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Sport Fishing Holland & Saugatuck, MI - Fishing Report September 6, 2015

Warm water fishing continues in Saugatuck. The top 60 foot of water is still 70 degrees, but a good thermocline has formed from 60 to 70 foot, with a drop of 12 degrees. The fishing still remains very good in 90 to 100 foot of water with creel numbers in the teens consisting of lake trout, Chinook salmon, and Coho salmon, along with an occasional steelhead.

The lake trout continue to come in the bottom 10 foot of the water column on Gold Star metal dodgers and spin n glos. The salmon are coming on a variety of flashers and Green No See Um, Yellow beaded No See Um, Oceana Tuli, and Oceana and Green Hypnotist flies pulled behind dipsy divers and 350 foot of copper. Early in the morning, glow “Upside Under” and regular Ace Hi plugs (Wonder Bread, Green Splatter Back, Glow Pearl, and Green Lightning) work well on 150, 200, and 250 foot of copper. Another good combination is the 11 in Pro Troll UV blade with a No See Um UV fly run at 70 foot that produces some nice salmon each day.

Some good reports on perch this week with some limit catches in 35 foot of water just south of the Saugatuck piers. Pier fishing continues well with stringers of sheephead and catfish being common.

Sport Fishing Holland & Saugatuck, MI - Fishing Report August 30, 2015

This past week produced some unpredictable results with creels of 10 to 16 fish consisting of ¾ salmon one day and then 1 or 2 salmon the next, with the rest mostly lake trout. Warm water continues to dictate the location and movements of the salmon with most of the fish being caught in 80 to 100 foot of water. Early in the week, the water temperature was 70 degrees on the surface and 70 degrees 100 foot down. By the end of the week, the temperature was 68 degrees down to 70 foot and then dropped to the 50’s and 40’s at 100 foot. The salmon were mainly caught in the warm water 40 foot to 70 foot down, and the lake trout were caught 80 foot to the bottom.
 
The Chinook Salmon were caught on Ace Hi plugs on 200, 300, and 350 foot of copper. The best colors were pearl/glow, wonderbread/glow, silver green back, and green/splatter back plugs. We also caught both salmon and lake trout on blue bubble, mixed veggie, and silver flashers with Rapture Oceana and Oceana Tuli flies. Dipsy divers at 150 and 200 foot with silver, silver/mountain dew, white/slick glow, and silver mountain dew/glow produced with No See Um flies with yellow beads, Oceana flies, and Green Hypnotist flies.  Once again the majority of the lake trout were taken on Gold Star metal flashers and spin n glos.

Sport Fishing Holland & Saugatuck, MI - Fishing Report August 23, 2015

The two day hard blow out of the southwest changed the fishing dramatically this past week. Monday and Tuesday we were catching 20% Lake Trout and 80% salmon and steelhead with a good themocline at 50 foot. Then, the wind blew 35 mile per hour from the southwest for two days, and when we got out on Friday, we found 71 degree water from the surface down to 110 foot. Needless to say, the fishing changed dramatically with fish coming 100 to 140 foot down in 150 foot of water. Fish are still being caught; however, we are back to mostly lake trout. 
 
The copper lines (300 ft., 350 ft., and 450 ft) did produce some nice salmon with silver, mixed veggie, and blue bubble flashers and Rapture Oceana and green Hypnotist flies. Early in the week, we ran the high divers at 170 foot out and low divers at 120 foot out. But by the end, we ran them at 350 and 250 foot out. Behind the divers we ran the chrome/mountain dew, all chrome and white/slick flashers with Rapture No See Um flies with yellow beads and white beads. Down riggers were run from 50 foot to 150 foot down with dodgers or flashers and spin n glos. Early in the morning, we did find that the 11 in. Pro Troll flasher (glow blade and UV tape) with a UV No See Um fly did well, taking 2 to 3 salmon each day.
 
With it blowing again today with 5 to 8 foot waves and the forecast for 4 to 7 foot waves tomorrow, we will probably not be fishing again until Wednesday.
 

Sport Fishing Holland & Saugatuck, MI - Fishing Report August 16, 2015

A great week of fishing with limit catches most days. 2/3rd of the creel still consists of Lake Trout, but there are more Chinook Salmon and Steelhead showing up. Even with the rough water and high winds toward mid week, the fishing was very consistent.
 
The Lake Trout were again taken on metal dodgers and spin n glos on the down riggers and low divers. The salmon were hitting on silver/mountain dew and silver flashers with the Rapture Illusion UV and yellow beads on high divers at 100 and 120 foot. Every morning, on the middle down rigger, we are running a glow bladed UV Pro Troll flasher and green beaded No See Um, and when the sun gets higher, we switch over to the Pro Troll Davie Jones flasher and Rapture Last Supper fly. This method is good for 2-3 salmon a day and an occasional lake trout. The 100 foot, 150 foot, and 200 foot copper are producing the steelhead and salmon with small Ace Hi plugs (glow green, pearl and silver green).
 
For more information or to make charter reservations, email me at captron@chartermichigan.com.
 

Sport Fishing Saugatuck, MI - Fishing Report August 9, 2015

A week of either limit catches or catches of all the fish a person needs or wants. Many of the charters only lasted 3 to 4 hours to get all the weight of fish a person or group needs. Creel numbers ranged for low to mid teens to the low 20’s. The creels consisted of a mixture of about 2/3rd lake trout and 1/3rd salmon and steelhead. The size of the fish was also very good with lake trout up to 15 pounds and salmon pushing 20 pounds. 
 
The lake trout again were taken primarily on Gold Star metal flashers and white/glow and green/chartreuse spin n glos on the bottom with downriggers. Salmon were caught on the high and low divers, 200, 300, and 350 foot copper with Pro Troll flashers (blue bubble, mixed veggie, white and blue and UV, and white and UV.)  Behind the flashers we pulled Rapture flies and the best fly was the Oceana UV and Oceana Tuli; however, there were days when the Green No See Um and the Green Hypnotist out fished the Oceana, but not often. The steelhead were caught early in the week on 150 foot of copper with green glow Ace Hi splatter back and the silver green Ace Hi splatter back.
 
The perch reports were very poor this week with either very few or no perch caught. The only favorable report was off the ball in 70 foot of water with a few perch being caught.
 
For more information or to make charter reservations, email me at captron@chartermichigan.com.

 

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