Coho or Silver Salmon
Coho or Silver Salmon, originally from the Pacific Ocean, have been stocked in Lake Michigan for the past 40 years. There is also natural reproduction occurring in several streams and tributary rivers. The Coho generally spawn during the month of October in Lake Michigan. During the winter months large schools of Coho migrate to the southern tip of Lake Michigan following large schools of bait fish. As spring starts to warm the lake water, the schools of bait fish and Coho migrate north along the shoreline till warm water temperatures in June force the bait and Coho to disperse to the cooler deep water in the lake. During the spring migration, Coho can be caught casting lures from shore. Fishing for spawning Coho from shore and in the tributary streams and rivers takes place in the fall from September thru October. Fishing for Coho by trolling from a boat generally takes place from February (in the southern tip of the lake) thru October.