Area anglers gearing up for salmon
Written by Post-Tribune   
Sunday, 22 March 2009 08:39
On an uplifting note, signs of spring could be seen and heard locally over the past week.

Spring is marching forward as evidenced by the warmer temperatures, the sounds of the marsh, sightings of flocks of sandhill cranes and the pairing up of Canada geese as they seek out nesting sites.

Along the southern tip of Lake Michigan, the annual return of the spring run of young coho salmon has anglers enthusiastically checking gears and whetting lines.

The one and two year-old young coho, nicknamed "jacks" have spent the first stages of their lives feeding out in the big lake.

Apparently, judging by reports, they must have found good food sources.

"I've talked to some fishermen who have told me that they have caught some nice two to three pound jacks around the Gary lighthouse and the near the U.S. Steel breakwall," said Michigan City veteran charter boat captain Steve Kreighbaum. "Generally, this time of year, these young cohos usually weigh a pound or a pound and a half."

Shore anglers have also been getting in on the action, too. Fishermen have been catching coho off of the pier in Michigan City and along the wall near the U.S. Coast Guard Station.

Many anglers have been using a night crawler six to 11 feet down under a bobber. Others have been casting spoons, such as K.O. Wobblers or Little Cleo's and having success as well.

Some steelhead action also has been noted at the mouth of Trail Creek.

Mid-sections of Lake Michigan tributaries have also been producing steelies with spawn being the top bait.
 
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