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Fished in front of the pier heads this morning putting 8 in the cooler. We took 4 coho, 2 steelhead, one king at 16 pounds and 1 splake. All fish came in 26 to 32 feet of water. The steelhead came in the clean water and the rest in the mud. The steel head came on a red thin fin and a green jointed rapala. Two coho came on red thin fin and two on a coho dodger with a white fly on a 2 co;lor lead. The king came on a mixed veggie stinger and the splake came on watermelon stinger. The lake temp was 39 and the river water coming out was 49 It was our first trip out for the year and all equipment worked great which is always a plus!!!

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Fished in front of the pier heads this morning putting 8 in the cooler. We took 4 coho, 2 steelhead, one king at 16 pounds and 1 splake. All fish came in 26 to 32 feet of water. The steelhead came in the clean water and the rest in the mud. The steel head came on a red thin fin and a green jointed rapala. Two coho came on red thin fin and two on a coho dodger with a white fly on a 2 co;lor lead. The king came on a mixed veggie stinger and the splake came on watermelon stinger. The lake temp was 39 and the river water coming out was 49 It was our first trip out for the year and all equipment worked great which is always a plus!!!

Thanks for the report salmonslammer! We have not been on Lake Michigan yet, but headed over to Erie in the morning. Glad you found some. How was the ice?

Thanks.

Paul C.

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Thanks for the report salmonslammer! We have not been on Lake Michigan yet, but headed over to Erie in the morning. Glad you found some. How was the ice?

Thanks.

Paul C.

There was a small amount of floating ice to the north of the piers but it was along the shoreline.

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How do you tell a splake from a laker? Have a picture? Seems like a pretty rare catch.

Last splake plant in lake Michigan was 2008 in Escanaba. Lose Huron gets then in Hessel each year.

After looking at a ton of pictures what we caught was not a splake but I think the laker wasn't a full laker. It had all the markings of a laker but the head was not normal. It will go into the log book as a laker!!!! Thanks to all who posted pictures of the two.

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