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...]

Fishing Reports Northern Lake Michigan 7/7/2015

fishing reports northern lake Michigan 7/7/2015 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 … [Read more...]

7-06-2015 Southern Lake Michiagn

Capt. Ron Westrate, Director SLM, reports from First Call ll . This was a week of change with some strong north winds for two days blowing in cold water. The water temperature changed from 63 degrees one day to 47 degrees the next and as a result some of the salmon and steelhead moved in front the piers where the bait schooled. During the July 4th weekend you could fish in 90 foot of water and catch lake trout and some salmon or you could fish in 20 foot of water and catch some salmon and steelhead. Either place produced creel numbers of 10 to 15 fish per trip. By Sunday, the bite in side slowed and most boats moved off shore. The fishing in the deeper water is producing with the same lures and combinations that I listed in the last couple of reports. In front the piers the fish were hitting small orange and orange combination stingers on 2, 3 and 5 color leadcore. In addition the dipsy divers at 40 and 60 foot with Stingray lures produced some nice salmon. There are … [Read more...]

6-29-2015 Lake Erie

Posted in: Fishing Reports, Lake Erie, Walleye Lake Erie walleye fishing charter Linda with a Lake Erie walleye Walleye fishing on Lake Erie has been on again and off again due to the weather. If you can get out and fish some of the most productive spots have been out between the shipping channel and West Sister Island in about 26 feet of water. I have been using spoons and 30 jet divers about 84 feet back, using 12lb mono. The fish have never picked out any colors accept dark days they seem to preffer painted baits and sunny days the copper and brass back shiney spoons. When the weather has been kind the Ohio water intake area has been holding some nice walleye. I fished the Michigan dump with wiggle warts earlier in the week and took a dozen fish after a little storm had passed. The water was muddy but the dump is still holding walleye. We also caught a rock bass, a large smallmouth bass, a cat fish and a few yellow perch. This weekend is looking like a total loss fishing … [Read more...]

6-29-2015 Southern Lake Michigan

Another good week of fishing, however a little slower than the past few weeks with our creel numbers ranged from 8 to 14 with salmon increasing in appearance each week. We have had two to four salmon on each of the trips this past week and they are weighing in about 12 pounds. We are fishing in 90 to 100 foot of water; however there have been good catches out to 125 foot of water. Our creel is still dominated by lake trout, however, we are seeing more alewife in the stomach of the lake trout (instead of gobies) and this should bring in more Chinook salmon. The method is still metal dodgers and spin n glos on the bottom for the lake trout. The best color combinations are tin can Gold Star dodgers and silver green and green and chartreuse spin n glos. And white glow Gold Star dodgers and white glow spin n glos. The Chinook salmon are coming on Pro Troll UV mixed veggie flasher and wild fern flies on 200 and 300 copper. The high dipsy divers with flashers and meat have … [Read more...]

6-22-2015 Southern Lake Michigan

Capt. Ron Westrate, Director SLM, reports from First Call ll . The creel this past week consisted of 99% lake trout and an occasional salmon or steelhead. The best fishing early in the week was 70 to 80 foot of water, however, by the weekend the best depth was the 90 to 100 foot depth. The fishing is still very good with morning charter creel numbers in the teens and afternoon charters producing numbers of 6 to 10 fish. The best method continues to be metal dodgers and spin n glos on the bottom for the lake trout and meat rigs 50 to 70 foot down for the salmon. We have been running the outdowns and low divers on the bottom and the middle rigger and the high divers 50 to 70 foot down. There has been very little action with the copper, although we are running 200, 300 and 400 foot of copper every time out. Perch fishing this past week was poor with reports of 6 to 20 fish but many boats failed to catch any perch but all the golbies you would want. Pier fishing was very … [Read more...]