08-24-2015 Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Reports

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Captain Ron Westrate reports from Saugatuck: The two day hard blow out of the southwest, changed the fishing dramatically this past week. Monday and Tuesday we were catching 20% Lake Trout and 80% salmon and steelhead with a good themocline at 50 foot. Then the wind blew 35 mile per hour from the southwest for two days and when we got out on Friday, we found 71 degree water from the surface down to 110 foot. Needless to say the fishing changed dramatically with fish coming 100 to 140 foot down in 150 foot of water. Fish are still being caught; however we are back to mostly lake trout. The copper lines, (300 ft., 350 ft. and 450 ft) did produce some nice salmon with silver, mixed veggie and blue bubble flashers and Rapture Oceana and green Hypnotist flies. Early in the week we ran the high divers and 170 foot out and low divers at 120 foot out but by the end we ran them at 350 and 250 foot out. Behind the divers we ran the chrome/mountain dew, all chrome and white/slick … [Read more...]

Fishing Report Lake Erie, Monroe Michigan 08/21/2015

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Board member Captain John Giszczak reports from Lake Erie There is still some walleye to be caught over the Michigan and Ohio dumping grounds. Wiggle Warts 70 to 90 feet back and low divers set at 1 1/2 – 22 feet out seemed to be the ticket earlier in the week. A captain buddy docked near me has walleye fished eariler in the week and managed to take 15 to 20 fish on each trip. Perch fishing has been good all week. I have fished in the Turtle Island area and caught lots of Yellow Perch but really had to pick through them for keepers. There are a ton of fish in the area from Turtle Island to the 3 stacks in any where from 12 to 14 feet of water (Luna Pier). Take a little extra bait. Stoney Point has been on again and off again. West of Sputnik was good in 24 feet of water on Sunday and Monday with an average of 7 to 9 inchers. It started of with small ones but the size increased the longer we fished. I’ve been having to purchase extra bait to weed through smaller perch and small White … [Read more...]

08-21-2015 Southern Lake Huron Fishing Report

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Captain Janice Deaton reports from Harbor Beach: Lake Trout have still been being taken in 90 to 130 foot of water areas straight out and North of the harbor using clean spoons off the downriggers and dodgers with spin and glows or Spin Doctors with flys off the bottom. Blue, Green, and crome green with a red head, and Glow colors have still been working well. A few Steelhead are still being taken out near the color lines fishing the top 25 to 80 foot of water with bright colored lures. Clean spoons off the downriggers, and the 5, 7, and 10 color lead lines off the Offshore boards have been working best. Walleye have been scattered again with the cooler water due to the winds we have had. Try for them in the warmer water areas if you can find them. Try some small and large hot-n-tots and worm burners with crawlers, and spoons. Keep those lines tight, Captains Ken and Janice Deaton J-Lyn Charters Harbor Beach MI 810-542-0426 www.jlyncharters.com … [Read more...]

08-17-2015 Northern Lake Michigan

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Captain George Freeman reports good fishing again today in Ludington. They wanted plugs early. First rod to go was a low wire diver out 100 with a Lucky Charms Dreamweaver Captain’s Choice Cut Plug . Next was an out down set at 50 with a Captains Choice Pearl Zebra Plug. A Captain’s Choice Wonder Bread Plug on a 10 color went twice and another Lucky Charms Plug on a 250 copper went once. Our 11″ DW White Crush Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly went 4 times on the chute rigger down 95 feet. We only hit a couple fish on our wire divers with meat rigs . Our best was a high wire out 170 with an 8″ White Slick Spin Doctor/Green UV Big Water Meat Rig. It went twice. An 8″ Chrome Mountain Dew NBK Spin Doctor/UV On Ice Big Water Meat Rig took 2 Kings on a 250 copper and a 10″ Shocker Spin Doctor/UV On Ice Big Water Rig took a King on our other 250 copper. Our last fish came on a 300 copper with a 10″ Chrome Kevorkian UV Crush Spin Doctor/Yellow Gasoline Dreamweaver Meat Rig. We use … [Read more...]

08-19-2015 Southern Lake Huron Fishing Report

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Captains Ken and Janice Deaton report from Harbor Beach A few Steelhead are being taken out near the color lines fishing the top 25 to 80 foot of water with bright colored lures. Clean spoons off the downriggers, and the 5, 7, and 10 color lead lines off the Offshore boards have been working well. Lake Trout have still been being taken in 90 to 130 foot of water areas straight out and North of the harbor using clean spoons off the downriggers and dodgers with spin and glows or Spin Doctors with flys off the bottom. Blue, Green with white wings, and crome green with a red head, and Glow colors have still been working well. Some Walleye have been taken straight out and North of the harbor using small and large hot-n-tots and worm burners with crawlers, and spoons, work the 40 to 100 foot of water areas. Keep those lines tight, Captains Ken and Janice Deaton J-Lyn Charters Harbor Beach MI 810-542-0426 www.jlyncharters.com … [Read more...]

8-17-2015 Harbor Beach Fishing Report

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Lake Trout have been being taken in 80 to 120 foot of water areas straight out and North of the harbor using clean spoons off the downriggers and dodgers with spin and glows or Spin Doctors with flys off the bottom. Blue, Green with white wings, and crome green with a red head, and Glow colors have still been working well. A few Steelhead are being taken out near the color lines fishing the top 20 to 75 foot of water with bright colored lures. Clean spoons off the downriggers, and the 5, 7, and 10 color lead lines off the Offshore boards have been working well. Some Walleye have been taken straight out and North of the harbor using small and large hot-n-tots and worm burners with crawlers, and spoons, work the 30 to 90 foot of water areas. Keep those lines tight, Captains Ken and Janice Deaton J-Lyn Charters Harbor Beach MI 810-542-0426 www.jlyncharters.com … [Read more...]

Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report

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Captain Ron Westrate reports from the southern ports of Lake Michigan A great week of fishing with limit catches most days.  2/3 rds of the creel still consist of Lake Trout, however there are more Chinook Salmon and Steelhead showing up.  Even with the rough water and high winds toward mid week the fishing was very consistent. The Lake Trout were again taken on metal dodgers and spin n glos on the down riggers and low divers.  The salmon were hitting on silver/mountain dew and silver flashers with the Rapture Illusion UV and yellow beads on high divers at 100 and 120 foot.  Every morning, on the middle down rigger,  we are running a glow bladed UV Pro Troll flasher and green beaded No See Um and when the sun gets higher we switch over to the Pro Troll Davie Jones flasher and Rapture Last Supper fly and it is good for 2 to 3 salmon a day and an occasional lake trout.  The 100 foot, 150 foot and 200 foot copper are producing the steelhead and salmon with small Ace Hi plugs (glow … [Read more...]

Lake Huron Fishing Report August 14, 2015

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Harbor Beach Fishing Report from Captain Janice Deaton of J-lyn Charters The wind and the cooler water temperatures still has the fish scattered so you will need to look for them, Try for Lake Trout in 90 to 130 foot of water areas straight out and North of the harbor using clean spoons off the downriggers and dodgers with spin and glows or Spin Doctors with flys off the bottom. Blue, Green with white wings, and crome green with a red head, and Glow colors have still been working well. Some Steelhead are being taken out near the color lines fishing the top 20 to 75 foot of water with bright colored lures. Clean spoons off the downriggers, and the 5, 7, and 10 color lead lines off the Offshore boards have been working well. A few Walleye have been taken straight out and North of the harbor closer to Port Hope using small and large hot-n-tots and worm burners with crawlers, and spoons, work the 30 to 70 foot of water areas. Keep those lines tight, Captains Ken and Janice … [Read more...]

8-10-2015 Southern Lake Michigan:

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Capt. Ron Westrate, Director SLM, reports from First Call ll . A week of either limit catches or catches of all the fish a person needs or wants. Many of the charters only lasted 3 to 4 hours to get all the weight of fish a person or group needs. Creel numbers ranged for low to mid teens to the low 20’s. The creels consisted of a mixture of about 2/3rd lake trout and 1/3rd salmon and steelhead. The size of the fish was also very good with lake trout up to 15 pounds and salmon pushing 20 pounds.   The lake trout again were taken primarily on Gold Star metal flashers and white/glow and green/chartreuse spin n glos on the bottom with downriggers. Salmon were caught on the high and low divers, 200, 300 and 350 foot copper with Pro Troll flashers (blue bubble, mixed veggie, white and blue and UV and white and UV. Behind the flashers we pulled Rapture flies and the best fly was the Oceana UV and Oceana Tuli, however there were days when the Green No See Um and the Green … [Read more...]

8-7-2015 UP Lake Michigan:

Port Captain Bill Myers from Deltadawn Charters Reports from Gladstone : The salmon fish is starting to getting better and the walleye action is on! Salmon seem to be out in 130 -160 feet of water,Water temp is about 49 degrees at 65ft down. The MWC Boys found fish over in Big Bay only two skunks! They wade some walleye in the 10 and 11 pounds. Thing are heating up in the Central U.P. !! Port Captain Bill Myers from Deltadawn Charters Reports from Gladstone : The salmon fish is starting to getting better and the walleye action is on! Salmon seem to be out in 130 -160 feet of water,Water temp is about 49 degrees at 65ft down. The MWC Boys found fish over in Big Bay only two skunks! They wade some walleye in the 10 and 11 pounds. Thing are heating up in the Central U.P. !! … [Read more...]

8-5-2015 Southern Lake Huron:

Capt. Janice Deaton reports from SLH J-Lyn Charters The storms and wind will probably have the fish scattered again so you will need to look for them, A few steelhead and an occasional salmon were being taken out near the color lines fishing the top 20 to 75 foot of water with bright colored lures. Clean spoons off the downriggers, and the 5, 7, and 10 color lead lines off the Offshore boards should work best.   You can try for some Lake Trout in 80 to 140 foot of water areas straight out and North of the harbor using clean spoons off the downriggers and dodgers and spin and glows or flys off the bottom. Blue, Green with a red head, and Glow colors have still been working. Quicker speeds should work best.   A few Walleye have still been taken North of the harbor closer to Port Hope using small body baits, spoons, and crawler harnesses, work the 30 to 60 foot of water areas.   Keep those lines tight, Captains Ken and Janice Deaton J-Lyn Charters … [Read more...]

8-4-2015 Southern Lake Michigan:

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Another great week of fishing with some limit or near limit catches of salmon steelhead and lake trout.  For example, Friday we caught 17 fish, Saturday we caught 18 fish and on Sunday (in 4 to 6 foot seas) we caught 8.  The salmon are running close to 20 pounds and the lake trout are pushing 15 pounds.  Fishing the 80 to 95 foot depth continues to produce some very good catches, however, there were some nice silver fish caught out in 120 to 140 foot of water. The steelheads are coming on Silver Horde plugs (green speckle back and silver red head) on the 150 foot and 200 foot copper lines.  The best combination for salmon continues to be the Pro Troll flashers (blue bubble white blade, blue bubble silver blade and mix veggie) and the Rapture Oceana and Oceana Tuli flies.  This fly/flasher combination continues to produce multiple times during a trip.  The Dipsy Divers were producing with Gold Star metal flashers and white/glow and green/chartreuse spin n glos.  The high divers … [Read more...]

7-30-2015 Northern Lake Huron:

Captain Terry Walsh MCBA President from Termar Charters Reports from Au Gres: It has not been"business as usual" when fishing Saginaw Bay walleye this summer.  For the first time in several years, traditional "hot spots" have not produced for extended periods of time.  Fishing in the inner bay (AuGres south) has been spotty at best although fish are still being caught.  Many anglers are finding it doesn't hurt to get an early start and are headed out to their favorite fishing grounds at first light. One bright spot right now is the long expanse of water from the "Bell Can" north of AuGres all the way to Alabaster.  North of the Big Charity Island has also been good but has experienced heavy boat traffic, especially on weekends.  It doesn't take the fish long to shut down once a lot of boats move into the area.  I've always found it's best to stay on the perimeters of the "packs" and often revisit my favorite areas once the boats have moved elsewhere. While crawler harnesses … [Read more...]

7-30-2015 Lake Erie:

Captain John Griszczak, MCBA Secretary, from Stray Cat Charters reports from Lake Erie. Despite the hotter temperatures a fair amount of walleye are sticking around North of “E” buoy to the Raisin River and along the Michigan / Ohio boarder. I’ve been fishing with wiggle warts 70 and 80 feet back. Seems like everyone I’ve talked to has a favorite wart color. Green and orange speck seem to produce on my boat. Some of the guy’s are still running spoons and divers with great success but they are catching more white perch and small walleye. I’ve run small salmon spoons on my high and low divers and that helped keep off some of the smaller fish and it’s also taken my larger walleye. Silver Streak mini spoons in Malibu Barbie, Mixed Veggies. You’ll have to keep checking the divers frequently for small fish your your wasting your time running them. Perch fishing has also been good around “W” buoy and “C” buoy inside the Michigan dump. Off the #1 buoy of the Raisin River and out in front … [Read more...]