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Fishing Reports - Sport Fishing Charters Holland & Saugatuck, MI

Sport Fishing Saugatuck, MI - Fishing Report August 2, 2015

Another great week of fishing with some limit (or near limit) catches of salmon, steelhead, and lake trout. For example, on Friday we caught 17 fish, on Saturday we caught 18 fish and on Sunday (in 4 to 6 foot seas) we caught 8. The salmon are running close to 20 pounds and the lake trout are pushing 15 pounds. Fishing the 80 to 95 foot depth continues to produce some very good catches; however, there were some nice silver fish caught out in 120 to 140 foot of water. 
The steelheads are coming on Silver Horde plugs (green speckle back and silver red head) on the 150 foot and 200 foot copper lines. The best combination for salmon continues to be the Pro Troll flashers (blue bubble white blade, blue bubble silver blade, and mix veggie) and the Rapture Oceana and Oceana Tuli flies. This fly/flasher combination continues to produce multiple times per trip. The Dipsy Divers were producing with Gold Star metal flashers and white/glow and green/chartreuse spin n glos. The high divers produced both salmon and trout with green/glow and silver/mountain dew flashers and the Rapture Green Hypnotist fly. Downriggers on the bottom with metal flashers and spin n glos produced most of the lake trout.
I have not heard anything about perch this past week; however, with the water warming up, they should be in the 35 to 50 foot depth.

Sport Fishing Saugatuck, MI - Fishing Report July 26, 2015

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 has 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 Saugatuck was very inconsistent this past week, with some perch being caught one day in a spot, and then nothing the next. There are some perch being caught between Saugatuck and South Haven and south of South Haven.

Sport Fishing Saugatuck, MI - Fishing Report July 19, 2015

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 the 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.

Sport Fishing Saugatuck, MI - Fishing Report July 12, 2015

This past week was a strange week for fishing on Lake Michigan, with a catch of 12 fish in the beginning of the week, 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 at 43 degree water in front of the piers with 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, but 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 for the lake trout. The salmon and steelhead were caught on 3 color lead core, 100 foot of copper, 150 foot of copper with small orange crush and orange and green stingers. We also caught salmon on the high diver at 100 foot with blue bubble flashers and white glow flashers with different Rapture mirage flies with green beads. The low divers are on the bottom with either metal dodgers or silver flashers and Rapture mirage flies with yellow beads.
The perch fishing reports were also inconsistent with limit catches reported one day and then zero fish the next, in the same place. The fishermen on the lake side of the piers were catching nice stringers of steelhead during the mid week with shrimp below a slip bobber or alewife below a bobber. The fishermen on the channel side of the piers had stringers full of sheephead and catfish.

Sport Fishing Holland & Saugatuck, MI - Fishing Report July 5, 2015

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 inside 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 some good reports on the perch with 20 to 40 per boat reported. With the cold water, the best bet was on the edge of the river water in 30 to 40 foot. There were also some nice catches in 50 to 60 foot of water off the ball.


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