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Fishing Reports - Sport Fishing Charters Holland & Saugatuck, MI

Fishing Report August 17,2014

We had another good week of fishing after rough seas and strong winds on Tuesday. The Chinook salmon, Steelhead, and Coho salmon continue to make up most of the daily creel of 10 to 20 fish. However, there are a couple of Lake Trout mixed in. Chinook salmon over 22 pounds and Coho salmon over 12 pounds are being caught daily. Most of the salmon are showing up in the 90 to 120 foot depth; however, there are also some being caught in the 130 to 170 foot depth. 


The salmon and steelhead are hitting Stinger lures (orange crush, fruit cocktail, and mixed veggie), glow Ace Hi plugs, and green slick flashers and Wild Fern Rapture flies on the copper lines. On the dipsy divers, we are pulling Pro Troll flashers (super frog, green wiggle, davie jones) with Wild Fern and green Hypnotist Rapture flies. The downriggers are run at 40 to 90 foot down with a variety of flasher and fly combinations. 


There were some good reports on perch fishing with good to limit catches off the Holland piers and some good catches south of the Douglas Point. With the cold lake water, there were some steelhead caught off the Saugatuck and Holland piers and some sheephead and catfish being caught east of the shore line in the warmer river water.


Since we are nearing the end of August and if we get some cooler water we can expect the Chinook salmon to begin staging at the piers for the fall run. For more information or to make a reservation to catch your salmon dinner, call 877-952-4554 for the Saugatuck fishing and 877-803-6630 for the Holland fishing.

Fishing Report August 10, 2014

The week started with outstanding fishing with limit mixed bag catches in 110-160 FOW. The number of salmon increased and the number of lake trout decreased in the creel composition. In the middle of the week, the fishing slowed, and this weekend, we went back into 70-100 FOW and caught good numbers of lake trout with some kings and steelhead mixed in.
This week's best combinations were: orange crush Stingers on 100 coppers, mixed veggie UV and Craig's reverse x-mas on 150 coppers, and chrome blue Protroll with blue bubble Rapture fly and green glow Ace-hi plug. On the longer coppers, we ran green double glow and white double glow Protroll flashers w. hypnotist flies. Superfrog and Davy Jones Protroll flashers with Rapture Wild fern flies on the divers produced very well at 160 and 100 foot out. On the dodgers, we ran chrome and tin can dodgers with white pink dot spin and glows for the trout on bottom. 
There were reports of fair to good perch fishing in 40 to 20 foot of water between the ball and Saugatuck harbor and between the State Park and the first sliders. Pier fishermen are again taking fair stringers of catfish and steelhead. Some walleye were caught upriver from the I-196 bridge. 
The water continues to cool down, and the salmon are likely to continue to move closer to the beach. Don’t forget about the Catch and Cook program and enjoy your catch prepared by selected restaurants that have been approved by the state (Wallys, Spectators, and Mermaids). For information about Catch and Cook, fishing or charter reservations, call 877-952-4554 for Saugatuck fishing and 877-952-3674 for Holland fishing.

Fishing Report August 3, 2014

The Kings have shown up in Saugatuck. What a difference from the first part of the week to the weekend, with creels containing more and more Chinook salmon each day. We started the week with very cold water and catches consisting of mainly Lake Trout but a few salmon and steelhead in the mix. By the weekend, the catches consisted of limit catches of Chinook salmon and Steelhead and an occasional Lake Trout mixed in. On Saturday, our group from Louisville, Ky. caught 25 fish of which only 3 were Lake Trout. That group (fishing 3 days) took over 400 pounds of fillets back to Louisville to feed the friends and families. 


The salmon and steelhead are being caught from 10 to 50 foot down in 100 to 160 foot of water. 50 foot, 100 foot, 200 foot, and 300 foot of copper with orange stingers, Silver Horde plugs and flashers and flies all produced well at different times during the day. Down riggers 40 and 50 foot down and dipsy divers at 150 and 100 foot out with green bladed flashers with the wild fern Rapture flies did very well. 


Good reports on perch fishing Thursday and Friday, with good catches off the Holland piers and south of the Douglas Point in 20 foot of water. There were also some nice stringers of catfish caught off the Saugatuck piers and in the basin inside the piers. 


Once again, we had some families that enjoyed the Catch and Cook program this week. Depending on how busy the town and the restaurant is, Spectators, Mermaids, and Wally’s will prepare your catch if you give them advanced notice. For information about the fishing and/or Catch and Cook and for charter reservations, please call 877-952-4554 for Saugatuck fishing and 877-952-3674 for Holland fishing.

Fishing Report July 27, 2014

Big changes in the fishing this past week. On Wednesday, we had a strong blow with 4 to 8 foot seas and winds out of the north. The surface water cooled from 70 degrees to 49 degrees in shallow water and 52 degrees in the 100 foot depth we have been fishing. It was 39 degrees on the bottom, and 15 foot down was 44 degrees. Big change in temperature for the fish and the bite was slowed somewhat. Our creel numbers ranged from 6 to 12 fish per trip with most of the creel consisting of lake trout. This was somewhat disappointing since we were just beginning to add salmon to the creel. As the lake stabilized, by this past weekend, we started taking 2 to 4 salmon and steelhead each trip. 


Once again, the lake trout were primarily taken with green Spin n Glos pulled behind tin can and white Gold Star Flashers. The salmon and steelhead were caught on silver and silver and green plugs pulled on the 100 and 200 copper and silver mountain dew flashers with Rapture green hypnotist flies on 300 copper.


With another forecasted blow for Monday and 4 to 8 foot predicted seas, we will probably see another change in the water temperature and a change in the fish location. If we see another temperature turn over, we may find more of the silver fish (salmon and steelhead) around the warmer river water and the piers. Time will tell.


This past week, we have had a couple of groups that have taken advantage of Catch and Cook and had their catch prepared at selected restaurants. If you are interested in the Catch and Cook program or want to book a fishing charter, call 877-952-4554 for Saugatuck boats and 877-803-6630 for Holland boats.

Fishing Report July 20, 2014

Limit catches of Late Trout along with a mixture of salmon and steelhead made up the creel this past week. We had catches of 10 to 20 fish each day during the week and each day has some silver fish (salmon and steelhead) in the mix, in addition to catching and returning 3 to 6 undersized fish each trip. Fishing in the 85 to 100 foot depth, the lake trout are running up to 17+ pounds, with most in the 8 to 12 pound range. Once again, there were some reports of some salmon and steelhead being caught out in the 220 to 260 foot depth, however they were scattered over a large area and changed location from day to day. 


If you saw last week’s report, the methods remain the same. The best method for the lake trout was Gold Star dodgers and Spin n Glos run on the downriggers and dipsy divers on the bottom. When the salmon or steelhead hit, they were on Hot Wire and Super Frog Stinger flashers and green Rapture Hypnotist flies pulled either on the high divers or on 200 and 300 copper line. 


No good reports on perch in Holland or Saugatuck, but there were some reports of perch in 20 foot of water halfway between Saugatuck and South Haven and some good catches south of South Haven. Again, good pier fishing for catfish and sheephead were reported over the weekend. In addition, there were some reports of good walleye catches up river from the I-196 bridge.


This past week, we have had some people take advantage of the Catch and Cook program as they had their catch prepared at some of the local restaurants after the charter. For more information about the Catch and Cook program or to book a fishing charter, call 877-952-4554for the Saugatuck area and 877-952-3674 for the Holland area.


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