2018-08-16 / Outdoors

Big salmon continue to arrive

By Grant McPherson
of the Enterprise staff


SKYE SONNEGA shows her king salmon that she and her father Bill Sonnega caught on Lake Michigan. Photo: Bill Sonnega SKYE SONNEGA shows her king salmon that she and her father Bill Sonnega caught on Lake Michigan. Photo: Bill Sonnega The kings are showing their colors.

Every charter running out of Fishtown on Friday morning returned with at least one king salmon.

Charter fisherman Bill Wright, whose clients were among those who boated a chinook, expects fishing to get nothing but better as salmon move close to spawning in nearby rivers.

“Those salmon could be over anytime,” he said. “The big salmon are still making their way over.”

Wes Smith, captain of Pier Pressure, nabbed a king right outside of the Leland Harbor. And clients of captain Bob Smith, who also owns the Sportsman’s shop in Glen Arbor, caught a king near the same area.

Morning trips have been paying off for Leland charters.

“In the morning there’s been a few nice big kings caught,” Smith said. “We caught a nice 24-pound king salmon, and the lake trout fishing has been excellent.”


KINGS ARE starting to make their appearances all around Lake Michigan. Pictured is the largest king at 24 pounds caught on Bob Smith’s Charter. KINGS ARE starting to make their appearances all around Lake Michigan. Pictured is the largest king at 24 pounds caught on Bob Smith’s Charter. Wright, always looking after clients, hopes to boat more coho and kings to go with the excellent lake trout fishing that has sustained the fishery this summer.

“I wish we could’ve found more salmon,” Wright said of the Friday morning of fishing. “We’ll go get some more next time.”

Following are regional fishing updates from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Weekly Fishing Report:

Traverse City: A couple Chinook salmon were caught in East Bay when trolling along the south bank in the evening. Lake trout were caught when trolling out from the M-37 launch, Deepwater Point, off Elk Rapids or when jigging off Old Mission.

Frankfort: Large Chinook salmon fill the cleaning station as several angler’s report fish 30 pounds plus caught in the area. Most were trolling the top 80 feet in 140 to 170 feet with meat rigs. Lake trout were taken off the bottom with spin-glo’s at the Six- Mile Hole.

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