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All about fishing for Atlantic and coho salmon in MI.

Salmon fishing in Michigan

Salmon fishing in MI surrounds mostly the four great lakes of Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, plus Manistee Lake. The rivers feeding into these lakes are migration routes for salmon spawning and during the spawn may contain large numbers of salmon.

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon

World record: 79 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 32.62 lbs

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon

World record: 97 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 46.06 lbs

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

State Record: 30.56 lbs

Kokanee Salmon

Kokanee salmon

World record: 9 lbs 10 oz

State Record: 1.94 lbs

Click the images and links above for species details.

The state record atlantic salmon was taken from Lake Michigan.

The state record chinook (king) salmon came out of the Grand River.

The state record coho salmon was pulled from the Platte River.

The state record kokanee salmon came from the Clinton River.

Ernest Miller offers insight into salmon fishing for Pink Salmon in the Soo.

About The Pacific Salmon Family

Pacific Salmon are born in and remain in freshwater streams for the early years of life. The number varies by species. Afterward they migrate to the Pacific Ocean waters where they bulk up and prepare for their once in a lifetime spawning run up the freshwater stream where they were born. They will instinctively return to their birthplace, spawn and die. They are found in the streams which empty into the ocean, and adjoining ocean waters.

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies. For more details check here for articles about fly fishing.

Salmon Organizations

Atlantic Salmon Federation

Atlantic Salmon Trust

Atlantic Salmon Museum

Pacific Salmon Commission

Pacific Salmon Foundation

Michigan Salmon Fishing

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies, as well as a variety of other lures and baits.

 

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Learn the life cycle of salmon

The more you know about the life cycle and seasonal migration of salmon, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit Michigan salmon fishing waters. Visit the salmon fishing page for more information about the life cycle of the different species of salmon.

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