Great Lakes Salmon (King & Queen)

Chinook (The King of the Great Lakes)

The power, strength, speed, endurance and awesome fighting capabilities of an adult Chinook Salmon makes them worthy of the title “KING.” Fighting a 30 pounder provides enough excitement to rank as the ultimate trolling thrill!

There is no doubt, Chinook Salmon claim the title as the Great Lakes most popular game fish. They are highly respected for their powerful long, line-stripping runs and hook bending strikes, as well as their tasty fillets. Pound for pound, I feel that the King Salmon gives the best fight of any fresh water fish. That includes the over rated Musky. If you are looking for fishing action that is so exciting it’s addictive, then give salmon trolling a try. One glimpse of a thirty -pound Chinook slicing a calm lake surface, or a wild Coho frantically leaping to shake the hook, you will be sold and keep going back for more, again and again.

Coho (The Queen of the Great Lakes)

Just after the ice is out in late Winter, and the waters of southern Lake Michigan warm up,  thousands of  Salmon fisherman swarm to the ports of Indiana to troll the shore lines for the Queen, too experience  more fun, excitement and confusion than a power outage at a three ring surface!  Fishing rods go off two and three at a time. Anglers holler, “fish on” while passing rods over and under each other to avoid tangles! If everything goes right, the result is a cooler full of good eating silver bullets. When things go wrong and the Cohos succeed in making shambles of everyone’s tackle, the boat can look like a set from a Three Stooges movie. Coho  fishing is like that!

 (Sister Bay Door County Peninsula)

Some day when the fisher of men calls your number, consider yourself  fortunate if you’re granted your last wish to fish just one more time.  And if and when the opportunity presents itself, you just might want to make that last cast in the waters off the Door County Peninsula in northeastern Wisconsin. As more than one Great Lakes Salmon fisherman has commented, the Door County fishery can make you feel as if you have gone to fishing heaven.

WORLD RECORD CHINOOK  & COHO

CHINOOK SALMON
WORLD RECORD CHINOOK SALMON = 126.5 pounds
WORLD RECORD CATCH & RELEASE CHINOOK = 99 lbs. 6 Oz.

Mrs. Ingrid Oeders’ 99 lbs. 6 Oz. World Record Chinook Salmon
IGFA WORLD RECORD CHINOOK SALMON = 97 lbs. 4 Oz.
Les Andersons’ 97 lbs. 4 Oz. IGFA World Record Chinook Salmon
Monstrous 85-pound dead chinook salmon found at Battle Creek

COHO SALMON
WORLD RECORD COHO SALMON = 33.4 pounds
IGFA WORLD RECORD COHO SALMON = 31 lb.

2001 Washington Record Coho Salmon

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