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Fishing Report august 28, 2016

The past week to 10 days have produced some very good fishing, even though the water temperatures are as warm as I have seen them in years. We had a surface temperature of 76 degrees, and it was still 75 degrees at 90 foot down. With this warm water, the salmon run will be delayed. There will be some salmon that will move to the piers and run the river even in the warm water, but the majority will remain in the cooler water. Creel numbers continue to push the mid to high teens and consist of 75% lake trout, and the rest consist of Chinook and Coho salmon and an occasional steelhead. The lake trout continue to push the 20 pound range with the kings running from mid to high teens. We had a coho that weighed in at 12 pounds last weekend. There was one king caught that weighed in at 29 pounds.
The vast majority of the fish is coming in the bottom 10 foot of the water column on flashers and flies and flashers and spin n glos with flies. We are running the dipsy divers and downriggers on or near the bottom and using 400 foot and 300 foot of copper with magnum spoons and flashers and flies.
To get the run started, we need some cold water; and to get this water, it will have to blow hard out of the north for 2 or 3 days (maybe 4 or 5 days). If it does, and the water cools into the high 50's, the salmon will move to the piers and move quickly. The problem is the forecast does not predict any such change in the weather, so we should continue to see the same good fishing in the 100 to 120 foot depth. For more information, or to book a charter, email me at

Fishing Report August 21, 2016

The fishing out of Holland continues to be very good with limit or near-limit catches daily. The creel numbers and species change daily – however, the lake trout continue to make up 60%-80% of the creel, with the rest being chinook and coho salmon and steelhead. Once again, the kings are weighing 15 to 25 pounds and the lake trout are weighing up to 20 pounds. Early in the morning and at dusk, the 70 to 80 foot of water produces some nice salmon and the lake trout are being caught in 90 to 110 foot of water.
The lake trout are being caught in the bottom 10 foot of the water column on silver flashers with either watermelon and glow white spin n glos and UV flies pulled behind them. The water continues to warm up and the salmon are being caught from 70 foot to the bottom on flashers and flies which vary in color from day to day.
The perch fishing is picking up but continues to very spotty. I have received reports that perch are being caught from 15 foot of water out to 50 foot of water out of Holland. However, one day they are there, and the next day you have to move and look for them again. The best bait are minnows, cut bait, and spikes.
This past weekend, we were blown off the lake twice with seas over 7 foot, and the forecast is for wind and high seas during the upcoming week. If the lake turns over, and we get cold water along the shore, the salmon should move to the piers and start the spawning run. For more information or to make a charter reservation, email me at

Fishing Report August 14, 2016

Another fantastic week of fishing with creel numbers ranging from 11 to 22 fish. The creel continues to be dominated by lake trout, however there are 4 to 6 salmon in each day's catch. Many of the king salmon are pushing or exceeding 20 pounds and the coho are pushing 12 pounds. Early in the morning the fishing is very good in 60 to 80 foot of water with salmon making up the majority of the catch. Once the sun comes up the salmon catch decreases but the lake trout action takes off. What we have seen the last few days is that as the action slow toward mid-day, and as we move out into 100 foot of water, the fish that are taken are much larger in size. Most of the 20+ pound salmon come during this time.
Early in the day, glow Ace Hi plugs and glow lures produced well on 200 and 300 copper. The water is beginning to warm, and as the day progresses, the lake trout and the salmon are both taken off the bottom in 90 to 110 foot of water. The best combinations are silver and silver/mountain dew spin doctors with mirage with and green beads.
There have been some reports of perch fishing success off of the Holland piers in 40 foot of water. This is very unpredictable - one day you will find the fish here, and the next day, they are gone.
Again there is very little change predicted in the weather forecast, so I would predict that the fishing should not change much in the next week. For more information or to make a charter reservation, email me at

Fishing Report August 7, 2016

We had a great week of fishing out of Holland and Saugatuck. Creel numbers ran from 10 to 20 fish consisting of 70% lake trout and 30% king salmon, coho and steelhead. The kings are weighing in from mid-teens to the mid 20 pounds. Although we are not catching large numbers of salmon, they are running larger in size than in past years. This past week also produced some very nice coho that weighed up to 12 pounds. The lake trout averaged 10 to 12 pounds with one over 22 pounds. Thoughout the week, one or two steelhead often showed up in the creels and these high jumping fish are something to watch.
The best time for the kings and coho are early in the morning or at dusk. Flashers and flies and magnum lures that are run at the thermocline on the dipsy divers and downriggers produced well. The best are flashers and lures that have glow tape or have a body that glows along with mirage or glow flies. Once again the lake trout are hitting silver flashers and mirage flies or spin n glos run on or close to the bottom. Steelhead are primarily hitting silver and orange magnum spoons run on 150 and 200 copper, but we have also taken some right off the bottom with our lake trout rigs.
Some good reports on the perch. There were some limit catches reported for a couple of days on the clay bottom between Saugatuck and South Haven. There were a couple of days of good catches, and then the fishing slowed. Hopefully they are moving north. Pier fishermen are catching large numbers of sheephead and catfish in Holland and Saugatuck.
With no change in the near forecast, I would expect the fishing to continue to improve as the kings start showing up in larger numbers as they begin to stage for the fall run. For more information or for charter reservations, email me

Fishing Report July 31, 2016

What a great week of fishing off of Holland and Saugatuck. The creels ranged from 10 to 20 fish per trip with lake trout exceeding 20 pounds and Chinook reaching the mid 20-pound range. In addition to the Chinook salmon and lake trout, there were steelhead up to 12 pounds and coho pushing 10 pounds. Every day, we had kings hit our lures run from 30 foot down to the bottom, however we did not catch the kings every day. A 20+ pound king will take off 600 foot (or more) of line with the initial hit and where it goes is anybody’s guess, but you can bet that it will be into other lines producing tangles and often lost fish and gear.
The salmon, as I said, will hit 150 foot copper to 350 foot of copper with spoons and flashers and flies, and they also hit on the flashers and flies that we ran on the bottom for lake trout. So basically you fish from 30 foot to 110 foot and what hits is often a surprise—often lake trout but some time steelhead, king salmon or coho salmon.
Silver and UV flashers and dodgers with mirage flies and spin n glos behind downriggers, dipsy divers and long copper lines worked well for lake trout and salmon. Orange glow and blue glow spoons on the shorter coppers produced some nice steelhead, however we also caught steelhead off the bottom on flashers and flies.
There were some good reports on the perch this week with limit catches being reported out of South Haven. Nothing on the perch in Holland or Saugatuck however. The pier fishermen are catching sheephead and catfish in large numbers. We also heard of some nice small mouth bass taken by boats jigging along the Saugatuck piers.
With no change in the weather forecast, I think we should see continued success in the near shore fishing. For information, or to make a charter reservation, email me at


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