Director SLM Captain Ron Westrate From First Call 2 Charters reports from Saugatuck:
This past week was a strange week for fishing on Lake Michigan, with a catch of 12 fish on the beginning of the week and then 3 fish the next couple of trips and then 9 and 10 fish by the end of the week. The lake did cool off with 43 degree water in front of the piers and 47 degree water on the surface and 41 degree water on the bottom in 70 foot of water. We did fish in front of the piers for part of two days and caught some nice salmon and steelhead, however, most of our time was spent in 70 to 90 foot of water. This past week we caught steelhead over 11 pounds, Chinook salmon 19 pounds and lake trout over 12 pounds.
When we fished in front of the piers, we caught salmon and steelhead on small orange and orange and green stingers behind 3 color and 30 and 75 foot of copper line. Off shore we fished the same way we have been the last week with metal dodgers and spin n glos on the bottom for the lake trout. The salmon and steelhead were caught on 3 color lead core, 100 foot of copper, 150 foot of copper with small orange crush and orange and green stingers. We also caught salmon on the high diver at 100 foot with blue bubble flashers and white glow flashers with different Rapture mirage flies with green beads. The low divers are on the bottom with either metal dodgers or silver flashers and Rapture mirage flies with yellow beads.
The perch fishing reports were also inconsistent with limit catches reported one day and then 0 fish the next in the same place. The fishermen on the lake side of the piers were catching nice stringers of steelhead during the mid week with shrimp below a slip bobber or alewife below a bobber. The fishermen on the channel side of the piers had stringers full of sheephead and catfish.
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