Lake Michigan Salmon (Coho) Fishing Charters

Lake Michigan Salmon (Coho) Fishing Charters

Top Lake Michigan Salmon (Coho) Fishing Destinations

Best Salmon (Coho) Fishing Charters in Lake Michigan

Top Salmon (Coho) Fishing Charters in Lake Michigan

Salmon (Coho) Fishing in Lake Michigan

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

(Oncorhynchus kisutch)

When it comes to chasing Salmon, there’s nowhere quite in the world like Lake Michigan. Freshwater fishing fanatics from all over the country regularly make the pilgrimage here to enjoy an unforgettable angling experience. Ready to get your fish on? All you need to do is hop aboard one of the many Lake Michigan Salmon fishing charters docked around these waters. 
 
You’ll find two species of Salmon on offer here – the mighty Chinook, also known as “King” Salmon, and the feisty Coho. Hooking King Salmon is like attaching your line to a freight train. The power these fish hold has to be experienced to be believed, and where better than Lake Michigan? Coho Salmon may not be quite as powerful, but they’re the perfect light tackle or fly fishing opponent. They’re also prone to acrobatic leaps out of the water!
 
The type of trip that’s best for you depends on when you visit the lake. When the season kicks off in April, both species of Salmon head to shallow waters to feed, meaning a short half day on the water allows for plenty of rod-bending action. As the weather heats up, these fish head to deeper waters, so a full day trolling trip is your best bet for landing plenty of Salmon. In fall, they return to shallow waters, making them the perfect target for anglers who don’t want to travel far. 
 
As Lake Michigan is surrounded by five US states, you have a whopping number of departure points to choose from. Green Bay and Milwaukee are popular spots in Wisconsin. The “Windy City,” Chicago, is a favorite location for Illinois residents. In Indiana, Gary takes the top spot for a Lake Michigan fishing adventure, and both Mackinaw City and Grand Traverse Bay offer up excellent angling opportunities in Michigan. 
 

Lake Michigan Salmon (Coho) Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Salmon (Coho) fishing in Lake Michigan varies moderately throughout the year. High season is July to August. Low season is January to March and November to December. There is no closed season.
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Reviews of Fishing in Salmon (Coho) Fishing in Lake Michigan

Half day with Captain Troy
Charles G. fished with Walleye Mafia – World Class Fishing on September 15, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Just taking the experience if the fish are biting great and if not remember you're not working
Half day trip with Captain Brian
Kevin G. fished with Our Reel Heroes Charters on August 21, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Charter a trip with Our Reel Heroes for a great experience!!
Half day with captain Kyle
Shannon W. fished with Silver Beach Fishing Co on August 2, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Look up Captain Kyle with Silver Beach Fishing Co.
Mostly Good!
Stuart A. fished with Whitecap Charters – Charlevoix on July 29, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Don't park in the marina parking lot even if it is empty like it was for us so early in the morning. You may get a parking ticket like we did.
Captain Dave was amazing
Michelle T. fished with Salmon Slayer Sportfishing Charters on July 26, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Just make sure if it’s ruff waters you take the appropriate motion sickness meds for you
Half day trip with Captain Greg
Tiffany H. fished with Dog Bone Charters on June 26, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Contact Dog Bone Charter. They are true professionals and want you to catch fish!
Half day trip with Captain Dennis
Martin K. fished with Lure-In Fishing Guide – Sturgeon Bay on October 20, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Dress warm! It’s always a bit colder on the water then it is on land!
Half Day Trip with Captain Jim
John H. fished with Fish With Jim Outfitters on October 10, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Elk Rapids is one of the finest marinas in the area. Restrooms were spotless, nice attractive outbuildings.