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Saugatuck Fishing Report - 9/6/10

All the wind this past week, allowed just one day of fishing out in 210 foot of water. Two days of gale force winds and 4 days of small craft adversaries, kept almost all the boats in port. Today we went out to see if we could fish in-front the piers, however the water was still in the high 60 degrees, with 5 foot seas and we came back in. With the warm water, there are very few salmon in- front the piers and the best fishing has been in 170 to 210 foot of water with a mixture of 2, 3 and 4 year old chinook salmon, steelhead and lake trout in the creel.

Stingray and stinger size spoons on 300 and 400 copper produced well the one day we fished. In addition the same flashers and flies that we ran last week worked this week in the dipsy divers and on the downriggers.

We need some strong north winds and a north current to get some cold water at the piers to get the run started.

Saugatuck Fishing Report - 8/30/10

This past week started out just as the preceding week ended, with good catches in 80 to 100 foot of water. Then we had the blow out of the north on Wed. which turned the lake over moving cold water in front the piers on Thursday. Everyone felt that our salmon will be in-front the piers on Thursday or at least by Friday. That, however, did not happen. Instead we lost the fish we had been catching in the 80 to 100 foot range and the fish were scattered out from 140 foot of water out to 240 foot of water. Our best fishing during the weekend was in 180 to 220 foot of water with decent catches of 2 and 3 year old salmon and a few 4 year old chinook, steelhead and lake trout mixed in.

The best lures for us were Stingray and Nitro lures and glow Ace Hi plugs on 300 and 400 foot of copper. On the dipsy divers pro troll flashers (silver green, silver mountain dew and white glow) with rapture no see um flies (green beads and red beads) produced the best. On the downriggers we ran metal dodgers and green rapture flies.

Early in the week there were some perch caught in 15 foot of water south of the Saugatuck piers and between the State Park and Castle Park. The perch ran small, however you could catch enough that it produced a nice catch of "keepers".

Saugatuck Fishing Report - 8/24/10


Fishing off of Saugatuck was good throughout the week. The week started with large catches, but small fish (salmon and lake trout 160-200 FOW. The week ended with large catches of large lake trout and an occasional king in 85-100 FOW.
The fish in the deeper water were biting orange Cory’s bait, mixed veggies and lemon ice sting ray spoons on the 200’ and 300’ of copper. On the down riggers the 8” green/glow Hotchip with a wild fern, 8” white dew wiggle Prochip with a hypnotist LG and the 8” white fishscale with a green no-see-um fly.
The lake trout in 85-100 FOW were biting metal dodgers with spin-n-glows and Goldstar squids. The best combinations were the tin can w/ a glow and pink dot, green, or chartreuse spin-n-glows. A chartreuse dodger with a green splatter back glow squid was also very productive. The dodger were bounced on bottom to produce action.
The water started to cool down on Sunday and some kings were found in 50 FOW right on the bottom. With some northerly winds forecasted for the week the salmon might start staging in the 45-50 FOW area. The cooler water will also spark a better perch bite for the perch anglers.

Saugatuck Fishing Report - 8/16/10


Two Schools of Salmon in Saugatucki
The salmon off of Saugatuck set up in two separate areas this week. Adult salmon and some lake trout were caught in 80-100 FOW and another group of fish- all age groups of salmon, lake trout, steelhead and some coho were caught from 150-200 FOW. Fishing was good throughout the week, with catches of up to 20 fish a trip.
The fish in the shallower water bit mainly plugs and flasher fly combinations. Silverhorde Ace-Hi plugs on the copper lines, 200-400 feet of copper, produce kings throughout the week. The best plugs were: green w/ black ladder back, green lightning, wonderbread glow and pearl black dot. The best flasher fly combinations were: a chrome/green Prochip w/ a no-see-um Rapture fly, blue bubble or a white blue wiggle 8” Hotchip w/ an Oceana Rapture fly, a chrome w/ mt. dew and glow Prochip w/ a yellow no-see-um Rapture fly, and the 11” white fish scale Protroll w/ a hypnotist LG Rapture fly. Most fish were caught 50-100 feet down.
In the deeper water, many of the same flashers worked well. The best flasher in the deep water was the green glow 8” Hotchip and Prochip with wild fern or hypnotist flies. Fish on the outside were caught from 40 feet down all the way to the bottom. We caught many large salmon and lake trout 180 feet down.
Strong winds from the Northwest on Sunday and Monday may bring in colder water. This may bring the adult salmon even closer toward the shoreline.

Saugatuck Fishing Report - 8/8/10

The fishing this past week has slowed some what, however we still caught between 7 to 12 fish per trip. The creel consisted of chinook salmon that weighed over 20 pounds and lake trout over 12 pounds and an occasional steelhead. The best depth was again the 80 to 90 foot depth however by the weekend we also caught fish out to 160 foot of water. There are some fishermen that are going out at 4 in the morning and taking some nice fish in 50 to 60 foot of water.

Early in the week we had some good luck with 200 copper, however by the end of the week we fished primarily 300 and 400 foot of copper with Ace Hi plugs (glow green lightning, glow black lightning, green glow, green glow ladderback and wonderbread). The divers are pulled at 100 and 200 foot early in the day and then lengthened out to 300 and 200 foot as it get brighter. On the divers we are pulling echip flashers (white blue wiggle, white glow mountain dew, green silver and white slick glow) with Rapture flies (oceana, no see um green, green hypnotist, and last supper). On the downriggers we are fishing near the bottom and pulling 11 in echips (white glow, white slick glow and white mountain dew) with Rapture green flies (green hypnotist and wild fern).

With the rough water conditions on Sunday, we did not fish so it will be interesting to see what happened to the water temperature on Monday.


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