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Saugatuck Fishing Report - 4/4/11

The 2011 fishing season is about to begin in Saugatuck. People fishing off the pier have been doing very well with CoHo, Steelhead and Brown Trout hitting spawn and lures like Little Cleos.  Trollers off the Saugatuck piers are also catching Brown Trout and CoHo using small stick baits, and small Hot n Tots pulled behind boards and small stinger lures on the down riggers and dipsy divers.  If you are planning on trolling, I would troll south toward South Haven since the hottest fishing is in the southern part of Lake Michigan.  St. Joe, Michigan City and the southern ports are reporting limit catches of CoHo but with the water warming the fishing should become more active to the north.

The charter captains that are fishing the Kalamazoo and St. Joe Rivers for steelhead report that they are catching steelhead in both rivers and the run has been much better than last year.

If you want to try perch fishing, Fish On Bait Shop in Spring Lake reports that the perch bite is hot on the Grand River at the bridges. The best bait are minnows and leeches

Saugatuck Fishing Report - 11/9/10

Fishing in the Kalamazoo River is red hot right now with 5 to 8 steelhead being boated per trip. According to Tony Wolte of Frost Bite Charters, the water level is very low but the fishing is very good. The vast majority of the fish being caught are steelhead with an occasional chinook salmon or brown trout. The best method for the steelhead is either back-trolling small plugs through holes or bottom bouncing spawn in the holes.

Saugatuck Fishing Report - 10/3/10

This week brought the closing of the Lake Trout season, forcing us to concentrate on salmon and steelhead. The first part of the week produced 12 to 20 lake trout per trip with an occasional salmon or steelhead in 80 to 90 foot of water. There were some reports of some 2 and 3 year old salmon being caught in 220 to 240 foot of water but the run of 4 year old salmon still had not started. Saturday we again got blown off the lake with gale force winds that continued into today. There were a couple of boats that fished the Kalamazoo River on Saturday and reported catching a few big 4 year old salmon, pulling Hot n Tots and Tadpollys. If the there are salmon in the river, there must be some in front the piers, however with the rough conditions, no one fished for them in the lake. Could it be that the run has finally begun?

Saugatuck Fishing Report - 9/20/10

 

This past week again produced limit catches of Lake Trout, however the salmon were few and far between. The salmon that were caught hit 60 to 70 foot down but the lake trout hit off the bottom in 75 to 90 foot of water. The lake trout continue to be in the 12 to 20 pound range and the salmon are the 2 and 3 year old with the 4 year old chinook being absent.
 
The down riggers and the dipsy divers were run on the bottom with Silver Horde Gold Star metal dodgers with spin n glows. This combination produced 17 fish by 8:30 (1 1/2 hours of fishing) this morning. Any salmon and steelhead that we caught, were caught on regular stinger lures (orange corey and reverse christmas) and glow Silver Horde plugs pulled on 200 and 300 foot of copper.
 
I do not know where the 4 year old chinook salmon are, however the water in-front the piers is still in the mid 60 degrees and we do not see anything in this water. Grand Haven boats were catching small salmon and steelhead out in 260 to 300 foot of water. To get to this depth out of Saugatuck, we would have a 15 mile run and I have not talked to any one who has fished this depth here.

Saugatuck Fishing Report - 9/13/10

After 10 days of watching the waves approaching 18 feet and winds often over 50 MPH, we finally got a chance to fish on Sept. 9. What we are getting is October weather in early September. We were hoping that that water would have cooled down and that the fish would move in, however we found 70 degree water in front the piers and very few fish. Moving out to 100 foot of water we found 67 degree water on the surface and 67 degree water on the bottom, so we continued out to 200 foot and found a temperature break down 70 foot. Out in this water there are 2, 3 and a few 4 year old salmon and lake trout from 60 foot to 150 foot down. By the end of the week, the water had stabilized somewhat and the the temperature break was 60 foot down in 100 foot of water with the same combination of fish as was found in the 200 foot depth.

The best methods continue to be spoons on the copper, flashers and flies on the dipsy divers and dodgers and flies on the downriggers. With small bait fish out in this deeper water, regular size stingers and nitro lures worked the best on the 300 and 400 copper with color combinations changing from day to day. On the dipsy divers white glow, white blue wiggle and white glow mountain dew echip flashers with no see um green and green hypnotist flies did very well. The downriggers produced very well with green glow Pro Chip flashers and metal dodgers with green hypnotist and last supper flies.

With a weather forecast that calls for more west winds and move high seas, I do not see any cold water moving in soon. And without the cold water and with the low river flow, the salmon will not school in mass and they will just trickle in, a few at a time, and continue up the river.

 

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