Director SLM Captain Ron Westrate From First Call 2 Charters reports from Saugatuck:
The Kings have shown up in Saugatuck. What a difference from the first part of the week to the weekend with creels containing more and more Chinook salmon each day. We started the week with very cold water and catches consisting of mainly Lake Trout but a few salmon and steelhead in the mix. By the weekend the catches consisted of limit catches of Chinook salmon and Steelhead and an occasional Lake Trout mixed in. On Saturday, our group from Louisville, Ky. Caught 25 fish of which only 3 were Lake Trout. That group, (fishing 3 days) took over 400 pounds of fillets back to Louisville to feed the friends and families.
The salmon and steelhead are being caught from 10 to 50 foot down in 100 to 160 foot of water. 50 foot, 100 foot, 200 foot, and 300 foot of copper with orange stingers, Silver Horde plugs and flashers and flies all produced well at different times during the day. Down riggers 40 and 50 foot down and dipsy divers at 150 and 100 foot out with green bladed flashers with the wild fern Rapture flies did very well.
Good reports on perch fishing Thursday and Friday, with good catches off the Holland piers and south of the Douglas Point in 20 foot of water. There were also some nice stringers of catfish caught off the Saugatuck piers and in the basin inside the piers.
Once again we had some families that enjoyed the Catch and Cook program this week. Depending on how busy the town and the restaurant is, Spectators, Mermaids and Wallys will prepare your catch if you give them advanced notice. For information about the fishing and/or Catch and Cook and for charter reservations, contact me at email@example.com or call me at 888-253-8372