|The first Coho Salmon of the year, on March 6th.|
|Two days after the first.|
One day three others joined me and in one morning we caught 34 between the 4 of us, myself catching 14. The record warmth we had in the first quarter of 2012 brought the fish up from the south basin a month early, and they were only here for a short time. Two weeks of perfect fishing, followed by a short spurt of brown trout, followed by only hopes that they would return, though I knew they were out in deep water, and headed north, toward the flotilla of boats waiting with peanut flies off Waukegan, Racine, and Milwaukee.
42 degrees. When the surface temps hit 42 degrees, the fish will be here. When they get to 40 it will be time to get out, though the water may take a few rays of sunlight before the fish get active. Once you hit 45 degrees things will slow down, and 46 and up you'll see the slowdown kick in to full gear. 42 degrees and you can't miss. Muddy water, clear water, wave action or glass, you'll find fish.