Fishing Report

Two Schools of Fish in Saugatuck (Aug-16-2010)

The salmon off of Saugatuck set up in two separate areas this week. Adult salmon and some lake trout were caught in 80-100 FOW and another group of fish- all age groups of salmon, lake trout, steelhead and some coho were caught from 150-200 FOW. Fishing was good throughout the week, with catches of up to 20 fish a trip. The fish in the shallower water bit mainly plugs and flasher fly combinations. Silverhorde Ace-Hi plugs on the copper lines, 200-400 feet of copper, produce kings throughout the week. The best plugs were: green w/ black ladder back, green lightning, wonderbread glow and pearl black dot. The best flasher fly combinations were: a chrome/green Prochip w/ a no-see-um Rapture fly, blue bubble or a white blue wiggle 8” Hotchip w/ an Oceana Rapture fly, a chrome w/ mt. dew and glow Prochip w/ a yellow no-see-um Rapture fly, and the 11” white fish scale Protroll w/ a hypnotist LG Rapture fly. Most fish were caught 50-100 feet down. In the deeper water, many of the same flashers worked well. The best flasher in the deep water was the green glow 8” Hotchip and Prochip with wild fern or hypnotist flies. Fish on the outside were caught from 40 feet down all the way to the bottom. We caught many large salmon and lake trout 180 feet down. Strong winds from the Northwest on Sunday and Monday may bring in colder water. This may bring the adult salmon even closer toward the shoreline. For information or charter reservations, email me at

Chinook Over 20 Pounds in Saugatuck (Aug-08-2010)

The fishing this past week has slowed some what, however we still caught between 7 to 12 fish per trip. The creel consisted of chinook salmon that weighed over 20 pounds and lake trout over 12 pounds and an occasional steelhead. The best depth was again the 80 to 90 foot depth however by the weekend we also caught fish out to 160 foot of water. There are some fishermen that are going out at 4 in the morning and taking some nice fish in 50 to 60 foot of water. Early in the week we had some good luck with 200 copper, however by the end of the week we fished primarily 300 and 400 foot of copper with Ace Hi plugs (glow green lightning, glow black lightning, green glow, green glow ladderback and wonderbread). The divers are pulled at 100 and 200 foot early in the day and then lengthened out to 300 and 200 foot as it get brighter. On the divers we are pulling echip flashers (white blue wiggle, white glow mountain dew, green silver and white slick glow) with Rapture flies (oceana, no see um green, green hypnotist, and last supper). On the downriggers we are fishing near the bottom and pulling 11 in echips (white glow, white slick glow and white mountain dew) with Rapture green flies (green hypnotist and wild fern). With the rough water conditions on Sunday, we did not fish so it will be interesting to see what happened to the water temperature on Monday. For information or charter reservations, email me at

Ace High Plugs on Copper in Saugatuck (Aug-01-2010)

The Ace High plugs made by Silver Horde are beginning to produce some very good salmon when pulled on copper. This past week produced catches from 6 to 18 fish per trip in the 70 to 90 foot depth. There where also some nice 4 year old salmon caught out in 160 to 180 foot, however the most productive was the 85 foot depth. The chinook salmon dominates the catch, however some lake trout, steelhead and brown trout showed up the the creel. On the 200 and 300 copper the Ace High plugs (glow green back, glow green ladder back, glow green lightning, glow black lightning and green splatter back) produced very well along with the silver mountain dew flasher and green fly. The dipsy divers produced very well at 100 and 200 foot back with Pro Chip and Hot Chip and Stinger E chip flashers (white blue wiggle, silver blue wiggle, silver mountain dew and white slick) with Rapture (oceana, blue bubble, green hypnotist and green no see um) flies. Downriggers produced at 65, 75 and 65 foot down with a variety (these changed daily with white glow, white slick, green glow, etc.) of 11 in E chip flashers and Rapture flies. Good fishing with good size chinook salmon and lake trout should hold if we do not get any drastic changes in weather or water temperature. For more information or to make a charter reservation, email me at

18 pound brown trout in Saugatuck (Jul-25-2010)

We had another good week of fishing even with the rough water and storms that moved through during the week. With the exception of today, we have been taking 8 to 20 fish every trip. Today we fished from 9 to 2 and had a total of one fish on a 400 foot copper. I hope this is due to the fact that we fished in the middle of the day since as a rule the fishing is better in the early hours of the morning and slows as the light increases. This week we caught a number of chinook salmon in the 16 to 20 pound range, a 14 pound steelhead, a 13 pound lake trout and a fantastic 18 pound brown trout. Flashers and flies continue to produce very well when pulled on downriggers, dipsy divers and 300 and 400 copper. The best flashers are the Pro Troll (silver/green, silver mountain dew, white blue wiggle, white glow and silver blue) with Rapture flies (no see um green, oceana, blue bird, wild fern, green hypnotist and purple no see um). We also had some good luck with Ace Hi plugs (silver red head, green lightning and blue lightning) and Stingray blue dolphin and Nitro lures producing some nice steelhead on 200 and 300 copper. Perch fishing continues to be spotty with some reports of decent catches in 40 to 50 foot of water out of Holland and 60 to 70 foot of water out of South Haven and 40 foot of water off of Glenn. Again, it has been spotty with the perch being caught at one depth one day but gone the next. There are a few perch being caught in the rocks off the Douglas point, however it is hard to get the bait past the golbies. The bait is still in the 40 to 60 foot depth and out in 140 to 160 foot depth, so I hope this will hold the salmon and trout in the area. For information or charter reservations, email me at

Blue Wiggle Flashers in Saugatuck (Jul-18-2010)

This week produced some very good fishing with 10 to 18 fish per trip. The creel consists of chinook salmon up to 18 pounds, coho up to 10 pounds, steelhead and lake trout up to 12 pounds. Fish are being caught from 60 to 160 foot of water, however the best depth for us has been 90 to 120 foot of water. There have been some salmon caught very early in the morning (5-6 AM ) and late in the day (sunset to 1 hour after) in 50 FOW just outside the bait. The best methods continue to be flashers and flies on the downriggers, divers and on 400 copper. The best flashers are the Stinger E Chip blue wiggle (with the silver blade and white blade), double white glow Pro Chip, green glow Pro Chip and the white mountain dew Pro Chip. We have been running the Rapture oceania fly behind the blue wiggles and green no see ums and green hypnotist flies behind the other flashers. Up until today we have been taking some nice coho and steelhead on 200 copper ( we had to go with them on the 300 copper today) with silver horde glow wonder bread and the white glow black lightning plugs. On the other 300 coppers we either pulled magnum spoons like the stinger blue dolphin or glow nitro lures. Perch fishing in the Saugatuck and Holland area continues to be slow with very few perch being caught. South Haven reported some very good perch fishing from 20 to 50 FOW. I did talked to some fishermen who caught some very nice perch 10 miles south of the Saugatuck piers in 30 to 40 FOW. Unless you want to run 10 miles, get out the flashers and flies and catch some salmon. For more fishing information and or to make a charter reservation, email me at