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Michigan Salmon Fishing

All about fishing for Atlantic and coho salmon in MI.

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Salmon fishing in Michigan

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

The Michigan state record atlantic salmon was taken from Lake Michigan and the state record chinook (king) salmon came out of the Grand River. The Platte River gave up the state record coho salmon. For kokanee salmon the record came from the Clinton River.

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.

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon

World record: 79 lbs 2 oz

MI State Record: 32 lbs 9 oz

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

MI State Record: 30 lbs 9 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Salmon fishing waters and information, by state.


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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