Director SLM Captain Ron Westrate From First Call 2 Charters reports from Saugatuck:
The week started with outstanding fishing with limit mixed bag catches in 110-160 FOW. The number of salmon increased and the number of lake trout decreased in the creel composition. In the middle of the week the fishing slowed and this weekend we went back into 70-100 FOW and caught good numbers of lake trout with some kings and steelhead mixed in. This week’s best combinations were: orange crush Stingers on 100 coppers, mixed veggie UV and Craig’s reverse x-mas on 150 coppers, and chrome blue Protroll with blue bubble Rapture fly and green glow Ace-hi plug, On the longer coppers we ran green double glow and white double glow Protroll flashers w. hypnotist flies. Superfrog and Davy Jones Protroll flashers w. Rapture Wild fern flies on the divers produced very well at 160 and 100 foot out. On the dodgers we ran chrome and tin can dodgers w white pink dot spin and glows for the trout on bottom. There were reports of fair to good perch fishing in 40 to 20 foot of water between the ball and Saugatuck harbor and between the State Park and the first sliders. Pier fishermen are again taking fair stringers of catfish and steelhead. Some walleye were caught upriver from the I 196 bridge. The water continues to cool down, and the salmon are likely to continue to move closer to the beach. Don’t forget about the Catch and Cook program and enjoy your catch prepared by selected the restaurants that have been approved by the state (Wallys, Spectators, and Mermaids). For information about Catch and Cook, fishing or charter reservations, call 888-253-8372 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.