5-25-2015 Southern Lake Michigan


Capt. Ron Westrate, Director SLM, reports from First Call ll . Tuesday May 19, about 20 charter and private boats took the Saugatuck Middle School 6th Grade class (about 67 students) on a fishing excrusion on Lake Michigan. The 6th grade class has been participating in the Salmon In The Classroom project during the year and the fishing trip was a reward given to them by the Lakeshore Charter Boat Association and private fishing members in the Saugatuck area. Even though there were high winds and seas and temperatures below 50 degrees, about 60 fish were caught during the outing. With the inclimate weather, some boats never made it out and no one fished over 2 hours. On returning to port, the catch was cleaned and Allegan Ducks Unlimited fried up the catch for students, staff and crews. All the students were then presented with a rod and reel thanks to the charter boat association, Huntington Bank and Shimano Tackle. Thank you to all that participated and donated there time to … [Read more...]

5-25-2015, Southern Lake Michigan


Director SLM Captain Ron Westrate From First Call 2 Charters reports from Saugatuck: Limit catches, best describes the fishing this past week. 95% to 99% of the catch is lake trout with the rest being an occasional salmon or steelhead. The lake trout are ranging from 3 to 14 pounds and are being caught from 60 to 90 foot of water. Metal flashers and spin n glos were definitely the best combination when run on the bottom. 150 and 200 copper with Stingray lures also produced some lake trout and salmon. High divers at 100 foot with white/glow and silver/mountain dew Pro Troll flashers and Rapture green hypnotist flies also produced an occasional lake trout or salmon, however the best method were the metal flashers. For more information or to book a charter, email me at captron@chartermichigan.com. This past weekend produced some fantastic results. Saturday we kept 22 fish and returned another 4. Sunday we kept 19 fish and returned 3 others. The vast … [Read more...]

05-18-2015 Southern Lake Michigan

Director SLM Captain Ron Westrate From First Call 2 Charters reports from Saugatuck: This past weekend produced some fantastic results.  Saturday we kept 22 fish and returned another 4.  Sunday we kept 19 fish and returned 3 others.  The vast majority of the fish are lake trout, however there are a few salmon  and steelhead mixed in.  The best location was 65 to 75 foot of water and we fished from the surface to the bottom. Most of the salmon were caught on 150 foot of copper with Stingray size lures with green and orange colors.  The steelhead hit small orange crush stingers on the surface while most of the lake trout were taken with metal flashers and spin n glos on the bottom.  We did take some fish with 11 in Pro Troll UV flashers and UV Rapture flies at 50 foot. Tomorrow we have the "Kids Outing" when 20 boats out of Saugatuck take out 65-70 6th grade students from Saugatuck Middle School.  The students have been participating in the "Salmon in the Classroom" project and as a … [Read more...]

05-2015 Southern Lake Michigan

Director SLM Captain Ron Westrate From First Call 2 Charters reports from Saugatuck: A very good week for fishing out of Saugatuck.  The water temperature is still in the low 40 degrees and the fish are scattered from the top to the bottom.  Early in the week we fished in 10 to 20 foot of water and caught some small salmon and a half dozen brown trout (one going over 12 pounds).  Sunday we fished from 50 to 70 foot of water and caught 22 lake trout and 7 chinook salmon.  The lake trout ranged from 5 pounds to 15 pounds but the salmon all weighed less than 2 pounds each. Metal flashers and green spin n glos on the bottom, produced most of the lake trout while the salmon were caught on small stingers on 30 ft, 75 ft, 100 ft. and 150 ft. copper. Our bigger salmon have not yet shown up in our water, however as the water warms, we should see more and larger salmon and steelhead in the creel.  If you are interested in booking a charter or just want information, email me at … [Read more...]

12-01-2014 Northern Lake Michigan:

Captain Lance Keene From SteelHead Hunter Charters Manistee:   As of right now the big Manistee river is high and very muddy, not fishable. But thats not the case in Saginaw Mi , on the river. Walleye fishing is absolutely on fire. I am going to be running trips there for the next week if not longer. I will be using my river boat for this as well. I have openings available call 810-444-8114 thanks lance starting on dec 2 -11. Walleye fishing we will basically be jigging either vertical or casting and retrieving. I will provide all equipment. The numbers of fish that we are catching is pushing 15-25 a day. A 15 in min to keep a walleye, with some fish over the 25 in mark. A 5 fish limit per person.  100 per person up to 4. We will be Steelhead fishing once river cleans back up. Thanks Capt Lance Keene   … [Read more...]

10-29-2014 Lake Michigan Manistee River:


Captain Lance Keene From SteelHead Hunter Charters Manistee:   As the nights become cooler and the leaves begin to change Steelhead Hunter has to transition from the Big lake to the River.  The big boat is all put away for the winter, but the river boat is tuned up and ready to go!  The summer was busy and brought many opportunities our way.  Capt. Lance was featured in Field and Stream Magazine in September.  His new name is "The Michigan Kid".  Capt. Lance was also featured on Ford Outfitters TV show in October.  If you didn't have a chance to see it you can check it out on The Sportsman Channel or at this link, www.thefordoutfitters.com Steelhead fishing is starting to fire up.  Here are some open dates: November:  19, 20, 28 December:  15, 16, 17, 18, 29 & 30. Slots fill up fast so book today. We will be Steelhead fishing until the river freezes up.  Once that happens look to us for your Ice Fishing Charters!   … [Read more...]

9-17-2014 UP Northern Lake Michigan:


Port Captain Bill Myers from Deltadawn Charters Reports from Gladstone :   Headed south out of Gladstone Harbor yesterday afternoon to the Bay of Green Bay for another walleye charter. We pulled crank baits over deep water points and humps.We had a hard time finding them but after some serious "fishing", here's proof that hard work really does pay off. They were thrilled with the walley they brought in and said "they never caught such nice fish!" Old Mother Nature wasn't very nice to us as it was cold and windy, but they came to the UP to enjoy it and fish regardless of the weather and that they most certainly did. … [Read more...]

9-15-2014 Southern Lake Michigan:

Director SLM Captain Ron Westrate From First Call 2 Charters reports from Saugatuck:   This past week produced some more high winds and rough water and as a result the lake has cooled down drastically. We have been waiting for the cool water to allow the Chinook to stage in front of the piers for the spawning run, however, as of this weekend there is no large scale movement into the river. Wednesday and Saturday we were blown off, however on Sun day we did fish in front the piers and caught a half dozen salmon. The water was 48 degrees on the surface and 44 degrees on the bottom in 20 foot. Boats that moved off shore to 80 and 100 foot also found 48 degrees on the surface.   In the shallow water, we fished almost all Ace Hi plugs in a variety of colors from the surface to 50 foot of copper and on downriggers run from 5 to 15 foot down. Boats that fished off shore fished the surface with 3 color lead core down to the bottom with metal flashers and Spin n … [Read more...]

9-10-2014 UP Northern Lake Michigan:


Port Captain Bill Myers from Deltadawn Charters Reports from Gladstone :   Back to the Bay of Green Bay for a walleye charter on Riley's15th birthday. It took a while to find them. We started out about 14 miles out and the waves got too big to fish so we ran southwest. We hit a few humps and found that the water was too clear so moved out to 25 to 30 ft. of water and pulled husky jerks. Here's a photo of Riley and his brother, Reggie, with their 25 & 26 inch Walleyes. Happy birthday, Riley, from Delta Dawn and MCBA. … [Read more...]

9-08-2014 Southern Lake Michigan:

Director SLM Captain Ron Westrate From First Call 2 Charters reports from Saugatuck:   This past week was a story of rough water, high winds and canceled charters. Out of 6 scheduled charters we ended up running 2, however the fishing, when we could get out there was fairly good with a mixed bag of salmon and lake trout. Even with the north winds, the water remained in the 70 degree range down to 50 foot and then broke into the 40’s.   The methods and lures remain the same as last week with 200, 300 and 400 copper and the dipsy divers at 150 and 100 foot out producing most of the salmon. The majority of the lake trout were taken off the downriggers on the bottom.   The week is forecasted to have temperatures in the low 60’s which usually means the wind should be out of the north. With a north wind and current, the water temperatures should decrease which should move the fish to the piers. For more information and charter reservations, contact me at … [Read more...]

Grand Haven Lake Michigan Fishing Report


Salmon Wagon Sport Fishing of Grand Haven reports Decent night on Lake Michigan, 80-110 feet of water was spot. We ran up to the 8's and set in 110 fow. The fish were scattered from the surface to the bottom, with most of the Kings coming around the 40-50 down mark. Best Rods 125 copper with a UV Gator Stingray150 copper With a Blue Green UV Dolphin200 copper Pig Pen Flasher/ Glacier UV200 copper Live Wire/ Wild Fern300 copper 8" Icee/ Zenith Meat rig300 copper 8"Blue Bubble/ Oceana UV fly400 copper 8" white with glow/ Wild fern meat rig40 out down Mixed Veggies UV 40 out down Pickle Seed UV80 rigger White 11" fishscale Oceana UVSlide Diver 110' Mixed Veggies These were thew rods that were most of the fish. We ended up killing 14 for I'm not sure on bites but we had multiple Triples this evening. Best troll was south at 1.9/2.3 sog. … [Read more...]

8-13-2014 UP Northern Lake Michigan:


Port Captain Bill Myers from Deltadawn Charters Reports from Gladstone :   It's a little late in the season here in the UP to say that things are hearing up. But, the water is finally warming up - just in time to cool down again for the fall and winter. Though the fishing has been getting better every day with the warmer water temperatures.  On down riggers, the fish have been biting at depths of 40ft to 80ft in a 120ft water column. They've been hitting hard on spoons, flasher flies, and Cereal Killer meat rigs. It was a busy, beautiful weekend aboard the Delta Dawn. Good weather, great guests and even better fishing.  I repositioned to Escanaba to take a group of guys from Detroit out who are up here working. They said bringing those big salmon in was harder work than what they were up here to do.  After that, I made the run back to Manistique and got ready for an early morning charter with another father and sons team. They brought in some beautiful king salmon and … [Read more...]

8-11-2014 Southern Lake Michigan:

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 … [Read more...]