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  1. Congratulations to the winners! Here are the winners of the Great Lakes Salmon Initiative tagged head reward program for 2021. We want to thank all anglers who participated and turned in micro tagged salmon and trout heads last year. Returns were way up this past season. There were 631 heads turned in during 2020 and this increased to 1517 heads in 2021. These returns provide important scientific data on stocking success, fish movement and growth rates. Mass marking returns also contribute to studies on natural reproduction. This research helps to better manage our Great Lakes fisheries. Special thanks go out to our sponsors who make these rewards possible. Each winner will receive one prize package with either $100 in Moonshine products or $100 gift cards. Please support these companies who make these rewards possible. Captain Chuck's II Inc., Moonshine Lures, Blood Run Tackle, Jay's Sporting Goods, Collins Design and Build. The family of Tom VanEtten also sponsored this in his memory. We also want to thank Vice Chairman of the Lake Huron Citizens Fishery Advisory Committee Randy Terrian and Jay Wesley from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Randy posted signs up and down the Lake Huron coast and encouraged anglers to turn in heads. There were a lot of entries and winners from Lake Huron. Jay has helped coordinate the program within the DNR and helped us administer the drawings. He even picked up a full freezer of heads from the UP. Thanks to the crew at the Charlevoix lab where all the heads are processed to recover the micro tags. Here are the 2021 Winners Michael C Oliver Atlantic salmon Smith from Mio MI Atlantic salmon Brynn L Carsters Atlantic salmon Harry J Barnhart Atlantic salmon Stanley J Czarnik Chinook Marie Czarnik Chinook Phillip Throop Chinook Brian Haffner Chinook David A Little Chinook Dave Nadalsky Chinook Trevor Dunn Chinook Scott M Kain Chinook Julie A Shafto Chinook Gregory S Frutiger Chinook Joseph A Cadorette Chinook Frank Krist Chinook Michael Behrendt Chinook Mickey Vance Chinook Gregory S Frutiger Chinook Mike Hickey Chinook David B Eck Rainbow trout Cathy Fry Rainbow trout Josh Kilbourn Steelhead Erich Franz Steelhead Mike Hickey Steelhead Josh A Kretchman Steelhead Tom G Andris Steelhead Jon R Reardon Skamania steelhead Jacob S Myers Skamania steelhead Earl Boyer Skamania steelhead Mark D Andrzejewski Skamania steelhead Sally J Wilson Skamania steelhead Matt D Kramer Skamania steelhead We will be shipping your prizes out soon via USPS. Please allow up to 4 weeks for delivery. If there are any problems with receipt, contact us at [email protected] We invite all anglers to join the Great Lakes Salmon Initiative and support our mission to advocate for King Salmon and improve our Great Lakes Fisheries. You can join us here: https://glsalmon.org/great-lakes-salmon-initiative-memberships/
  2. The offshore bite has been good for us. We have been fishing 350 and out to 450 fow, about 12 miles out. Got 10 each trip fishing the morning, we pulled lines at 10:30 today. Fast action losing more fish than we should but had cohos and jumping steelies in the mix. Bites have been on riggers down 80 and 100 with a double stack with a mag Moonshine carbon 14 with a regular MS carbon 14 10 ft above it and a double stack of mag and regular Moonshine sarge on the other rigger. A 10 inch Dreamweaver white slick spin doctor and pickled sunshine fly on a low diver out 150 to 170 and on a 450 copper has been taking a lot of hits. A 8in green bikini DW spin doctor and green crinkle spin doctor with the same pickled sunshine fly on high divers out 225 have been good. Dreamweaver SS rasta goose, double orange crush and fireball on 225 and 300 coppers were taking bites. Looking forward to next few days, the water is stable today.
  3. It will come down to ounces between this fish and one caught in a river off Lake Ontario for it to be the biggest king ever caught in any of the Great Lakes. Jay Wesley will confirm on Monday when he talks to officials there. It was caught on a Moonshine Raspberry Carbon 14 off Big Sable Point in Ludington by a 19 year old first time salmon fisherman with Icebreaker Charters. https://www.shorelinemedia.net/ludington_daily_news/news/local/ortonville-teen-catches-great-lakes-record-chinook-salmon/article_b464f94a-acc6-5ac3-a147-2ad5d00e18d8.html Ortonville teen catches Great Lakes record Chinook salmon By David Bossick and Brian Mulherin Daily News Aug 7, 2021 Updated 11 hrs ago 1 of 2 Louis Martinez, 19, of Ortonville, smiles as he looks over to Icebreaker Charters Capt. Bobby Sullivan Saturday afternoon as Martinez holds a new Michigan state record Chinook salmon outside Captain Chuck's II in Ludington. Martinez and his family chartered with Sullivan and caught the 47.86-pound, 47 1/2-inch Chinook salmon off of Big Sable Point on Lake Michigan. David Bossick | Daily News Louis Martinez, 19, of Ortonville, left, and Captain Chuck's II Co-Owner Scott Keegstra lift up a new Michigan state record Chinook salmon out of a cooler Saturday afternoon outside Captain Chuck's II in Ludington. The fish broke a record from 1978, weighing in at 47.86 pounds and measuring 47 1/2 inches. Louis Martinez of Ortonville wasn’t quite sure. Icebreaker Charters Capt. Bobby Sullivan was starting to have doubts, too. Once Sullivan brought in Martinez and his family back to Ray’s Auto Marine weighed the Chinook salmon Martinez caught Saturday morning, the race was on to see just how big of a fish was caught off of Big Sable Point in Lake Michigam. A short time later, it was confirmed — Martinez pulled in a 47.86-pound, 47 1/2-inch Chinook salmon that set a new Michigan state record. The previous state record was 46.06 pounds and 43 1/2 inches caught in 1978 from snagging on the Grand River in Kent County. “The first 10 minutes were quite a fight,” Martinez said. “Around the 20s, 30s (minutes or so), he started jumping out of the water. That’s when we pulled it out and landed it in the boat. “The captain was so happy. (Sullivan) was screaming,” he said. Saturday was the first time Martinez went out salmon fishing, and he was with his mom Maria Lemaster, sister Ale Martinez and stepdad David Lemaster. “We come every year, my husband and I love to go fishing,” Maria Lemaster said. “Every time I invited them to come along, and this year, for some reason, they decided to go.” Good decision. “Try something new,” Martinez said. “It’s (my) first catching a salmon.” Around 7 a.m. is when the fish first struck the line. Lemaster said they knew they had a large fish on the line right away. “The reel started screaming,” she said. “It went a lot quicker than I was suspecting.” Sullivan said it took out about 350 feet of line, and he said he was starting to think that he didn’t have enough line. He did, though. “It took that one big run and then it turned around, and I don’t know it took a run once (Martinez) started gaining line,” Sullivan said. “The fish got into a couple of boards on the one side, but once we got that untangled, and we got it on-board, I just said, oh, man, this thing is a giant.” As Martinez was reeling in the fish, Sullivan said he slowed down his boat a little bit. Martinez said he felt a bit sore as he was reeling it in. “They were all screaming, and I was like, what did I do?’” Martinez said. “(Sullvan) said he was for sure more than 35 pounds. ‘I know it. I know it.’” There was lots of screaming, and videos and some pictures, too. But then the doubts started to creep in a bit. “When it hit the floor, I said, ‘This thing is big.’ And then I started second-guessing myself,” Sullivan said. “I thought it was pushing 40. I told (Martinez), ‘You don’t realize what you just caught.’ "Little did I know, when I weighed it at Ray’s, and I put it on the scale, and I was like…” Sullivan said that because the record-breaking fish was brought in around 7:30 a.m. or so, they stayed out and caught one more fish before heading back to Ray’s Auto Marine. “The whole time I’m thinking, I wish I had a scale, I wish I had a scale,” Sullivan said. There, on an uncertified scale, it tipped the scales at more than 47 pounds. They put the fish on plenty of ice, and Sullivan’s fellow charter boat captains began to congratulate him. “He was up at the cleaning station and he had it on the scale, and he said, that scale can’t be right,” said Doug Strzynski, captain of Pole Cat. “I said, ‘Bobby that’s a 47. I’ve caught 37s. I know. He hung up on scale again. I told him that scale is right. Bobby the girth in that is unbelievable.” Strzynski said the camaraderie between all of the captains where they are is really good. “Our dock is wonderful. Everyone is sharing in how each of us do. We don’t care who catches the most.” Sullivan runs 350-foot weighted steel line with a 30-pound monofiliment leader. The rod also had a couple hundred feet of 60-pound braided superline backing. It was on a Okuma-brand rod and reel. He fishes in 28 1/2-foot Baja Cruiser, and Sullivan estimated that the line was at around 60 to 65 feet deep in 200 feet of water near Big Sable Point.“ When I was running up there, I stayed to the outside (of the dozens of boats fishing there Saturday morning),” Sullivan said. “And I’m glad I did.” The record was caught with a Magnum Moonshine Raspberry Carbon Spoon. The lure is now Martinez’s. Sullivan is in his fifth season as a charter boat captain, and he splits his year between Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay and Lake Michigan. He said he typically spends July and August fishing for salmon along Lake Michigan. After getting to Ray’s Marina and measuring it, the family and charter headed to Captain Chuck’s II to get it weighed and see about getting it certified. “They called and said they have a 47-pound king salmon they wanted to weigh,” Captain Chuck’s II co-owner Scott Keegstra said. “We have a derby going on. It’s our first derby, and Bobby from Icebreaker is in that derby. When they said 47 pounds, you don’t know what to think.” Keegstra then was able to take a look at the catch. “The minute I saw it, I was like, holy crap, that’s huge,” he said. “We put it on the scale, and it flew past 47 (pounds), and instantly I knew it was uncharted territory. It’s a state record.” Keegstra made arrangements with Mike Krueger at Northside Market after talking to Jay Wesley, the Lake Michigan basin coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources, to weigh the fish on a certified scale — something needed when looking at setting a new state record. “(Krueger’s) scale, being certified, the official weight was 47.86 (pounds),” Keegstra said. “It was just unbelievable.” Wesley left his home in Kalamazoo Saturday, reviewed the paperwork and then certified the new state record fish. He announced it as a crowd of dozens watched and crowded in to get a glimpse of the new record. “I didn’t know if we’d ever see a new record, but we’ve been hitting 40 pounds or close in the last few years,” Wesley said. “I was working in my garage and told my wife, ‘I’m heading to Ludington. I’ve got to see this thing.’” Wesley said the Muskegon area has seen some Chinook salmon at 40-plus pounds. Wisconsin also is registering large fish, too. “Unbelievable to have 47 pounds,” Wesley said. “In fact, the last state record was in 1978, and it was snagged in the Grand River. To have this one to officially bite a lure, caught out in Lake Michigan and caught in the salmon capital of Michigan, Ludington, is pretty amazing.” The fish is likely a new record for Lake Michigan. Online records indicate fish less than 40 pounds caught in Indiana and Illinois while a 44-pound, 15-ounce Chinook salmon was caught near Door County off of Wisconsin on July 19, 1994. It very well might be a new record for the species in all of the Great Lakes. Records from Minnesota indicate a 33-pound, 4-ounce Chinook caught in Lake Superior off of St. Louis County. The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters lists a Chinook salmon record of 46.38 pounds and 47 inches caught near Oakville, Ontario, in Lake Ontario. While getting everything in order to certify a new state record, word also quickly spread in the fishing community, too. At around 2 p.m., Captain Chuck’s II was crowded with those looking to sneak a peek at the record-breaking fish. The lot filled in with cars, trucks and trailers lined the driveways and dozens eventually crowded in as Martinez, Sullivan and Keegstra brought the fish out of its box and onto a scale. The dozens produced dozens of phones, trying to capture photos and videos of the new record. “The fishing community is a relatively small community. I figured we would have our normal fishermen and some of the other clients maybe,” Keegstra said. “The way that word spread and the draw from the people just blew my mind.“When you think about it, it was a record that was set in the ’70s that was broken today by a 19-year-old kid. Unbelievable. Unbelievable.” The original plan for the weekend for the Lemaster family was to come in on Friday, do some fishing on Saturday and then head home on Sunday. The whirlwind from catching what is a new state record? “This was not part of the original plan,” Lemaster said.
  4. We fished NW of West Sister Island Sunday and got our limit trolling Stinger and Dreamweaver spoons behind diver disc's with 90 to 100 leads . First time I fished there this season, we had been staying in MI waters all season doing great. I don't think we needed to make the long run. Boats in MI waters did great too. Good luck!
  5. Fished 18 to 21 fow straight out of Bolles. We trolled bandits 30 and 40 ft back and ran 1 crawler harness on rigger on the bottom. Got 4 on it and we got our limit with rest on bandits. Good luck!
  6. https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-86469-558947--,00.html Next time you catch a trout or salmon, remember to check for a clip on the adipose fin - that small, fleshy fin behind the dorsal fin. It could be worth $100. Through mass marking assistance by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Great Lakes states, including Michigan, mark popular game fish like steelhead, Chinook salmon, Atlantic salmon, brown trout and lake trout. Most trout and salmon with an adipose fin clip also have a coded-wire tag in their snout. The tag is small, like the tip of a lead pencil, so it must be removed by lab technicians. Anyone catching and wanting to keep an adipose fin clipped fish should turn the head into a local drop-off station in Michigan. Randy Claramunt, Lake Huron Basin coordinator with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, said the DNR relies on the help of anglers to supplement the marked and tagged fish program. "We have creel clerks at some ports, but there are several areas that we don't have staff, including on river systems with unique fisheries, such as Atlantic salmon or steelhead," he said. "To get enough tag returns to learn about these species, we need the help of our anglers to voluntarily turn in heads." The Great Lakes Salmon Initiative recognized the need for community science and teamed up with Captain Chuck's II in Ludington, Moonshine Lures, Jay's Sporting Goods, Blood Run Tackle and Collins Design and Build to sponsor 33 rewards worth $100 each. Fish with tags submitted before Nov. 1, 2021, will be eligible for the rewards, which will be selected randomly from all entries received by that date. Additional details about the reward program: Each head with a tag that is turned in equals one drawing entry. Tagged fish must be submitted by Nov. 1, 2021. Eligible tagged fish include steelhead, brown trout and Chinook or Atlantic salmon. Your contact information (name, address, phone number) and catch data (date, location, body of water) must be included with each head. The drawing will occur around February 2022. The head must be left at a Michigan drop-off location. According to Jay Wesley, Lake Michigan Basin coordinator, fish tag returns help biologists understand survival, age and movements of important sport fish. "We are particularly interested in confirming the wild contribution of Chinook salmon to the fishery, movement and wild contribution of steelhead in lakes and rivers, and survival and movement of Atlantic salmon," Wesley said. "This reward program will help incentivize anglers to become community scientists and help us collect valuable data." For more information on how to recognize a tagged fish and how to fill out the proper information, visit Michigan.gov/TaggedFish.
  7. Have not heard from him in awhile, hope he is doing well.
  8. Welcome to GLF. I fish out of Ludington, maybe I'll see you around.
  9. That's a unique event. Got take advantage of what's out there to catch.
  10. Thanks for the report. Should get better as the water warms up.
  11. For salmon and trout, go with inline boards. They work better with copper and cores. That is why the vast majority use them. A mast and large boards work great for walleyes.
  12. Congratulations to the 33 winners of the Great Lakes Salmon Initiative’s 2020 tagged head reward program. These anglers turned in micro-tagged heads from Chinook Salmon, Steelhead and Atlantic Salmon caught in the Great Lakes, its piers, and tributaries. The winners were selected from a random drawing of all anglers who turned in micro-tagged heads. All winners will receive either a Moonshine Lure package or a Captain Chucks II gift card each valued at $100. We want to thank our sponsors, Moonshine Lures, Captain Chucks II and the GLSI membership who made this reward program possible. We also want to thank the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for their help in administering the program. Special thanks goes to all anglers who tuned in micro-tagged heads in the past year. The GLSI created this program to provide more data for our fisheries managers to help make the best decisions in managing our Great Lakes salmon and trout fisheries. Turning in tagged heads helps to evaluate the success of stocking programs and supports other research. There was an increase in returned tagged heads from past years in 2020. The data provided from anglers was very valuable since there were less DNR creel clerks working to collect tagged heads due to the pandemic. More information on micro-tagged heads and this reward program can be found at these links: https://www.michigan.gov/.../0,4570,7-350-79119_79146... https://www.mlive.com/.../turning-in-tagged-fish-in... To help support citizen science and our mission to maintain our world class salmon fishery on the Great Lakes, join the GLSI here: https://www.glsalmon.org Here are the winners and the type of fish they turned in. Their prizes are being mailed to them next week. Jeffrey Tloczynski Spring Lake MI Skamania Steelhead Jake Krueger Saginaw MI Steelhead Stanley J Czarnik Twinning MI Chinook Salmon John B Angell Manistique MI Skamania Steelhead James M Scherzer Oscoda MI Atlantic Salmon Bob Maier Spring Lake MI Skamania Steelhead Tom Jacobs Beaverton MI Atlantic Salmon Theodore Jaskowski Jr Alpena MI Atlantic Salmon Ronald Haas Bay City MO Atlantic Salmon Ben L McNeice Yale MI Chinook Salmon Zachary J Page Gowen MI Steelhead Nik Shenk Sebaweing MI Atlantic Salmon Mike Gildersleeve Alger MI Chinook Salmon Roger Callens Oscoda MI Atlantic Salmon Mike J Yambrick Stanford MI Chinook Salmon Nicholas Arend Traverse City MI Skamania Steelhead Dan Tallman Cheboygan MI Chinook Salmon David Rodenhouse Rockford MI Rainbow Trout Chris A Huff Grandville MI Skamania Steelhead Stacy Pope Manchester MI Atlantic Salmon Brandon Hudgins Jackson MI Chinook Salmon James Chamberlin Mancelona MI Atlantic Salmon Jonathon Wieczorkowski Presque Isle MI Chinook Salmon Shane Paige Hale MI Chinook Salmon Domonic Sharp Cheboygan MI Chinook Salmon Cameron L Mattison Farmington Hills Atlantic Salmon Donald A Bragg Boyne Falls MI Chinook Salmon Tyler L Protasiewicz Manistee MI Steelhead Edward C Krebs Greenbush MI Atlantic Salmon Kegan V Augustine Freeland MI Chinook Salmon Codie Braun Gaylord MI Chinook Salmon Randall L Terrian Saginaw MI Atlantic Salmon Josh Kretchman Hale MI Steelhead
  13. This site is composed of primarily recreational fisherman. There are only 13 commercial fishing licenses in Michigan waters of the Great Lakes. There is a high probability that there are no commercial fisherman on this website so you may not get any response here.
  14. You might be thinking of Jullians Reef in Illinois. Some info here. https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Map-indicating-the-locations-of-Julians-Reef-and-Waukegan-Reef-denoted-by-where-the_fig1_317286429
  15. Happy New Year from the GLSI! We would like to update you on our 2020 activities and plans for 2021. Most of us will probably agree we are glad to see 2020 pass into the history books. King salmon numbers were down last season but at least the fish were healthy and large, indicating an improvement in the predator prey balance and more forage for our fish to thrive on. Our President and one of the founding members of the GLSI, Capt. Glen Buehner moved to Florida last year to run saltwater charters and he has been very successful there. With his passion for our Great Lakes fisheries, he planned to continue leading and assisting the GLSI. His heavy workload and steady fishing activity slowed our Facebook communications which is why our page has been quiet in the last half of the year. Recently and with regret, Capt. Glen made the decision to resign as President of the GLSI due to his work in Florida. We really appreciate the hard work and countless hours he contributed to improve our fishery and build this organization. If you are headed to St Augustine Florida and want to go fishing, check out Sea Love Charters and like their Facebook page. Even though our Facebook page has been quiet, the GLSI board continued working on fisheries issues last year. When the Michigan steelhead egg take was cancelled in the spring of 2020 due to Covid, we immediately reached out to the DNR to encourage them to replace the fall steelhead fingerlings scheduled for the fall of 2020 and the 2021 spring steelhead plants with Chinook salmon equivalencies. What this means is for every 2.4 steelhead planted, they could be replaced with 1 chinook. Equivalencies are used so there is no negative impact to the predator prey balance. The DNR agreed with this approach and as a result, an extra chinook plant was made at Grand Haven last year to replace fall fingerlings and chinook plants will increase by 225,000 fish this spring to replace the steelhead we are not planting this year. GLSI also launched a micro-tagged head reward program in 2020. All tagged heads turned in during 2020 will be entered in a drawing for 33 $100 prizes packages. Those heads are processed in the winter and as soon as processing is complete, the drawing will take place and 33 lucky anglers will win either $100 Captain Chuck gift cards or $100 Moonshine Lure spoon and swag packs. We really appreciate our co-sponsors, Moonshine Lures and Captain Chucks II in Ludington. Your GLSI membership fees also made this giveaway possible. We look forward to announcing the winners later this year. The GLSI is representing its members at workshops led by Kelley F. Robinson, Assistant Professor of the Quantitative Fisheries Center, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. The goal is to update and improve the Predator Prey Model used to manage our Great Lakes fisheries and determine stocking capacity for our Great Lakes. One of the primary missions of the GLSI is to ensure we use the best science to manage our lakes and this, along with our tagged head reward program support those efforts. Now that 2021 is here, we are working to define the priorities for the GLSI. Our organization was formed to represent the needs of recreational anglers, charter captains, tackle shops and other fishery related businesses that expect and require a healthy salmon fishery to thrive. A strong king salmon fishery provides a tremendous economic benefit to port communities. One unique aspect of the GLSI is that we are one of the few organizations that survey it membership to determine what we should focus on. We will be sending our annual membership survey out by email to our members soon to drive the GLSI agenda for 2021. We are considering a new proposal that would allow anglers to run more rods. We will also be working on stocking recommendations for 2021. Should we fund another reward program in 2021 to help collect more data to manage our Great Lakes fisheries? Should we contribute funding to the Tribal Consent Decree negotiation that are ongoing? We will look to our membership to determine how we move forward on these ideas. Our board of directors are all unpaid volunteers. They donate their time and resources to improve our fishing. We run a tight budget and we use our membership funds very carefully. If you like what we are doing and would like to participate in our membership survey, please consider joining the GLSI. You can do that here: https://glsalmon.org/ We will be very active in 2021 so look for frequent updates. Here’s to a much better year in 2021 with tight lines and full boxes!
  16. Got some nice sized fish tonight on Erie after dark, casting bombers with a slow retrieve.
  17. Tried something new, casting for walleyes after dark. We took a boat and fished 6-10 fow close to shore. My buddy had the hot hand landing 2 and losing 1. I lost the 2 fish I hit, they were all good sized. We casted bombers and my friend used a shallow stick bait but not sure of the brand. We will be out again if we get good weather some night soon.
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