Pacific salmon were introduced into the Great Lakes in 1967, and populations currently flourish in Lakes Superior, Michigan and Ontario. Through the year, there have been techniques developed to catch salmon in these giant freshwater seas.
Downriggers are used to get an unweighted lure to the depths where salmon are actively feeding. With the aid of a 10- to 15-pound "cannon ball," anglers can fish to depths of more than 100 feet.
The heavyweight leadcore line sinks rapidly and is used in conjunction with a planer board to get the lure to the proper depth and away from the boat.
When salmon return to spawn in their native rivers each fall, they congregate at the mouth of the river until fall rains increase the river to initiate the spawning run.
When salmon are spawning, fly fishing works well at presenting small flies that salmon strike at while defending their nests.
Salmon will strike a variety of baits such as eggs, herring and live alewives throughout the season. When salmon key on a certain bait fish, nothing beats using the real deal to catch a wary salmon.