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Saugatuck Fishing Report - 05/23/10


Our fishing in Saugatuck continues to be very good with catches of 10 up to 30 fish being reported during the week. Early in the week we fished primarily in 100 to 130 foot of water and then by the end of the week we were in 160 to 180 foot of water. The best fishing appeared to be in the shallower water and south toward the towers off Glen. On Thursday we did find a little larger fish in the 160 to 170 foot depth with Chinook salmon in the 13- 15 pound range, however, during the weekend the larger fish seemed to located in 110 foot of water.

Most of the fish are being caught in the top 50 foot of water with 100, 200 foot of copper producing steelhead and coho and 300 foot of copper producing some nice chinook salmon. The lake trout were caught as deep as 80 foot (with some boats taking fish as deep as 110 foot). The best lures continue to be the stingray orange corey and orange natural born killer and the green NBK. Flashers (white glow and white mountain dew Hot Chip) and flies (Rapture frosted fern, purple noseem and green dude) caught some fish when run on the downriggers and the low divers, however the best lures continue to be the stingray size lures with orange and green.

Saugatuck Fishing Report - 05/16/10

Another good week of salmon fishing, however, some days produced better than others for example one day we caught 18 and the next day produced 8 and then 15 on the following day.  The chinook salmon are running from 5 to 15 pounds, coho salmon from 2 to 5 pounds and lake trout up to 12 pounds.  Early in the week we had very good luck in 130 to 145 foot of water and today we did well in 90 to 100 foot of water.  There were some boats that fished all the way out in 200 foot of water, however today there were two general depths that produced the most fish--90 to 100 foot and 150 to 165 foot. 

Early in the week most of the fish (chinook and coho and an occasional lake trout) hit mainly Stingray spoons (mixed veggie, NBK, green dolphin, glow frog).  These were pulled on 100, 200 and 300 foot of copper and high divers at 150 and 160 foot.  The downriggers produced with small Stinger lures on sliders at 40 and 50 foot.  Today we had success with the same Stingray spoons on 200 and 300 copper and with some flashers and flies on the low divers and the downriggers.  The flashers were Hot Chip 8 in. flashers (white glow, green glow, mountain dew) on the divers and the tin can flasher "down the shoot" and on the bottom with Rapture frosted fern and hypnotist flies.

Saugatuck Fishing Report - 11/15/09

The steelhead fishing in the Kalamazoo River and in the St. Joe River is improving as the water level retreats and the leaves have already fallen. The best method for the steelhead is "walking spawn" down through the holes in the river. Almost all the fish that are being caught are males from 6 to 10 pounds. When the water is clear of leaves, small hot-n-tots and wiggle worts are back trolled into the holes. However, at this time, spawn is out-fishing the plugs.

There are also reports of good catches of white fish being caught off the Holland and Grand Haven piers. They are also catching some coho and chinook salmon along the shore line on the lake side of the piers. Rough water has limited open water fishing and very few catch reports are available.

Saugatuck Fishing Report - 9/7/09


Another strange week of fishing.

After limit catches of Chinook salmon and CoHo salmon Monday in front the piers, the fishing slowed the rest of the week. The water was still cold and there was bait around the piers, however the run of Kings never developed. There are still some fish out in 80 to 120 foot of water, 140 to 160 foot of water and out in 180 to 210 foot of water as well as a few in front the pier, however, no large concentration anywhere. The 80 to 100 foot depth includes 4, 2 and 3 year old salmon as well as a good number of lake trout. the 140 foot depth includes mainly 2 and 3 year old salmon and lake trout. Outside in the 200 foot depth there are salmon, lake trout and a good number of steelhead.

The best method continue to be 11 in Pro Troll (white glow and green glow) with the wild fern Rapture fly pulled on the downriggers, and divers. 5 color leadcore and 100 foot of copper with orange crush and orange corey stingers produced well for steelhead. 200 foot and 300 foot of copper with glow stingray and nitro lures produced well on 2, 3 and 4 year old salmon.

The water temperature Sunday was 60 degrees on the bottom in 25 foot of water which may be a little warm for the chinook salmon. However, at this time of the year, 60 degrees should not prevent the schooling and run up the river. I do not know why the run did not continue, however I keep expecting it to pick up again.

Saugatuck Fishing Report - 8/31/09


This is getting old.
Good fishing during the week and then high winds and rough water forcing cancellation of the charters on the weekends. The fish are still out in 90 to 130 foot of water with the temperature break at 60 foot down. The 4 year old chinook salmon appear to be inside in the 85 to 95 foot range and the 2 and 3 year old chinook salmon are in the 95 to 120 foot depth. We are also taking 2 to 4 coho salmon every trip which is a nice surprise for us at this time of the year. Some of these coho are over 12 pounds in weight, which is a nice size for a Lake Michigan coho,
The best methods continue to be 8 in. Hot Chip and Pro Chip flashers and Rapture Trolling flies on wire divers. 11 inch Pro Troll flashers and Rapture flies on the downriggers and then 300 and 200 copper with Ace Hi plugs. The following are the combinations that we a pulling consistently:
Blue Wiggle Flasher and Blue Bubble fly
Green Glow Frog Flasher and Hypnotist fly
Silver Green Flasher and Wild Fern fly
Mountain Dew Flasher and Purple Mirage fly
White Glow 11 in and Purple Mirage fly
Mountain Dew 11 in and Green Fern fly
White Blue Bubble 11 in and Blue Bubble fly
The Ace Hi plugs are green glow lightning, green ladder back, blue glow lightning and the silver red head.
We were blown off the lake the last two days with strong north and north west winds and this should move some cold water into shore and if that happens the salmon will move in front the piers to stage for the spawning run. Check back and see if the run has started.


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