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...]

07-11-2014 UP Northern Michigan:

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Port Captain Bill Myers from Deltadawn Charters Reports from Gladstone :   Had a couple of charters -one evening trip to Manistique and another to Fairport. We picked up 3 in Manistique in 100ft of water on Cereal Killer meat rigs, 100 ft back. We dropped our lines at 8 am in Fairport and managed 5 on flasher flies and meat rigs on dipsies. We ran in anywhere from 80 to 160 ft of water and couldn't get spoons to go. Doesn't look good for tomorrow's charter with 2 to 4 footers predicted! … [Read more...]

07-07-2014 Southern Lake Michigan:

Director SLM Captain Ron Westrate From First Call 2 Charters reports from Saugatuck: The holiday week produced another good week of fishing for boats out of Saugatuck and Holland. Creel numbers ranged from 10 to 20 fish which mainly consisted of lake trout. There were some salmon and steelhead taken, however the main targeted species remains lake trout. There were some reports of steelhead and salmon out in 200 foot of water, however they were few and scattered. We fished the 85 to 100 foot depth during the week with creel numbers of 12, 10 20 and 10 fish caught on each trip. Many of the lake trout ranged in weight from 12 to 17 pounds and one steelhead weighed in over 14 pounds. We did take one brown trout that weighed in over 10 pounds, however this is the only one we caught during the week The steelhead and salmon, when caught in the 100 foot depth were caught on 200 copper with NBK and Craig’s Christmas lures and high divers run at 150 foot of line with glow frog and … [Read more...]

07-03-2014 UP Northern Lake Michigan:

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Port Captain Bill Myers from Deltadawn Charters Reports from Gladstone : It's a start! Made my first trip out to Fairport. We got two and had one on a 5-color. Both of these came off the downriggers, one on Bloody Nose at 80ft, and the other on a Flounder Pounder (both Moonshine lures) at 70 ft. Didn't find much bait and 55 ft. down the water temp was 46 degrees. Got the skunk out of the box! … [Read more...]

06-28-2014 Southern Lake Michigan:

Director SLM Captain Ron Westrate From First Call 2 Charters reports from Saugatuck: The fishing has slowed this past week with creel numbers of 2 to 8 being the norm. Most of the creel consists of Lake Trout with occasional salmon and steelhead mixed in. 85 to 110 foot of water was the best depth with the salmon and steelhead hitting lures run 35 to 60 foot down and the lake trout caught in the bottom 10 foot. Downriggers on the bottom with metal flashers and Spin n Glos produced the majority of the Lake Trout. 200 foot, 300 foot and 400 foot of copper also produced. Salmon came on the shorter lengths with NBK and Orange Crush Stinger lures and Lake Trout on the longer lengths with Pro Troll flashers and green hypnotist flies. The dipsy divers at 100 and 150 foot of line out caught some steelhead and salmon with just about any color flasher and the green hypnotist fly behind it. There have been reports that salmon were being caught north of Holland and south of … [Read more...]

06-22-2014 Southern Lake Michigan :

Captain Ron Westrate DSLM, From First Call 2 Charters reports from Saugatuck: The fishing this past week was fair, however the storms blew us off the lake 2 times and also forced one cancellation resulting in only one charter run. The salmon were hard to find, however the lake trout are starting to set up in the 80 to 100 foot of water. For those who did get out late in the week, the creel consisted of 90 % lake trout and the remaining portion consisting of Chinook salmon and steelhead. The lake trout are being caught by using Gold Star metal flashers (chrome and white) with a glow or a green Spin n Glow that are pulled on the bottom in the 80 to 100 foot of water. When the salmon are caught they are coming on 150, 200 and 300 copper with NBK, Craig’s Reverse Christmas, and orange crush Stingray and stinger lures. We are also seeing some hits on flashers and flies that are pulled on the dipsy divers. This is the time of the year when the salmon seem to change their … [Read more...]