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Fishing Reports - Sport Fishing Charters Holland & Saugatuck, MI

Fishing Report July 2, 2012


Very good fishing this week with creel numbers ranging from 9 to 20 fish per trip. We caught chinook salmon up to 20 pounds and steelhead up to 13 pounds. The fish appear to be scattered anywhere from 60 to 180 foot of water, however the best depth is the 100 to 130 foot range. The fish are being caught from 30 foot to 120 foot down with good action on 150, 200 and 300 foot of copper with stinger spoons (mixed veggie, lemon ice, blue dolphin, green dolphin, coyote and NBK). The dipsy divers are run at 100 and 150 foot of wire and the stingray spoons are on the low divers (flavor changed from day to day) and Pro Troll flashers (pearl fishscale, chrome mountain dew, mixed veggie and white mountain dew glow) and Rapture yellow fern, purple mirage, and green hypnotist flies on the high divers. The downriggers did not produce consistently, however when they did, the best rig was the 11 in white glow/UV Pro Troll with a green hypnotist fly.


Good news on the perch with limit catches reported in 40 to 50 foot of water south of Douglas Point.

Fishing Report June 25, 2012


This past week has produced some good to excellent fishing for both salmon and perch out of Saugatuck. If you are interested in the "big fish", fish from 100 to 135 foot of water, 40 foot down from the bottom. Boats fished from just south of the Saugatuck piers to just north of the Holland piers and had catches from 18 fish per trip to 7 fish per trip.


The creel consisted of nice chinook salmon from 8 to 15 pounds (with one chinook salmon that weighed in at 25 pounds), lake trout up to 12 pounds with occasional steelhead (up to 12 pounds) and coho.


The best method was 450 and 400 foot of copper with silver or white bladed flashers, green hypnotist and green glow hypnotist fiies, along with 200 foot of copper with stingray spoons (NBK, mixed veggie, fruit cocktail). Dipsy divers with 11 in Pro Chip flashers and green rapture flies produced at different depths and in different colors which changed from day to day. The downriggers produced with an 11 in white glow Pro Chip and green glow hypnotist fly at 95 foot and at 60 and 80 foot with sliders and regular sized stingers.


I fished perch Friday and Saturday and did fairly well. Friday we fished in 60 to 65 foot of water south of the ball and took some very nice perch up to 14 in. Saturday we drifted the same water we fished Friday and caught 1 perch so we ran down to Glenn and found good numbers (although they ran small) in 30 foot of water. I did have one report that one boat caught 140 perch in 80 foot of water on Friday night off the ball in Saugatuck.

Fishing Report June 18, 2012

What a change from one day to the next, as far as lures and number of fish on, are concerned. On Friday we fished in 100 foot of water and caught 6 fish but had better than 20 fish on. The best baits were 11 in white or glow bladed Pro Chip flashers (glow,slick, mountain dew or any combination as long as the blade was white or glow) with Mega flies (green or green glow). We ran these on the downriggers at 70 to 100 foot down and on the wire dipsy divers at 150 foot and 200 foot. We also had fish on 150 and 200 copper with regular size stingers (fruit cocktail, craigs xmas, orange corey and NBK). So we caught fish in the top 40 foot and in the bottom 20 foot but the best presentations were 11 in flashers.

On Saturday, we went out and fished the same 100 foot depth and the fish had disappeared from that depth. We trolled out to 140 foot without much success and then into 80 foot. This is we found the bait and we did catch 7 fish but only had 10 hits. In this depth we had to pound bottom with metal flashers and spin n glows to get some lake trout in the mid teens. We did take some chinook salmon on 300 and 200 copper with magnum stingers and stingrays (green dolphin, NBK and mixed veggie). What a change from one day to another - regular stingers and 11 in flashers on one day and magnum stingers and metal flashers the next. The fish are good size with chinook salmon going mid to high teens and the lake trout 10 to 12 pounds and an occasional steelhead up to 10 pounds.

Perch fishing has been very good with some limits of 8 to 14 in perch being taken in 60 to 75 foot of water off the ball. The best method is drifting for the perch if the weather permits with minnows and spikes.

Fishing Report June 11, 2012

Some excellent catches this week. Lots of bait in the area near a good color change. Mix of kings (8-17 #), steelhead, and lake trout. Best fishing was 110-140 FOW, fishing 30-130 feet down. Best rigs were:  silver orange or gold orange stingers on the high copper (200 ft), stingray UV dolphins on the deep copper (300 and 450 ft.), and flasher fly combos on the wire and riggers. Best combos were pearl fish scale/ purple no-see-um, and green/glow flashers with hypnotist, illusion, or wild fern flies. Some steelhead were caught around the piers and some perch were caught in 55-70 FOW.

Fishing Report June 4, 2012

After getting blown off the lake on Friday and Saturday, we finally made it out on Sunday and fished in 3 to 5 foot seas. It took a while to find the fish in 200 to 210 foot of water, however we did catch a couple of nice chinook salmon (14 and 15 pounds), and a 8 pound steelhead as well as as a few smaller salmon and lake trout. The best lure was any green bladed flasher (green glow, green silver, green mountain dew) and green MEGA-FLY. All the action was either on high divers at 150 foot out or on 450 foot copper. Not one hit on the downriggers or on any kind of spoon which was completely different from the Tuesday charter when most of the action was on small stingers.


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