August 31-2015 Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report

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Captain Ron Westrate reports from Saugatuck This past week produced some unpredictable results with creels of 10 to 16 fish consisting of ¾ salmon one day and then 1 or 2 salmon the next with the rest mostly lake trout. Warm water continues to dictate the location and movements of the salmon with most of the fish being caught in 80 to 100 foot of water. Early in the week the water temperature is 70 degrees on the surface and 70 degrees 100 foot down. By the end of the week the temperature was 68 degrees down to 70 foot and then dropped to the 50’s and 40’s at 100 foot. The salmon were mainly caught in the warm water 40 foot to 70 foot down and the lake trout were caught 80 foot to the bottom. The Chinook Salmon were caught on Ace Hi plugs on 200, 300 and 350 foot of copper. The best colors were pearl/glow, wonderbread/glow, silver green back and green/splatter back plugs. We also caught both salmon and lake trout on blue bubble, mixed veggie and silver flashers with … [Read more...]

08-24-2015 Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Reports

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Captain Ron Westrate reports from Saugatuck: The two day hard blow out of the southwest, changed the fishing dramatically this past week. Monday and Tuesday we were catching 20% Lake Trout and 80% salmon and steelhead with a good themocline at 50 foot. Then the wind blew 35 mile per hour from the southwest for two days and when we got out on Friday, we found 71 degree water from the surface down to 110 foot. Needless to say the fishing changed dramatically with fish coming 100 to 140 foot down in 150 foot of water. Fish are still being caught; however we are back to mostly lake trout. The copper lines, (300 ft., 350 ft. and 450 ft) did produce some nice salmon with silver, mixed veggie and blue bubble flashers and Rapture Oceana and green Hypnotist flies. Early in the week we ran the high divers and 170 foot out and low divers at 120 foot out but by the end we ran them at 350 and 250 foot out. Behind the divers we ran the chrome/mountain dew, all chrome and white/slick … [Read more...]

08-17-2015 Northern Lake Michigan

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Captain George Freeman reports good fishing again today in Ludington. They wanted plugs early. First rod to go was a low wire diver out 100 with a Lucky Charms Dreamweaver Captain’s Choice Cut Plug . Next was an out down set at 50 with a Captains Choice Pearl Zebra Plug. A Captain’s Choice Wonder Bread Plug on a 10 color went twice and another Lucky Charms Plug on a 250 copper went once. Our 11″ DW White Crush Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly went 4 times on the chute rigger down 95 feet. We only hit a couple fish on our wire divers with meat rigs . Our best was a high wire out 170 with an 8″ White Slick Spin Doctor/Green UV Big Water Meat Rig. It went twice. An 8″ Chrome Mountain Dew NBK Spin Doctor/UV On Ice Big Water Meat Rig took 2 Kings on a 250 copper and a 10″ Shocker Spin Doctor/UV On Ice Big Water Rig took a King on our other 250 copper. Our last fish came on a 300 copper with a 10″ Chrome Kevorkian UV Crush Spin Doctor/Yellow Gasoline Dreamweaver Meat Rig. We use … [Read more...]

Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report

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Captain Ron Westrate reports from the southern ports of Lake Michigan A great week of fishing with limit catches most days.  2/3 rds of the creel still consist of Lake Trout, however there are more Chinook Salmon and Steelhead showing up.  Even with the rough water and high winds toward mid week the fishing was very consistent. The Lake Trout were again taken on metal dodgers and spin n glos on the down riggers and low divers.  The salmon were hitting on silver/mountain dew and silver flashers with the Rapture Illusion UV and yellow beads on high divers at 100 and 120 foot.  Every morning, on the middle down rigger,  we are running a glow bladed UV Pro Troll flasher and green beaded No See Um and when the sun gets higher we switch over to the Pro Troll Davie Jones flasher and Rapture Last Supper fly and it is good for 2 to 3 salmon a day and an occasional lake trout.  The 100 foot, 150 foot and 200 foot copper are producing the steelhead and salmon with small Ace Hi plugs (glow … [Read more...]

8-10-2015 Southern Lake Michigan:

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Capt. Ron Westrate, Director SLM, reports from First Call ll . A week of either limit catches or catches of all the fish a person needs or wants. Many of the charters only lasted 3 to 4 hours to get all the weight of fish a person or group needs. Creel numbers ranged for low to mid teens to the low 20’s. The creels consisted of a mixture of about 2/3rd lake trout and 1/3rd salmon and steelhead. The size of the fish was also very good with lake trout up to 15 pounds and salmon pushing 20 pounds.   The lake trout again were taken primarily on Gold Star metal flashers and white/glow and green/chartreuse spin n glos on the bottom with downriggers. Salmon were caught on the high and low divers, 200, 300 and 350 foot copper with Pro Troll flashers (blue bubble, mixed veggie, white and blue and UV and white and UV. Behind the flashers we pulled Rapture flies and the best fly was the Oceana UV and Oceana Tuli, however there were days when the Green No See Um and the Green … [Read more...]

8-7-2015 UP Lake Michigan:

Port Captain Bill Myers from Deltadawn Charters Reports from Gladstone : The salmon fish is starting to getting better and the walleye action is on! Salmon seem to be out in 130 -160 feet of water,Water temp is about 49 degrees at 65ft down. The MWC Boys found fish over in Big Bay only two skunks! They wade some walleye in the 10 and 11 pounds. Thing are heating up in the Central U.P. !! Port Captain Bill Myers from Deltadawn Charters Reports from Gladstone : The salmon fish is starting to getting better and the walleye action is on! Salmon seem to be out in 130 -160 feet of water,Water temp is about 49 degrees at 65ft down. The MWC Boys found fish over in Big Bay only two skunks! They wade some walleye in the 10 and 11 pounds. Thing are heating up in the Central U.P. !! … [Read more...]

8-4-2015 Southern Lake Michigan:

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Another great week of fishing with some limit or near limit catches of salmon steelhead and lake trout.  For example, Friday we caught 17 fish, Saturday we caught 18 fish and on Sunday (in 4 to 6 foot seas) we caught 8.  The salmon are running close to 20 pounds and the lake trout are pushing 15 pounds.  Fishing the 80 to 95 foot depth continues to produce some very good catches, however, there were some nice silver fish caught out in 120 to 140 foot of water. The steelheads are coming on Silver Horde plugs (green speckle back and silver red head) on the 150 foot and 200 foot copper lines.  The best combination for salmon continues to be the Pro Troll flashers (blue bubble white blade, blue bubble silver blade and mix veggie) and the Rapture Oceana and Oceana Tuli flies.  This fly/flasher combination continues to produce multiple times during a trip.  The Dipsy Divers were producing with Gold Star metal flashers and white/glow and green/chartreuse spin n glos.  The high divers … [Read more...]

7-27-2015 Southern Lake Michigan

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Capt. Ron Westrate, Director SLM, reports from First Call ll . More Silver Fish in the Creel   Another very good week of fishing out of Saugatuck with creel numbers in the teens and a higher number of silver fish in the mix. Fishing in the 80 to 100 foot depth as produced consistent lake trout limits and 4 to 7 steelhead and Chinook salmon in the catch.   The lake trout are still being caught with metal dodgers and spin n glos (glow white, double trouble and green/yellow) on wire divers and downriggers. The steelhead are being caught on stingray UV mixed veggie and orange crush spoons pulled on 100 and 150 foot of copper. The Chinook salmon are coming on Pro Troll flashers with Rapture flies. The best combinations are blue bubble flasher with the Oceana UV fly, UV mixed veggie with the Green No See Um fly and a chartrouse/glow flasher with the Frosted Fern fly. These are being pulled on 250, 300 and 350 foot of copper.   Perch fishing out of … [Read more...]

7-27-2015 Southern Lake Michigan:

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Capt. Ron Westrate, Director SLM, reports from First Call ll . More Silver Fish in the Creel   Another very good week of fishing out of Saugatuck with creel numbers in the teens and a higher number of silver fish in the mix. Fishing in the 80 to 100 foot depth as produced consistent lake trout limits and 4 to 7 steelhead and Chinook salmon in the catch.   The lake trout are still being caught with metal dodgers and spin n glos (glow white, double trouble and green/yellow) on wire divers and downriggers. The steelhead are being caught on stingray UV mixed veggie and orange crush spoons pulled on 100 and 150 foot of copper. The Chinook salmon are coming on Pro Troll flashers with Rapture flies. The best combinations are blue bubble flasher with the Oceana UV fly, UV mixed veggie with the Green No See Um fly and a chartrouse/glow flasher with the Frosted Fern fly. These are being pulled on 250, 300 and 350 foot of copper.   Perch fishing out of … [Read more...]

7-24-2015 Northern Lake Michigan:

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Capt. Eric Andersen, VP MCBA, from Andersen Charters,Frankfort ,MI.... Reports this week...   The Kings are biting,time to head for northwest Michigan for King Salmon. Most trips charters here are averaging 3 to 9 king salmon per 1/2 day trip....some days the " bite" is good with a new school arriving along the " bank" here at Frankfort and then on other days its pick away at them at 1st light or dusk . Most charters here are targeting salmon at dawn and dusk and then targeting lake trout during the rest of the charter trip. White spin doctors and Stinger protrolls with aqua/green/blue flies are working well off dipsey rods with spoons off riggers...White pearl in a Warrior spoon was good on our "out down" riggers with a white spindoctor and fly or meat rig down the center rigger and deep for those deep kings. The off shore fishery ...out there 16 to 20 miles is slowing down..but there's still fish out there if a boater wants to make the trip out and … [Read more...]

7-22-2015 Southern Lake Michigan:

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This past week was another week of predominate lake trout creels with occasional steelhead or salmon mixed in. Creel numbers ranged from 10 to 20 fish per trip and ther size of the fish averaged 9 to 12 pounds. During the early and mid week, there were some very nice steelhead and salmon catches in 25 foot of water, however the water has warmed and the fish moved out.   The methods used were unchanged from last week with metal dodgers and spin n glos on the bottom and flashers and flies on 200 and 300 copper for the silver fish.   Early in the week the pier fishermen were catching steelhead with shrimp under a bobber. Perch fishing was very spotty with some catches early in the week 7 miles south of the harbor and some catches in the edge of the river water mid week.   For more information or to make a fishing charter reservation, email me at captron@chartermichigan.com. This past week was another week of predominate lake trout creels with occasional … [Read more...]

07-12-2015 Fishing Report Northern Lake Michigan

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Capt Eric Andersn from Andersen Charters reports...The off shore thermo bar fishing was better than the week before ..and we thought the fishing was "tops" then. Our last charter we hit a pod of Steelhead with 4 fish on all at the same time...3 off boards and 1 off a downrigger set at 18 ft down..Most of our catches are coming off 3 color lead core trolling lines ,a few off shallow set downriggers and a few off dipsey diver rods set at 60ft back on the line counter reels..All are coming off Warrior flutter spoons and Stinger spoons in orange combo colors....anything in orange is working in those baits. Most of this fishing is out there west of Frankfort ,MI about 20 miles out..Smaller boaters need to keep an eye on the wind and weather before venturing out there..Waters are so cold that the big lake is calm out there and closer to shore you could 3 footers with whitecaps...So this fishery is mainly a large boat with twin engines type fishery.. … [Read more...]

7-13-2015 Southern Lake Michigan:

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 … [Read more...]

7-08-2015 Northern Lake Michigan:

Capt. Eric Andersen from Andersen Charters at Frankfort, MI reports....The word is "Steelhead " lots of Steelhead. The last week ,week and a half...the offshore thermo break fishing has been super...We have been averaging 30 to 35 fish on the "hook" and around 15 to 18 fish to the net...This is all on a 1/2 day charter .To average 5 fish "on" per hour hour is really great fishing in my book. Steelhead are hitting small Stinger small spoons and Warrior flutter spoons in orange/silver color combos.. while running a fairly fast troll using planerboards .This fishery should last until around mid July or until the big lake warms up accross the entire lake..Temp breaks have went from 54 clear down to 39 degrees along these breaks or slicks in less than a mile while making a troll west out of Frankfort. Charters out of Frankfort,Glen Arbor and Leland are doing limit catches of Lake Trout along with a few King Salmon. The Kings will show up in greater number in the next several … [Read more...]