Fishing Report

Salmon are showing up in Saugatuck (May-10-2010)

We finally got a chance to fish with out wind, rain and high winds. We set lines in 100 foot of water and because of the Southeast winds were limited to a west troll. We caught three Chinook salmon from 10 to 15 pounds from 120 foot to 150 foot and lost 3 more during that time period. From 150 to 190 foot of water we caught another smaller salmon and lost another. We trolled back into 130 foot and, with a decrease in the wind, trolled south and picked up another 5 salmon two of which were small and released. In this 130 to 140 foot of water we took thee more coho salmon and missed 2 or three others. Early in the day, the salmon hit Hot Chip flashers (mountain dew and silver green) and Rapture frosted fern flies on the low divers and mixed veggie Stingrays on the down-riggers at 45 and 50 foot down. As the day progressed the action on the down-riggers and divers slowed and the copper (100, 200 and 300 foot) picked up. We tried regular size and magnum stingers, however the only hits we could get is on the Stingray size lures (green glow frog, carmel dolphin, blue green dolphin, craigs christmas and mixed veggie). There are reports that a few walleye being caught in the Kalamazoo river between the bridges and also from the basin out to the lake. For more information or for charter reservations, email me at captron@chartermichigan.com.

Fish are moving offshore in Saugatuck (May-03-2010)

The shallow water fishing (12-20 foot of water) is slowing and the fish and some bait are showing up in 130 to 150 foot of water. We did catch a couple of brown trout along the shore line on Sunday, however the fishing was slow and we turned it west. Fishing south of the Saugatuck piers we marked good fish and some bait in that 130 foot range. We did catch a lake trout and a couple of small salmon on half core with green dolphin and fruit cocktail stingers. The picture looks good in this depth and word from the South Haven fishermen indicates that they are beginning to pick up coho and chinook in the 130 foot depth. Walleye are still being caught in the Kalamazoo river from the I 196 bridge into Kalamazoo Lake. For fishing information or to make a charter reservation, email me at captron@chartermichigan.com.

Walleye and Brown Trout in Saugatuck (Apr-27-2010)

Once again we have had high winds and rough water on the big lake, however if you can get out the fishing is fairly good. Fishing in 12 to 18 foot of water is producing some very good brown trout with an occasional steelhead, chinook salmon and lake trout. The best method are small stingers (blue/green dolphin and fruit cocktail) pulled 30 to 100 foot behind the downrigger. Two color lead core and flat-lines with stick baits (gold and red in color) producing some steelhead and small salmon. People are catching walleye in the Kalamazoo river between the bridges and north of the Blue Star bridge. Steelhead fishing in the river was reported as slow. For information or charter reservations, email me at captron@chartermichigan.com.

April 18, 2010 Fishing Report (Apr-18-2010)

Rough water and high winds have limited fishing this past week, however there were some nice fish caught when you could get out. The action was not fast and furious, however boats reported catching some Chinook salmon weighing 14 to 16 pounds. The best reports have come from boats fishing in 40 to 45 foot of water between Holland and Port Sheldon and off of Half Way Creek north of Saugatuck. In these areas boats are taking Coho, Brown Trout, Steelhead and an occasional Lake Trout and Chinook salmon. There are also reports of very good perch catches off the Grand Haven piers and a few perch being caught off the Holland piers. There are some Steelhead being caught in the Kalamazoo River and as the river level declines this fishing should improve. For fishing information or to make a charter request, email me at captron@chartermichigan.com.

Start of the season (Apr-11-2010)

The boat will be in the water on Monday so the 2010 fishing season will officially start for us. Fishing has slowed down for the brown trout and steelhead the last week or so because of the storms and runoff during this time. Water visibility is very low and a lot of sand and mud in the water. There are some fish (browns and coho) being caught in 30 to 40 foot of water however the action is slow. With the high water flow in the river, we should see a increase in the steelhead fishing as the water clears. Check back next week to see what is happening out on the big lake. For information or to make a charter reservation, email me at captron@chartermichigan.com.