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Fishing Report July 24, 2016

What an interesting week this has been. Though out the week, when we left the dock, we never knew what the day would produce. We started the week like we ended last week with 90% of the creel consisting of lake trout and the remaining 10% being steelhead and kings. By Wednesday, the creels consisted of 50% lake trout and 50% kings and steelhead. Thursday and Friday produced creels consisting of 90% kings and 10% lake trout and steelhead. By Saturday we were back to primarily lake trout with an occasional silver fish. Fishing between fronts on Sunday, we caught some coho along with some steelhead, lake trout and kings. Even though the fishing was unpredictable, the size of the fish were very good with catches having an average of 11 or 12 pounds per fish. The kings that we caught this week ranged from 16 to 22 pounds. We got to a point in the middle of the week were we decided that “less was more”. We had to reduce the number of copper lines and divers we ran because the kings would hit and run out 700 feet of line or more and be into the other lines causing us to lose the fish and gear. Again, very good fishing with creel limits of 8 to 16 fish per trip, however very unpredictable creel results.
Once again, the lake trout were primarily taken with silver flashers and dodgers with oceana flies and green spin n glos. We are pulling these on the low wire divers and downriggers on the bottom. The kings are coming on the high divers, 400 coppers and also midwater downriggers with blue bubble flashers and flies, white slick flashers and no see um flies and silver mountain dew flasher and mirage flies. The steelhead continue to hit the mongoose super slim, coyote ugly super slim and the bloody nose pulled behind 300 and 200 copper.
Still no good reports on perch fishing out of Holland or Saugatuck or South Haven. Pier fishing continues to be good for sheephead and catfish and some small mouth bass.
Next week should be interesting, not knowing if the salmon are going to be there or we are back to lake trout fishing with occasional silver fish. Whatever the result, the fishing should be good. For information or for charter reservations, email me at

Sportfishing Charter Saugatuck, MI - Fishing Report July 17, 2016

The kings started to show up in the creels more frequently this past week. We caught kings that weighed 18 to 21 pounds, and in addition, some of the lake trout exceeded this (there was a trout that pushed 30 pounds). The creels are still predominated by the lake trout; however, there are some steelhead and some kings mixed in. The best fishing continues to be in the 100 foot depth from Holland to 4 miles south of Saugatuck.
The lake trout are still being caught on the bottom with spin n glos and mirage flies pulled behind silver flashers and dodgers on the downriggers and wire dipsy divers. The best setups for the salmon are 350 and 250 foot of copper with bloody nose and coyote ugly spoons. We did take some salmon off the bottom with silver flashers and mirage flies behind the wire dipsies. The steelhead are in the upper 50 foot of the water column and are being taken on orange crush spoons.
Still no good reports on the perch out of Saugatuck and Holland. The only good report I got is that they are starting to catch some perch south of South Haven so possibly they will soon show up in our area.
Pier fishermen are producing good catches of sheephead and catfish and there have been some nice small mouth bass taken jigging the rocks along the sea wall.
We are seeing more and more bait showing up in 80 to 90 foot of water. As a rule, the kings will follow the bait, so I am hoping to see more and more salmon show up in this area. For more information or to make charter reservations, email me at

Sportfishing Charter Saugatuck, MI Fishing Report July 10, 2016

This past week produced some very good fishing between fronts that came in mid-week and on the weekend. The creel consisted of mainly lake trout with a couple of steelhead and/or salmon thrown in each day with creel numbers of 10 to 20 fish per trip. On one of our multi boat charters, a boat boated a lake trout that pushed 30 pounds, and there were also chinook salmon taken that pushed 25 pounds. Not a lot of salmon being caught, however there are some very good sized salmon out there. The lake trout are also a very nice size, with the catches averaging about 10 pounds each.
We are fishing from 85 foot of water to 110 foot of water. The steelhead are hitting any spoons that are orange and silver and orange and red that are pulled on 5 color lead core and/or 100 foot of copper. There are also some steelhead taken on 3 color lead core with orange and red thin fins. The best rigs for the salmon continue to be the super slim coyote ugly and the bloody nose pulled on 200 and 250 foot of copper. The lake trout continue to hit the metal dodgers and spin n glos (white/pink, double trouble glow) and silver flashers with oceana flies. We are pulling them on low and high wire divers and on the downriggers on the bottom.
Boats that fished for perch reported very little success out of Saugatuck and Holland.
Pier fishing for steelhead has slowed now that the water has warmed back into the 60's.
The fishing should continue to improve as the lake's thermo layers set up. There have been very little bait found in the stomachs of the fish, however we are seeing more bait showing up in the 90 to 100 foot of water. So as the bait shows up, the salmon should follow. Check back next week and off and on during the week for updates. For more information or to book a fishing charter, email me at

Sportfishing Charter Saugatuck, MI - Fishing Report July 7, 2016

St. Joseph: Perch fishing continues to get better in 35 to 45 feet. Pier anglers were getting steelhead when floating shrimp but as the waters warm fishing has slowed. Salmon anglers were catching decent numbers of steelhead near the end of the piers before the warm spell.
South Haven: Pier anglers were still catching a few steelhead when floating shrimp under a bobber. Boat anglers caught a few lake trout in 100 feet. Fishing overall was slow including perch fishing.
Saugatuck: Coldwater nearshore brought steelhead and brown trout in close.
Grand Haven: Boat anglers trolling orange spoons or body baits near the piers caught steelhead and the occasional chinook. A few chinook were caught out in 100 feet. Pier anglers are catching steelhead on shrimp.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Anglers are getting a few walleye. Pike have been caught south of town. Those targeting catfish have done well. Try crawlers, shrimp, bluegills, or cut bait.
Grand River at Lansing: Smallmouth bass and rock bass have been caught on flies and leeches below the North Lansing Dam. Water levels are low so this a good time to wade the river.
Rose Lake: Was good for bowfin with lots of fish caught. They put up a good fight which makes catching them even more fun. Bullhead were also caught.
Lake Ovid: Was producing some good size crappie however anglers are sorting out the small ones. Bluegills are still hitting but most are moving back to deep water. Anglers were using red worms, wax worms and crawlers.
Muskegon: Boats have caught a mixed bag of salmon and trout in 120 to 180 feet. Most were caught in the top 80 feet with orange or green spoons.
Muskegon River: Those fishing Hardy Dam Pond have caught some walleye, perch and largemouth bass.
Whitehall: Steelhead and chinook salmon were caught when trolling in 130 feet. There is a lot of baitfish around the piers and those casting spoons or still-fishing with alewife or shrimp have caught steelhead and freshwater drum.

Sport Fishing Charter Saugatuck, MI - Fishing Report July 3, 2016

This past week we saw all types of weather conditions with 90+ degree conditions with no wind to a 55 degree day with 30 knot winds and 8 foot seas. We saw the water temperature go from the high 40's to the mid 60's and then to the mid 40's over night and now slowly increasing into the high 50's. During the week, we began fishing in front the piers, then moved out to 90 foot of water, then back in front the piers and today we were back out in 80 foot of water. Needless to say, there was no consistency to the week. However, the fishing was good with creel limits ranging from 2 to 10 fish per trip. The 2 fish catch does not sound very good however we had more than 10 steelhead on and fighting during the trip. If you fish steelhead you know that often you need three fish on to land one.
Around the piers the best lure for the steelhead continues to be Thin Fins (Silver, Gold/Red, Red/Black, Orange/Red) run on flat lines, 2 and 3 color lead core and on the downriggers.
When we moved back off shore, the Lake Trout came on chrome flashers and dodgers and with spin n glos (white and double trouble glow) pulled on the downriggers and dipsy divers on the bottom. We caught the steelhead on 100 and 150 foot copper with mixed veggie and orange crush spoons. The salmon came on 250 foot of copper and high divers at 150 foot with flashers and flies (blue bubble combo, chrome and oceana).
The steelhead fishing off of the Holland and Saugatuck piers has been very good with limit catches being common with the 50-degree water. Fishermen are using cooked shrimp with a slip bobber with early morning and late afternoon producing the best.
The forecast for this week is for very hot weather so we should see a increase in the water temperature. As the water warms we should see some thermo stratification take place with the development of the thermocline. What this means is we should see the fish begin to concentrate in a definite layer rather than being spread out all over the water column. Check back next week and see what happens.
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