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Lake Huron

fishing lake huron




     Lake Huron is the third largest of the lakes by volume, with 850 cubic miles of water. Lake Huron is hydrologically inseparable from Lake Michigan, joined by the wide Straits of Mackinac, thus Lake Huron, Georgian Bay and Lake Michigan, can be considered one huge lake. Lake Huron has the longest shoreline of the Great Lakes, extending 3,827 miles, counting the shorelines of its 30,000 islands. It is characterized by shallow, sandy beaches and the rocky shores of Georgian Bay. Manitoulin Island is the largest freshwater island in the world. The lake measures 206 miles across and 183 miles from north to south, with an average depth of 195 feet (approximately 750 feet, maximum). Lake Huron's drainage area, which covers parts of Michigan and Ontario, is relatively large compared to the other Great Lakes. The Saginaw River basin is intensively farmed and contains the Flint and Saginaw-Bay City metropolitan areas.

     Lake Huron's waters are cold, clear and deep, the perfect environment for Salmon to thrive. The salmon fishery is spectacular. Chinook salmon, coho and pink salmon are all abundant in Lake Huron. Trolling spoons and salmon plugs in areas with marked fish and nearby baitfish schools is the most common open water fishing tactic. The Lake is well structured, with countless, underwater reefs, sunken islands and drop offs. Navigation can be perilous at times, especially in the area of the Bruce Peninsula and Manitoulin Island, where hundreds of ship wrecks have been discovered, some dating back to the near century. The Lake Huron basin is heavily forested, sparsely populated and scenically beautiful. Spring fishing is excellent, with thousands of young jack salmon caught off the many surrounding piers. Fishing with roe under a float is very effective this time of year.

     Trout fishing on Lake Huron is excellent. With the Rainbow Trout or Steelhead being the most common, although Brown Trout and Lake Trout are also abundant. Open water fishing is the same as for salmon. Trolling spoons at variable depths around smelt schools usually produces well. Spring fishing for trout is usually concentrated at river mouths, with the Saugeen River and Saginaw River being definite hotspots. Anglers usually drift roe under floats or bottom fish for best results.

Statistics & Figures:
LENGTH: 206 miles / 332 km.
BREADTH: 183 miles / 245 km.
AVERAGE DEPTH: 195 ft. / 59 m.
MAXIMUM DEPTH: 750 ft. / 229 m.
VOLUME: 850 cubic miles / 3,540 cubic km.
WATER SURFACE AREA: 23,000 sq. miles / 59,600 sq. km.
DRAINAGE BASIN AREA: 51,700 sq. miles / 134,100 sq. km.

SHORELINE LENGTH
(including islands):

3,827 miles / 6,157 km.
ELEVATION: 577 ft. / 176 m.
OUTLET: St. Clair River to Lake Erie
RETENTION/REPLACEMENT TIME: 22 years



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