It’s time to put away the flies and start casting crankbaits for salmon.
During the fall for just about all Lake Michigan tributaries, a small window opens up for casting crankbaits for huge lake run chinook salmon as they flood connecting rivers to spawn. The first salmon that normally enter the river systems are extremely aggressive, and just crush 4′” to 5″ crankbaits.
As seen in this video by The Consummate Sportsman, bone-jarring strikes are common as well as fish jumping several feet out of the water during battle. So what is the best time to be casting crankbaits for salmon? RIGHT NOW!
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The window for crankbaits will close in just a few weeks, as large numbers of salmon will begin spawning and no longer be aggressively feeding. If you have a spare weekend between now and the middle of September, it may be well worth your time to make the trip to a secluded stream connecting to Lake Michigan to see what kind of action might be waiting.
Can you name another fish that fights harder than a king salmon?