8-1-2016 Saugatuck / Holland fishing Report Lake Michigan

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What a great week of fishing off of Holland and Saugatuck. The creels ranged from 10 to 20 fish per trip with lake trout exceeding 20 pounds and Chinook reaching the mid 20 pound range. In addition to the Chinook salmon and lake trout there were steelhead up to 12 pounds and coho pushing 10 pounds. Every day we had kings hit our lures run from 30 foot down to the bottom, however we did not catch the kings every day. A 20+ pound king will take off 600 foot (or more) of line with the initial hit and were it goes is anybodies guess, however you can bet that it will be into other lines producing tangles and often lost fish and gear. The salmon, as I said will hit 150 foot copper to 350 foot of copper with spoons and flashers and flies and they also hit on the flashers and flies that we ran on the bottom for lake trout. So basically you fish from 30 foot to 110 foot and what hits is often a surprise—often lake trout but some time steelhead, king salmon or coho salmon. Silver and UV … [Read more...]

Lake Michigan Fishing Report from Saugatuck Michigan

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What an interesting week this has been. Though out the week, when we left the dock we never knew what the day would produce. We started the week like we ended last week with 90% of the creel consisting of lake trout and the remaining 10% being steelhead and kings. By Wednesday the creels consisted of 50% lake trout and 50% kings and steelhead. Thursday and Friday produced creels consisting of 90% kings and 10% lake trout and steelhead. By Saturday we were back to primarily lake trout with an occasional silver fish. Fishing between fronts on Sunday we caught some coho along with some steelhead, lake trout and kings. Even though the fishing was unpredictable, the size of the fish was very good with catches having an average of 11 or 12 pounds per fish. The kings that we caught this week ranged from 16 to 22 pounds. We got to a point in the middle of the week were we decided that “less was more”. We had to reduce the number of copper lines and divers we ran because the kings would hit and … [Read more...]

07-27-2016 Lake Huron -Harbor Beach Fishing Report

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Some nice Lake Trout are being taken in 80 to 100 foot of water working the bottom with dodgers and spin and glows, and clean spoons off the downriggers covering the 50 to 100 foot down areas. Try glow, green alewives, orange crush, black and white, and purple with pink spoons for your best colors. There are still some Pink and Coho Salmon being taken out in 90 to 130 foot of water areas on clean spoons run down 20 to 55 feet. Try running some clean spoons on the Offshore Boards as well, 2,3,5,7, and 10 colored leads should work. Some nice Steelhead are being taken near the color lines out in 85 to 100 foot of water areas as well, on bright colored spoons off the boards. A few Walleye were taken on small spoons, thunder sticks, and crawler harnesses in close to shore working the 20 to 60 foot areas. Some nice Bass were being taken in close to shore casting small body baits. Keep those lines tight, Captains Ken and Janice Deaton J-Lyn Charters Harbor Beach … [Read more...]

07-17-2016 Harbor Beach Lake Huron Fishing Report

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There are still some Pink Salmon being taken out in 90 to 120 foot of water areas on clean spoons run down 20 to 50 feet. Try running some clean spoons on the Offshore Boards as well, 2,3,5,7, and 10 colored leads should work. Lake Trout are being taken in 65 to 120 foot of water working the bottom with dodgers and spin and glows, and clean spoons off the downriggers covering the 50 to 80 foot down areas. Try orange crush, green alewives, and purple with pink spoons for your best colors. A few Steelhead have been taken near the color lines out in 80 to 120 foot of water areas as well, on bright colored spoons off the boards. A few Walleye were taken on small spoons, thunder sticks, and crawler harnesses in close to shore working the 20 to 60 foot areas. Some nice Bass were being taken in close to shore casting small body baits. Please use care when fishing, and keep an eye on the weather and wind. It can pick up quickly and the waves can grow fast. Keep those … [Read more...]

07-16-2016 Northern Lake Michigan Manistique

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Captain Bill Meyers of Delta Dawn Charters report that Northern U.P. Lake Michigan port of Manistique ON FIRE The salmon showed up 3 weeks early, the Alewife have been in the river since the first of June, and the walleye have been hard to catch! There are balls of bait everywhere. The lake trout, steelhead, Kings, and walleye are just stuffed full! We are getting good numbers of kings, in the 20 lb. range, with the biggest so far being 34.55 lbs. l'm sure there are some bigger ones around! Most boats are getting their limits with half of them being Kings. Fisherman are also getting a mixed bag of fish- lakers, steelhead, and the grand prize King. The fish are in 40 to 90 feet of water with the best bite being on spoons pulled on copper or lead. Good luck and have some fun fishing. Captain Bill Meyers of Delta Dawn Charters … [Read more...]

07-18-2016 Holland Saugatuck Fishing Report

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The kings started to show up in the creels more frequently this past week. We caught kings that weighed 18 to 21 pounds and in addition some of the lake trout exceeded this (there was a trout that pushed 30 pounds). The creels are still predominated by the lake trout however there are some steelhead and some kings mixed in. The best fishing continues to be in the 100 foot depth from Holland to 4 miles south of Saugatuck. The lake trout are still being caught on the bottom with spin n glos and mirage flies pulled behind silver flashers and dodgers on the downriggers and wire dipsy divers. The best set ups for the salmon are 350 and 250 foot of copper with bloody nose and coyote ugly spoons. We did take some salmon off the bottom with silver flashers and mirage flies behind the wire dipsies. The steelhead are in the upper 50 foot of the water column and are being taken on orange crush spoons. Still no good reports on the perch out of Saugatuck and Holland. The only good report I … [Read more...]

7-11-2016 Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report

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This past week produced some very good fishing between fronts that came in mid week and on the weekend. The creel consisted of mainly lake trout with a couple of steelhead and/or salmon thrown in each day with creel numbers of 10 to 20 fish per trip. On one of our multi boat charters, a boat boated a lake trout that pushed 30 pounds and there were also chinook salmon taken that pushed 25 pounds. Not a lot of salmon being caught, however there are some very good sized salmon out there. The lake trout are also very nice size, with the catches averaging about 10 pounds each. We are fishing from 85 foot of water to 110 foot of water. The steelhead are hitting any spoons that are orange and silver and orange and red that are pulled on 5 color lead core and/or 100 foot of copper. There are also some steelhead taken on 3 color lead core with orange and red thin fins. The best rigs for the salmon continue to be the super slim coyote ugly and the bloody nose pulled on 200 and … [Read more...]

07-09-2016 Lake Huron Fishing Report – Harbor Beach

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The wind has the lake all mixed up again, you will want to start fishing in 60 foot of water and work your way out until you find where the fish are setting again. Try fishing top to bottom with clean spoons, try some dodgers with spin and glows off the bottom for Lake Trout. There are still some Pink Salmon being taken out in 100 to 180 foot of water areas on clean spoons run down 20 to 50 feet. Try running some clean spoons on the Offshore Boards as well, 2,3,5,7, and 10 colored leads should work. A few Steelhead have been taken near the color lines out in 90 to 180 foot of water areas as well, on bright colored spoons off the boards. A few Walleye were taken on small spoons, thunder sticks, and crawler harnesses in close to shore working the 25 to 40 foot areas. Some nice Bass were being taken in close to shore casting small body baits. Please use care when fishing, and keep an eye on the weather and wind. It can pick up quickly and the waves can grow fast. Keep … [Read more...]

07-04-16 Saugatuck Fishing Report

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This past week we saw all types of weather conditions with 90 + degree conditions with no wind to a 55 degree day with 30 knot winds and 8 foot seas. We saw the water temperature go from the high 40's to the mid 60's and then to the mid 40's over night and now slowly increasing into the high 50's. During the week we began fishing in front the piers, then moved out to 90 foot of water, then back in front the piers and today we were back out in 80 foot of water. Needless to say, there was no consistency to the week, however, the fishing was good with creel limits ranging from 2 to 10 fish per trip. The 2 fish catch does not sound very good however we had more than 10 steelhead on and fighting during the trip. If you fish steelhead you know that often you need three fish on to land one. Around the piers the best lure for the steelhead continues to be Thin Fins (Silver, Gold/Red, Red/Black, Orange/Red) run on flat lines, 2 and 3 color lead core and on the downriggers. When we moved … [Read more...]

June 27, 2016 Fishing Report Saugatuck

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June 27, Fishing Report Lake water temperature is beginning to warm and most of the fish have left the shallow waters around the piers. However we had another week of good fishing out of Holland and Saugatuck producing creel numbers of 9 – 12 consisting of lake trout and steelhead. The best fishing was in 70 to 110 foot of water with lake trout caught bouncing the bottom and the steelhead hitting at 20 to 50 foot down. The best combination for the lake trout, continues to be metal Gold Star dodgers and silver spin doctors with spin n glos (yellow/silver, green/yellow and double trouble glow). These are run on the bottom on the downriggers and on the low wire divers. The steelhead were caught on the high divers (125 to 150 ft. out) with blue bubble flasher and flies and silver UV flashers and Oceana flies. We also caught steelhead on 100 copper and 250 copper with orange and green spotted super slim spoons. I have not had any good reports on the perch fishing and the steelhead … [Read more...]

06-26-2016 Lake Huron Fishing Report Harbor Beach

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The Lake Trout have been scattered but some are still being taken in the 80 to 110 foot of water areas as well as out in the deeper water, straight out and North of the harbor. Use the dodgers with spin and glows, or clean spoons down close to the bottom. Try some gold and orange, green with white, purple, and bright yellow colored spoons as well. Some Pink Salmon have been taken out in 120 to 180 foot of water on clean spoons run down 40 to 50 feet. Try running some clean spoons on the Offshore Boards as well, 2,3,5,7, and 10 colored leads should work. A few Walleye were taken on small spoons, thunder sticks, and crawler harnesses in close to shore working the 25 to 40 foot areas. A few Steelhead have been taken near the color lines out in 120 to 160 foot of water areas on bright colored spoons off the boards. Bass and Pike have been taken inside the harbor and near shore casting or trolling small spoons and body baits. Please use care when fishing, and keep an eye … [Read more...]

06-26-2016 Lake Michigan Fishing Report – Ludington

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Good fishing again today. No doubles or triples but the action was steady. After losing the first 2 fish our crew didn’t lose another one that hooked up. We fished south of Ludington between 70 and 90 feet of water. Our wire divers fished on or near the bottom were once again our hot rods. We took 2 fish on a rigger with a set of silver cow bells and a blue & silver Spin-N-Glo. Three fish came on a high wire diver with a chrome dodger/yellow Spin-N-Glo. The rest of our catch came on 8″ Chrome Spin Doctors with either a Spin-N-Glo or a Dreamweaver WhirlGig. I’m really likening the WhirlyGig. It seems to ride just a little higher than a Spin-N-Glo and doesn’t get as weeded up as they do. … [Read more...]

06-17-2016 Lake Huron Fishing Report – Harbor Beach

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There have been some Lake Trout taken in the 70 to 125 foot of water areas straight out and North of the harbor. Use the dodgers with spin and glows, or clean spoons down close to the bottom. Try some gold and orange, black and white or green with white colored spoons as well. A few Steelhead have been taken near the color lines on bright colored spoons off the boards. The Salmon have been on the slow side, try clean spoons run down 40 to 50 feet. Try running some clean spoons on the Offshore Boards as well, 2,3,5,7, and 10 colored leads should work. Bass and Pike have been taken inside the harbor and near shore casting or trolling small spoons and body baits, Keep those lines tight, Captains Ken and Janice Deaton J-Lyn Charters Harbor Beach MI http://www.jlyncharters.com … [Read more...]

06-03-2016 Harbor Beach Fishing Report Lake Huron

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A few Steelhead are being taken along the color lines with clean spoons. Try bright yellows, greens, chartreuse and blue colors for best results. Some nice Lake Trout are being taken in the 50 to 100 foot of water areas North of the harbor. Use the dodgers with spin and glows, or clean spoons down close to the bottom. Best colors have been Ghost colored dodgers with bright colored spin and glows, and the frog dodger with green and orange spin and glows, and the yellow tail spoons. Try some orange and black colored spoons as well. A few small salmon have been taken mixed in with the lake trout using clean spoons. Keep those lines tight, Captains Ken and Janice Deaton J-Lyn Charters Harbor Beach MI http://www.jlyncharters.com … [Read more...]