Fishing Report

Limit catches of Chinook and Steelhead (Jul-08-2012)

What a week we had over the 4th. In the 37 years I have been chartering, I do not remember a period around the 4th of July like we had last week. Boats reported creel numbers form 14 to 28 fish per trip with Chinook salmon approaching 20 pounds and steelhead pushing 15 pounds and coho salmon up to 10 pounds. We started fishing in 75 foot of water in the morning and moved out to about 125 foot of water as the day progressed. 200, 300 and 400 foot of copper, wire divers at 225 foot and 100 foot of line and down riggers from 60 to 120 foot down all produced fish. The high divers at 225 foot of wire were the most consistent and we ran the same rig on both divers--white/mountain dew pro chip flasher and a rapture green no see um fly. The low divers produced with a blue wiggle 8 in pro chip flasher and blue bubble fly and a mixed veggie pro chip flasher and rapture green no see um fly. The coppers produced well with Stingray lures (mixed veggie, modified blue dolphin, orange crush, lemon ice) early in the week and then white flashers (slick, mountain dew) with green hypnotist flies latter in the week on the deep coppers. The downriggers were the least productive but did produce with 11 in white slick pro chip and green/glow hypnotist fly and a UV mixed veggie pro chip prototype and hypnotist fly. Once again there were some good reports on the perch with some good catches south of the Douglas point in 50 foot of water and in 65 foot of water just south of the ball. The perch appear to be there, however with the exceptional salmon fishing, most boats are trolling. For more information or for charter reservations email me at captron@chartermichigan.com.

Fantastic fishing (Jul-06-2012)

This past week has produced some of the best July 4th fishing for Chinook salmon and steelhead that we have seen in years. In the last 5 trips we have finished with 18, 20, 18 and 16 fish in the final creels. Chinook salmon to 20 pounds, steelhead to 12 pounds and coho up to 10 pounds have been taken. If you have not tried this fishing, now is the time. It does not get any better than it is right now. Contact me at captron@chartermichigan.com.

Salmon and steelhead in Saugatuck (Jul-02-2012)

Very good fishing this week with creel numbers ranging from 9 to 20 fish per trip. We caught chinook salmon up to 20 pounds and steelhead up to 13 pounds. The fish appear to be scattered anywhere from 60 to 180 foot of water, however the best depth is the 100 to 130 foot range. The fish are being caught from 30 foot to 120 foot down with good action on 150, 200 and 300 foot of copper with stinger spoons (mixed veggie, lemon ice, blue dolphin, green dolphin coyote and NBK). The dipsy divers are run at 100 and 150 foot of wire and the stingray spoons are on the low divers (flavor changed from day to day) and Pro Troll flashers ( pearl fishscale, chrome mountain dew, mixed veggie and white mountain dew glow) and Rapture yellow fern, purple mirage, and green hypnotist flies on the high divers. The downriggers did not produce consistently, however when they did the best rig was the 11 in white glow/UV Pro Troll with a green hypnotist fly. Good news on the perch with limit catches reported in 40 top 50 foot of water south of Douglas Point. For fishing information or charter reservations, contact me at captron@chartermichigan.com.

Salmon and Perch in Saugatuck (Jun-24-2012)

This past week has produced some good to excellent fishing for both salmon and perch out of Saugatuck. If you are interested in the "big fish", fish from 100 to 135 foot of water and from 40 foot down to the bottom. Boats fished from just south of the Saugatuck piers to just north of the Holland piers and had catches from 18 fish per trip to 7 fish per trip. The creel consisted of nice chinook salmon from 8 to 15 pounds (with one chinook salmon weighed in at 25 pounds), lake trout up to 12 pounds with occasional steelhead (up to 12 pounds) and coho. The best method was 450 and 400 foot of copper with silver or white bladed flashers and green hypnotist and green glow hypnotist fiies along with 200 foot of copper with stingray spoons (NBK, mixed veggie, fruit cocktail). Dipsy divers with 11 in Pro Chip flashers and green rapture flies produced at different depths and in different colors which changed from day to day. The downriggers produce with a 11 white glow Pro Chip and green glow hypnotist fly at 95 foot and at 60 and 80 foot with sliders and regular sized stingers. I fished perch Friday and Saturday and did fairly well. Friday we fished in 60 to 65 foot of water south of the ball and took some very nice perch up to 14 in. Saturday we drifted the same water we fished Friday and caught 1 perch so we ran down to Glenn and found good numbers (although they ran small) in 30 foot of water. I did have one report that one boat caught 140 perch in 80 foot of water on Friday night off the ball in Saugatuck. For fishing information or for charter reservations, email me at captron@chartermichigan.com.

11 in Pro Trolls for big salmon in Saugatuck (Jun-17-2012)

What a change from one day to the next, as far as lures and number of fish on, are concerned. On Friday we fished in 100 foot of water and caught 6 fish but had better than 20 fish on. The best baits were 11 in white or glow bladed Pro Chip flashers ( glow,slick, mountain dew or any combination as long as the blade was white or glow) with Rapture hypnotist flies (green or green glow). We ran these on the downriggers at 70 to 100 foot down and on the wire dipsy divers at 150 foot and 200 foot. We also had fish on 150 and 200 copper with regular size stingers (fruit cocktail, craigs xmas, orange corey and NBK). So we caught fish in the top 40 foot and in the bottom 20 foot but the best presentations were 11 in flashers. On Saturday we went out and fished the same 100 foot depth and the fish had disappeared form that the depth. We trolled out to 140 foot without much success and then into 80 foot. This is we found the bait and we did catch 7 fish but only had 10 hits. In this depth we had to pound bottom with metal flashers and spin n glows to get some lake trout in the mid teens. We did take some chinook salmon on 300 and 200 copper with magnum stingers and stingrays (green dolphin, NBK and mixed veggie). What a change from one day to another regular stingers and 11 in flashers on one day and magnum stingers and metal flashers the next. The fish are good size with chinook salmon going mid to high teens and the lake trout 10 to 12 pounds and an occasional steelhead up to 10 pounds. Perch fishing has been very good with some limits of 8 to 14 in perch being taken in 60 to 75 foot of water off the ball. The best method is drifting for the perch if the weather permits with minnows and spikes. For fishing information or to reserve a charter, email me at captron@chartermichigan.com.