Fishing Report

October wind in September (Sep-12-2010)

After 10 days of watching the waves approaching 18 feet and winds often over 50 MPH, we finally got a chance to fish on Sept. 9. What we are getting is October weather in early September. We were hoping that that water would have cooled down and that the fish would move in, however we found 70 degree water in front the piers and very few fish. Moving out to 100 foot of water we found 67 degree water on the surface and 67 degree water on the bottom, so we continued out to 200 foot and found a temperature break down 70 foot. Out in this water there are 2, 3 and a few 4 year old salmon and lake trout from 60 foot to 150 foot down. By the end of the week, the water had stabilized somewhat and the the temperature break was 60 foot down in 100 foot of water with the same combination of fish as was found in the 200 foot depth. The best methods continue to be spoons on the copper, flashers and flies on the dipsy divers and dodgers and flies on the downriggers. With small bait fish out in this deeper water, regular size stingers and nitro lures worked the best on the 300 and 400 copper with color combinations changing from day to day. On the dipsy divers white glow, white blue wiggle and white glow mountain dew echip flashers with no see um green and green hypnotist flies did very well. The downriggers produced very well with green glow Pro Chip flashers and metal dodgers with green hypnotist and last supper flies. With a weather forecast that calls for more west winds and move high seas, I do not see any cold water moving in soon. And without the cold water and with the low river flow, the salmon will not school in mass and they will just trickle in, a few at a time, and continue up the river. Check back or email me at captron@chartermichigan.com for information or charter reservations.

Wind, Wind and more Wind (Sep-05-2010)

All the wind this past week, allowed just one day of fishing out in 210 foot of water. Two days of gale force winds and 4 days of small craft adversaries, kept almost all the boats in port. Today we went out to see if we could fish in-front the piers, however the water was still in the high 60 degrees, with 5 foot seas and we came back in. With the warm water, there are very few salmon in- front the piers and the best fishing has been in 170 to 210 foot of water with a mixture of 2, 3 and 4 year old chinook salmon, steelhead and lake trout in the creel. Stingray and stinger size spoons on 300 and 400 copper produced well the one day we fished. In addition the same flashers and flies that we ran last week worked this week in the dipsy divers and on the downriggers. We need some strong north winds and a north current to get some cold water at the piers to get the run started. For information and/or charter reservations, email me at captron@chartermichigan.com.

Where are our salmon? (Aug-29-2010)

This past week started out just as the preceding week ended, with good catches in 80 to 100 foot of water. Then we had the blow out of the north on Wed. which turned the lake over moving cold water in front the piers on Thursday. Everyone felt that our salmon will be in-front the piers on Thursday or at least by Friday. That, however, did not happen. Instead we lost the fish we had been catching in the 80 to 100 foot range and the fish were scattered out from 140 foot of water out to 240 foot of water. Our best fishing during the weekend was in 180 to 220 foot of water with decent catches of 2 and 3 year old salmon and a few 4 year old chinook, steelhead and lake trout mixed in. The best lures for us were Stingray and Nitro lures and glow Ace Hi plugs on 300 and 400 foot of copper. On the dipsy divers pro troll flashers (silver green, silver mountain dew and white glow) with rapture no see um flies (green beads and red beads) produced the best. On the downriggers we ran metal dodgers and green rapture flies. Early in the week there were some perch caught in 15 foot of water south of the Saugatuck piers and between the State Park and Castle Park. The perch ran small, however you could catch enough that it produced a nice catch of "keepers". Our salmon should show up at any time so check back or email me for information at captronn@chartermichigan.com.

Go Deep for Big Lake Trout (Aug-23-2010)

Fishing off of Saugatuck was good throughout the week. The week started with large catches, but small fish (salmon and lake trout) in 160-200 FOW. The week ended with large catches of large lake trout and an occasional king in 85-100 FOW. The fish in the deeper water were biting orange Cory’s bait, mixed veggies and lemon ice sting ray spoons on the 200’ and 300’ of copper. On the down riggers the 8” green/glow Hotchip with a wild fern, 8” white dew wiggle Prochip with a hypnotist LG and the 8” white fishscale with a green no-see-um fly. The lake trout in 85-100 FOW were biting metal dodgers with spin-n-glows and Goldstar squids. The best combinations were the tin can w/ a glow and pink dot, green, or chartreuse spin-n-glows. A chartreuse dodger with a green splatter back glow squid was also very productive. The dodger were bounced on bottom to produce action. The water started to cool down on Sunday and some kings were found in 50 FOW right on the bottom. With some northerly winds forecasted for the week the salmon might start staging in the 45-50 FOW area. The cooler water will also spark a better perch bite for the perch anglers. For more information or charter reservations, contact me at captron@chartermichigan.com.

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 captron@chartermichigan.com.