Fishing Report

Fish catch fluctuates throughout the week in Saugatuck (Apr-10-2011)

Saugatuck fishing this past week started out with very good catches of 15 to 20 fish per boat but then the catches decreased to 6 to 10 fish and then by the week end catches ranged from 2 to 6 fish. Most of the fish were coho in the 2 to 4 pound range with an occasional brown trout and chinook salmon showing up. 10 to 20 foot of water produced most of the fish early in the week but on Saturday we caught fish all the way out to 60 foot and they appeared to be more scattered and in a variety of depths. The temperature of the water did not change, however the distribution of the fish changed for some reason. Early in the week, the best lures and combinations continue to be flat lines with stick baits in the green, orange and fire tiger combinations. By Saturday 5 color lead core and the downriggers at 20 to 25 foot produced most of the action with frog and glow frog Stinger lures and green black ladder back thunder sticks with some lake trout showing up in the creel. The Kalamazoo River pier fisherman and shore fisherman continue to report catches of steelhead, coho and browns on spawn. No new reports on the the steelhead fishing in the Kalamazoo, however there are reports of decent catches in the Grand River at the dam in Grand Rapids. Fisherman in the St. Joe River said that some steelhead are being caught, however the fishing was slow. If you want more fishing information, or want information on a fishing charter, email me at captron@chartermichigan.com.

Early Spring Fishing (Apr-04-2011)

The 2011 fishing season is about to begin in Saugatuck. We are planning on getting the boat in some time this week and the report is that the fishing has been very good. People fishing off the pier have been doing very well with CoHo, Steelhead and Brown Trout hitting spawn and lures like Little Cleos. Trollers off the Saugatuck piers are also catching Brown Trout and CoHo using small stick baits, and small Hot n Tots pulled behing boards and small stinger lures on the down riggers and dipsy divers. If you are planning on trolling, I would troll south toward South Haven since the hottest fishing is in the southern part of Lake Michigan. St. Joe, Michigan City and the southern ports are reporting limit catches of CoHo but with the water warming the fishing should become more active to the north. I tried to contact the charter captains that are fishing the Kalamazoo and St. Joe Rivers for steelhead, however no one returned my calls. Reports are that they are catching steelhead in both rivers and the run has been much better than last year. If you want to try perch fishing, Fish On Bait Shop in Spring Lake reports that the perch bite is hot on the Grand River at the bridges. The best bait are minnows and leeches.

Steelhead in the Kalamazoo (Nov-09-2010)

Fishing in the Kalamazoo River is red hot right now with 5 to 8 steelhead being boated per trip. According to Tony Wolte of Frost Bite Charters, the water level is very low but the fishing is very good. The vast majority of the fish being caught are steelhead with an occasional chinook salmon or brown trout. The best method for the steelhead is either back-trolling small plugs through holes or bottom bouncing spawn in the holes. For more information about fishing trips or charter reservations for big lake fishing for next year, email me at captron@chartermichigan.com.

End of the fishing season (Oct-12-2010)

As of Monday, the 2010 fishing season was officially done for us and the boat is out of the water and in storage. The best description of the last 3 weeks was windy and rough, permitting us to run only 2 trips during this time period. When you can get out, the fishing is good to very good with lake trout (before Oct. 1) and 2 and 3 year old salmon and steelhead the last 2 weeks. Saturday we ran our last trip and the fishing was good with fish being caught in 130 to 180 foot of water, 30 to 60 foot down. There was a slick in 180 foot of water and most of our fish were caught inside the slick, however north of Holland the best fishing was from 180 to 200 foot of water. We pulled stinger and stingray lures on all of the lines except for a flasher and fly on the low divers. Stingers with green and orange (Orange Crush, Craigs Christmas and Reverse Christmas) on them or green and glow (Frog) produced well on the downriggers and sliders from 35 to 65 foot. Stingray spoons and Silver Green Pro Chip flasher and Last Supper fly did well on the low and high divers. What surprised me is the the 300, 200, 100 foot of copper and half core never had a hit and all the activity was on the riggers and divers. With the end of the season, I will be posting a fishing report about once a month rather than each week. I will try to update the reader on the fishing in the Kalamazoo River and in Lake Michigan as long as the weather and water conditions allow. For fishing information or to book next years fishing charter feel free to email me at captron@chartermichigan.com.

Switch from Lake Trout to Salmon (Oct-03-2010)

This week brought the closing of the Lake Trout season, forcing us to concentrate on salmon and steelhead. The first part of the week produced 12 to 20 lake trout per trip with an occasional salmon or steelhead in 80 to 90 foot of water. There were some reports of some 2 and 3 year old salmon being caught in 220 to 240 foot of water but the run of 4 year old salmon still had not started. Saturday we again got blown off the lake with gale force winds that continued into today. There were a couple of boats that fished the Kalamazoo River on Saturday and reported catching a few big 4 year old salmon, pulling Hot n Tots and Tadpollys. If the there are salmon in the river, there must be some in front the piers, however with the rough conditions, no one fished for them in the lake. Could it be that the run has finally begun? For more information, or to book a fishing charter email me at captron@chartermichigan.com.