The Fish We Catch

Chinook Salmon (King Salmon)

The Chinook Salmon, also referred to as "King Salmon", have an average weight of 30 to 40 pounds and 38 inches in length.Chinook live in Great Lakes shoals or near-shoal waters (less than 100 foot depth(s)) as a rule. Anglers prize Chinook partly because of their large size and the challenge they present for fishing, and partly because they make a delicious meal. Learn more about Chinook Salmon at Michigan DNR.


Coho Salmon

The average adult Great Lakes Coho Salmon weighs eight pounds. The Coho is a popular sport fish, in fact people come from all over the world to fish Michigan's great Coho fishery. Learn more about Coho Salmon at Michigan DNR


Steelhead (Rainbow Trout)


Steelhead is a name given to rainbow trout which live in the Great Lakes. Great lakes Steelhead are usually found in waters less than 35 feet deep at temperatures of 58-62 degrees. A mature 16-inch fish living in the Great lakes may continue to grow throughout its life and could reach 36 inches in length and up to 20 pounds in weight. However, average adult size for steelhead in 9 to 10 pounds. Learn more about Steelhead at Michigan DNR.


Lake Trout

The lake trout or "salmon trout" as it is sometimes called, is the largest trout native to the Great Lakes. This fish strongly prefers a water temperature of 45-55 degrees F. The lake trout may be found in shallow water only 10 to 15 feet deep in spring and fall, and to depths of 100 to 200 feet in the summer and winter. The average adult weighs in at 9 - 10 pounds but some individuals weigh up to 50 pounds (the Michigan record is 61 1bs and 8 oz). Learn more about Lake Trout at Michigan DNR.


Brown Trout

Brown trout is something of a misnomer for many Great Lakes members of this species, since lake-run browns are predominately silver in color. Lake dwelling brown trout are a wary lot. They hide in shallow water weed beds and rocky, boulder-strewn areas, and prefer a water temperature of 65-75 degrees F. The average lake run adult weighs 8 pounds, although individuals can grow to be much larger. Learn more about Brown Trout at Michigan DNR.