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Sport Fishing Charter Holland & Saugatuck, MI - Fishing Report 6/30/2016

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St. Joseph: Pier fishing for steelhead slowed down this week. A few were caught using shrimp fished under bobbers. The water has warmed around the piers which has slowed down the fishing greatly. Boat anglers targeting salmon found fishing slow. There were a few reports of lake trout being caught in 120 feet. The fish seem to be very scattered and inconsistent. Perch fishing improved this week but was still slow overall.

South Haven: Pier fishing has slowed down greatly this week. There is still an occasional steelhead being caught with shrimp. Water temperature around the piers has warmed. A few sheepshead were being caught on night crawlers fished on the bottom. Boat anglers targeting salmon found fishing slow as well. The fish seem to be very scattered. Anglers found a few lake trout in 90 feet. Perch fishing continues to be very slow. Hopefully warming lake temperatures will improve perch fishing.

Whitehall: Salmon fishing has been slow but a few steelhead have been caught in 160 to 225 feet. Pier anglers casting spoons or fishing with cooked shrimp off the bottom are catching drums and the occasional steelhead. Those fishing with live minnows or jigging soft plastics are catching both smallmouth and largemouth bass.


Sport Fishing Charter Saugatuck, MI Report June 26, 2016

Lake water temperature is beginning to warm and most of the fish have left the shallow waters around the piers. However, we had another week of good fishing out of Holland and Saugatuck producing creel numbers of 9 – 12 consisting of lake trout and steelhead. The best fishing was in 70 to 110 foot of water with lake trout caught bouncing the bottom and the steelhead hitting at 20 to 50 foot down.
The best combination for the lake trout continues to be metal Gold Star dodgers and silver spin doctors with spin n glos (yellow/silver, green/yellow and double trouble glow). These are run on the bottom on the downriggers and on the low wire divers. The steelhead were caught on the high divers (125 to 150 ft. out) with blue bubble flasher and flies and silver UV flashers and Oceana flies. We also caught steelhead on 100 copper and 250 copper with orange and green spotted super slim spoons.
I have not had any good reports on the perch fishing and the steelhead fishing off of the piers has slowed as the water warms.
The lake should continue to stratify by temperature, and as it does, we should find a concentrating of the bait fish and the lake trout and salmon should follow. Check back next week for the status of our changing Lake Michigan fishing.

Sport Fishing Holland & Saugatuck, MI - Fishing Report 6/21/2016

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St. Joseph: Boat anglers were catching a decent number of steelhead near the piers with orange spoons and crankbaits. Pier anglers are also catching steelhead on shrimp. Perch fishing continues to be very slow.
South Haven: Boat anglers were targeting salmon and steelhead in 40 to 150 feet as the fish were scattered. Fishing was a little on the slow side and no particular technique stood out. Pier anglers caught steelhead on shrimp. Perch fishing continues to be very slow.
Kalamazoo County: Gull Lake was producing some crappie. Sherman Lake was producing some perch.
Barry County: Thornapple Lake was producing some nice bluegills. Crappie were caught in 10 to 15 feet. A couple walleye were taken near Howards Point.
Grand Haven: Decent numbers of steelhead are being caught off the piers. Anglers are using alewife and shrimp or casting orange spoons. Boats trolling near the end of the piers caught steelhead on orange spoons or body baits. A few lake trout were caught on dodgers and spin-glo's in 80 to 140 feet.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Had a small push of steelhead at the 6th Street Dam. Bass and catfish are also being caught.
Grand River at Lansing: Anglers have caught smallmouth bass below the dams. The occasional walleye was caught. Those fishing at night caught carp and catfish. For panfish, check out the backwaters.
Muskegon: Boat anglers report the salmon action as slow but those targeting lake trout caught fish in 80 to 130 feet when trolling dodgers and spin-glo's.
Muskegon River: Has several fly hatches currently underway. Those fly fishing have done well for brown and rainbow trout. Panfish are in the backwaters.
Whitehall: Large schools of alewives have been seen near the piers and those fishing have caught the occasional steelhead. Those trolling in 60 to 150 feet caught steelhead along with the occasional chinook and coho.

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Sport Fishing Saugatuck, MI - Fishing Report June 19, 2016

This past week produced some very interesting and exciting fishing. The end of the week of the 5th produced some very strong north and northwest winds causing the water temperature to drop into the high 40's. The result of this drop was a movement of bait and fish to the warmer water around the piers. Monday, we found and caught chinook salmon and steelhead in 15 foot of water, and with east and north east winds during the week, the water remained cold and the fish remained in front the piers.
At the same time there were some good lake trout catches in the 90 to 100 foot of water.
The best lures for the steelhead were Thin Fins (orange, red, red/yellow) and Stingray lures (orange crush, orange/red, red/orange). These were pulled on flat lines, 2 color and 3 color lead core and on the down riggers. The Chinook salmon were caught on Sting Ray and magnum bloody nose spoons run on the downriggers and dipsy divers. The lake trout were caught on metal dodgers with spin n glos (green and yellow, silver and yellow, and glow).
When we finished the trip this Saturday, the water temperature was in the mid 60's and if it continues to increase (and with a south wind, I see no reason it will not) the steelhead and salmon will move back out. As a result, we will have to move off shore and search for them. Check back to see what next week brings.

Sportfishing Holland & Saugatuck, MI - Fishing Report September 20, 2015

The season is coming to a close for the charter service; however, the fishing continues to be very good in the 90 to 120 foot depth. The last couple of weeks produced some days of high winds and waves. During the blows, the water temperature dropped for a day, but then, the warm water flowed back in, and we had 68 degree water again. During the day or two of cooler water, a few salmon did show up at the piers, but with the return of the warm water, they either moved up the river or moved back off shore. The fishing off shore is still very good with creel numbers in the teens and 4 to 6 “silver fish” in the catch each day. The last week, our catch had more Coho and steelhead than Chinook salmon.

The salmon and steelhead were caught on 100 to 200 copper with stingray size spoons (mixed veggie and mixed veggie UV) and on the high divers with Live Wire and Mixed Veggie Pro Troll with Oceana UV flies at 180 foot and 200 foot. Lake Trout continue to be caught on the bottom with metal flashers and spin n glos. 

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