Limit catches of Late Trout was the rule rather than the exception this past week. Friday, Saturday and Sunday we had catches of 16, 12 and 17 fish that were kept and we returned 3 to 6 undersize fish each trip. Each day we had one or two silver fish (salmon and steelhead) on but did not land them. Fishing in the 85 to 100 foot depth, the lake trout are running up to 17+ pounds with most in the 8 to 12 pound range. There were some reports of some salmon and steelhead being caught out in the 220 to 260 foot depth, however they were scattered over a large area.
Once again the best method for the lake trout was Gold Star dodgers and Spin n Glos run on the downriggers and dipsy divers on the bottom. When the salmon or steelhead hit they were on Hot Wire and Super Frog Stinger flashers and green Rapture Hypnotist flies pulled either on the high divers or on 200 and 300 copper line.
No good reports on perch in Holland or Saugatuck, however there were some reports of perch in 20 foot of water half way between Saugatuck and South Haven, Again, good pier fishing for catfish and sheephead were reported over the weekend. In addition, there were some reports of good walleye catches up river from the I 196 bridge.
This past week we have had some people take advantage of the Catch and Cook program as they had their catch prepared at some of the local restaurants after the charter. For more information about the Catch and Cook program or to book a fishing charter call me at 888-253-8372 or email me at email@example.com.