Sheboygan Chinook Salmon Fishing
Fished this morning in 130 to 170 feet of water north of the harbor with a group that has been coming to Sheboygan to fish for the past 10 years. Caught 20 fish and lost a bunch more. All chinook salmon and one lake trout. All the fish were taken on dodger and flies trolled on downriggers at depths of 80 to 120 feet deep. Despite the warm water temperatures we have been catching plenty of fish. Many limit catches have been taken the past couple of weeks, particularly at sunrise and sunset. Sorry for the lack of reports. I've been on the water for the past 88 straight days, and the past couple of weeks have been very busy. It's sometimes difficult to sit at a computer after a long day of fishing.
SEPTEMBER 7, 2006
Caught our 3 person limit in less then 2 hours this morning, and been catching our limit of salmon the past couple of days. Fished this morning in 100 to 120 feet of water north of the harbor. Dodgers and flies were the ticket this morning set on downriggers near the bottom.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2006
Fished around the harbor today. All kinds of fish all over.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2006
Fished around the harbor area this morning. Caught our 2 person limit of big fall chinook salmon despite having a hard time landing the fish we hooked. A variety of stick baits and J-plugs worked well for us. Tomorrow is the first monthly meeting of the Sheboygan Area Great Lakes Sport Fishermen's club. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm at the Outboard club located at 732 Water Street. It should be a good time to share your best fishing stories and a lunch will be provided after the meeting.
SEPTEMBER 20, 2006
Fast and furious fall salmon fishing the past couple of days. Caught our two person limit this morning in just an hour. Caught our limit of fish on all three trips yesterday. The harbor fishing action does not get any faster. Sometimes it feels more like hand to hand combat then it does fishing. Cold water moved to the shoreline Tuesday morning and the fall chinook salmon were everywhere. It didn't really matter what we trolled for bait, but J-Plugs are my favorite harbor bait which worked well all day long. Pictured below is our catch with Tuesday mornings group.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2006
The harbor fishing is still going strong. Caught 19 fish this morning, including a 9.78 pound coho salmon. The coho salmon was caught by Mitch Gebheim and now tops the list for the largest coho reported out of Sheboygan this year (see Sheboygan's Big Fish, above). We also got our two person limit this evening in just a couple of hours. There's no better time to experience this fast paced fishing action so close to shore. The amount of fish being taken by anglers this past week is almost obscene. Fishing pressure around the harbor area the last few days has been surprisingly light.
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