
How Chinook
The Reaper Fish N Chip Magnum spoons are best when on 6 color Leadcores. Divers set at #1.5 with 90 feet of line out another option. The only place you will find Reaper and Vulcan spoons is on my web site at http://www.badgertackle.com
How Lake Trout
Action for Lakers has been steady. Same presentation as for Chinooks have been best. Over the last week I have taken Lakers 40 to 80 down over 60 to 100 feet of water. Option #2 Copper and Lead cores are also good. Best action has been in 85 feet.
How Coho
Coho have slowed down. One here one there on white flashers and Howie LLB flies
Rainbow Trout
Vulcan regular Green Dolphin spoons on 4,5 and 6 color lead core best. They have turned on over the last 7 days. You must fish deep to catch this jumping fish in about 110 feet of water.
Where!
Fish are north or south of Milwaukee. Fish the complete water column for the best action. Set up in 50 feet and fish out to 110 and back in. Fish the gaps at first light is another option for Brown Trout and a few Chinooks. Our best speed was 1.9 to 2.0 mph measured at the ball with the Depth Raider. The current has been strong watch your speed!

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July 29th 2015 by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters - Doubles on Rainbows Lots of Lake Trout Fishing Milwaukee!
West wind continues and has pulled the fish into fifty to eighty feet. Badger Tackle Reaper or Vulcan spoons getting it done in the regular or magnum size.
How Chinook
The Reaper Fish N Chip Magnum spoons are best when on SWR’s off the downriggers. Run from 34 to the bottom. Divers set at #1.5 with 150 feet of line out another option.
How Lake Trout
Action for Lakers has been steady. Same presentation as for Chinooks have been best. Over the last 3 days I have taken Lakers 40 to 80 down over 60 to 100 feet of water. Option #2 Copper and Lead cores are also good. Best action has been in 85 feet.
How Coho
Coho have slowed down. One here one there on white flashers and Howie LLB flies
Rainbow Trout
Vulcan regular Green Dolphin spoons on 4,5 and 6 color lead core best. They have turned on over the last 7 days. You must fish deep to catch this jumping fish in about 110 feet of water.
Where!
Fish are north or south of Milwaukee. Fish the complete water column for the best action. Set up in 50 feet and fish out to 110 and back in. Fish the gaps at first light is another option for Brown Trout and a few Chinooks. Our best speed was 1.9 to 2.0 mph measured at the ball with the Depth Raider. The current has been strong watch your speed!
 
July 22nd 2015 by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters
Lake Trout and Rainbows #1 Fishing Milwaukee!
Fish are in with the cold water! West wind for several days has pulled the fish into sixty to eighty feet. Badger Tackle Reaper or Vulcan spoons getting it done in the regular or magnum size. To get my fish reports and how to videos first go to jimhirt.com and by subscribing you will keep ahead of the other anglers. When I post you will get it fast by e-mail!
How Chinook
The Reaper Fish N Chip Magnum spoons are best when on SWR’s off the downriggers. Run from 34 to the bottom. Divers set at #1.5 with 120 feet of line out another option. The only place you will find Reaper and Vulcan spoons is at Badger Tackle.
How Lake Trout
Action for Lakers has been steady. Same presentation as for Chinooks have been best. Over the last 3 days I have taken Lakers 30 to 80 down over 60 to 180 feet of water. Option #2 Copper and Lead cores are my also good. Best action has been in 105 feet.
How Coho
Coho have slowed down.
Rainbow Trout
Vulcan OL Sherbet Orange spoons on 2,3,4, color lead core best. They have turned on over the last 7 days. You must fish deep to catch this jumping fish
Where!
Fish are north or south of Milwaukee. Fish 60 feet and up. For the best action set up in 65 feet and fish out to 80 and back in. Our best speed was 1.9 to 2.0 mph measured at the ball with the Depth Raider. The current has been strong watch your speed!
 
Feb 23rd 2015 by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters
Fishing the easy way:
You could do a fishing charter with me at Bluemax Charters and I will take care of everything for you. We do put together groups if you have no one to fish with come join the fun. This article will also help you navigate your way to exciting fishing out of Milwaukee on your own with your equipment.
All the details
Milwaukee fishing is as easy as it gets. We truly have a world-class fishery. There are three launch ramps for trailerable boats within minutes of dozens of hotels.
Where to launch (Maps)
McKinley Marina 1750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, South Shore Marina 2900 S. Shore Dr. and Riverfront Launch 650 S. Water. McKinley Marina 414-273-5224 can arrange transient slips for those who would like to do an overnight. For general information on ramps and fees call 414-257-6100.
Questions:
Should you have a question please e-mail me from my Blue Max website contact us page. Read all my articles and see video fish reports at Captain Jim Hirt.com
What to do in Milwaukee:
Shopping abounds for the ladies who prefer not to fish. Excellent dining, in all price ranges, will make your family outing complete. The Milwaukee Visitor Bureau 800-554-1448 is a great source of information.
How many: Wisconsin has a generous daily bag limit on Lake Michigan.
You may keep five total of salmon or trout over ten inches. Possession limit is two daily limits. You may use three rods per person.
Let’s catch a limit:
I would like to share with you some of my keys to finding fish and the hottest set ups for very early presentation. I start my season in early April and the most important factor at this time is temperature. I recommend launching at McKinley. When you come out of the marina, stay inside the break wall. This area is well protected and is always fishable. Proceed south about one mile to the mouth of the river. The best early action will be where the warm river water meets the colder water. The mouth of the river and harbor breakwall gaps is where you want to fish.
Presentation:
The most active species will be salmon and Brown Trout in the 5 to 12 pound class with many limit catches. Motor trolling is the method I use for most of my fishing, and I will explain one of my basic spring setups. I fish all my lines on planner boards with twenty-pound test line. Use a six foot leader 3/8-ounce keel sinker twenty feet behind the board. I recommend a boat speed of 2.0 M.P.H. Run small crank baits, medium size jointed minnow type lures and bright colored spoons. The color of the lure is dictated by the amount of light and water color. On most days in clear water I use white and black or silver lures. Hotter colors work best in cloudy water. You can’t go wrong with chartreuse in both conditions. The new Badger Tackle Vulcan glow in the dark lures sold at Badger Tackle are an excellent option call me I will help you pick some of my favorites.

Good luck Captain Jim. Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at Bluemax Charters Copyright© 2015, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved.


Milwaukee 2015 Fishing Report from Jim Hurt
Sept 10th 2014 -Report by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters Harbor fishing is good for Chinook with spoons or crankbaits. Badger Tackle Reaper or Vulcan spoons are getting it done.

How Chinook
Harbor Chinook are coming on Vulcan Magnum combinations of green/silver, all silver and blue/silver. My first choice is first light with magnum glow spoons. The Reaper or Vulcan glow spoons best when run 100 feet behind the downrigger ball and 6 feet down. The only place you will find Reaper and Vulcan spoons is on my web site at Badger Tackle.
How Lake Trout
Cold water is in and action out deep is slow. Try long lead spoons and SWR rigs. High lead cores are also a good choice. Best action has been 30 feet and out to 70 feet
Rainbows are reliable.
Run 2,3,4,5,6 color lead cores with orange, red or green spoons. Best action in 100 to 200 feet of water.
Where!
Good numbers of fish have moved in. Cold water has driven the fish to shallow water. They can be caught on high presentations. Fish the entire water column in 25 to 60 feet of water for the best action. Our best speed was 2.0 to 2.2 mph measured at the ball with the Depth Raider.
 
Aug 28th 2014 -Report by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters
Chinooks and Coho moving in Milwaukee!
Quick update!! A huge swing in activity out of Milwaukee. This update is to let you know the big King Salmon are turning on. Coho Salmon fishing is also improving. Badger Tackle Reaper or Vulcan spoons getting it done.
How Chinook
Chinook are coming on Reaper Magnum Big Joe Silver spoons run long behind the downrigger ball or on five color lead cores. Vulcan Magnum spoons in blue/green or silver/ green on the long lead cores are also taking Chinooks.
How Lake Trout
Beat the bottom with long lead spoons and SWR rigs. Best action has been 85 feet and out to 150 feet
Rainbows are reliable.
Run 2,3,4,5,6 color lead cores with orange, red or green spoons. Best action in 100 to 200 feet of water.
Where!
This is the hot location. Water temperatures near shore are warm. This is no problem for mature salmon. The Kings have moved in as they do late August and September. They can be caught on high presentations. Fish the entire water column in 50 to 60 feet of water for the best action. Our best speed was 2.0 to 2.2 mph measured at the ball with the Depth Raider.
 
Aug 21st 2014 -Report by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters
Warm water has pushed the fish deeper in Milwaukee!
How Chinook
Not much has changed. Chinook are coming on Reaper Magnum Big Joe Silver spoons run long behind the downrigger ball or on SWR rigs 70 feet to the bottom. Vulcan Magnum spoons in blue/green or silver/ green on the long lead cores are also taking Chinooks. The only place you will find Reaper and Vulcan spoons is at
Badger Tackle.
How Lake Trout
Sameo-Sameo. Beat the bottom with long lead spoons and SWR rigs. Best action has been 85 feet and out to 150 feet
Rainbows are reliable.
Run 2,3,4,5,6 color lead cores with orange, red or green spoons. Best action in 100 to 200 feet of water.
Where!
Water temperatures near shore are too warm too get a bite. The bite has been hit or miss all over. Start your trip in 70 and go to 125-160 feet of water for Kings and Lake Trout. Fish the entire water column for the best action. Anglers are finding Chinook action 10 miles north of Milwaukee in Whitefish Bay. Our best speed was 2.0 to 2.2 mph measured at the ball with the Depth Raider.
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One heck of a Lake Trout was caught by Trevor Love from Stuart Iowa.
July 31st 2014 -Report by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters
Spoons the answer to more fish in Milwaukee!
How Coho
Coho are in the 70 to 150 feet of water 25 down with silver/green or silver/blue spoons. Stick in a flashers and Howie fly in green color it attracts fish to your spread.
How Chinook
Chinook are coming on Reaper Magnum Big Joe Silver spoons run long behind the downrigger ball or on SWR rigs 40 feet to the bottom. Vulcan Magnum spoons in blue/green or silver/ green on the long lead cores are also taking Chinooks. The only place you will find Reaper and Vulcan spoons is on their web site at http://www.badgertackle.com
How Lake Trout
Beat the bottom with long lead spoons and SWR rigs. Best action has been 85 feet and out to 150 feet
Rainbows are reliable.
Run 2,3,4,5,6 color lead cores with orange, red or green spoons. Best action in 100 to 200 feet of water.
Where!
Water temperatures near shore are cold enough but the bite has been hit or miss. Coho fishing was good in 70 to 150 feet of water. Start your trip in 70 for Coho and go to 125-160 feet of water for Chins and Lake Trout. Fish the entire water column for the best action. Anglers are finding Chinook action 10 miles north of Milwaukee in Whitefish Bay. Our best speed was 2.0 to 2.2 mph measured at the ball with the Depth Raider.


 
July 21st 2014 -Report by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters
Mixed Bag Salmon and Trout in Milwaukee!
How Coho
Coho are in the 70 to 150 feet of water 55 down with green flashers and Howie flies in green colors. Wire divers have been best with 100 feet of line out.
How Chinook
Chinook are coming on Reaper Magnum Big Joe Silver spoons run long behind the downrigger ball or on SWR rigs 40 feet to the bottom. Vulcan Magnum spoons in blue/green or silver/ green on the long lead cores are also taking Chinooks. The only place you will find Reaper and Vulcan spoons is on their web site at http://www.badgertackle.com
How Lake Trout
Beat the bottom with long lead spoons and SWR rigs. Best action has been 85 feet and out to 150 feet
Where!
Water temperatures near shore warmed to 65 degrees on the surface. Coho fishing was good in 70 to 150 feet of water. Start your trip in 70 for Coho and go to 125-160 feet of water for Chins and Lake Trout. Fish the entire water column for the best action. Anglers are finding Chinook action 10 miles north of Milwaukee in Whitefish Bay. Our best speed was 2.0 to 2.2 mph measured at the ball with the Depth Raider.
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Robert, Christian and Ethan worked together to boat a great cooler of fish. Most of the fish were caught on a Badger Tackle Reaper Magnum spoons.

July 1st 2014 -Report by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters
How Coho
Coho are in the top 25 feet on 6-inch flashers or OO dodgers with Howie peanut, flies tied 14-16 inches long. The best place to find them is off wind point in 60 feet of water or 250 feet out of Milwaukee.
How Chinook
Chinook are coming on Reaper Magnum Big Joe Silver spoons run long behind the downrigger ball or on SWR rigs 40 feet to the bottom. Vulcan Magnum spoons in blue/green or silver/ green on the long lead cores are also taking Chinooks. The only place you will find Reaper and Vulcan spoons is on their web site at http://www.badgertackle.com
How Lake Trout
Beat the bottom with long lead spoons and SWR rigs. Best action has been 85 feet and out to 150 feet
Where!
Water temperatures near shore warmed to 60 degrees on the surface. Coho fishing was good in 250 to 300 feet of water. Start your trip in 250 for Coho and go to 125-160 feet of water for Chins and Lake Trout. Fish the entire water column for the best action. Anglers are finding Chinook action 10 miles north of Milwaukee in Whitefish Bay. Our best speed was 2.0 to 2.2 mph measured at the ball with the Depth Raider.

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Lake Trout fill the box in Milwaukee!
Lake Trout were caught on a Badger Tackle Reaper Magnum Peacock spoon. James Grugal boated several monster Trout including this 14lb 7oz beauty.

July 1st 2014 -Report by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters
How Coho
The foggy days continued this week. When we can get out we caught Coho in the top 25 feet on 6-inch flashers or OO dodgers with Howie peanut, flies tied 14-16 inches long. It’s a mixed bag for most anglers. Our best presentation is Side Divers or 8 color lead core.
How Chinook
Chinook are coming on Vulcan Silver spoons run long behind the downrigger ball or on SWR rigs 40 feet to the bottom. Reaper Magnum and Vulcan Magnum spoons in blue/green or silver/ green on the long lead cores are also taking Chinooks and Lake Trout 8 to 15 pounds. The only place you will find Reaper and Vulcan spoons is on their web site at http://www.badgertackle.com
Where!
Water temperatures near shore warmed to 61 degrees on the surface. Coho fishing was good in 80 to 100 feet of water. Start your trip in 75 for Coho and go to 125-160 feet of water for Chins and Lake Trout. Fish the entire water column for the best action. Anglers are finding Chinook action north of Milwaukee in Whitefish Bay. Our best speed was 2.0 to 2.2 mph measured at the ball with the Depth Raider.

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Check out John Hartig’s 20lb 10oz king. Caught on a dodger and Howie fly.

June 23rd 2014 - Report by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters -Scattered fishing in Milwaukee!
How Coho
The foggy days continued this week. This has kept many anglers off the lake. When we can get out we caught Coho in the top 25 feet on 6-inch flashers or OO dodgers with Howie peanut, flies tied 14-16 inches long. The Coho are not all that picky on color most green or blue Howie flies will work. It’s a mixed bag for most anglers. Our best presentation is Side Divers or 2,3,4, and 6 color lead core.
How Chinook
Chinook are coming on Vulcan Silver spoons run long behind the downrigger ball or on SWR rigs 40 feet to the bottom. Reaper Magnum and Vulcan Magnum spoons in blue/green or silver/ green on the long lead cores are also taking Chinooks and Lake Trout 8 to 15 pounds. The only place you will find Reaper and Vulcan spoons is on their web site at Badger Tackle.
Where!
Water temperatures near shore warmed to 55 degrees on the surface and Coho fishing was good in 50 to 60 feet of water. Start your trip in close to shore for Coho and go to 80-150 feet of water for Chins and Lake Trout. Fish the entire water column for the best action. Anglers are finding Chinook action north of Milwaukee in Whitefish Bay. Our best speed was 1.7 to 2.0 mph measured at the ball with the Depth Raider.

 
June 20th 2014 - Report by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters - Chinooks and Coho action in Milwaukee!
Megan and Nate from Eagan Minnesota double teamed this 18.2 pound Chinook. They were in forty feet of water when the Chinook hit a Vulcan silver spoon.
How Coho
The rainy days continued this week. This has kept many anglers off the lake. When we can get out we caught Coho in the top 35 feet on 6-inch flashers or OO dodgers with Howie peanut, flies tied 14-16 inches long. The Coho are not all that picky on color most green or blue Howie flies will work. The majority of the fish are Coho for most anglers. Our best presentation is Yellow Bird planer boards with 25 foot leads behind the boards.
How Chinook
Chinook are coming on magnum spoons run long behind the downrigger ball. Slide divers are working set to #2 with 80 feet of line out. Reaper Magnum and Vulcan Magnum spoons in blue/green or silver/ green on the leadcores are taking Chinooks and Lake Trout 8 to 15 pounds. Leadcore in 4,5,6, and eight colors are the best for kings. The only place you will find Reaper and Vulcan spoons is on their web site at Badger Tackle.
Where!
Water temperatures near shore warmed to 52 degrees on the surface and Coho fishing was good in 30 to 50 feet of water. Start your trip in close to shore for Coho and go to 70-110 feet of water for Chins and Lake Trout. Fish the top 50 feet for the best action. More anglers are finding Chinook action north of Milwaukee in Whitefish Bay. Our best speed was 1.7 to 2.0 mph measured at the ball with the Depth Raider.

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June 11th 2014 - Report by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters - Chinooks moving in Milwaukee!
How Coho
The cloudy and rainy days this week has made for productive trips for many anglers. Early or late bite has also been very productive fishing. Most of the Coho are in the top 35 feet on 6-inch flashers or OO dodgers with Howie peanut, flies tied 14-16 inches long. The Coho are not all that picky on color most green or blue Howie flies will work. The majority of the fish are Coho for most anglers. Our best presentation is Yellow Bird planer boards with 25 foot leads behind the boards.
How Chinook
Chinook are coming on magnum spoons run long behind the downrigger ball. Slide divers are working set to #2 with 80 feet of line out. Reaper Magnum and Vulcan Magnum spoons in blue/green or silver/ green on the leadcores are taking Chinooks and Lake Trout 8 to 15 pounds. Leadcore in 4,5,6, and eight colors are the best for kings. The only place you will find Reaper and Vulcan spoons is on their web site at http://www.badgertackle.com
Where!
East wind has dropped water temperatures near shore to 52 degrees on the surface and Coho fishing was good in 30 to 50 feet of water. Start your trip in close to shore for Coho and go to 70-110 feet of water for Chins and Lake Trout. Fish the top 50 feet for the best action. More anglers are finding Chinook action north of Milwaukee in Whitefish Bay. Our best speed was 1.7 to 2.0 mph measured at the ball with the Depth Raider. Have a great fishing season. Let's go fishing! Note All alone we put together groups at $125 per person. Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at http://www.bluemaxcharters.com Copyright© 2014, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved.
 
May 21st 2014 - Report by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters - Coho are eighty percent of the catch in Milwaukee! Jason Schultz was not complaining with great Coho Salmon fishing. The unsettled weather with storms and rain has not effected the fishing. With two foot or less waves presentation has been easy making for very productive fishing. With fourteen rods out the action is steady. Most of the fish are in the top 45 feet on 6-inch flashers or OO dodgers with peanut, small hair cut or Mylar flies tied 12 inches long. The Coho are not all that picky on color most green or blue Howie flies will work. The majority of the fish are Coho on most trips. Reaper Magnum and Vulcan Magnum spoons in blue/green or silver/ green on the downriggers are taking Chinooks and Lake Trout 8 to 15 pounds 35 to 45 down fifty feet behind the ball. The only place you will find Reaper and Vulcan spoons is on their web site at Badger Tackle. The wind has brought the temperatures near shore is up to 61 degrees on the surface and that action in has slowed. Start your trip in 50 feet of water and fish out to deeper water. Look for 52-degree surface water and fish the top 20 feet for the best action. Our best presentations are Yellow Bird planer boards with 25 foot leads behind the boards and downriggers 25 to 45 feet down. Slide Divers are also producing set to #1 with 35 feet of line out. Our best speed was 1.7 to 2.0 mph.
Where!
Fish have moved out as the water temperature has went up to 56 on the surface. Action seems to be better as you move south of the green can or about 2.5 miles south of Milwaukee.
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May 21st 2014 - Report by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters - Coho are coming on small size spoons and crank baits. Reapers and Vulcans made by Badger Tackle have been working for us. The small silver Vulcan has been hot on the lead cores. Six inch flashers or dodgers with green or blue Howie peanut flies must be part of your presentation for Coho. A hot presentation for us was a size O orange dodger with a 15.5 inch lead to a medium size blue fly. Coho are in the top 25 feet. Steady action on Slide Divers set to #3 no ring and 25 feet of line out. Run all boards with 3/8 ounce keel sinkers. Our fish have been very high in the water column. Speed is very critical with the 48 degree water. I use the Depth Raider to measure speed at the ball. For spoons use the regular size Silver Vulcan. No Chinook yet as we are targeting Coho. The boat speed of 1.9 to 2.2 has been best. Tie your flies 14.5 to 16 inches on 6 inch dodgers, 18 inches for 6 inch flashers. All orange dodgers and flashers. I hope this helps.

Where!
Fish are in close to the break wall and shore line. It can be a crazy in close with all the traffic and it may be better to fish the shore line south of Milwaukee. Have a great fishing season. Let's go fishing!
 
May 16th 2014 - Report by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters - Coho are coming on small size spoons. Reapers and Vulcans made by Badger Tackle have been working for us. The small silver Vulcan has been hot on the lead cores. Six inch flashers or dodgers with green or blue Howies Peanut Flies must be part of your presentation for Coho. A hot presentation for us was a size O orange dodger with a 15.5 inch lead to a medium size blue fly. Coho are in the top 25 feet. Steady action on Slide Divers set to #3 no ring and 25 feet of line out. Run all boards with 3/8 ounce keel sinkers. Our fish have been very high in the water column. Speed is very critical with the 46 degree water. I use the Depth Raider to measure speed at the ball. For spoons use the regular size Silver Vulcan. No Chinook yet as we are targeting Coho. The boat speed of 1.9 to 2.2 has been best. Tie your flies 14.5 to 16 inches on 6 inch dodgers, 24 inches for 6 inch flashers. All orange dodgers and flashers. I hope this helps.

Where!
Fish are sucked up to the break wall and shore line. It can be a zoo in close with all the traffic and it may be better to fish the shore line south of Milwaukee.
 
Sept-22nd-2013 -Report by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters

Weather rough fishing great!
The wind and storms has limited our chances to get out but when we got out action has been good. Let me explain where and why.

Kings
Harbor fishing has been best at first light or low light with glow magnum Reaper spoons, J-plugs and crank baits. Jiggers and shore anglers are having some success with spawn and jigs. I have also had some fish on white flashers with aqua Howie flies.
On the 20th we had a great trip in 70 to 85 feet of water. All Kings 2,3 and four year olds 30 to 60 down. Magnum Reaper Fish n Chip did well on a 5 or 6 color lead core. Next day was also good but the fish were smaller with no four year olds. I use the Depth Raider to measure speed at the ball. The boat speed of 1.9 to 2.0 has been best.
Lakers
For Lake Trout magnum Reaper glow spoons presented within inches of the bottom will bring in some hogs with the most running 8-10 pounds. A size 0 dodger and Spin N Glow may be needed on some days. No Lakers the last two days.
Watch your temperature and fish in 60 or less degrees of water. Fish are marking from 65 feet and all the way out north or south of Milwaukee to 220 feet. Have a great fishing season. Let's go fishing!

 
Sept-5th-2013 -Report by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters - Kings - Harbor fishing has been best at first light with glow magnum Reaper spoons, J-plugs and crank baits. Jiggers and shore anglers are having some success with spawn and jigs. I have also had some fish on white flashers with aqua Howie flies. In the deeper water small Vulcans or Reapers will work on 4,5,6, and 8 colors of lead core. Chinook are coming in 85 feet of water 65 down. You may try under 40 feet of water when the temperature is cold in shallow. I was in there the other day and had a nice box of 5 pound Chins with a few Brown Trout mixed in. I use the Depth Raider to measure speed at the ball. The boat speed of 1.9 to 2.0 has been best.
Lake Trout are taking magnum Reaper glow spoons presented within inches of the bottom will bring in some hogs with the most running 8-10 pounds. A size 0 dodger and Spin N Glow may be needed on some days. Its a good year for Rainbows - Lead core in 2,3,4,5,6, and eight colors are best for working the Rainbows when you are out over 160 feet of water. I like magnum spoons. Reaper Peacock has been a good choice.

Watch your temperature and fish in 55 or less degrees of water. Fish are marking from 30 feet and all the way out north or south of Milwaukee to 220 feet.
 
Aug-28th-2013 -Report by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters -All species active mostly Lake Trout with some Chinooks and Rainbows. Steady consistent fishing for the last two weeks. Geno Pilaczynski hauled in this hog when fishing with friends. To get my fish reports and how to videos first go to Jim Hirt.Com By subscribing you will keep ahead of the other anglers. When I post you will get it fast!

Chinook and Coho are taking flies and also magnum spoons. Wire divers set to 1.5 with 70 feet of line out have been the most consistent. Chinook are coming in 85 feet of water 35 down. I use the Depth Raider to measure speed at the ball. The boat speed of 1.9 to 2.2 has been best.

For Lake Trout magnum Reaper Glow Spoons presented within inches of the bottom will bring in some hogs with the most running 8-10 pounds. A size 0 dodger and Spin N Glow may be needed on some days.

It has been a good year for Rainbows Lead core in 2,3,4,5,6, and eight colors are best for working the Rainbows. I like magnum spoons. Reaper Peacock has been a good choice. Fish are marking from 70 feet and all the way out north or south of Milwaukee to 120 feet. Have a great fishing season. Let's go fishing!
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July-18th-2013 -Report by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters -The lake is finally warming up and action on all species is heating up. If you have been waiting for fishing to improve now is the time to hit the water

Coho are coming in 105 feet of water 55 down. Eight inch coyotes in green with Howie aqua flies have been the best with some action on small size spoons. Reapers and Vulcans made by http://www.badgertackle.com have been working for us. The small silver Vulcan has been working on the 300 copper. Coho are down as the water has warmed to 73 degrees on top. Water temperature varies from one area to another it pays to turn and go back over productive spots. Tie your flies 24.5 inches on 8 inch flashers. I hope this helps.

Kings are taking flies and also magnum spoons. Wire divers set to 1.5 with 100 feet of line out have been the most consistent. Chinook are coming in 105 feet of water 55 down. I use the Depth Raider to measure speed at the ball. The boat speed of 1.9 to 2.2 has been best.

Lake Trout magnum Reaper glow spoons presented within inches of the bottom will bring in some hogs with the most running 5-8 pounds. A size 0 dodger and Spin N Glow may be needed on some days. Fish are marking from 80 feet and all the way out north or south of Milwaukee to 140 feet.

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July-9th-2013 -Report by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters - Coho are coming in 105 feet of water 75 down. Eight inch coyotes in green with Howie aqua flies have been the best with some action on small size spoons. Reapers and Vulcans made by Badger Tackle have been working for us. The small silver Vulcan has been working on the 300 copper. Coho are down as the water has warmed to 66 degrees on top. Water temperature varies from one area to another it pays to turn and go back over productive spots. Tie your flies 24.5 inches on 8 inch flashers. I hope this helps.

Chinooks are taking flies and also magnum spoons. Wire divers set to 1.5 with 100 feet of line out have been the most consistent. Chinook are coming in 105 feet of water 55 down I use the Depth Raider to measure speed at the ball. The boat speed of 1.9 to 2.2 has been best.

For Lake Trout magnum Reaper glow spoons presented within inches of the bottom will bring in some hogs with the most running 5-8 pounds. A size 0 dodger and Spin N Glow may be needed on some days. Fish are marking from 80 feet and all the way out north or south of Milwaukee to 140 feet.

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June-26th-2013 -Report by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters - Coho are coming up high on small size spoons and dodger flies. Reapers and Vulcans made by Badger Tackle have been working for us. The small silver Vulcan has been working on the lead cores. Six inch flashers or dodgers with green or blue Howies peanut flies must be part of your presentation for Coho. Coho are in the top 35 feet. Some action on Slide Divers set to #3 no ring and 35 feet of line out. Tie your flies 14.5 inches on 6 inch dodgers, 24 inches for 6 inch flashers.

Kings are taking magnum spoons. Run 2,3,4,and 5 color Cortland lead core and downriggers 12 to 48 feet down. I use the Depth Raider to measure speed at the ball. The boat speed of 1.9 to 2.2 has been best. Fish are scattered from 70 feet and all the way out north or south of Milwaukee to 140 feet.

 
June-11th-2013 -Report by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters - Coho are coming on small size spoons and dodger flies. Reapers and Vulcans made by Badger Tackle have been working for us. The small silver Vulcan has been hot on the lead cores. Six inch flashers or dodgers with green or blue Howies peanut flies must be part of your presentation for Coho. Coho are in the top 35 feet. Steady action on Slide Divers set to #3 no ring and 35 feet of line out. Tie your flies 14.5 inches on 6 inch dodgers, 24 inches for 6 inch flashers. All orange dodgers and flashers. I hope this helps.

Chinook are taking magnum spoons. Run 2,3,4,and 5 color Cortland lead core and downriggers 12 to 48 feet down. I use the Depth Raider to measure speed at the ball. The boat speed of 1.9 to 2.2 has been best.
Where! Fish are scattered from the break wall and all the way out north of Milwaukee to 140 feet. It can be a zoo in close with all the traffic and it may be better to head out the north gap Milwaukee 70 degrees and fish northeast out to 70 to 140 feet of water.
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May-24th-2013 -Report by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters - Coho are coming on small size spoons and dodger flies. Reapers and Vulcans made
by Badger Tackle have been working for us. The small silver Vulcan has been hot on the lead cores. Six inch flashers or dodgers with green or blue Howies peanut flies must be part of your presentation for Coho. Coho are in the top 35 feet. Steady action on Slide Divers set to #3 no ring and 35 feet of line out. Tie your flies 14.5 inches on 6 inch dodgers, 24 inches for 6 inch flashers. All orange dodgers and flashers.

Lake Trout are taking magnum spoons. Run 2,3,4,and 5 color Cortland lead core and downriggers 12 to 48 feet down. Kings are slow with a few on magnum spoons 30 to 45 down. Speed has been very critical with the 46 degree water. I use the Depth Raider to measure speed at the ball. The big Chinook are hitting on Reaper Magnum Glow spoons at first light. The boat speed of 1.9 to 2.2 has been best. Where!
Fish are scattered from the break wall and all the way out north of Milwaukee to 140 feet. It can be a zoo in close with all the traffic and it may be better to head out the north gap Milwaukee 70 degrees and fish northeast out to 70 to 140 feet of water.

 
May-17th-2013 -Report by Capitan Jim Hurt of Bluemax Charters - Coho are coming on all size spoons. Reapers and Vulcan spoons by Badger Tackle have been working for us. The small silver Vulcan has been hot on the lead cores. Six inch flashers or dodgers with green or blue Howies peanut flies must be part of your presentation for Coho. A hot presentation for us was a size O orange dodger with a 21.5 inch lead to a medium size blue fly. Coho are in the top 35 feet and Chinooks are 30 to 45 down. Steady action on Slide Divers set to #3 no ring and 35 feet of line out. Run 2,3,4,and 5 color Cortland lead core and downriggers 12 to 48 feet down. Speed has been very critical with the 46 degree water. I use the Depth Raider to measure speed at the ball. For spoons use the regular size Silver Vulcan. The big Chinook are hitting on Reaper Magnum Glow spoons. The boat speed of 1.9 to 2.2 has been best. Tie your flies 14.5 inches on 6 inch dodgers, 24 inches for 6 inch flashers. All orange dodgers and flashers. I hope this helps.
Where!
Fish are sucked up to the break wall and all the way out north of Milwaukee to 100 feet. It can be a zoo in close with all the traffic and it may be better to head out the north gap Milwaukee 70 degrees and fish northeast out to 70 to 100 feet of water.
 
July-9th-12 -Salmon fishing remains ridiculously good out of the Port of Milwaukee. The last three trips have produced at least 15 fish each trip, primarily Kings! With the W/SW winds we’ve been having cold water is not far off the beach. The best areas have been any where from 40-80fow and 20-40ft down. Almost every fish we’ve caught in the past week has been on flasher/flies, as they are so dominant right now. Glow spoons are working early and after sunset but besides that I’d load up on the flasher/flies. Wire divers have been the best rods in the boat the last couple trips set 70-90loc. One has been running a white/glow Protroll and Naughty Leprechaun while the other has had a white/glow Protroll and Pop’s Pearl Frog. Both combos have been taking King after King, with the occasional Laker thrown in for good measure…..all day long. Make sure to set your drags loose on these rods to help cut back on drive bys. Shallow set riggers have been good early and late, but are practically worthless once the sun is up. Board lines running a 3 or 4 color with a steelie spoon like a Michigan Stinger Blond Muff has been solid for the bug eaters.

 
June-17th-12 - Team Poseidon fished the first annual Kenosha Coho Classic this past Saturday. While we can’t brag about a win, the fishing was still solid. We went 11 for 19 and this poor conversion ratio is what killed our chances. Losing 3 kings pushing 15+#’s is going to kill you on tournament day and that’s what we did.

We started in 100-110fow just SE of Kenosha and had 10 bites in the first 1.5 hours, though only one was a quality 14# King. All the others were Cohos, Lakers and Rainbows. After 8AM the fishing got really tough, so we picked up and ran 5 miles south and moved into 60-70fow. In short order we found a decent pod of Kings. We picked away at them and ended with another 9 bites from 9am until noon. We landed a couple more nice Kings and lost 3 others in this area.

Surprisingly we never really got our coppers or leadcores in the action, only 2 fish out of 19 bites came on the board lines! This was really strange considering the shallow fishing, both hits were on the same board as well, a 100ft copper loaded with a Blue Chrome Frog Spin Dr and TT Special Poseidon Fly. This combo took a decent bow, and a heart breaking loss on a big King that snapped the leader to the flasher.

The wire divers out 110-120loc, and the deep rigger set within 5ft of the bottom took all the rest. Without a doubt our usual staple, a simple white/crushed glow Protroll flasher and Poseidon Naughty Leprechaun was the standout on all interior lines. This combo has been soooo good day in and day out over the last 5 years. It is a must have on every boat. I haven’t talked with a single boat using this combo where it hasn’t become their number one big king producer. A chrome Protroll with a Naughty Leprechaun is also really good most days and it took a couple on Saturday as well, but with the white flashers being so dominant we switched all 4 interior lines over to this combo.

Once again it was a great fishing day, but some tackle errors and bad luck cost us. The bite is absolutely phenomenal until about 7:30AM. After this, the window of opportunity closes rapidly and you really need to work for any bites. I highly recommend getting up early if you really want to fill the fish box with big kings.

 
Jun -5th - 2012 - Fishing this past weekend was awesome the waves were not… We ended up 16 for 20, with 7 Kings and the rest being a splattering of grease and ho’s. Big King for us was 18.25# with 4 others in the 12-14# range.

Until about 8am we only ran 4 rods, 2 riggers and 2 divers as it was rough and those 4 rods were providing plenty of action. Best depth of water was 100-125ft, from 70-110down. Every fish came on one of three flasher fly setups: White Protroll / Poseidon Naughty Leprechaun on a rigger (70-95down); White Protroll / Poseidon Gin & Tonic Frog on a Rigger down 80-110ft ; White Protroll / Poseidon Naughty Frog on a Wire Diver out 105-175loc. Chrome flashers took zero hits, and the two spoons we ran on the 200 copper and a 250 copper didn’t get a sniff from 9am till 12PM, unreal. Ended up in 6th place for the Southwest Lake Michigan Challenge Series, and 18th place overall. Very well run tournament and a lot of fun with fantastic fishing. Sorry for the lack of pictures but between the waves and the action photos got lost in the mix.

 
5-10-12 -Made our first trip on the pond last night after a couple expensive weeks of serious boat repairs. Luckily the lake didn’t disappoint. Ended up 14 for 14. 7 Kings, 6 Lakers and 1 Coho. All the Kings were between 9-14#. Action was between 130-160fow. Two rods caught all but two of the fish, Rigger down 115ft with a chrome Protroll flasher / Poseidon Milwaukee Minnow took 9 fish, 300 copper with a Chrome Protroll flasher / Naughty Leprechaun took 3 nice Kings. One other King came on a wire diver out 150loc with a Protroll Black Friday Flasher / Poseidon 7up. The lone coho came on a Blue Dolphin Stinger spoon on a 150 copper. That was our only spoon bite despite running 4 spoons. Fish were scattered and flasher flies dominated, with most of the kings in the 90 – 115ft deep range. Awesome start for May!

 
Sept-3rd & 4th-11 - Awesome fishing for us this past weekend! We fished anywhere from the harbor areas out to 90fow. Fish are everywhere, with lots of horses!!! Saturday AM after the storm we went 9 for 16 mostly 4yr old Kings with a few browns tossed in. Catch”s” of the day were a 24.5# and 22.5# King!!!
We lost way to many, but this is to be expected with the number of big Kings around. It’s been a long time since we’ve had consistent shots at 20+# fish, and we were just eating it up!! 20+# Kings will sure test your tackle so make sure all your gear is in order. While in and around the gaps we ran a simple four line spread consisting of two riggers, and two slide divers. When your combat fishing there is a lot of boat traffic, so keep it simple and your reward will be big fish with fewer headaches, minimized tackle losses…and pissing matches with other boats.

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Aug-29-11 Fishing flat out rocked this morning! We went 8 for 12 fishing between 5 and 8:30AM. By 8:30 the wind was howling pretty good and we decided it was best to pack it in. While the numbers weren’t the greatest 7 of the 8 were nice 8-20# Kings which is probably the best straight King bite we’ve had all year. We stayed between 70-100fow, and 45-65ft down was the strike zone for biters. The morning went like this: Just after lines were set a wire diver with a white Hotspot and Poseidon Skeletor out 100loc takes off screaming. A fun 10 minute fight later, and a near disaster with the fish tangling in both the rigger and the opposite wire diver a great 20# King came to the net. Not long after untangling and re-setting the same diver with Skeletor firmly in control we look over and its peeling line again! My brother grabs that fish, while he’s fighting it the 150ft Copper with a Warrior Green Easter Egg spoon starts ripping. Before I could grab the rod I look over and our rigger down 60ft with a Chrome Protroll and Milwaukee Minnow is bouncing and peeling line…TRIPLE! Somehow my Dad, brother, and I manage to successfully bring all three 8-12# Kings to the net!! What a start! After cleaning up the aftermath of a double net job along with hooks tangled in two nets we were back fishing. Next to go was the 8 color with a Silver Streak Hot Lobster adding another 10# King to the box followed shortly there after by a 5# rainbow on a 150ft copper with a NBK Stinger Stingray. Around 7AM fishing slowed a touch except for that Wire Diver with Skeletor and the the white Hotspot….that rod just kept adding to the box, taking 3 more strikes and one 10#King.

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Aug 20th-2011 - Fished tonight from 5:30-8:30PM. We had pretty good action all night long, ending up 9 for 11. 4 Kings, 3 Bows, 1 Coho and 1 Laker. Setup in 300fow and started catching fish immediately. First Fish was a bow that took a wire Dipsy out 110loc with a chrome Protroll and Poseidon Naughty Frog. Next was a double header with the 300 copper and Blue Holo Dolphin Dreamweaver spoon and the 150 copper and Lemon Ice Dreamweaver taking off screaming. Ended up being two nice 8# and 10# bows. Slight lull then 12# King on a wire diver out 145loc on my brothers custom made UV White/”TT” Blackdot Protroll and Poseidon UV LBB. Set back the wire diver and another 10# King right away on the “TT” Blackdot, UV LBB setup. Little while later 8# laker takes the Lemon Ice Dreamweaver spoon on the 150ft copper. As darkness closed in the coppers shut off, and the riggers and wire divers took over. Last 5 fish all took white flasher flies with either a Poseidon Naughty Frog or the “TT” Blackdot and UV LBB combo. Riggers were set at 95ft and 75ft, wire divers were out 110loc and 145loc. The thermocline was down 60ft or so, and most biters were in the the 55-95ft range. All 4 Kings were 8-12#’s. I’m guessing the big guys are in shallower.

 
Aug 6th-2011 - We fished this past Saturday morning, and it was a great change from last weekend. There are a lot more active fish around! Ended the morning 14 for 21 (7Kings, 6 Rainbows and 1 Coho) with the air show as well! Action started right at sunlight in 125fow with a nice King on a rigger down 60ft, Blue Protroll Flasher and Poseidon LBB. Then we got into the Rainbows. Between 6 and 8AM we caught 6 big bows from 7-11 pounds and lost numerous others, due to their crazy acrobatics!! The bows were tearing into our high board lines with Green and Caramel Dolphin Silver Streak Mags doing most of the damage. We puttered around between 110-140 fow, 115-130fow was best. Around 9AM we started picking up Kings on the wire dipsies, and riggers down 50 and 60ft. A Green Dolphin Protroll and Poseidon Naughty Frog, along with a Blue Protroll and Poseidon LBB were the King slayers. The Kings were great great fighters, lots of jumps from them as well! I’m really glad to see the Kings and Rainbows around after last weeks grease fest! Best pattern right now is mag spoons on your 7 colors and up, with flashers and flies for the Kings on your dipsies and riggers. The next few weeks are shaping up to be awesome, get out there!

 
Aug 2nd-2011 - We fished both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Fishing was pretty tough both days, but fun none the less! Saturday we went 7 for 9 (3 Kings, 3 Lakers and 1 Coho). We fished north of the towers, with 60-70fow being the best depth. All the Lakers came tight to the bottom on our deep rigger with a 10? White Spin Dr. and Poseidon Green Machine Fly on a short 27? lead. You need to constantly check that line though, since it will get fouled up with weeds and mussels. The chunky Coho took the 5 color loaded with a Chart/Glow Protroll and First In’s Fire Fly.
A 15# King and 8# King took the 150ft Copper with a Chrome Disco Tape Green Edge Protroll and Poseidon Super Frog. Last King of the day about an 8#er took a Wonderbread Silver Horde on a rigger down 45ft. We also had a few drive by’s on our wire Dipsies but we couldn’t keep the fish glued.

 
July 26th-2011 - Got a late start last Saturday morning on account of the T-Storms. Headed NNE out of the gap and setup north of the towers. Fishing was as expected….slow. Ended the morning 5 for 5 with a mixture of Kings and Lakers. Biggest King went 15#, and came on a 7 color leadcore with a Green Skittles Protroll and Poseidon Super Frog. We fished 50-70fow early, right around 70ft seemed best. Fish slid out to the 80-110 band later in the morning. All fish came on flasher flies, but all 5 fish took different baits so no pattern. A nice 12# Laker fell for our Laker killer which is a white Spin Dr and Poseidon Froggie Fly. There is something about the Froggie/Spin Dr combo that really gets the grease going. Definitely pays to have that combo in your spread on slow days being that it’s always good for a fish. The water temp is ice cold right to shore on out to 100+fow. We had 42 degree water down 30ft in 70fow. The cold water temps have the fish scattered, but most of the active biters are 30-60ft down so concentrate there. Good luck!

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July 19th-2011 - We were able to make it out fishing every day this past week and went 14 for 18 on Monday night, 7 for 8 on Tuesday night, 1 for 1 on Wed morning (cut short on account of the wind), 14 for 18 on Thursday Night and 16 for 19 on Friday morning. There have been a lot of complaints this year about the lack of Kings. I agree numbers are down, but there are still plenty of Kings around. In order to get these moody Kings you need to target them with every line in your spread. Orange dodgers and peanuts won’t get the job done, it’s time to put those away. The Cohos are all grown up and will readily take full size flashers and flies. No point in running the Coho gear. Spoons and plugs have also been really poor. If you want Kings run 8? flashers and King flies on every line. 11? flashers haven’t taken off yet so I’d leave those in the box as well and maximize your chances with the 8? FF.

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July 13th-2011 - Team Poseidon fished the Super Sweepstakes and the Two on the Boat tournament this weekend. Both tournaments are part of the always fun Salmon-A-Rama. The weekend started with a little pre-fishing on Friday night. We were able to find a nice school of active fish right at dark in a 110fow SE of the harbor. We quickly caught three nice kings, a couple ho’s and one monster 15.5# bow (to bad it was 3 hours before the Salmon-A-Rama began!!). The big bow came on a 7 color with a white Hotspot Flasher and Poseidon Bullfrog. Kings came on Bullfrogs and Naughty Leprechauns behind a Green Skittles Protroll or a white Hotspot.

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June 29th-2011 - We made it out for a few hours on Saturday morning. Ending up 8 for 11, with the catch consisting of 5 Coho, 2 Kings and a Bow. Best depth was 100-120fow. Kings were 40-80ft down and the Coho were scattered from the surface to the bottom. We landed one nice 16# King that tore into a 3-set wire dipsy out 80loc, with a Green Bikini Dot Spin Dr and Naughty Leprechaun. For many years running the Naughty Leprechaun continues to be a big King magnet! Other hot combos were a White/Glow Protroll Flasher and Supernova fly on a 200ft copper and a Glow Chart Ladderback Lyman’s plug on a 300ft copper. The most recent information I have is from this morning. I just spoke with two friends who were out this morning and the fishing continues to be pretty good. One landed 8 this morning, best rigs were a 10 color with a White/Glow Protroll and Naughty Leprechaun, and a 8 color with a Chart/Glow Protroll and MKE Minnow King Fly. He did his damage in 80-100fow. Other buddy fished in 130fow landing 2 Kings, 2 Lakers, 2 Bows and 4 Coho. Hot fly for him was a Poseidon Space Alien.

 
June 15th-2011 - Team Poseidon fished the Sheboygan Salmon cup this past weekend. The action alone was worth the price of admission! I’ve never seen that many Cohos off Sheboygan, at times I thought I was off Kenosha in early May! Saturday we went 26 for 28, and on Sunday we went 26 for 31. This fantastic catch came running almost an entire compliment of King Flasher and Flies. We were actually doing out best to stay away from the Cohos, since it would takes Kings to win.

Saturday’s haul was 3 Kings (17.5#, 14# and 11#) 2 Rainbows (5# and 7.5#), a 10# Laker and the rest Cohos. On Sunday we caught a 8.5# Rainbow, one Laker and the remainder were all chunky Coho. Best depth for us was anywhere from 175-225fow south of town. Surface temp was around 46 degrees, and down 90ft it was 41 degrees. All but two of the 59 bites came on Flasher and Flies.

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June 7th-2011 - On Saturday 6/4/11 Team Poseidon competed in our first salmon tournament of the year, the SU Open. The SU Open is out of the Port of Racine and ran by Salmon Unlimited of Wisconsin. The tournament was extremely well run, with great weather and cooperative fish (in our case Cohos.) Rules were a 15 fish limit, weigh you top 10 with releasing fish allowed. Going into Saturday we knew while there were Cohos everywhere, it would take a cooler full of Kings to win. Problem is Kings have be relatively scarce. At 4:30AM we left the pierheads after check in, and ran 8 miles SE stopping at 5AM to set lines in 120fow off Kenosha. Almost immediately we were covered up in fish. First bite was a 14# King that ate a Poseidon Bad Apple behind a Green Bikini Dot Spin Dr on a 10-color leadcore. At the same time a Steelie attacked a 2 color board line with a 00 Orange Jensen dodger w/Steelie Stomper Mini Fly. Just as soon as the Steelie was in the net the 8-color Leadcore with a Chartreuse Protroll flasher and Milwaukee Minnow fly starts screaming line. with a 9# Chinook putting up the tussle. Now this was the start we were looking for!! With 3 in the box including two nice Kings by 5:15 we were quite happy.

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June 2nd-2011 - Fishing has remained simply phenomenal off the port of Milwaukee. The main school of Cohos slid out from 30-40fow to 100fow and beyond. Fine in my book since it helps keep everyone spread out. Kings are starting to show up, nothing crazy yet, but give it a few weeks and the Kings should be going good. We fished the Monday morning of Memorial Day. What a nice day for a change! Little wind, and the fog burned off pretty quick for a nice clear day. Best yet the fish were snapping!!! We started by the green can and caught 3 in about an hour, 2 Cohos and a King. Kinda slow so we picked up and re-set in 100fow headed east. The next hour was pure chaos. We caught 11 more Coho, and 1 Steelie to finish out our limit 15 for 15. Coho’s came everywhere from the surface to 101ft down on a rigger. 13 on flasher/dodger flies, 2 on Brad’s Cut Plugs filled with herring.

 
May 20th -2011 - Turns out last weeks NE wind blew a whole pile of Cohos into the Milwaukee area. Get out there if you get a chance and want a shot at a limit of delicious Cohos. I haven’t seen this many Coho around Milwaukee in a few years. We caught a three man limit actually we went 17 for 23 with two toss backs since we couldn’t get the rods out of the water fast enough. We fished less then 2 hours. All Coho’s, minus one surprise 10# King that ate a orange easter egg Warrior spoon on a rigger down 22. That was the only rigger bite. Every other fish came on the boards and dipsys loaded with 00 Orange Jensen dodgers and Poseidon Peanuts. Best rig was a board with a 3/4oz snap weight set 2 passes back, trailing behind was an orange dodger and Poseidon Sidewinder, that took 7 hits. Originally that line had a Green n Gold Peanut, but after an hour with no bites we switched out. Once the Sidewinder was in the water it started getting smoked. Only one fish came on a five color and that was our deepest leadcore. Other standout rods were the two color leadcores, one with a Black and Blue Peanut the other with a Firefly peanut. The Firefly Peanut is new this year, but it’s quickly becoming one of my favorites.
Best depth of water was 40 to 50feet, vast majority of the fish were in the top 10 feet. We caught the fish going north and south didn’t matter one bit. You have to love days like yesterday, and it makes you appreciate just how good Lake Michigan fishing can be.

 
May 11th -2011 - The fishing was not fast and furious and the 2-4footers made it a nice bumpy cold ride. After hearing that most of the AM bite was out deeper we decided to start out in 80fow off the filter. Our first fish we picked up an hour later. It was a Laker in 90fow on a slide diver out 30loc loaded with a Jensen 00 orange dodger and Poseidon Sidewinder peanut. With no Coho’s in sight we picked up and drove shallow to setup in 40fow off the filter. We set going with the waves and headed on a south troll following the 40ft contour. That move panned out pretty well for us, we went 4 for 5 all Coho’s in the next 1.5hrs. All Coho’s came on 2 and 3 color leadcores with 00 orange Jensen Dodgers and either a Poseidon Firefly or Green/Gold Peanut. We didn’t have a single bump on a spoon or plug. Best area for us was right off the main gap in 40fow. It was sure nice to be back on the pond!!

 
Apr 26th -2011 - Talk about crappy weather! This spring has been about as bad as it gets. Cold, wind, and rain has made fishing on the pond next to impossible most days of the month. The only highlight is the fishing when possible has been excellent. Limit catches of Coho’s, yes Coho’s have been coming in shallow water (40ft or less) from Oak Creek all the way north to the filter. Besides Coho’s good numbers of Brown and Lake Trout are also present with the occasional King and Rainbow mixed in. The above report comes from trusted sources. Unfortunately, I’ve been working on our boat the last few weeks and been unable to make it out to cash in on this great fishing. Next weekend I hope to make our maiden voyage of 2011. make it out stick to 40ft or shallower. Cranks have been best, but 6? orange dodgers and peanuts/minis are also producing. Look for the dodger and peanut/mini fly bite to dominate in the next couple weeks as the water slowly warms. Keep fly leads of 12-14? in the ice cold spring water.

 
Apr 5th 2011 - Went fishing for stream steelhead for a few hours yesterday, don’t get to do this a lot, but every time I go I wonder why I don’t do this more often??? It’s always a blast especially when a big steelie starts flying out of the water only a few yards away! The action wasn’t amazing by any stretch but there was enough to keep things interesting. I caught two beautiful steelhead in just under two hours of fishing.

The color on Steelhead this time of year is just stunning and worth the price of admission. The flow conditions are about perfect right now and fishing should remain pretty good on area streams through this weekend. The two fish I caught were hanging back in the holes. I didn’t see a single fish up on any gravel beds yet, but that should happen soon. I’m sure the frigid weather at night has slowed the spawning urge. I caught both fish drifting spawn, one ate an orange spawn sack consisting of steelhead eggs cured in Pautzke’s BorX O’ Fire and the other hit a pink spawn sack cured in BorX O’ Fire as well.

 
March 27th 2011- The Poseidon team feels the it coming on, it seems to happen every year about this time….it’s a bad case of Coho fever!!! Those little silvers start occupying my thoughts as the days get longer, because Coho season is right around the corner. For me that means weekend trips to Kenosha beginning in late April or early May. Last year the Coho fishing was literally off the hook. Incredible amounts of these little guys showed up in late April and good numbers stuck around through the end of May..... Finish reading the complete article.

 
March 15th 2011- This past Saturday my brothers and I were lucky enough to be invited for some open water harbor fishing on my friend Matt’s boat. We boarded the Oily Duck in the dark and headed out to fish the mighty Milwaukee harbor. It didn’t take long for us to get into some world class Brown Trout fishing! We knew we were in for a good time when on my first drop of the line I hooked into a small Steelhead. For the next 1.5hrs I don’t think we went more then 5-10 minutes without a fish! What a blast! Catching trophy trout on lite tackle spinning rods, it really doesn’t get any better. In the early going spawn sacks were the ticket. Simply use a couple split shot and a #8 octopus hook, drop to the bottom and wait. It’s that easy. As I’ve said before all spawn sacks are not created equal. On Saturday we didn’t get a single hit on uncured spawn, but caught 8 fish on spawn cured with Pautzke’s BorX O’ Fire. That stuff continues to impress. The spawn sack bite died out after a couple of hours and we caught the last 4 of our 12 fish on Berkley Gulp Alive Gobys. We used 1/4oz.-3/8oz. darter jig heads, and popped them along the bottom. You could cast or vertical jig them, it really didn’t matter. As always we released all the trout we caught. Trust me eating harbor brown trout is not delicious, I can’t recommend it to anyone. Steelhead are OK, but it’s better to release these fish and allow them to grow. If you want eater fish from the big pond wait until the Cohos and Kings show up. Coolers full of salmon will fill anyone’s freezer with delicious meat. After a few hours the bite slowed way down. This was mostly due to the incredible amount of Shad present in the harbor. We’re talking tens of thousands of Shad maybe more. Jigging gulp we snagged 10-20 shad and saw shad surfacing all over the harbor. To say these Browns and Bows are well fed would be an understatement! After getting our fix of Browns and Bows we decided to try our luck jigging for Lakers. Well mother nature decided we had caught enough of her fish as the strong west wind nearly blew us to Michigan. Enough of that we decided, there is always next time.

 


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