Fishing Report

Early bite for salmon in Saugatuck (Jul-11-2010)

We had another good week of fishing with catches ranging for 8-15 fish a trip. There is a definite early bite with most of the catch coming in the first 3 hours. Chinook salmon and lake trout made up the greatest part of the catch, with a few steelhead and coho mixed in. The best water was 90-110 FOW, but fish were taken from 80-180 FOW. During the beginning of the week the water was a little warmer and fish were caught 50-100 feet down. The water cooled off on Thursday and fish were taken 30-80 feet down. Pro Chip flashers and Rapture flies were at most productive presentation. The best combinations were: blue wiggle flasher w/ a blue bubble fly, green wiggle flasher w/ a wild fern fly, green slick glow flasher w/ a hypnotist fly, and a chrome green flasher w/ a last supper fly. Fish were caught on Sting Ray spoon on the copper lines throughout the week. Silver orange tip, coyote, glow wonderbread, and the blue cory spoons were all productive. The dolphin and pearl black dot Ace Hi plugs on copper also produced some action over the weekend. Perch fishing was slow out of Saugatuck and Holland, however it was red hot in South Haven with limit catches being reported. With a warm weather forecast in sight we expect the fish to continue to congregate in the 90-150 FOW during the upcoming week. For information or charter reservations, email me at captron@chartermichigan.com.

Flashers and Flies in Saugatuck (Jul-05-2010)

Another good week of fishing in Saugatuck with 10 to 20 fish in the creel consisting of big salmon and big lake trout. 80 foot of water to 120 foot of water produced chinook salmon in the mid teens and lake trout pushing 13 pounds with occasional steelhead coming in the upper part of the water column. 11 inch Pro Chip flashers (white/glow) and 8 in Hot Chip (white/glow and green wiggle) with a Rapture green No See Um flies produced very well on the downriggers. Wire divers with Pro Chip flashers (white/glow, silver/green, white/blue, white mountain dew) with either Rapture green Hypnotist or No See Um flies produced most of the fish this past week. The steelhead came on 200 copper with Stingray silver orange tip and blue green dolphins. We did some perch fishing this past week and caught a limit catch in 40 foot of water. When we are running out to fish salmon I see perch in 40 to 50 foot of water. There were reports of good catches out of South Haven in 15 foot of water, so our perch fishing should continue to improve. For more information and/or charter reservations email me at captron@chartermichigan.com.

11 Hot Chip rules in Saugatuck (Jun-27-2010)

Even dodging storms and high winds through out the week, the fishing was good with 6 to 12 fish per trip. The creel consisted of chinook salmon pushing 20 pounds, lake trout weighing up to 14 pounds and steelhead, coho and even an occasional brown trout. The best fishing continues to be the 90 to 120 foot of water depth, however there are also fish in in the 135 to 160 foot depth. With the full moon, the bite is best in the mid to late morning and early evening. The best lures for us are the 11 in Hot Chip and Pro Chip flashers (green/glow, white/glow and white/mountain dew) with Rapture flies (purple No See Ums, green Hypnotist, Green Dude and Frosted Fern). We are pulling these on the downriggers from 60 foot to the bottom and wire dipsy divers at 200 foot and 250 foot out. 200 and 300 copper have produced some nice steelhead and brown trout with Craig´s Christmas and the orange Corey Stingrays and 400 foot of copper (also 400 foot with 2 oz dive bomb) are producing with 8 in white bladed flashers and Green Dude flies. The perch report is good with limit catches south of the Saugatuck harbor from 60 to 70 foot of water. It is difficult to fish this deep water however the report is they are catching 10 to 14 in perch. Yesterday there was some very good catches of perch in 20 foot of water south of the piers. These were not as big as the deep water perch but avg. 6 to 8 in. Reports from Holland to South Haven indicates good fishing from mid morning to noon and from 6 PM until dark. If the weather cooperates, we should hold our fish. For information and/or charter reservations, email me at captron@chartermichigan.com.

Rough water fishing (Jun-20-2010)

Saturday was a interesting, expensive and rough morning on the water. As we came out of the harbor the seas were running about 3 foot and we set lines in 60 foot of water and trolled out to 120 foot of water. It was 9:30 before we had our first hit and good size salmon on 400 foot of copper with a mixed veggie Pro Troll and purple Rapture No See Um fly, which we lost after a short fight. Our first fish was a lake trout on a the same set up on a low diver on the bottom. From 10:00 to 12:00 we had 12 or 13 fish on and only boated 3 with the seas building to 6 foot. Along with loosing fish we broke off and lost 200 foot of copper, 300 foot of copper and a dipsy diver rig and wire line that the salmon ran out to 450 foot. An expensive outing. Almost ever hit came on silver flashers (silver green, silver mixed veggie, silver blue) and Green Dude and purple No See Um flies. We did have a couple of steelhead hit the Craigs Reverse Christmas on 100 copper (caught one and lost one), other wise every hit was on flashers and flies. We did find bait in 60 foot of water, however the salmon and trout appear to be in the 80 to 100 foot of water. I think that if you get out at sunrise, you could take them in the shallower water but then most of the action will be just outside the bait. For information and charter reservation email me at captron@chartermichigan.com.

Salmon showing up in Saugatuck (Jun-12-2010)

This past week was a vast improvement over the previous two. The bait is starting to show up in larger numbers in 80 to 100 foot of water and the salmon are beginning to follow the bait. This past week produced creels of 8 to 12 fish per trip with kings in the mid teens. There were some boats that took fish that weighed over 20 pounds, however the largest we caught weighed 13 pounds. We fished 80 to 100 foot of water the last 3 trips, however the water is beginning to warm and Friday boats were fishing 130 to 160 foot of water. Flashers and flies are beginning to produce. White blades (Pro Chip white/glow, white/mountain dew) with Rapture no see um purple flies produced well on the divers and on the bottom on the downriggers. Don´t be afraid to go with the bigger 11 in flashers. In the upper water column the Stingray lures (orange Corey, NBK, Carmel dolphin, green dolphin and silver green glow) continued to produce on 100, 200 and 300 copper. Hopefully, our summer pattern is starting to develop and the fish should continue to stage just outside the bait. For information and/or charter reservations email me at captron@chartermichigan.com.