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Tips For Catching Salmon and Trout

Catching Trout And Salmon On Lake Michigan

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David Miller with his 15 poung 9 ounce German Brown Trout caught in Lake Michigan

David Miller with his 15 poung 9 ounce German Brown Trout caught in Lake Michigan

2008 Captain JIm Hirt, licensed to About.com
Salmon and trout are two of our most popular freshwater fish. They can be caught in a variety of waters from streams to the Great Lakes. Tactics that work on Lake Michigan should help you catch them on other lakes that have similar populations of fish. Captain Jim Hirt with Blue Max Charters has a lot of experience catching trout and salmon on Lake Michigan and his tips should help you if your goal is catching trout and salmon. Check his up-to-date fishing report for current information.

Tools To Make Trolling Better

  • Using A GPS For Fishing
    On a huge body of water like Lake Michigan you need some way to find your way to the fish, mark good fishing spots and get home. A GPS is an invaluable tool for these requirements and more. Captain Jim Hirt explains how to use one and how important a GPS is on Lake Michigan.
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  • Red Fishing Line

    Red fishing line has become very popular recently. Why is it good to use red line? Captain Jim Hirt explains how light penetrates water and why he is using red line for his charters on Lake Michigan. Can these tips help you? Do you use red line for your fishing?

    Rigging Tips and Presentation Tactics

  • Rigging, Reacting and Record Keeping Part 1

    Captain Jim Hirt says the three Rs of fishing on Lake Michigan will help you catch more trout and salmon on the lake. Follow his advice from years of experience to learn the ways to put more fish in your boat.

  • Rigging, Reacting and Record Keeping Part 2

    Follow up on part 1 with more information on reacting and a note on record keeping to finish all the information on the Three Rs of Fishing Lake Michigan.

    Leadcore Line

  • Leadcore Line Rigging

    Leadcore line can help you get your bait down to the fish. It can be tricky to use but if you try out these tips you will be able to catch more fish using it. Captain Jim Hirt gives his tips on using leadcore line to catch Lake Michigan fish.
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  • Is Leadcore Line Right For Me?

    A reader asks a question about leadcore line on email and Captain Jim Hirt gives his tips on using leadcore line to catch Lake Michigan fish.
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  • Leadcore Line Presentation

    Now that you know how to rig leadcore line you need to know when and where to use it. Captain Jim Hirt's tips on when and where to use leadcore line on Lake Michigan will help you there and anywhere else you use this line.

    Downriggers

  • Downrigger Tips

    You will catch more fish if you learn how to set up downriggers. Learn the basics of setting up downriggers from Captain Jim Hirt and you can use them anywhere you fish.
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  • Downrigger Presentations

    Downriggers will help you catch fish in many situations. Captain Jim Hirt's suggestions on when, where and how to use downriggers on Lake Michigan will help you catch fish on that lake and anywhere you use them.

    Trolling

  • Trolling Tactics

    Trolling is a great way to find and catch fish, but if you don't know the various ways to control your baits you will spend a lot of time in unproductive water. Captain Jim Hirt shares tips he has learned over the years for trolling on Lake Michigan and they will help you wherever you fish.

  • Hi-Tech Rigging And Tools For Trolling

    Use these tactics for high tech rigging to troll more effectively and catch more fish. Use the right tools and you will be happy at the end of the day of fishing.

  • Midday Salmon Fishing

    When the sun comes out the fishing can get tough. Here is how Captain Jim catches salmon on bright sunny days on Lake Michigan.

    Planner Boards

  • Midday Salmon Fishing

    Captain Jim says planner boards can increase your catch - here is how to choose a rod and reel and how to rig "clean" to catch more trout in the spring.

  • Rigging Planner Boards Part 2

    Captain Jim says planner boards can increase your catch - here is how to rig them, which lures to use and how to control boat speed.

    Lures

  • Fishing Spoon Selection

    Choose the right spoon and catch more fish. Captain Hirt gives his suggestions on making the right spoon choice based on his experience. You base your choice on action, color and size.

  • Land The Fish You Hook

    Many fish are lost from the time they hit and the time they come into the boat. This tips from Captain Jim Hirt will help you put more fish in the boat. Pay attention to these factors and increase the numbers of fish you land.

    Fish Species

  • Pictures of Lake Michigan Trout and Salmon

    These pictures show some of the trout and salmon caught by anglers fishing with Captain Jim Hirt

  • How To Catch Coho Salmon

    Coho salmon are a popular species anywhere they can be caught and Lake Michigan has a lot of them. Captain Jim Hirt tells you how he catches them there and these tips will help you on Lake Michigan or on any lake you fish.

  • Chinook Salmon On Lake Michigan

    Chinook salmon get to trophy size in Lake Michigan and these tips from Captain Jim Hirt will help you catch them there an anywhere else you fish for them.

  • Fishing Lures for Trophy Lake Trout

    Captain Jim Hirt shares hit techniques and lures for catching Lake Michigan lake trout. He says they taste great and you can catch them if you follow his advice.

  • Catching Trophy Fish

    If trophy fish are your goal, Lake Michigan is a good place to go after them. There are a variety of trout and salmon in the lake and some grow to trophy size. Here are some tips for finding and catching them from Captain Jim Hirt.

  • Catching Lake Michigan Trophy Brown Trout

    You can catch two kinds of Lake Michigan trophy brown trout. These tips will tell you where to catch them, what to look for and what lures to use. It also explains the differences in the two kinds of Lake Michigan brown trout.

    Weather Warnings

  • Bad Weather Fishing

    Bad weather can ruin a fishing trip and endanger your safety. Pay attention to the weather and learn local patterns. If you fish Lake Michigan it can get very dangerous very fast. These tips from Captain Jim Hirt can help you be safe. A weather radio is a must for your safety, too.
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