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:


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...]

9-08-2014 Southern Lake Michigan:

Director SLM Captain Ron Westrate From First Call 2 Charters reports from Saugatuck:   This past week was a story of rough water, high winds and canceled charters. Out of 6 scheduled charters we ended up running 2, however the fishing, when we could get out there was fairly good with a mixed bag of salmon and lake trout. Even with the north winds, the water remained in the 70 degree range down to 50 foot and then broke into the 40’s.   The methods and lures remain the same as last week with 200, 300 and 400 copper and the dipsy divers at 150 and 100 foot out producing most of the salmon. The majority of the lake trout were taken off the downriggers on the bottom.   The week is forecasted to have temperatures in the low 60’s which usually means the wind should be out of the north. With a north wind and current, the water temperatures should decrease which should move the fish to the piers. For more information and charter reservations, contact me at … [Read more...]

09-03-2014 Southern lake Huron:

Port Capt. Janice Deaton Of J-Lyn Charters Reports from Harbor Beach:     Some Salmon and Steelhead are being taken in 80 to 130 foot of water, North and straight out from the harbor with spoons off the downriggers and also on some 2,3, and 5 color lead lines off the Offshore boards. The bright orange and black, copper, black and white and green are good colors to start with. They are scattered so work till you find them. Some Lake Trout have also been taken mixed in with the Salmon and Steelhead North, and straight out of the harbor in the 80 to 130 foot of water areas, using dodgers with the spin and glows, also spoons down 90 to 120 feet.   A few Walleye are being taken straight out and North of the harbor in the 70 to 90 foot of water areas using crawler harnesses, and small spoons or Hot & Tots best colors have still been the lime green, copper, or mixed veggie, orange and black, and black with white colors. You might want to try casting off … [Read more...]

Grand Haven Lake Michigan Fishing Report


Salmon Wagon Sport Fishing of Grand Haven reports Decent night on Lake Michigan, 80-110 feet of water was spot. We ran up to the 8's and set in 110 fow. The fish were scattered from the surface to the bottom, with most of the Kings coming around the 40-50 down mark. Best Rods 125 copper with a UV Gator Stingray150 copper With a Blue Green UV Dolphin200 copper Pig Pen Flasher/ Glacier UV200 copper Live Wire/ Wild Fern300 copper 8" Icee/ Zenith Meat rig300 copper 8"Blue Bubble/ Oceana UV fly400 copper 8" white with glow/ Wild fern meat rig40 out down Mixed Veggies UV 40 out down Pickle Seed UV80 rigger White 11" fishscale Oceana UVSlide Diver 110' Mixed Veggies These were thew rods that were most of the fish. We ended up killing 14 for I'm not sure on bites but we had multiple Triples this evening. Best troll was south at 1.9/2.3 sog. … [Read more...]

8-13-2014 UP Northern Lake Michigan:


Port Captain Bill Myers from Deltadawn Charters Reports from Gladstone :   It's a little late in the season here in the UP to say that things are hearing up. But, the water is finally warming up - just in time to cool down again for the fall and winter. Though the fishing has been getting better every day with the warmer water temperatures.  On down riggers, the fish have been biting at depths of 40ft to 80ft in a 120ft water column. They've been hitting hard on spoons, flasher flies, and Cereal Killer meat rigs. It was a busy, beautiful weekend aboard the Delta Dawn. Good weather, great guests and even better fishing.  I repositioned to Escanaba to take a group of guys from Detroit out who are up here working. They said bringing those big salmon in was harder work than what they were up here to do.  After that, I made the run back to Manistique and got ready for an early morning charter with another father and sons team. They brought in some beautiful king salmon and … [Read more...]

8-12-2014 Lake St. Clair:


Port Capt. Frank Piku of Golden Streaker Charters Reports from Lake St. Clair:   The Canadian south shore produced the best muskie fishing  this year. One of my Anglers was a 13 year old girl who landed a 49" muskie after an awesome battle … [Read more...]

8-11-2014 Southern Lake Michigan:

Director SLM Captain Ron Westrate From First Call 2 Charters reports from Saugatuck:   The week started with outstanding fishing with limit mixed bag catches in 110-160 FOW.  The number of salmon increased and the number of lake trout decreased in the creel composition.  In the middle of the week the fishing slowed and this weekend we went back into 70-100 FOW and caught good numbers of lake trout with some kings and steelhead mixed in. This week's best combinations were: orange crush Stingers on 100 coppers, mixed veggie UV and Craig's reverse x-mas on 150 coppers, and chrome blue Protroll with blue bubble Rapture fly and green glow Ace-hi plug, On the longer coppers we ran green double glow and white double glow Protroll flashers w. hypnotist flies. Superfrog and Davy Jones Protroll flashers w. Rapture Wild fern flies on the divers produced very well at 160 and 100 foot out.  On the dodgers we ran chrome and tin can dodgers w white pink dot spin and glows for the trout on … [Read more...]

08-08-2014 UP Northern Lake Michigan:


Port Captain Bill Myers from Deltadawn Charters Reports from Gladstone : We accomplished it all today aboard the Delta Dawn; family time and a Cub Scouts merit badge. A nice family of four made their way to Manistique from Rockford, Illinois, so they could spend some quality family time here in the beautiful Upper Peninsula and their son could earn his Cub Scout merit bage for fishing. Thanks to Mother Nature and her blessing us with a HUGE mayfly hatch he had no trouble at all earning that badge. We started out losing ten nice ones and then managed to land 7 beauties and get them in the box - he'll have some great picture and memories to share with the rest of his group at their next meeting. The king where in 120ft to 140ft of water at 60ft to 70ft down. The steelies were hanging out in the upper water column at 15ft to 20ft down. … [Read more...]

08-08-2014 Northern Lake Huron:


Captain Terry Walsh MCBA President from Termar Charters Reports from Au Gres: June and July spoiled a lot of Saginaw Bay walleye anglers. Finding these fine game fish was easy—they were everywhere-- and limits were the norm within a few short hours at most. Progressing into August, the fishing has taken a different pattern, so don’t put those trolling rods away just yet. The fish are still there, the fishing is still excellent but more is now required by angler “walleye savvy” to catch them. Anglers who have kept meticulous records of where they have caught walleye over the years know pretty much where these fish are going to be at any given time of the year. I detest the word “always”, because I don’t believe anything is “always” true. However, Saginaw Bay walleye are going to be found 99-percent of the time in depths of 17 feet or less during the month of August. Veteran anglers out of Augres start setting up in the 14-foot depths once they are safely around Pt. … [Read more...]

08-07-2014 UP Northern Lake Michigan:


Port Captain Bill Myers from Deltadawn Charters Reports from Gladstone :   Another fantastic day aboard the Delta Dawn; four more guys from the Buckeye State fishing with me out of the Port of Manistique. They came to the U. P. for some father and son bonding time. Old Mother Nature gave us her blessing as we set sail in the beautiful waters of Lake Michigan with the first rays of a beautiful day coloring the horizon. The fishing started to get hot around 5am and they were still biting like crazy when we pulled our lines in at 11:00. We found them in 90ft of water between 30ft and 50ft down. It was one of those days when you no sooner got a fish in the boat that another one started taking line. Couldn't have asked for any better. … [Read more...]