Director SLM Captain Ron Westrate From First Call 2 Charters reports from Saugatuck: Limit catches, best describes the fishing this past week. 95% to 99% of
the catch is lake trout with the rest being an occasional salmon or
steelhead. The lake trout are ranging from 3 to 14 pounds and are being
caught from 60 to 90 foot of water. Metal flashers and spin n glos were
definitely the best combination when run on the bottom. 150 and 200
copper with Stingray lures also produced some lake trout and salmon.
High divers at 100 foot with white/glow and silver/mountain dew Pro
Troll flashers and Rapture green hypnotist flies also produced an
occasional lake trout or salmon, however the best method were the metal
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This past weekend produced some fantastic results. Saturday we kept 22
fish and returned another 4. Sunday we kept 19 fish and returned 3
others. The vast majority of the fish are lake trout, however there are
a few salmon and steelhead mixed in. The best location was 65 to 75
foot of water and we fished from the surface to the bottom.
Most of the salmon were caught on 150 foot of copper with Stingray size
lures with green and orange colors. The steelhead hit small orange
crush stingers on the surface while most of the lake trout were taken
with metal flashers and spin n glos on the bottom. We did take some
fish with 11 in Pro Troll UV flashers and UV Rapture flies at 50 foot.
Tomorrow we have the “Kids Outing” when 20 boats out of Saugatuck take
out 65-70 6th grade students from Saugatuck Middle School. The students
have been participating in the “Salmon in the Classroom” project and as
a reward we are treating them to a fishing trip and a fish fry. The
problem might be weather with a cold front scheduled to come in tonight
with north winds and 3-5 foot seas and high in the 50’s. We will have
to see what happens so check back for the follow up report.