5-25-2015 Southern Lake Michigan

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Capt. Ron Westrate, Director SLM, reports from First Call ll . Tuesday May 19, about 20 charter and private boats took the Saugatuck Middle School 6th Grade class (about 67 students) on a fishing excrusion on Lake Michigan. The 6th grade class has been participating in the Salmon In The Classroom project during the year and the fishing trip was a reward given to them by the Lakeshore Charter Boat Association and private fishing members in the Saugatuck area. Even though there were high winds and seas and temperatures below 50 degrees, about 60 fish were caught during the outing. With the inclimate weather, some boats never made it out and no one fished over 2 hours. On returning to port, the catch was cleaned and Allegan Ducks Unlimited fried up the catch for students, staff and crews. All the students were then presented with a rod and reel thanks to the charter boat association, Huntington Bank and Shimano Tackle. Thank you to all that participated and donated there time to … [Read more...]

5-25-2015, Southern Lake Michigan

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Director SLM Captain Ron Westrate From First Call 2 Charters reports from Saugatuck: Limit catches, best describes the fishing this past week. 95% to 99% of the catch is lake trout with the rest being an occasional salmon or steelhead. The lake trout are ranging from 3 to 14 pounds and are being caught from 60 to 90 foot of water. Metal flashers and spin n glos were definitely the best combination when run on the bottom. 150 and 200 copper with Stingray lures also produced some lake trout and salmon. High divers at 100 foot with white/glow and silver/mountain dew Pro Troll flashers and Rapture green hypnotist flies also produced an occasional lake trout or salmon, however the best method were the metal flashers. For more information or to book a charter, email me at captron@chartermichigan.com. This past weekend produced some fantastic results. Saturday we kept 22 fish and returned another 4. Sunday we kept 19 fish and returned 3 others. The vast … [Read more...]

05-20-2015 Southern Lake Huron

Port Capt. Janice Deaton Of J-Lyn Charters Reports from Harbor Beach:   A few Salmon and Steelhead have been taken Straight out and North of the harbor fishing in 75 to 100 feet of water fishing 30 to 55 feet down using spoons. Best colors have been blue, green, white and yellow. Try some 3 and 5 color lead lines on the Offshore Boards as well.   Some limits of Lake Trout are still being taken North, and straight out of the harbor in the 65 to 120 foot of water areas, using dodgers with the spin and glows, or clean spoons down 70 to 110 feet. Best colors have been White, and froggie dodgers with white and pink dotted or bright yellow with green and orange colored spin and glows.   You might try for some perch inside the harbor using minnows or crawlers.   Keep those lines tight, Captains Ken and Janice Deaton … [Read more...]

05-18-2015 Southern Lake Michigan

Director SLM Captain Ron Westrate From First Call 2 Charters reports from Saugatuck: This past weekend produced some fantastic results.  Saturday we kept 22 fish and returned another 4.  Sunday we kept 19 fish and returned 3 others.  The vast majority of the fish are lake trout, however there are a few salmon  and steelhead mixed in.  The best location was 65 to 75 foot of water and we fished from the surface to the bottom. Most of the salmon were caught on 150 foot of copper with Stingray size lures with green and orange colors.  The steelhead hit small orange crush stingers on the surface while most of the lake trout were taken with metal flashers and spin n glos on the bottom.  We did take some fish with 11 in Pro Troll UV flashers and UV Rapture flies at 50 foot. Tomorrow we have the "Kids Outing" when 20 boats out of Saugatuck take out 65-70 6th grade students from Saugatuck Middle School.  The students have been participating in the "Salmon in the Classroom" project and as a … [Read more...]

05-15-2015 Lake Erie

Captain John Griszczak MCBA Secretary, from Stray Cat Charters reports from Lake Erie. Walleye fishing has been on the slow side near Bolles Harbor and the Brest Bay area. The surface water temperature is still on the cool side around 58 degrees. The walleye are a little sluggish, so if your trolling, troll around 1.5 to 1.8 mph. We used Deep Thunder Stick Jr. but the fish never really picked out a color. The area between the 3 stacks and Turtle Island produced some very nice eye's a couple of days ago in 13 to 16 feet of water. Lots of White Bass just off the dumping grounds in the flats so unless your targeting them avoid those areas.  The Ohio dump produced good numbers of walleyes to. Long slow trolling with Thunder Sticks 60 to 70 feet back seemed to be the ticket. Best colors, Superman, Brown Trout,  and Fire Tiger. … [Read more...]

05-12-2015 Southern Lake Huron

Port Capt. Janice Deaton Of J-Lyn Charters Reports from Harbor Beach:   Some Salmon and Steelhead are being taken in 70 to 100 foot of water, North of the harbor with spoons off the downriggers and also on some 2,3, 5, and 10 color lead lines off the Offshore boards. The bright orange and black, black and white, silver and blue, and green colors are working.   Lake Trout have been taken North, and straight out of the harbor in the 70 to 120 foot of water areas, using dodgers with the spin and glows, or clean spoons down 70 to 120 feet.     Keep those lines tight, Captains Ken and Janice Deaton J-Lyn Charters … [Read more...]

05-2015 Southern Lake Michigan

Director SLM Captain Ron Westrate From First Call 2 Charters reports from Saugatuck: A very good week for fishing out of Saugatuck.  The water temperature is still in the low 40 degrees and the fish are scattered from the top to the bottom.  Early in the week we fished in 10 to 20 foot of water and caught some small salmon and a half dozen brown trout (one going over 12 pounds).  Sunday we fished from 50 to 70 foot of water and caught 22 lake trout and 7 chinook salmon.  The lake trout ranged from 5 pounds to 15 pounds but the salmon all weighed less than 2 pounds each. Metal flashers and green spin n glos on the bottom, produced most of the lake trout while the salmon were caught on small stingers on 30 ft, 75 ft, 100 ft. and 150 ft. copper. Our bigger salmon have not yet shown up in our water, however as the water warms, we should see more and larger salmon and steelhead in the creel.  If you are interested in booking a charter or just want information, email me at … [Read more...]

12-01-2014 Northern Lake Michigan:

Captain Lance Keene From SteelHead Hunter Charters Manistee:   As of right now the big Manistee river is high and very muddy, not fishable. But thats not the case in Saginaw Mi , on the river. Walleye fishing is absolutely on fire. I am going to be running trips there for the next week if not longer. I will be using my river boat for this as well. I have openings available call 810-444-8114 thanks lance starting on dec 2 -11. Walleye fishing we will basically be jigging either vertical or casting and retrieving. I will provide all equipment. The numbers of fish that we are catching is pushing 15-25 a day. A 15 in min to keep a walleye, with some fish over the 25 in mark. A 5 fish limit per person.  100 per person up to 4. We will be Steelhead fishing once river cleans back up. Thanks Capt Lance Keene   … [Read more...]

10-29-2014 Lake Michigan Manistee River:

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Captain Lance Keene From SteelHead Hunter Charters Manistee:   As the nights become cooler and the leaves begin to change Steelhead Hunter has to transition from the Big lake to the River.  The big boat is all put away for the winter, but the river boat is tuned up and ready to go!  The summer was busy and brought many opportunities our way.  Capt. Lance was featured in Field and Stream Magazine in September.  His new name is "The Michigan Kid".  Capt. Lance was also featured on Ford Outfitters TV show in October.  If you didn't have a chance to see it you can check it out on The Sportsman Channel or at this link, www.thefordoutfitters.com Steelhead fishing is starting to fire up.  Here are some open dates: November:  19, 20, 28 December:  15, 16, 17, 18, 29 & 30. Slots fill up fast so book today. We will be Steelhead fishing until the river freezes up.  Once that happens look to us for your Ice Fishing Charters!   … [Read more...]

9-17-2014 UP Northern Lake Michigan:

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Port Captain Bill Myers from Deltadawn Charters Reports from Gladstone :   Headed south out of Gladstone Harbor yesterday afternoon to the Bay of Green Bay for another walleye charter. We pulled crank baits over deep water points and humps.We had a hard time finding them but after some serious "fishing", here's proof that hard work really does pay off. They were thrilled with the walley they brought in and said "they never caught such nice fish!" Old Mother Nature wasn't very nice to us as it was cold and windy, but they came to the UP to enjoy it and fish regardless of the weather and that they most certainly did. … [Read more...]

9-16-2014 Southern Lake Huron:

Port Capt. Janice Deaton Of J-Lyn Charters Reports from Harbor Beach:   Some Salmon and Steelhead are being taken in 70 to 100 foot of water, North of the harbor with spoons off the downriggers and also on some 2,3, 5, and 10 color lead lines off the Offshore boards. The bright orange and black, black and white, silver and blue, and green colors are working. Also it is time to try putting a few J-Plugs out for those fall Salmon that might be showing up. They are still scattered so work till you find them.   Lake Trout have been taken North, and straight out of the harbor in the 80 to 100 foot of water areas, using dodgers with the spin and glows, or clean spoons down 90 to 120 feet.   You might want to try for some Walleye straight out and North of the harbor in the 70 to 100 foot of water areas using crawler harnesses, and small spoons or Hot & Tots, best colors have still been the lime green, copper, mixed veggie, orange and black, and black with … [Read more...]

9-15-2014 Southern Lake Michigan:

Director SLM Captain Ron Westrate From First Call 2 Charters reports from Saugatuck:   This past week produced some more high winds and rough water and as a result the lake has cooled down drastically. We have been waiting for the cool water to allow the Chinook to stage in front of the piers for the spawning run, however, as of this weekend there is no large scale movement into the river. Wednesday and Saturday we were blown off, however on Sun day we did fish in front the piers and caught a half dozen salmon. The water was 48 degrees on the surface and 44 degrees on the bottom in 20 foot. Boats that moved off shore to 80 and 100 foot also found 48 degrees on the surface.   In the shallow water, we fished almost all Ace Hi plugs in a variety of colors from the surface to 50 foot of copper and on downriggers run from 5 to 15 foot down. Boats that fished off shore fished the surface with 3 color lead core down to the bottom with metal flashers and Spin n … [Read more...]

9-10-2014 UP Northern Lake Michigan:

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Port Captain Bill Myers from Deltadawn Charters Reports from Gladstone :   Back to the Bay of Green Bay for a walleye charter on Riley's15th birthday. It took a while to find them. We started out about 14 miles out and the waves got too big to fish so we ran southwest. We hit a few humps and found that the water was too clear so moved out to 25 to 30 ft. of water and pulled husky jerks. Here's a photo of Riley and his brother, Reggie, with their 25 & 26 inch Walleyes. Happy birthday, Riley, from Delta Dawn and MCBA. … [Read more...]