Capt. Ken Deaton of J-Lyn Charters reports from Harbor Beach:
Some coho and pink salmon and an occasional king salmon continue to be taken straight out, and North of the harbor. Try fishing the clean spoons off the downriggers 20 to 55 feet down. Best colors have been the chrome purple, black glows, green, and gold with orange colors Don’t forget to try some dodgers or flashers with flys off the downriggers or dipsey divers as well. Start in 50 feet of water and work out till you find where they are setting. Don’t fish too deep or you will be under them, they are coming up high.
Lake Trout fishing is still a little on the slow side with the last lightning storm that went through, but shoulkd continue picking up every day now that the weather has straightened up again. Try straight out and North of the harbor the dodgers with spin and glows close to the bottom are starting to work again. Also try some clean spoons off the downriggers. Fish 45 foot down to the bottom for best results. Best colors are green with white and red, and white with pink dots. Start fishing in 60 feet of water and work your way out to the deeper water 110 feet is good.
If you want to try for those Brown Trout, in close to shore is still the best place to try. Work the 40 to 60 foot of water areas South of the harbor. Body baits and clean spoons will be the lures of choice, try the perch, orange, yellow and green, and blue colors. You might try for some Bass as well while you are in close.
Steelhead fishing is good. Fish the color lines for best results. Put out some 2, 5, 8 and 10 color lead lines on the boards, bright colors of spoons regular and magnum sizes are working best.
Try for perch by the lighthouse or South by the cemetery using minnows in 30 to 40 feet of water. If the water is clear move deeper.
A few walleye are being taken North of the harbor working in close to shore, 30 to 65 feet of water. Clean small spoons or crawler harnesses should work.
Don’t forget, every Saturday we will be running the Harbor Beach Light House Tours. The time is from 10am to 1 pm, weather permitting from the Harbor Beach City Marina. Call 989-479-9707 or 810-542-0426 for more information. We welcome those 12 and over to come enjoy a wonderful tour of our great lakes lighthouse that will let you take a walk back in time. You will even see some of the original furniture used by the lighthouse keepers. So don’t forget your camera! The view from the top of the lighthouse is breath taking! Tennis shoes or soft soled shoes are recommended. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased on site or in advance. We will also be starting a reservation list so if you would like to reserve your spot in advance just stop in at the marina or give them a call.
Keep those lines tight!
Captains Ken & Janice Deaton