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Written By: admin on July 16, 2013 Comments Off

Capt. Ken Deaton of J-Lyn Charters reports from Harbor Beach:

Some limits of Walleye have been taken North of the harbor near Port Hope and also out of Port Austin in close to shore try 25 to 40 feet of water with small body baits and small spoons on the Offshore boards early morning and late evenings. Crawler harnesses with night crawlers are also working well. Some are also being taken off the wall early morning and late evening casting small body baits.

Steeelhead and a few Salmon are still being taken out in the deep water, try 150 to 230 feet of water. Fish the top 60 feet of water using spoons off the downriggers, and two, three, five and ten colored lead lines off the Offshore boards. Best colors are still the orange and black, green, blue and bright yellows. Small, and Regular sizes have been working best. Work the color lines for best results.

Lake Trout fishing is still fair to good in the 80 to 150 foot of water areas, North, South, and straight out of the harbor, Try some dodgers with spin and glows or spoons close to the bottom.

Brown Trout will be in closer to shore. Some have been taken in 25 to 45 feet of water.
Use long lines with bright colored spoons and body baits. Using the Offshore boards will let you get in closer to shore with your baits.

Bass and Pike are being taken in close to shore casting or trolling spoons and body baits.

Try for perch South of the harbor by the cemetery using minnows.

Lighthouse tours are off and running on Saturday mornings now. Come out and enjoy stepping back in time with a tour of our lighthouse. Call the Marina Office for advanced reservations or purchase tickets at the office the day of the tours. This also makes a lovely gift for your friends or family. Call 989-479-9707 for lighthouse tours.

There is plenty of water at the ramps and out the channel, ask at the office which docks have the best water.

Keep those lines tight,
Captains Ken and Janice Deaton

Written By: admin on July 16, 2013 Comments Off

Captain Terry Walsh of Termar Charters reports from AuGres:

Saginaw Bay continues to produce RED HOT walleye action! This summer has seen phenomenal fishing just about everywhere on the bay. The last three trips we’ve boated 80 walleye! Several local anglers had already limited out and were on their way back to port today as we were on our way to the fishing grounds at 0830. A friend of mine told me they have gone to a different area of the bay every time they have fished the last couple of weeks and caught limits of walleye. For the time being, it’s just not hard to catch walleye–unless you don’t go fishing!

The bay is starting to warm up with all this hot weather, and some of the fish are already moving north of the Big Charity. We had 75.4 F on the surface today. So far it hasn’t affected the fish at all.

Crawler harnesses are the tactic of choice, but two friends of mine each took three-man limits: one trolled only with spoons, while the other trolled with Smithwicks. Right now everything seems to be working.

With all the boats on the bay right now, some common courtesy has to be observed. DON’T crowd another boat you see catching fish just because you aren’t. DON’T troll east and west through a lot of boats that are quite obviously all trolling north and south. DON’T run at cruising speed through a pack of fishing boats. It’s not only bad manners on the water but dangerous as well. Some of the smaller 14-foot boats could be easily swamped by the wake of a cruising boat passing too close.

Be safe and good fishing!

Capt. Terry R. Walsh
MCBA President

Written By: admin on July 16, 2013 Comments Off

Capt. Ron Westrate of First Call 2 Charters reports from Saugatuck:

Another good week of fishing off of Saugatuck.This week was much like
the previous week.The fish and bait have set up in 85-130 FOW.Lake trout
of all sizes can be caught near the bottom on metal Goldstar dodgers
(chrome w/ dimples and chrome w/ crushed UV) with green
spin-n-glows.Coho, steelhead and a few kings are biting 25-60 feet
down.Spoons outfished the flashers this week.The best spoons were the
coyote, orange crush, orange crush on gold, mixed veggies and freakin
blue veggies.There is a lot of bait up and down the coast.We expect to
see greater numbers of kings arrive anytime.Stable weather promised to
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Written By: admin on July 12, 2013 Comments Off

The word is out amoungst salmon fishers, the Straits of Mackinac is perhaps the best the best fishing on the northern Great Lakes! Fish the back side of Mackinac Is. in 100 to 200 ft. of water with lures down 45-55 ft. On the St. Ignace side from the green can off Graham Pt. to the airport in60-100 ft. down 45-60 ft. Hot lures have been Moonshine (Flounder Pounder,Snack Attack, Yellow Tail, Bad Toad, Green Shorts and Carbon 14), Silverstreak (Green Chilly Willy, Metallic Yellow Tail, and Greasy Chicken Wing) and Warrior(Modified Dolphin). You can’t go wrong running with these. Run lead core on planer boards from 3 colors to13. You’ll get a mix bag of salmon(Atlantic and Chinook), steelhead and lake trout. It’s not uncommon to put a limit in your boat. Capt. Denny of E.U.P. Fishing Charters has been hooking into over 7-10 fish per outing. Capt. Norm of Les Cheneaux Charters fishes DeTour and reports lots of fish over there as well. His last 3 charters boated 30 fish. He said the fish are full of juvenile as well as adult alewives. The fish in the Straits areaare loaded with smelt and adult alewives which was not the norm last year. The bait fish seem to be more abundant this year. If you target lakers, try Worden’s Spin N Glos behind a silver flasher or a white fly behind a hoochee mama. Watch out for gill nets in the St. Ignace area and the trap net east of the “tanks”. If you should get into a net without the proper markings or what they call a derelect net, call the tribal police at 906-635-6065 with the gps coordinates or the MDNR 800-292-7800. Gill nets must have a flag on each end and the nets are set from shallow to deep directions. If your lures are 20 ft. off bottom you’ll go over gill nets and stay away from the flags as they are tied by rope to anchors

Written By: admin on July 12, 2013 Comments Off

Capt. Bruce Curtis from Payable Guide Service reports from Lake Erie:

the Walleye fishing on Lake Erie has been great for the Charter Captains using both spoons and wiggle warts in less than 20′ of water. For some reason the walleye are remaining in Michigan water. The perch fishing has been good in 16′ to 20′ of water in Breast Bay.

Written By: admin on July 9, 2013 Comments Off

Capt. Ron Westrate of First Call 2 Charters reports from Saugatuck:

We are beginning to see some silver fish (salmon and steelhead) show up in the creel; however the majority of the fish are still lake trout. This past Friday we caught 14 fish, 5 were silver fish and 9 were lake trout. Today we boated 13 fish, 5 were salmon and steelhead and the rest were lake trout. The fish were found in the 110 to 120 foot range with the lake trout coming on the bottom and the silver fish coming in the top 40 foot.

The lake trout were taken on the downriggers by bouncing bottom with metal Gold Star dodgers and green spin n glows. The salmon and steelhead were taken on 75, 100, 150 and 200 foot of copper line with small 6 in orange dodgers and Rapture green twinkle flies and orange stingers and fuzzy bear lures. We also ran the inside wire dipsy divers on the bottom with the metal dodgers we used on the downriggers and the outside dipsy divers at 100 and 150 foot out with silver green pro troll flashers and Rapture hypnotist flies.

For more information or for charter reservations, email me at captron@chartermichigan.com.

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