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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Princeton, MN
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    46

    Early season salmon?

    Quick one for some of you guys that fish kenosha area early in the year. We have been fishing algoma to baileys july and august with decent luck. We keep hearing about the great early season coho bite and would like to get in on the action. Is there a average time of year that is good? What kind of baits do guys run that time of year. Thank you in advance!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Janesville WI
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    72
    May coho action starts heating up. You can literally follow them up past Milwaukee through Port then turn around and start hitting Kings and bows. I’ve tried early April before and it’s a Dead Sea there. Milwaukee harbor is good for Browns pretty much year round but ice and dirty water come and go.

    Good luck

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Rubicon, WI
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    218
    I agree with the previous post. I fish from Racine to Port Washington, mainly out of Milwaukee from April to August (then I bowhunt). The brown action from MKE to Oak Creek is hot from ice out to about May 1st, then Milwaukee slows and I head down to Racine(ish) to start popping the coho bite (Kenosha is a bit too far to drive). Milwaukee heats up about May 20th and is very solid from June to July 15th, with good numbers of coho and steelhead, with kings adding to the catch from mid-June forward. If you are travelling into town I would recommend the following:

    April - Milwaukee to Oak Creek (heavy brown action)
    May - Kenosha to Racine (limit coho opportunities)
    June - July 15 - Milwaukee (limit coho & mixed bag)
    July 15 - Aug - Port Washington and North (Kings & Steelhead)

    Port Washington sees nice coho action as well (particularly in recent years), but historically the catch tapers off north of Milwaukee as you get later into June.

    Come on down, it is always a good time fishing new waters. As I am sure you know fisherman make good friends fast.
    See you on the water,

    Stosh
    The Machine

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Ramsey, MN
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    187
    If you haven't tried it those northern ports you fish can produce a nice mixed bag of coho, rainbows and small kings during July and August out deep say 400-500 fow. It's nice because it's more of an all day bite and the fish are in the top 50'.

  5. #5
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    Apr 2011
    Location
    Green Bay, WI
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    4
    Mad Mulcher,
    What lures do you find productive out deep, on top?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Ramsey, MN
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    187
    Basically the same stuff you would be running closer to Shore that time of year. I personally have not had any luck with peanut flies and orange Dodgers like you would use earlier in the season farther south. I am running spoons and meat rigs but I'm sure flasher flies would work as well if that's what you prefer. last summer during that time of year none of those offshore fish had any bugs in their stomachs they were all eating Alewife.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2018
    Location
    O'Fallon, MO
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    42
    Has anyone been out on the Wis. side to date? If so any action?

  8. #8
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    Mar 2015
    Location
    Eyota MN
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    44
    I will be heading to Milwaukee at the end of the month.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Poynette, WI
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    246
    I was out of Oak Creek several weeks ago. A pleasant boat ride was interrupted by one brown.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Location
    NE
    Posts
    4
    We had great success out deep 300+ last year off the Northern Ports. Mainly nice Steelhead with a few Kings. Orange Pro King spoons up high, Howie Flies deeper...

    Can't wait for July!

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