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Top Salmon (Coho) Fishing Charters in Michigan

Salmon (Coho)

  • Size 2-6 lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Inshore, Lake, Nearshore, River

Salmon (Coho) Fishing in Michigan

There are few better ways to appreciate the 'Great Lakes State' than sampling Michigan Salmon fishing charters. Its 3,288 miles of shoreline are home to many freshwater species but Salmon are the crème de la crème!

When to catch Salmon in Michigan

Michigan anglers are spoiled with happy customers year after year. It’s a well-known fact that Salmon can be found in the big four lakes - Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior. However, you will be pleasantly surprised that the rivers feeding into these lakes are actually the migration routes for spawning Salmon!

The spring, mid-summer, and early fall are the best time for Salmon fishing in the Lakes. If open waters are not something you are after, you might want to head to the rivers in mid-fall to target pre-spawning Salmon. Massive runs of Silvers and Kings ascend the Manistee River, the Muskegon, and Pere Marquette from late September through the peak of October. They are pooled up in deep runs on the reaver in a pre-spawning mode.

How to catch Michigan Salmon

It comes as no surprise that Salmon are one of the most hard-fighting fish. Whether you are trolling for them in any of the Great Lakes or casting somewhere in the rivers, rest assured they will put up a fight. They can make any angler jump with excitement but will also leave them with sore arms.

When fishing the lakes, you might want to go for trolling - the most productive method to land Salmon. Head out into 200’ of water in the heat of the summer or stay within the nearshore waters in the fall. Troll spoons in green, blue, or other colors. Grab a 7-10’ spinning rod and reel and get ready for some fun!

The pre-spawning Kings will easily crush floated skein eggs. Casting thunderstruck crankbaits can also work pretty well if done early in the morning while Chinooks are on the move. As well as that, the good old fly fishing technique can produce a pile of big Salmon. Get ready for an incredible battle!


Late August, September, and October are prime months for those who seek pre-spawn Salmon in the rivers and streams. You can also catch the migrating fish in the St. Joseph River as late as Christmas.

If you want to catch Chinooks and Cohos in the Great Lakes, head out anytime from April until October.

Salmon (Coho)

  • Size 2-6 lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Inshore, Lake, Nearshore, River

Michigan Salmon (Coho) Fishing Seasons

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Salmon (Coho) fishing in Michigan varies moderately throughout the year. High season is May to October. Low season is January to February. There is no closed season.

What People Are Saying About Salmon (Coho) Fishing in Michigan

"First time fly fishing for salmon"

Scott Hayes fished with Tinger Guide Service on November 29, 2019

Alex did an amazing job helping us learn and was abundantly patient with my son. Alex got my son hooked up with a 20+pounder and they successfully landed it. We caught several fish and taught us plenty. You can’t go wrong with Alex as your guide!!! Gracious, patient, considerate, well-equipped, always smiling, knowledgeable, I could keep going...

"Salmon Fishing Trip - The most fun I had all year! "

Linda Kohrman fished with Tinger Guide Service on November 21, 2019

Our all day trip included an extremely skilled and knowledgeable guide Alex along with his companion dog, appropriate equipment and a wonderful shore lunch. Alex thought about everything and it was easy enough to learn fly fishing and enjoy the day. It was the most perfect of days with just the right amount of action and relaxation... and I caught my first king!

"All day trip "

Kyle White fished with Tinger Guide Service on November 21, 2019

We had an absolute blast. Alex knows where the fish are and is amazing at teaching you how to catch them. I had never fly fished before jumping in the boat and wasn't even sure id be able to do it. I've 20+ salmon trips and that was the best trip I've ever had.

"Salmon Fishing with Alex"

Lindsey Hahn fished with Tinger Guide Service on November 21, 2019

This was my first fishing experience, Alex was very patient and taught well while keeping everything really fun! The lunch was so perfectly prepared while I was able to keep fishing, they day was absolutely worth it! I went home with a 30lb salmon and cant wait to book again next year!

"Fishing with George"

Larry Joerendt fished with GT Charter Services on October 27, 2019

First time in Detroit captin George was very professional as I explained I have caught walleye but by accident never fished for them he took his time to explain every step thank you captain George look forward to another trip in the future

"Want to catch fish?"

Raymond Polley fished with GT Charter Services on October 27, 2019

With GT Charter you catch fish!

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