Lake Michigan fishing forecast: Colder waters, smaller salmon and steelhead

The Outdoor Journal

Lake Michigan is expected to be colder throughout the summer fishing season. Photo: Howard Meyerson. Lake Michigan is expected to be colder throughout the summer fishing season. Photo: Howard Meyerson.

By Howard Meyerson

It’s not a stretch to say that lakes will be cold when the 2014 fishing season opens on April 1. And, given the volume of frigid runoff this spring, federal hydrologists predict Lake Michigan-Huron waters are likely to be colder than last year throughout the summer fishing season.

What Lake Michigan anglers can expect remains a question that will soon be answered – particularly when it comes to Chinook salmon. Anglers this year can once again catch and keep five salmon daily. Last summer was tops for 20 pound to 30 pound fish, very big salmon, but fewer were caught overall.

State fisheries officials will be watching the 2014 salmon catch closely. Concern remains about the forage base. The alewife population is still at low ebb, and they are the preferred food…

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