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Fishing Report July 13, 2014

Limit catches of Lake Trout was the rule rather than the exception this past week. FridaySaturday, and Sunday we had catches of 16, 12, and 17 fish that were kept and we returned 3 to 6 undersized fish each trip. Each day, we had one or two silver fish (salmon and steelhead) on but did not land them. Fishing in the 85 to 100 foot depth, the lake trout are running up to 17+ pounds with most in the 8 to 12 pound range. There were some reports of some salmon and steelhead being caught out in the 220 to 260 foot depth, however they were scattered over a large area.

 

Once again, the best method for the lake trout was Gold Star dodgers and Spin n Glos run on the downriggers and dipsy divers on the bottom. When the salmon or steelhead hit they were on Hot Wire and Super Frog Stinger flashers and green Rapture Hypnotist flies pulled either on the high divers or on 200 and 300 copper line. 

 

No good reports on perch in Holland or Saugatuck. However, there were some reports of perch in 20 foot of water half way between Saugatuck and South Haven. Again, good pier fishing for catfish and sheephead were reported over the weekend. In addition, there were some reports of good walleye catches up river from the I-196 bridge.

 

This past week, we have had some people take advantage of the Catch and Cook program as they had their catch prepared at some of the local restaurants after the charter. For more information about the Catch and Cook program, or to book a fishing charter, call 877-952-4554 for Saugatuck fishing and 877-952-3674 for Holland fishing.

Fishing Report July 6, 2014

The holiday week produced another good week of fishing for boats out of Saugatuck and Holland. Creel numbers ranged from 10 to 20 fish, which mainly consisted of lake trout. There were some salmon and steelhead taken, however the main targeted species remains lake trout. There were some reports of steelhead and salmon out in 200 foot of water, but they were few and scattered. We fished the 85 to 100 foot depth during the week with creel numbers of 12, 20, and 10 fish caught on each trip. Many of the lake trout ranged in weight from 12 to 17 pounds, and one steelhead weighed in over 14 pounds. We did take one brown trout that weighed in over 10 pounds, however this is the only one we caught during the week.

 

The steelhead and salmon, when caught in the 100 foot depth, were caught on 200 copper with NBK and Craig’s Christmas lures and high divers run at 150 foot of line with glow frog and mountain dew Pro Troll flashers and green hypnotist flies. Most of the lake trout were taken on the bottom with metal flashers (chrome, white, yellow) with a variety of Spin n Glos.

 

Perch fishing continues to very slow with a few being caught in 40 foot of water and from 50 to 60 foot of water. Fishing off the pier has slowed somewhat, however there are some sheephead and catfish being caught. 

 

For more information about fishing or charter reservations call 877-952-4554 (for Saugatuck fishing) or 877-803-6630 (for Holland fishing). Also, don’t forget Catch and Cook that allows you to take your catch from your charter and have it prepared at participating restaurants. Contact the Lakeshore Charter Boat Association for more information on Catch and Cook.

Fishing Report June 29, 2014

The fishing has slowed this past week with creel numbers of 2 to 8 being the norm. Most of the creel consists of Lake Trout with occasional salmon and steelhead mixed in. 85 to 110 foot of water was the best depth with the salmon and steelhead hitting lures run 35 to 60 foot down and the lake trout caught in the bottom 10 foot.

 

Downriggers on the bottom with metal flashers and Spin n Glos produced the majority of the Lake Trout. 200 foot, 300 foot, and 400 foot of copper also produced. Salmon came on the shorter lengths with NBK and Orange Crush Stinger lures and Lake Trout on the longer lengths with Pro Troll flashers and green hypnotist flies. The dipsy divers at 100 and 150 foot of line out caught some steelhead and salmon with just about any color flasher and the green hypnotist fly behind it.

 

There have been reports that salmon were being caught north of Holland and south of South Haven from 120 to 180 foot of water, however we have had very little success in the deeper water. There is some bait in the 90 foot depth and hopefully the salmon should begin to show up in this area.

 

Once again, I have not heard any reports on successful perch fishing anywhere from South Haven to Holland. However, I do think we have seen some small schools of perch on the graph located off The Ball in 40 to 50 foot of water. Fishermen on the Saugatuck piers are catching nice stingers of cat fish and sheephead. There also have been some reports of very good walleye catches in the Kalamazoo River above the I-196 bridge.

 

Remember that reservations to catch that fish for Catch and Cook can be obtained by contacting 877-952-4554 for Saugatuck boats and 877-803-6630 for Holland boats. You can also contact these numbers to get information about the restaurants who participate in Catch and Cook.

Fishing Report June 22, 2014

The fishing this past week was fair, however the storms blew us off the lake 2 times and also forced one cancellation resulting in only one charter run. The salmon were hard to find, but the lake trout are starting to set up in the 80 to 100 foot of water. For those who did get out late in the week, the creel consisted of 90% lake trout and the remaining portion consisted of Chinook salmon and steelhead. 

 

The lake trout are being caught using Gold Star metal flashers (chrome and white) with a glow or a green Spin n Glow that are pulled on the bottom in the 80 to 100 foot of water. When the salmon are caught, they are coming on 150, 200, and 300 copper with NBK, Craig’s Reverse Christmas, and orange crush Stingray and stinger lures. We are also seeing some hits on flashers and flies that are pulled on the dipsy divers. This is the time of the year when the salmon seem to change their preference to flashers and flies instead of lures. Maybe this is what is happening—the next week or so will tell us. 

 

Don’t forget about the Catch and Cook program that the Lake Shore Charter Boat Association and selected restaurants are offering. Spectators, Mermaids, and Wally’s Restaurants will (with advanced notice) cook the fish you caught that day on one of the licensed charter boats. For reservations, or for more information about Catch and Cook, call 877-952-4554 for Saugatuck fishing and 877-803-6630 for Holland fishing.

Fishing Report June 15, 2014

The fishing has slowed this past week. Not so much in the number of fish caught, but in the number of hits we are getting. The creel numbers were 8 to 14 fish per trip with the majority being Chinook salmon and steelhead. Early in the week, we were fishing 170 to 240 foot of water and then after a couple of days of strong east winds, the fish were in the 80 to 140 foot range by the weekend. Regardless, if you are fishing 200 foot of water or 70 foot of water, the fish are found in the top 45 foot.

 

Orange double crush and orange green crush Stingers have produced very well in the top 15 foot with 2 color lead core, 30 foot copper, or 75 foot copper line. Slide divers at 120 foot out with Stingers and Super Slim double orange and orange and green produced well. Downriggers did not produce many fish, but every day the green/glow frog Stinger would produce 45 to 65 foot down. 

 

There have been no reports on the perch fishing. However, pier fishermen are catching a lot of sheephead, catfish, and some small mouth bass. There have been some walleye taken by trollers in the river with Loco lures and Fast Trac plugs.

 

If you are thinking about chartering a boat from the Lake Shore Charter Boat Assoc., call 877-952-4554 for Saugatuck boats and 877-952-3674 for Holland boats. After your charter, you might want to take advantage of the Catch and Cook program, and have your catch cooked and served by select Saugatuck restaurants. The Lake Shore Charter Boats will clean and package your fish following state requirements, and then you can deliver the fish to your selected restaurant to be prepared in your preferred style. The Saugatuck restaurants that are registered and are participating in Catch and Cook are Spectators, Wally’s, and Mermaids.

 

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