Before the new year I got to experience a new opportunity that has seemed to take off the last couple of years. Fishing Atlantic Salmon. Fishing was tough but it was fun trying to fish a new species. Especially since I got to do it with my Dad and my Uncle.
In case you have not heard about these fish, they were put here to replace the King Salmon that crashed back in 2003 – 2004. I have pursued these fish from Lexington to the Soo. My first Atlantic came from the Soo up in the UP where Lake Superior State and the DNR has created an awesome fishery. The DNR decided to bring the fishery down to the ports along the shorelines of Lake Huron. The Lake Huron Atlantic fishery didn’t seem like it was holding til about a few years ago when people started catching these fish from a boat and now recently the rivers and piers. They have also been caught as far south at the Detroit river and I believe I heard of one caught in Lake Erie this year. On a trip to Oscoda Michigan where we hammered multi-species, we were able to put one Atlantic Salmon in the boat as well.
I really didn’t knowwhat I was getting into on this trip. But, I have heard some tips over the years. I hadn’t fished this harbor in about 10-15 years. So we decided to give it a try and quickly adept to what we found. We started off on the break wall where I found the lake extremely muddy. Without a lot of time, we quickly moved into the harbor. It was still pretty dirty but definitely fishable. Between the 3 of us, we had out 3 bait rods and was each casting and reeling in real slow. The bait was shiners and floating coho spawn. We were casting little cleos, spinner and rattle traps. I noticed most of the fisherman were on shore so we decided to move in closer. Most of them were also using bait
It didn’t take long for a bait rod to go off. I was quickly on it. After a few minute fight I had a nice Northern Pike in the net. Not exactly what I was looking for but considering the tough fishing I was just happy to catch something. The fish took a shiner. The shiner was on a free sliding rig with a small 1/4 tear drop weight since there was no waves to move it around. Not long after my dad had a fish chase a 3/4 ounce blue cleo. We fish til dark and then called it a trip. That was the only fish caught in the harbor that I knew of.
Lots of guys will knock Lake Huron and put It down because it no longer holds a large
number of King Salmon. As a guy who fishes both lakes, I would never knock it without
trying. Lake Huron is turning around and providing great opportunities to fish all over the lake. There is plenty of Lake Trout to be caught. Steelhead and Atlantics can be caught as well. Also, you may run into a king or two. The last few years I have fish
Oscoda, Michigan and have caught Kings on all of my trips. Also, the walleye fishing has blown up and you can take home a delicious meal of Walleye on every trip. I actually caught more fish per trip this year on Lake Huron then I did on Lake Michigan. Once you find fish you have to stay on them.
Many of us like to fish the same old waters that we know the best. But part of the fun of fishing is exp
eriencing new places and new opportunities. Make sure you try something new this year. Go in with little expectations. It will make you a better fisherman in the end.
If you would like to get out fishing this year, give me a call. I would love to get you out on the water. If you are a seasonal fisherman, make sure you get someone knew on the water. If you would like to keep up with what I am up to or anything else I may post, make sure you add your email address to the top right.