Fishing Report

Scattered Fish in Saugatuck (Jun-16-2013)


Fishing has been slow this last week with creel numbers of 2 to 5 fish.  The water has turned cold with 49 degree water on top and 40 degree water on the bottom in 100 foot.  We caught fish in 75 foot out to 200 foot, however there was no concentration and we caught fish on 100 copper to 160 foot down on the downrigger, so once again you had to fish whole water column.  You can catch lake trout by pounding bottom in 75 to 100 foot of water; however a lot of these were small fish under 22 in.  The salmon were caught from 100 to 200 foot of water and were found throughout the water column.


To point to one lure and one set up that worked consistently is hard to do, however the only combination that we pulled every day and produced everyday was the white/glow mountain dew Pro Troll with a Rapture mirage fly on the high wire diver at 200 foot.  Thursday we ran downriggers at 50 to 60 foot with free sliders (small green dolphin and blue dolphin) and they went multiple times, however on Friday they never produced a hit.  Friday we had hour best success with 200 and 300 copper and silver flashers and green flies but then on Saturday we only had one hit on a copper and that was on a 150 with a blue green dolphin stingray. 


Next week the report is south winds and warmer weather so possibly we may get some stratification of the lake temperature and as a result concentrate the fish and bait in a smaller water column.  For more information and or fishing charter reservations email me at

Fish being caught in the whole water column in Saugatuck (Jun-09-2013)


Fish are scattered throughout the whole water column with a 10 degree change from the surface to 150 foot down.  You have a chance of catching fish 15 foot down and 120 foot down.  Saturday we fished from 120 to 180 foot of water and we caught lake trout in 130 foot of water and salmon in 150 to 170 foot of water.  The Chinook salmon are running in the mid to high teens with Coho salmon weighing in 5 to 10 pounds. 


Saturday we had only one lure that went more than one time (silver flasher and mirage fly on 300 copper) and the dozen hits were scattered from 30 foot down to 120 foot down on Stingray spoons and Pro Troll Flashers and Rapture flies.  200, 300 and 450 foot of copper produced hits with divers at 200 and 250 foot of line and downriggers at 40 to 120 foot down. 


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2 and 3 year old salmon in Saugatuck (Jun-02-2013)


The fishing has slowed somewhat with the most consistent catch taking place out in 180 to 210 foot of water.  This past week the creel consisted mainly of 2 and 3 year old salmon in the 5 to 10 pound range with a few 4 year olds mixed in.  We got blown off the lake both Saturday and today, however the few boats that did fish Saturday caught from 1 to 7 fish and no one fished today.


What is working are flashers and flies with some glow in the dark spoons like the stingray size early in the morning.  There was not any set color or combination that was better than any other, however most consistent was the  Pro Troll Glow Frog, Silver Mountain Dew and UV Mixed Veggie flasher with any green Rapture fly.


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Salmon move out deeper (May-27-2013)


This past week produced some interesting fishing with some very good catches in the 120 foot depth the first part of the week and then the salmon moved out to deeper 180 to 200 foot depth.  Early in the week we took 75 6th graders fishing (10 boats) fishing and caught 90+ salmon and trout in the 120 to 130 foot depth.  Friday and the early weekend the fish were in the 140 foot depth and then Sunday we had most of our action in the 180 foot depth (no real change in temperature)  producing 1 lake trout and 4 four year old salmon and one small salmon that was returned.  

Our best pattern on Sunday consisted of 400 and 300 foot of copper with the stinger dive bomb weight with silver and silver green Pro Troll flashers and Rapture Last Supper and Green Hypnotist flies.  This was completely different from early in the week when the best was 200 foot of copper and Stingray lures with green and orange. On Sunday the downriggers produced best with silver Pro Troll flashers with Mountain Dew and Green and Green Hypnotist flies at 90 and 60 foot down.  Compare this with the early week when our downriggers produced at 40 and 50 foot with magnum Stinger spoons and regular Stinger spoons on the add-a-lines.  No patterns to the colors since the best two were green/blue dolphin and bloody nose.  No real pattern on the dipsy divers either and we tried multiple lengths out and lures.  The only thing that more than once on Sunday was a white Pro Troll with silver hologram tape and the sour apple fly at 225 foot out.  

It appears that the fish and the bait is moving constantly, so you just have to go out and try different depths and patterns until you find the right combinations.  For move information or charter reservations, email me at


6th Grade Fishing Outing (May-27-2013)


On May 21, 2013, 75 6th grade students from the Saugatuck Middle School were rewarded with a fishing trip on Lake Michigan for salmon and trout.  19 boats consisting of charter boats from the Michigan Lakeshore Charter Boat Association and private boats from both Saugatuck and Holland volunteered their time and equipment to reward these students who participated in the Salmon in the Classroom program.  The 75 students caught 90+ salmon and lake trout, with the largest weighing in at 19.5 pounds.  The catch was  cleaned and filleted by the captains and crew and then the Allegan Ducks Unlimited fried up the catch which was enjoyed by all the students, teachers, captains and crews.   A special thanks to all the Saugatuck boats, the Morgan Tackle Boat, the Holland boats for donating their time, gas and equipment, ant to Ducks Unlimited of Allegan for cooking the lunch.  Also a special thanks to Grandville Cabelas which donated gift cards to the largest fish caught by a girl and also one for the largest fish caught by a boy and for each of the 6th Grade educators.  In addition Cabelas donated a rod and reel for each 6th grade student.  Thank you Cabelas!!!