Fishing Report

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.

June Doldrums Start Early (Jun-06-2010)

The old saying that "fishing slows when the cotton flies" seems to holding true. The fishing has defiantly slowed down this last week with catches of 4 to 8 fish per trip. You can catch some fish in 40 to 50 foot of water, 70 to 90 foot of water, 100 to 115 foot of water and on out to 180 foot. A few fish scattered through out and no big concentration anywhere. We took steelhead and salmon with half core and 100 foot of copper, salmon on 200 and 300 foot of copper and lake trout and a few salmon on downriggers and deep divers. The best lures continue to be orange Corey stingrays and orange crush stingers on the 100 copper and NBK and carmel dolphin stingrays on the 200 and 300 copper. On the low divers we are running some flashers and flies and the best combination continues to be the mountain dew Pro Chip and purple no see um Rapture flies. To get catch the lake trout we are using metal flashers and the Rapture green dude and last supper fly. With the rough water and wind today, we may see a change in the water and a grouping of the fish around the bait. Hopefully the fishing will begin to improve. For information and/or charter reservations, email me at captron@chartermichigan.com.