The fall salmon migration in southeastern Wisconsin has been slowed by a combination of warm water temps and variable winds. Saturday night I fished with Jared Rothmeyer of Merrill, WI and we found water temps hovering around 70 degrees in the harbors and gaps. We were still able to pick up a few Kings, including his first.
Within about a week water temps will play less of a role as the fish will be coming in regardless of conditions. The rains in the forecast for Tuesday will definitely help pull more fish into the harbors and toward the rivers.
Trolling crank baits and casting glow in the dark spoons at twilight should be effective for a few more week. Then the skein bite will start up and should be good for another few weeks.
Again ... there appears to be a crop of really big Kings this year. Get out and enjoy the beautiful fall weather and take on the beasts that can be found in our Lake Michigan ports this time of the year.
Todd Wendorf specializes in wading and shore fishing throughout Wisconsin. Having grown up in northern Wisconsin, he now resides in the Madison area.