Fishing Report

Big Four Year Old Salmon Being Caught in Saugatuck (May-20-2013)

This past week produced some very good chinook salmon catches of 6 to 8 fish with some pushing 20 pounds.  The fish are coming in 80 to 140 foot of water and from 20 foot down to the bottom.  Friday and Saturday all of the bait in the stomachs of the salmon were 4 to 6 in long, however on Monday they were feeding on a different year class that went from 3 to 4 in in length.  This would explain why we had the best luck with Stingray and magnum Stingers last week but regular size Stingers worked best on Monday.  There were some reports of fish being caught out to 180 foot, however the best fishing was in 90 to 130 foot of water in the morning and then we had to go out deeper (180 foot of water) and fish deeper (90 to 160 foot down in the afternoon.  What appeared to work best was meat at the deeper depths, however for us, it was slower fishing in the deeper depths.  


The chinook salmon are coming from 20 to 60 foot down on 100, 200 and 300 copper with orange crush, UV blue dolphin and green dolphins.  The down riggers were run at 50 and 65 foot down with the center downrigger just off the bottom.  Green dolphin and bloody nose Stingrays on the out downs and either a green/glow Protroll 11 in flasher and Rapture last supper fly or a glow frog Stingray run down the shoot produced fairly consistantly.  Dipsy divers were run at 140 foot out to 220 foot with a variety of lures and flashers and flies and nothing proved to go more than once a trip. It seemed that if we caught a fish on a particular lure and color we should take it off and try something else, since it would not go again.  


No reports on the perch fishing either from South Haven, Holland or Saugatuck.


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Salmon and Perch starting to show up in Saugatuck (May-13-2013)

At last we are getting reports of Coho and Chinook salmon being caught from South Haven to north of Saugatuck.  We caught chinook in 100 to 110 foot of water last Monday 35 and 45 foot down.  The Coho were caught a little deeper in 120 to 140 foot of water on 150 and 200 foot of copper with small blue and blue/green stingers.  The dipsys with blue wiggle Pro Troll and blue bubble Rapture fly also produced at 100 foot dialed at 2.  


Last Monday also produced some nice perch catches in 65 and 70 foot off the ball in Saugtuck.  The fishing was spotty and on Tuesday they had disappeared.  These are the spawners that we find in the 65 foot range and they will move from day to day.   However it is a start and maybe our perch fishing will produce better fishing results than last year.


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Shake Down Trip (Apr-29-2013)

The weather finally started to warm up and the wind calmed down and we did the shake down cruise this weekend.  We started in 20 foot of water and trolled out to 70 foot with out a bite.  I believed that there had to be some Brown Trout in the shallow water off the rocks on the Douglas point, so we angled back in toward shallower water.  When we hit 55 foot of water we caught a 15 pound lake trout and then hit another lake trout in 52 foot and a third in 51 foot.  We lost a couple more lake trout and returned 2 lake trout we did not want.  After about 4 hours and trolling into 10 foot of water, we called it quits with out having a silver fish or brown trout on.  If we had stayed in that 50 to 55 foot of water I am sure we could have limited out on the trout.  


Flat lines and 3 color lead core with silver blue stick baits each had some hits with the down rigger at 35 foot with a silver blue/green UV stinger getting 4 or 5 hits and only producing 1 fish.  We also had the dipsy diver with a silver blue stick bait go twice at 45 feet.  

We did not mark any bait so that may explain why the silver fish are not in yet, but if there are golbies in the rocks I would expect to get some browns out of that area.  Check back and I will start posting the fishing report each Monday starting the early part or  the middle part of May.  For more information or for charter reservations contact me at

Possibly some good news concerning the Lamprey (Apr-04-2013)

Since the late 1800's the lamprey has wrecked havoc on the Great Lakes, however researchers who are doing genetic mapping of the sea lamprey to control the invader say their work could improve human health.  


The sea lamprey spends 4 years as a larvae in the soft bottom of lakes and streams and at this time they do not have the parasitic sucking mouth and teeth that allows them to feed on the blood of the host.  Researchers are looking at the genes to see if they can control the genes that transform the lamprey from larvae to parasite and thus keeping it in the larva form.  If you can control the genes you can control the life cycle.


Research may also include a cure for biliary atresia  in which infants are born with out a bile duct that will cause liver failure and death.  Sea lamprey, when the transform from larvae to adult forms lose the bile duct, however there intestines start producing the bile salts needed in digestion.  Finding the genes that control this could produce a cure in humans.  


In addition, researchers are looking at nerve regeneration in lampreys.  Lampreys lack the myelin sheath that covers the nerve and this sheath is what prevents regeneration of the nerve.  The genes that produce the myelin were found in the genome of the lamprey, however they are not expressed.  Finding a way to "turn off": these myelin producing genes in humans could mean that cells that were damaged in the spinal cord or brain could regenerate and used to repair spinal cord injuries and some neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.  Vertebrates, like the lamprey, grow a bridge around the injured site. In humans, the system forms a block at the injury which produces some thing like scar tissue.  Researchers are working to find out why the result is different even though the genes are the same.



2013 Spring Fishing Season Report (Apr-04-2013)

Persisting winter weather and strong winds have delayed and slowed the spring season.  The boat is ready for launch, but is still in storage until the weather breaks.  In addition, the low water level will cause some problems, since most of the slips need to be dredged.  Not only can most of the boats not get into the slips, many can not get to the slip and some not ever to the marina.  There are some trailerable boats fishing already, however the catching has been slow and the conditions cold with 34 degree water and 15 to 20 mph winds.  When the weather breaks and the water and air warms some what, the fishing will improve and I will post an update.