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Old 04-02-2018, 12:49 PM
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Thanks Standby, I am on the west side of the lake between Chicago and Wisconsin boarder. This will be a big learning curve for me, I've been saltwater fishing in the Atlantic my whole life so I have a lot to learn. My boat is still in Virginia until my house sells. So I called steelhead troller who charters over here and got on a split trip with him (and other guys I've not met) in late May. I may look around for other options like that to get out and see how its done in the lakes.




We moved to the Chicago area 6 years ago from Delaware. We boat out of North Point in Winthrop Harbor (plenty of slips), which is about 20 minutes from you. Biggest thing I found was to get deep instead of top of the water for Dolphin and Tuna. Once you can get deep the trolling is similar except a little slower. Lot's of good resources around including a "local" club called salmonunlimited
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I look forward to having you on the boat. Make sure to remind us that you are a learn to fish crew member. We will have you come to the docks an hour before the trip starts and do an hour of rigging with you dockside before the trip.

Charters/guides run year-round on Lake Michigan. Winter fishing concentrates on Chicago, Indiana, Milwaukee Harbor and the Oak Creek, Wisc power plant. Winter is from trailer boats only. The Indiana slipped boats start chartering on March 1. Chicago and Waukegan boats start April 1. Because its been so unusually cold I pushed our launch date back to April 16. Our Chicago partner boat is running trips already.

Here are the forums for South Lake Michigan fishing

Chicago Fishing Reports Chicago Fishing Forums This one is good all year

http://www.thesouthend.org - Indiana mainly - very active now because this is where the fleet of trailer boats are fishing. This one goes pretty dead during the summer.
Thanks for the info and looking forward to meeting you. This morning I had a realization that I am in Illinois and just maybe its a tad early to start fishing. I mean its in the low 20s, ice on everything and blowing a gale in April, not what I am accustom to.

If very few others are doing split trips it seems it will be difficult to get out very often when you are a newby in the area.
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Just got a text message today that my boat is out of storage, now if the temperature would go up about 30F higher I will be all set! It's supposed to cold all next week too! Seems like if we have an easy winter that spring is always cold and nasty. I told my wife in January that I bet it's going to be a cold spring and now we are here and it's freakin cold out!!!
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Old 04-12-2018, 09:50 AM
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it will be a great season
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Old 04-12-2018, 05:36 PM
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If it ever gets here. Another winter storm this weekend. The Calumet just shot down to Toledo for repairs to some ice damage. That's the freighter I posted last year that was at the Mackinaw bridge helping the stranded kayakers.
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Old 04-12-2018, 05:39 PM
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That said, been seeing some nice reports on coho in lower lake michigan. Huron is showing promise too. A guy posted an Atlantic he caught in Erie at the mouth of the Detroit River. Au sable had a small run of them this winter and guys from the thumb north have been steadily getting one or more in the mix.
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Old 04-14-2018, 06:49 AM
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Ice still there. Wait for the summer season to come.
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Old 04-14-2018, 08:11 AM
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Ice still there. Wait for the summer season to come.
yeah for about three weeks...
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Just finished snow blowing. Crap was as high as the feed shroud.
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Old 04-15-2018, 04:57 AM
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I heard it might have snowed up there. I am visiting my house in Va, its 80+ deg here. Fly back to ORD in the morning.
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Old 04-15-2018, 09:07 AM
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Just happened to trip over this video a few minute a go TC. Thought you might like it.

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Just happened to trip over this video a few minute a go TC. Thought you might like it.

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Interesting, almost looks like a standard planer but has the ability to swing it to one side
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Old 04-16-2018, 03:57 PM
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Dypsey divers are directional sinkers. They act like a planner and a diver. They can be set to dive in either direction and at different rates. Affect by boat speed. Speeds run about 2.5 mph +/-. They get the bait down quicker than planners so you can run them along side the boat on the inside of your spread and then run planners further out. On the planners, either lead core or copper line which gets the bait quite a ways back by the time it gets to the desired depth. Then of course, downriggers would be in the center of your spread. That said, I don't have downriggers just yet. Holding out for some nice ones. Will be running A torpedo diver (like a dypsy, but no planning, straight down) and or lead core straight out the back (down the chute).
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To early for me too. I have a buddy that put his boat in a couple of weeks ago when it got warm. Now he is afraid that he is going to crack his block. I told him he doesn't have to worry about it so long as the water temperature is above 32F. I plan on being in by the end of the month.
I hate to think that you posted this a month ago and right now it's 24 degrees and snowing. I hope your buddy pulled boat and rewinterized because I don't think Spring is coming this year. This is SADDDD.
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Saw pics this weekend of western Lake Erie, West Harbor in particular. I think the worlds coming to an end.
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Hi again Triple Crown. Our charter is the only one I’m aware of that does split trip individual slot charters regularly on the Great lakes. Our Chicago Partner boat, Storm Warning Charters, May do some this year and will announce thone on his Facebook page. There are two captains who got their license through our company out of Northpoint that did a few last year. Again they announce those about a week ahead of time on their Facebook pages. There are books and videos available at Lake Michigan Angler in Winthrop Harbor, videos on YouTube and Clubs like Salmon Unlimited and Trollers Unlimited that have monthly speakers. This year is off to a great start. This storm we just had hurt the Chicago fishing a little. It was slow today off Chicago. It didn’t affect Indiana. A buddy limited out today out of Indiana, all coho with one over 10#, which is big for a Coho. We have had lots of kings over 20# already so it looks like a good year for big fish. Those will be in the 30# range in 2 months. As I said above the other forums and Facebook are where the Lake Michigan info will be. This site is 99% Erie guys in this section. Shoot me a PM or reach us through the website for individual information.
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Old 04-17-2018, 10:21 PM
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Dang guys I am really sorry my boat was out of storage a couple weeks ago, my fault it turned to winter again! I am going to see if the guy that owns the building I store it at will put it back into his building tomorrow. If not tomorrow I am sure you all will know when it's back inside because the weather will turn to great fishing weather!!

One good thing I guess is the walleye won't be getting caught off of their spawn beds.
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Old 04-19-2018, 06:29 PM
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Had the day off. Drove over to the Tackle Shop in Frankfort. Bought a 300' copper set up and a few spoons. Took a couple pics. No boats going in this week.
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Beach somewhere under the snow.
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