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  1. Right now they are catching some coho close to the beaches from 3 to 20 FOW. Thin fins on boards, spoons on riggers and divers. They will move out some when the water warms in coming weeks. King fishing has been very good the past 2 years for about 10 days around May 10th. Most of that was from 60 to 120 FOW. There is a very good offshore fishery in May too for coho's steelhead and lakers from 180 to 240 FOW, that is a long run west. It is just getting started now, will probably see more reports in April as more guys get their boats out. One of my friends has a short trip Sat eve and went 6 for 7 on cohos in about 2 hrs of trolling.
  2. Coho have been biting in Indiana from shore and boats. I know a few were caught from shore and by boats at St Joe this on Saturday too.
  3. The GLSI wants to encourage all anglers to participate in Great Lakes fisheries research by turning in their micro tagged fish heads from fish with adipose fin clips.  The data from these wire tags is critical to evaluate the success of fish stocking programs.  Think about this; when micro tagged heads go down the grinder, you are in-directly telling the DNR that fish planting is a waste of effort and our license dollars.  When the DNR receives tagged heads for study that lets them know that stocking efforts are working and also how to make the best decision on when and where to stock fish so anglers benefit.    Turning in micro tagged steelhead heads will be especially important.  The DNR is in the 3rd year of micro tagging 100% of steelhead plants. If anglers catch micro tagged steelhead, the DNR needs those heads to determine which steelhead plant locations were successful and to evaluate how many wild steelhead are being produced. If you get a steelhead with an adipose fin clip, save the head, freeze in a zip lock and fill out the form, place the form in a smaller zip lock to protect it and put it in with the head.   Below are links for more info, the return form for micro tagged heads and a link to all locations where you can turn them in.  More info:    https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79119_79146_82441_82708---,00.html Form for tagged heads:    https://www.michigan.gov/documents/coded_wire_tag_form-PR8550_35853_7.pdf Locations to return tagged heads:  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/CodedWireTagDropSites_320620_7.pdf?update21413 The GLSI is very excited to sponsor a reward program for angler data collection(micro tagged heads) for the MDNR and Michigan Seagrant this year.  We will be funding reward prizes for anglers who participate in the MDNR coded wire tag program and Seagrant's predator prey research.  Both organizations need anglers help to collect data to better study and manage our fishery.   The GLSI has always advocated that our fishery be managed by the best available science and research.  We want a balanced fishery with Kings being dominant but we want that fishery to be in balance with the forage base so it remains healthy for generations to come. We want to encourage anglers to participate in collecting micro tagged heads and stomach contents so our fisheries biologists have a broad and robust data set to use in their research.  We are still working through the details but we will be providing $1000's to purchase a number of prizes and gift cards for this.  All anglers who turn in coded wire tagged salmon and steelhead heads will be entered into a drawing for some nice gear or gift cards.  The more you turn in, the more entries you will get.   As we work through the process with the MDNR and Seagrant, we will have more details on how to participate this spring.   The GLSI we will be having our annual membership meeting in March 14th at 11:00AM at Jay's Sporting Goods in Clare Michigan    We are also launching our 2020 membership drive. The GLSI has not held a formal membership drive since we formed and we have been very frugal with the resources provided by our members. We are raising funds to expand the reward program to encourage angler participation in fisheries research.      Here is a link:   https://glsalmon.org/great-lakes-salmon-initiative-memberships/ We hope to see you at the annual meeting March 14th at Jay’s Sporting Goods in Clare Michigan.    
  4. Got out for the first time this year on Sunday. It was hot for the first 1-1/2 hrs, then dead for 3 hrs and they really fired up and we had our limit in the last hour. Skein fished on the bottom was the ticket.
  5. Welcome, glad you're here.
  6. https://www.greatlakesfisherman.com/fishing-hunting-outdoors/forum/81-fishing-videos/
  7. https://dnr.wi.gov/news/Releases/Article/?id=4984&fbclid=IwAR2eSERwJqHFAPCnYBreeQLzzXFksv2KxN8mDoBMTtz1pbiCANbv7VdqokU MADISON, Wis. - To enhance fishing success and opportunities for all Lake Michigan anglers, while sustaining a balanced and vibrant fisheries community, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has released a new Lake Michigan fish stocking plan. "Because of work with key partners in the Lake Michigan fisheries community, Wisconsin will grow as the preeminent destination for world-class fishing. This collaborative approach and innovative management strategies will expand our diverse and exciting fishery," said DNR Fisheries, Wildlife, and Parks Director Scott Loomans. "I'm looking forward to big things." Lake Michigan is home to a world-class fishery, and there are anglers, businesses, stakeholder groups and communities that have a deep commitment to developing management strategies that will benefit this fishery for current and future generations, according to Todd Kalish, Deputy Director of DNR Fisheries Management. Throughout 2019, DNR fisheries staff conducted an open and inclusive process to gather input on management options for the Lake Michigan fishery. "Stakeholder input has historically and continues to be a driving force in the development of Lake Michigan management strategies," Kalish said. "A common theme of stakeholder input was a strong interest in developing innovative management strategies and collaboration that acknowledge economic, social and biological factors." For 2020, 2021 and 2022, chinook salmon stocking numbers will increase to 1,200,000 fish annually, coho stocking will increase to 500,000 annually, steelhead stocking will increase to 460,000 fish annually and brown trout, a popular fish, caught off piers and in harbors, will increase to 450,000 fish annually. "In meetings and in comments we received about this plan, there was strong interest in increases in stocking not just for chinook salmon but for coho salmon, steelhead and brown trout," said Brad Eggold, Great Lakes District Fisheries Supervisor. "This plan accomplished that goal and contained increases for every type of fishermen." Fisheries managers will assess potential changes to stocking numbers for 2023 and beyond based on traditional and new data and metrics collected and evaluated in 2020, 2021 and 2022. The DNR will also begin the development of a Lake Michigan brook trout stocking initiative in 2020. Brook trout are a revered native species that could produce critical near-shore angling opportunities. "We are excited to work with stakeholders to pursue reestablishing this native species to enhance angler opportunities and experiences," Kalish said. "Lake Michigan is a tremendous economic asset, and the fish stocking plan released today by Secretary-designee Preston Cole shows his vision of enhancing our world-class fishery in this great lake, making Milwaukee and the rest of our shoreline a fantastic tourist destination," said Steve Baas Sr., Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy for Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. In addition to the 2020-2022 stocking plan, department staff, in collaboration with charter, commercial and sport fishers, plan to: expand salmon and trout net pen projects to maximize the survivability of stocked fish; develop and implement innovative public/private data collection initiatives to better inform future management strategies; enhance outreach and communication by more actively engaging stakeholders in communication initiatives; increase and enhance diverse marketing and outreach strategies; and pursue salmon and trout habitat enhancement projects. "I commend Secretary-designee Cole for his leadership and standing up for Wisconsin sportsmen and our impact on the Wisconsin economy," said Tom Kleiman, President of the Wisconsin Lakeshore Business Association. "Our priority throughout this process is to promote the entire Lake Michigan fishery, including the tributaries, near-shore and open water fishing. This plan addresses short-term needs with a comprehensive plan for future growth to enhance fishing opportunities in this great resource." To learn more about Lake Michigan fisheries, visit the DNR website. Last Revised: Thursday, December 05, 2019
  8. Welcome to GLF Mike, the new boat looks sweet!
  9. Nice job getting the kids out. Lakers everywhere this year. Where's all the immature kings for next year? We hardly caught any all summer. Could 2020 be worse than 2019?
  10. It will last almost indefinitely. If it does not have abrasions, frays or kinks, you don't need to replace it. You can also get away with just stripping off a few feet at the end if that is the only area with damage. if you drag bottom for lake trout, the end may get damaged but it will be fine a few feet up the line.
  11. After dark casting crank baits at Luna Pier, Sterling State park beach off the rock wall or the beach in waders. They come in shallow in the fall when waters cool.
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