07-28-2014 Southern Lake Michigan:

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Director SLM Captain Ron Westrate From First Call 2 Charters reports from Saugatuck:   Big changes in the fishing this past week. On Wednesday, we had a strong blow with with 4 to 8 foot seas and winds out of the north. The surface water cooled from 70 degrees to 49 degrees in shallow water and 52 degrees in the 100 foot depth we have been fishing. It was 39 degrees on the bottom and 15 foot down was 44 degrees. Big change in temperature for the fish and the bite was slowed somewhat. Our creel numbers ranged from 6 to 12 fish per trip with most of the creel consisting of lake trout. This was somewhat disappointing since the salmon we just beginning to add to the creel. As the lake stabilized, by this past weekend, we started taking 2 to 4 salmon and steelhead each trip.   Once again the lake trout were primarily taken with green Spin n Glos pulled behind tin can and white Gold Star Flashers. The salmon and steelhead were caught on silver and silver and green plugs … [Read more...]

07-26-2014 UP Northern Lake Michigan:

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Port Captain Bill Myers from Deltadawn Charters Reports from Gladstone : Another family from MO. attending the National Fur Trappers convention. Left late due to weather,wind,and rain. Set lines around 8 am with the waves stills around 3 ft. Found fish in 70 to 80 ft. on leadcore and wire dipsies. Then came severe thunderstorms with high winds around 60 mph and hail. We waited out the storm-all's we'll that ends well making it a trip they'll never forget in upper Michigan waters!!!!!!!!! … [Read more...]

07-24-2014 UP Lake Michigan:

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Port Captain Bill Myers from Deltadawn Charters Reports from Gladstone :   Took a break from salmon and fished some walleye today. Tough fishing-lots of bait, no wind, and bright sun. Tried 10 to 15 ft of water with no luck so we moved out to 18 to 25 ft and found some nice eyes pulling cranks. But best of all was the little guy and big cat-what a fight and fun to watch!!!!!! … [Read more...]

07-23-2014 UP Northern Lake Michigan:

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Port Captain Bill Myers from Deltadawn Charters Reports from Gladstone : Been pretty busy with the national fur trappers convention in town. I took people from Ga. and Tn. Salmon fishing -another birthday charter. The winds are unforgiving. The two kids from Tn got to land their salmon before mom got chumming! Fish have been coming in 120 to 160ft of water. There is a good steelhead bite going on and the kings are big. Best time seems to be just before sun up on spoons and flys. Cereal Killer meat rigs are working in the mid day. … [Read more...]

07-21-2014 Southern Lake Michigan:

Director SLM Captain Ron Westrate From First Call 2 Charters reports from Saugatuck: Limit catches of Late Trout along with a mixture of salmon and steelhead made up the creel this past week. We had catches of 10 to 20 fish each day during the week and each day has some silver fish (salmon and steelhead) in the mix, in addition to catching and returning 3 to 6 undersize fish each trip. Fishing in the 85 to 100 foot depth, the lake trout are running up to 17+ pounds with most in the 8 to 12 pound range. Once again there were some reports of some salmon and steelhead being caught out in the 220 to 260 foot depth, however they were scattered over a large area and change location from day to day. If you saw last weeks report, the methods remain the same. The best method for the lake trout was Gold Star dodgers and Spin n Glos run on the downriggers and dipsy divers on the bottom. When the salmon or steelhead hit they were on Hot Wire and Super Frog Stinger flashers and green … [Read more...]

07-17-2014 UP Northern Lake Michigan:

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Port Captain Bill Myers from Deltadawn Charters Reports from Gladstone :   Here is the picture of my Minnesota fellas who were attending NewMar Rally in Escanaba. They caught salmon and steelhead ranging in size from 21.8 lbs(the biggest) and the rest from 16 to 19 lbs. It only took five tries to land the first one!!!! They took line when should have given line! The fish were caught in 50 to 100 ft of water. The surface temp was 51degrees and was 42degrees at 63ft. We caught the fish on Frankenberry and Grape-Ape Cereal Killer meat rigs at 155 ft out on wire. We also caught some on Moonshine spoons off of down riggers set at 70ft. … [Read more...]

07-13-2014 Southern Lake Michigan:

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Director SLM Captain Ron Westrate From First Call 2 Charters reports from Saugatuck:   Limit catches of Late Trout was the rule rather than the exception this past week. Friday, Saturday and Sunday we had catches of 16, 12 and 17 fish that were kept and we returned 3 to 6 undersize fish each trip. Each day we had one or two silver fish (salmon and steelhead) on but did not land them. Fishing in the 85 to 100 foot depth, the lake trout are running up to 17+ pounds with most in the 8 to 12 pound range. There were some reports of some salmon and steelhead being caught out in the 220 to 260 foot depth, however they were scattered over a large area.   Once again the best method for the lake trout was Gold Star dodgers and Spin n Glos run on the downriggers and dipsy divers on the bottom. When the salmon or steelhead hit they were on Hot Wire and Super Frog Stinger flashers and green Rapture Hypnotist flies pulled either on the high divers or on 200 and 300 copper … [Read more...]