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Good morning and I hope everyone is staying safe.  My brother just moved down to the south west corner of the state and I would like to bring the boat over and do some salmon/trout fishing.  When does the fishing really pick up in the St. Joe/Benton Harbor area?  I have never fished that far south for Salmon but it looks like I will have A LOT of free time over the next 30 days and would like to fish (and even keep 6 feet between me and the next boat, HAHAHAHAHA).  Also do guy typically run spoons, meat, flies or something different this time of year?  I have never fished Salmon this early and would like to get the heck out of the house for a weekend and fish.  Especially before the walleye heat up on the east side of the state.  

Again, please stay safe and thanks in advance for some reports!!

 

Ryan

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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.

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Currently according to the Governors Announcement on The Stay at Home initiative you can only fish in a BOAT with those individuals that live in the same house. DNR is already  enforcing this rule at the Ramps in SW Michigan.

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I am aware of the new regulations, they are being enforced on the East side of the state where I am as well.  My two boys want to come with me, it would be a day trip.  Looking at heading over for a day next week if possible.  If anyone is going to be out next week let me know and we'll see if we can team up and find some fish.  

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On 4/10/2020 at 9:47 AM, Joe D said:

Currently according to the Governors Announcement on The Stay at Home initiative you can only fish in a BOAT with those individuals that live in the same house. DNR is already  enforcing this rule at the Ramps in SW Michigan.

what a bunch of bullshit!

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Complete bullshit for sure.  The governor of Michigan has to b worst ever.  If I am on boat with my dad, brother, wife or kids; I can promise everyone here I will not be within 6 feet of your boat other than at the dock.  This shows how stupid she really is.  

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