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Sport Fishing Charter Holland & Saugatuck, MI - Fishing Report May 24, 2015

Limit catches best describes the fishing this past week. 95% to 99% of the catch is lake trout with the rest being an occasional salmon or steelhead. The lake trout are ranging from 3 to 14 pounds and are being caught from 60 to 90 foot of water. Metal flashers and spin n glos were definitely the best combination when run on the bottom. 150 and 200 copper with Stingray lures also produced some lake trout and salmon. High divers at 100 foot with white/glow and silver/mountain dew Pro Troll flashers and Rapture green hypnotist flies also produced an occasional lake trout or salmon, but the best method was the metal flashers.

Fishing Report September 14, 2014

This past week produced some more high winds and rough water, and as a result, the lake has cooled down drastically. We have been waiting for the cool water to allow the Chinook to stage in front of the piers for the spawning run. However, as of this weekend, there is no large scale movement into the river. Wednesday and Saturday we were blown off, however on Sunday we did fish in front the piers and caught a half dozen salmon. The water was 48 degrees on the surface and 44 degrees on the bottom in 20 foot. Boats that moved off shore to 80 and 100 foot also found 48 degrees on the surface.


In the shallow water, we fished almost all Ace Hi plugs in a variety of colors from the surface to 50 foot of copper and on downriggers run from 5 to 15 foot down. Boats that fished off shore fished the surface with 3 color lead core down to the bottom with metal flashers and Spin n Glos.


The wind is predicted to move back to the south, and if this happens the lake should begin to warm. I am sure that there are some salmon that have moved up the river; however, we should see more staging in front for the run. For information or charter reservations, call 877-952-4554 for Saugatuck boats or 877-803-6630 or 877-952-3674 for Holland boats.

Fishing Report September 7, 2014

This past week was a story of rough water, high winds, and canceled charters. Out of 6 scheduled charters we ended up running 2, however the fishing, when we could get out there, was fairly good with a mixed bag of salmon and lake trout. Even with the north winds, the water remained in the 70 degree range down to 50 foot and then broke into the 40’s. 


The methods and lures remain the same as last week with 200, 300, and 400 copper and the dipsy divers at 150 and 100 foot out producing most of the salmon. The majority of the lake trout were taken off the downriggers on the bottom.


The week is forecasted to have temperatures in the low 60’s which usually means the wind should be out of the north. With a north wind and current, the water temperatures should decrease which should move the fish to the piers. For more information and charter reservations, call 877-952-4554 for Saugatuck boats and 877-803-6630 or 877-952-3674 for Holland boats.

Fishing Report August 31, 2014

The water continues to warm and the number of salmon in the creel is decreasing, but the number of lake trout is increasing. By the end of the week, the 60 degree water extended down to 60 foot and the salmon were caught in this warmer water early in the day, but the bite decreased as the day progressed. The good news is that the lake trout bite has improved in the 90 foot depth. It appears that there has been an influx of lake trout from off shore with many pushing 20+ pounds in weight.


300 and 450 foot of copper with flashers (white glow, green glow, mixed veggie, live wire) and Rapture wild fern and last supper flies produced well. Downriggers at 60, 50 and 100 foot produced, but the best was green double glow Pro Troll flasher with a wild fern fly. Once we targeted lake trout, the downriggers were put on the bottom with silver and tin can flashers and green and UV spin n glos. Dipsy divers run at 150 and 100 foot out with Pro Troll/Stinger flashers (blue ripple, green ripple, silver mountain dew and super frog) with green hypnotist, citron, wild fern and comet Rapture flies.


The salmon that we are catching are dark and ready to run the river, and any cold water should bring them into the piers and the river water. For information or for charter reservations call 877-952-4554.

Fishing Report August 24, 2014

The lake has warmed into the 70’s and the salmon are being caught at a lower depth than last week. Salmon, Lake Trout and Steelhead are still being caught at a fairly good rate, however the most productive depth is now 50 to 110 foot. Creel numbers in the mid to high teens were common early in the week but dropped to the low teens by the weekend.


By the weekend, 200, 300, and 400 foot of copper lines produced very well as did the dipsy divers and downriggers, all loaded with flashers and flies. Just about any color flasher (green, green/glow, white/glow, mountain dew, mixed veggie, blue wiggle and green wiggle) with Rapture flies (jungle, wild fern, green hypnotist, comet and green no see um) produced some very nice salmon in the high teens and low 20 pounds. Some of the boats are also using meat rigs run on long coppers, dipsy divers, and downriggers with good success. 


There were some reports of some fair but inconsistent perch fishing success 7 miles south of the Saugatuck piers and off the Holland piers. Early in the week, there were some steelhead taken off the piers, however that action has since slowed or stopped. 


The salmon are set to move in front the piers and begin their run, but until we see a drop in the water temperature, the majority will remain staged in the 100 to 150 foot dept. To get more information about the fishing and/or to make a charter reservation, call 877-952-4554 for Saugatuck fishing and 877-803-6630 or 877-952-3674 for Holland fishing.


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