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Written By: admin on April 27, 2010 Comments Off

Lake Trout fishing is excellent with some nice catches being taken in 35
to 60 feet of water straight out and North of the harbor, on spoons and
body baits. Best colors have been blues, greys, and chartreuse.

Salmon have been taken mixed in along with the Lake Trout in 30 to 60
feet of water South, straight out and a little North of the harbor. Try
some regular and magnum size spoons and body baits off the Offshore
boards and the downriggers for best results. Blues, greens, puples, and
silver colors have been working well.

If you want to try for some Brown Trout, move in close to shore with
long lines and boards, just be careful of those big rocks in there!
Body baits and medium size spoons in the silver and blue and perch
colors should get good results. Keep those lines back from the boat in
the shallower water.

Keep those lines tight,
Captains Ken and Janice Deaton
J-Lyn Charters
Harbor Beach MI

Written By: admin on April 27, 2010 Comments Off

Captain Ron Westrate of CoHooker Charters reports from Saugatuck:
Once again we have had high winds and rough water on the big lake,
however if you can get out the fishing is fairly good. Fishing in 12 to
18 foot of water is producing some very good brown trout with an
occasional steelhead, chinook salmon and lake trout. The best method are
small stingers (blue/green dolphin and fruit cocktail) pulled 30 to 100
foot behind the downrigger. Two color lead core and flat-lines with
stick baits (gold and red in color) producing some steelhead and small

People are catching walleye in the Kalamazoo river between the bridges
and north of the Blue Star bridge. Steelhead fishing in the river was
reported as slow.

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Written By: admin on April 23, 2010 Comments Off

Captain Ed Stowe of Stowaway Charters reports from Ludington:
The boat is back in the water and ready for another great season. Spring is early this year and shaping up to be a good year for fishing. I don’t know where they came from but the Brown trout fishery is better this year than it has been in the last ten years. The browns are plentiful,(compared to most years), hungry, and are running from 3 to 12 lbs. We are also catching Steelhead and a lot of Lake Trout. The Lake Trout are not legal to keep until May 1. We are fishing the nearshore waters and in front of the rivermouths. Anywhere there is a small creek running into Lake Michigan is a good bet for Browns. Rapalas, Rebels, YoZuris, Smithwicks as well as SuperSlims and Yeck Fireballs and Yeck Pearlies are all working. We are taking an occasional Chinook salmon with reports of boats taking 5 to 10 salmon last weekend. Glad to be back in the water. Good Fishin….Capt Ed

Written By: admin on April 22, 2010 Comments Off

There have been some nice Lake Trout taken in close to shore on body baits and spoons. Try fishing straight out and a little North of the harbor for best results.

Some Salmon are also being taken mixed in with the Lake Trout on the same lures. Also try some dodgers with fly’s or squids for some added action, remember to get those lines back from the boat when fishing in close to shore.

Brown Trout are setting in the shallower water as well, try using some body baits or smaller spoons and longer lines for best results.

Put down some small spoons and body baits on those Offshore boards back and out from the boat to try for some of those nice Walleye this spring. Early morning will be best. Try working out a little deeper as the sun comes up.

Good Luck, keep those lines tight!

Captains Ken and Janice Deaton

J-Lyn Charters

Written By: admin on April 22, 2010 Comments Off

Fishing Report from Capt. Steve Hamilton First Class Charters, Manistee, MI

Brown Trout fishing has been better this season than past years. Nice
catches of Browns being caught in shallow water, 3 to 6 ft., out to about 20
ft. This is both north and south of the piers along the shoreline. Also some
nice silver salmon caught in the last few days right in front of the harbor
of Manistee. Boats using planer boards and body baits and spoons.
Also a mixture of perch, salmon and browns being caught on the piers.Pier
fishermen using wax worms and wigglers.

Written By: admin on April 19, 2010 Comments Off

Brown fishing has been good. We fished north of Ludington yesterday, but the boats fishing south by the Project had better action. Most of the fish were taken in water 8 to 15 feet deep using stick baits. Our biggest Brown came on a 4DW Orange & Green tip spoon ran on a 1 color core. The hot colors on the stick baits were Blue & Chrome and Black & Gold. The water north of the Point was very muddy and did not produce the action we are accustomed to when fishing that area. Our King came on a Blue & Chrome H10 Rapala ran on a flat line off the back of the boat.

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