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Saugatuck Fishing Report - 8/24/09


Good Fishing When the Wind Doesn't Blow
Fishing continues to be very good. Both kings and adult cohos are being caught in the Saugatuck area. During the past week the fish slid back and forth between 65-160 feet of water. Strong winds changed the water temperature and the depths that we trolled the plugs and flashers and flies down in the water column throughout the week.
This week’s best flasher-fly combinations were: 8” or 11” white glow ProTroll flashers with Hypnotist flies; 8” HotChip white/mtn. dew with a no-see-um Rapture fly; 8” or 11” chrome HC with a Wild Fern Rapture fly, 8” blue-glow PC with a Last Supper fly, and the 8” blue wiggle PC with a blue bubble fly. Plugs produced on the copper lines. The best plugs were the silver red head, green splatterback, green glow with a black ladderback and the green lightning.
More and more of the kings are darkening up and getting ready for the run to start. Once we get a shot of cold water the pier head fishing will be active. Until then these fish should stay near by. There is plenty of bait and cold water in the 100’ area.

Saugatuck Fishing Report - 8/18/09


15 Fish in 75 Minutes!
This week’s fishing was highlighted by the biggest fish of the season (a 25# king), and Wednesday morning’s catch of 15 fish in 75 minutes. Fishing was excellent for the first half of the week and slowed a little toward the weekend as the fish scattered. Most of the week we fished between 100-125 F.O.W., but fish were caught out to 170 and as shallow as 65 feet of water. Some of the salmon being caught are beginning to darken as they get ready to run the river. The first batch of cold water near the piers will certainly produce some excellent fishing for the mature kings. Highs in the 70 are forecasted for next weekend. The run may start early.
ProTroll flashers and Rapture flies continue to be the best producing presentation. The best combinations were: 8” blue wiggle w/ a blue bubble fly, 8” chrome w/ a wild fern fly, 8” green glow w/ a wild fern or hypnotist, 8’ white glow w/ a frosted fern, 8” chrome green w/ a no-see-um fly, and the 11” white glow w/ purple no-see-um or hypnotist flies. Ace-Hi Silver Horde plugs were productive on the 300’ copper. Green glow w/ black ladderback, silver redhead, and green splatter back plugs went consistently throughout the week.
Perch fishing was good this week. We caught 90 on Tuesday despite fishing 4-6 foot seas in 65 F.O.W. Cooler water on Thursday and Friday moved the perch into shallower waters, but the perch bite continued to be good. Perch were caught on minnows, shrimp, and salmon eggs.

Sauagatuck Fishing Report - 6/17/09

Bottom bumping for lake trout

This week produced another change in the fishing pattern. We began the week fishing out in 240 to 270 foot of water and as the week progressed, the number of fish seen and caught decreased from 8 to 12 fish per trip to 3 to 6 fish per trip. By the week end we were fishing in 80 to 100 foot of water and and catching Lake Trout on the bottom with an occasional Chinook’s salmon 40 to 60 foot down.

The best method for the lake trout was the 11 inch flashers (white glow and green glow) flasher with the Green Dude Rapture Trolling fly behind. We dropped the downrigger just off the bottom and the wire divers were run out 250 foot. There were also some lake trout taken on metal flashers and Green Hypnotist fly. The salmon came mainly on 300 ft of copper and 300 ft. of copper with a dive bomb with magnum and stingray lures (NBK and Green Dolphin).

The fish in the 100 foot depth had all ages of alewife in the bellies so I would expect to see the salmon stage in this depth soon.

Saugatuck Fishing Report - 6/1/09

Strong east winds have blown the warm water out and the lake has cooled down to the low 50 degrees which quickly drops to the low 40 degrees as you go down in the water column. As the water cooled, the bait scattered and the fish followed. By the weekend you could catch a few fish in 70 foot, 100 foot, 130 foot, 160 foot, 180 foot and 200 foot however, not a large number of fish at any one depth. In addition, the big Chinook salmon that we had been taking have moved and most of the catch are in the 6 to 10 pound range. It is almost like the mid June fishing conditions. Fish are still being caught (9 to 14 fish per trip), however they are a different age class of fish compared to what we caught the beginning of the week.

Early in the week it was predominantly flashers and flies on 300 foot of copper, divers and downriggers. The best combination was Hot Chip and Pro Chip flashers (green glow, white glow, silver/green and silver) with the Rapture trolling flies (last supper, Lakeshore green, green mirage). By the weekend, most of fish were caught on stingray and magnum stinger lures (Craig’s X-mas, NBK, Green side glow, gold orange crush, orange crush) on 100 foot, 150 foot and 200 foot of copper.

There were some perch caught in 70 foot of water this past week and we did see some school of perch in 40 foot and 60 foot of water as we ran in and out. I think that if someone did some drifting you could locate some decent perch in the deeper water. In addition, walleye are still being caught in the Kalamazoo River, however this has also slowed some what.

If we get some south winds and currents, we should see the bait start to re-stage in the 100 to 130 foot range and possibly in front the piers. If the bait shows, the salmon and steelhead will follow. For information and charter reservations, email us at


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