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The annual fall salmon migration is underway in south eastern Wisconsin. This year appears to be a very special year in that the 4 year old Chinook are running much larger than normal ... thanks to an abundance of alewife.

On my first outing of the year yesterday I landed my biggest Chinook ever ... a fat female that tipped the scales at 30 lbs. This fish was caught jigging, but crank baits, spoons, and eventually salmon eggs (skein) all will work at the right time.

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Expect the migration to last throughout September and into early October. The sooner you get there, though, the better the quality of the fish if you wish to consume them.

Todd Wendorf specializes in wading and shore fishing throughout Wisconsin. Having grown up in northern Wisconsin, he now resides in the Madison area.

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