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Sport Fishing Charter Holland & Saugatuck, MI - Fishing Report June 28, 2015

Another good week of fishing, although it was a little slower than the past few weeks with our creel numbers ranging from 8 to 14 with salmon increasing in appearance each week. We have had two to four salmon on each of the trips this past week, and they are weighing in at about 12 pounds. We are fishing in 90 to 100 foot of water; however there have been good catches out to 125 foot of water. Our creel is still dominated by lake trout, but we are seeing more alewife in the stomach of the lake trout (instead of gobies), and this should bring in more Chinook salmon. 

The method is still metal dodgers and spin n glos on the bottom for the lake trout. The best color combinations are tin can Gold Star dodgers and silver green and green and chartreuse spin n glos. We also had luck with white glow Gold Star dodgers and white glow spin n glos. The Chinook salmon are coming on Pro Troll UV mixed veggie flasher and wild fern flies on 200 and 300 copper. The high dipsy divers with flashers and meat have also been producing nice salmon at 180 and 200 foot out. 

We are once again seeing some success with the perch fishing in the
Saugatuck area. There were reports this week of catches of 20 to 30 fish in 40 to 50 foot of water. Sunday produced some cold 53 degree numbers locked along the shoreline, and the perch were caught in the mix river water.

Sport Fishing Charter Holland & Saugatuck, MI - Fishing Report June 21, 2015

The creel this past week consisted of 99% lake trout and an occasional salmon or steelhead. The best fishing early in the week was 70 to 80 foot of water, but by the weekend the best depth was the 90 to 100 foot depth. The fishing is still very good with morning charter creel numbers in the teens and afternoon charters producing numbers of 6 to 10 fish.

The best method continues to be metal dodgers and spin n glos on the bottom for the lake trout and meat rigs 50 to 70 foot down for the salmon. We have been running the outdowns and low divers on the bottom and the middle rigger and the high divers 50 to 70 foot down. There has been very little action with the copper, although we are running 200, 300 and 400 foot of copper every time out.

Perch fishing this past week was poor with reports of 6 to 20 fish. Many boats failed to catch any perch, but all the golbies you would want. Pier fishing was very good for catfish and sheephead with many fishermen showing us full stingers.

Sport Fishing Saugatuck, MI - Fishing Report June 14, 2015

This past week produced some very good fishing with a mixed catch of lake trout and a few salmon in the creel. 90 to 100 foot of water produced lake trout on the bottom and salmon (up to 12 pounds) 40 to 60 foot down.

The lake trout continues to be caught on metal Gold Star dodgers with silver/green, green/chartreuse Spin n Glos. The salmon were hitting Rapture fly meat rigs on the high divers at 180 and 200 foot. Also, we did catch salmon on  200 and 300 foot of copper with Pro Troll silver/mountain dew and mixed veggie UV flashers with green hypnotist and wild fern Rapture flies.

Sunday, I saw the first good catch of perch. The fishermen had about 40 perch, and a couple looked like walleye and exceeded 12 in. The fish were caught in 45 to 50 foot of water, and this was the best perch catch I have seen in a couple of years. I hope this continues.

Sport Fishing Saugatuck, MI - Fishing Report June 7, 2015

What a change in three days. We went from trips catching 15 to 20 fish per trip to 5 to 8 fish per trip. After east and north winds during the week, the water cooled down, and Saturday, the water at the piers was 44 degrees. We caught some salmon out in 165 to 175 foot of water one day, and the next day, they were gone. We caught the limit of lake trout in 70 to 80 foot one day, and two days later, they were scarce. In addition, the stomach contents of the lake trout, early in the week, were predominately golbies, and by the end of the week, it was almost 100% alewife. Either the golbies left the area or the lake trout moved out or in to different water. The water changed, the bait supply changed, and the fish scattered. 

The salmon are scattered from 20 to 60 foot down, and we caught them on high divers at 100 foot and on 100 ft., 200 ft., and 300 ft. of copper on flashers and flies and stingray lures. The color and combinations changed every day. The lake trout were taken on metal dodgers and spin n glos on the bottom and occasionally on 300 ft. of copper with a flasher and fly. 

The water is changing every day, and if it continues to cool, the fish may be found in front the piers where the bait is abundant. (Yesterday we did spend an hour in front the piers but never had a hit.) We will continue to move around to different depths and levels to relocate the fish.

Sport Fishing Saugatuck, MI - Fishing Report May 31, 2015

Fishing continues to be very good with two areas producing the best results. There continues to be a lot of fish in the 65 to 90 foot of water depth, and there are some decent catches in the 150 to 180 foot depth, too. In the shallower water, the catch continues to be predominately lake trout with an occasional salmon and steelhead. In the deeper water, we are finding more salmon (up to 15 pounds) and some steelhead mixed in. The salmon and steelhead in this area are scattered and you have to do some looking to find them, but the salmon are good size here, and if you find the bait, you will find the salmon.

When fishing the inside water, the lake trout are still being caught with metal Gold Star dodgers and Green and White/Glow Spin n Glos on the bottom. The salmon are coming on the 150 and 200 copper with Craigs Christmas and UV Watermelon Stingrays.

When fishing the deeper water, run the down riggers at 30 to 60 foot with Pro Troll flashers (silver, silver and mountain dew, white/glow and green glow) and Rapture green hypnotist flies. 100 ft, 200 ft, and 300 ft copper line with stinger and Stingray lures (orange crush, UV water melon, Craigs Christmas) are producing some nice salmon and steelhead. Dipsy divers are run at 175 foot and 100 foot back with either Stingray or Magnum lures. There are some reports that meat pulled behind 11 in and 8 in flashers are producing some salmon, but I have not pulled them yet.


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