With the annual Salmon-A-Rama fishing contest officially starting at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, conditions look good for big catches
On Lake Michigan, reports were good for chinook and steelhead early in the week out of Sheboygan and Manitowoc, with decent amounts of fish being caught through the Fourth of July. However, as the Manitowoc derby rolled around it seemed like the fish developed lock jaw. There was a 32-pound chinook caught on the Fourth of July. The largest fish caught in the derby was a 29.8-pound chinook. There was heavy fishing pressure out of Algoma, Two Rivers, Sheboygan and Port Washington with folks coming back with mostly chinook and steelhead, with early morning anglers having the best luck.
Farther south, trollers out of Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha were also having the best luck getting out early and reported more of a mixed bag with chinook, coho, rainbow and lake trout all landed.
The Solunar Tables list top fishing and hunting times in the lunar month. The feeding time for each period is the middle of the period. Major periods are two hours long, minor periods are one hour.
Sunday, July 15: Major — 1:46 a.m., 2:15 p.m. Minor — 8 a.m., 8:29 p.m.
Monday: Major — 2:50 a.m., 3:17 p.m. Minor — 9:03 a.m., 9:31 p.m.
Tuesday: Major — 3:50 a.m., 4:15 p.m. Minor — 10:03 a.m., 10:28 p.m.
Wednesday: Major — 4:45 a.m., 5:09 p.m. Minor — 10:57 a.m., 11:21 p.m.
Thursday: Major — 5:35 a.m., 5:59 p.m. Minor — 11:47 a.m., no p.m.
Friday: Major — 6:22, 6:45 p.m. Minor — 12:10 a.m., 12:33 p.m.
Saturday: Major — 7:05 a.m., 7:28 p.m. Minor — 12:54 a.m., 1:17 p.m.