Captain Ron Westrate DSLM, From First Call 2 Charters reports from Saugatuck:
The fishing this past week was fair, however the storms blew us off the lake 2 times and also forced one cancellation resulting in only one charter run. The salmon were hard to find, however the lake trout are starting to set up in the 80 to 100 foot of water. For those who did get out late in the week, the creel consisted of 90 % lake trout and the remaining portion consisting of Chinook salmon and steelhead.
The lake trout are being caught by using Gold Star metal flashers (chrome and white) with a glow or a green Spin n Glow that are pulled on the bottom in the 80 to 100 foot of water. When the salmon are caught they are coming on 150, 200 and 300 copper with NBK, Craig’s Reverse Christmas, and orange crush Stingray and stinger lures. We are also seeing some hits on flashers and flies that are pulled on the dipsy divers. This is the time of the year when the salmon seem to change their preference to flashers and flies instead of lures. Maybe this is what is happening—the next week or so will tell us.
Don’t forget about the Catch and Cook program that the CoHooker Charters and selected Saugatuck restaurants are offering. Spectators, Mermaids and Wally’s Restaurants will (with advance notice) cook the fish you caught that day on our state registered Catch and Cook charter boat. For reservations, or for more information about Catch and Cook, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 888-253-8372.