Fishing Report

A week of change. (May-30-2010)

What a change in fishing this week produced! Boats went from catching 18 to 30 fish on Tuesday (with some lake trout pushing 20 pounds) to only having 12 hits on Weds. The fish moved, the bait moved and the lake started to warm up some what. The rest of the week catches of 4 to 12 fish was considered a good day. Saturday we decided to run out to 300 foot of water after satellite reports showed a temperature change 18 miles out. We found some steelhead on the surface however there was no concentration and no bait. On Saturday a few fish were caught in 40 foot, 70 to 90 foot, 100 foot, 180 foot, and 300 foot, however the best area seemed to be in 130 to 160 foot of water. At this depth there were some reports of chinook salmon pushing 20 pounds--not a lot of fish but 5 to 8 fish per boat. The best method continues to 100, 200 and 300 copper with Stinger and Stingray size spoons that are silver and orange and silver, orange and green. The most productive lures were the orange Corey, orange Natural Born Killer, and orange crush. These same lures produced well when pulled on the sliders on the downriggers at 35 and 45 foot. Most of the lake trout were taken on downriggers on the bottom with either the 11 inch white glow Pro Chip and the Rapture purple no see um fly or the tin can dodger with a Rapture green dude fly. We will be fishing again this PM and will probably be going to the 140 foot of water area. Check back next week and see if the bait returns, because if the bait is in an area, the salmon will be there. For information or charter reservations, email me at or call toll free at 888-253-8372.

Two groups of salmon in Saugatuck (May-24-2010)

Our fishing in Saugatuck continues to be very good with catches of 10 up to 30 fish being reported during the week. Early in the week we fished primarily in 100 to 130 foot of water and then by the end of the week we were in 160 to 180 foot of water. The best fishing appeared to be in the shallower water and south toward the towers off Glen. On Thursday we did find a little larger fish in the 160 to 170 foot depth with Chinook salmon in the 13- 15 pound range, however, during the weekend the larger fish seemed to located in 110 foot of water. Most of the fish are being caught in the top 50 foot of water with 100, 200 foot of copper producing steelhead and coho and 300 foot of copper producing some nice chinook salmon. The lake trout were caught as deep as 80 foot (with some boats taking fish as deep as 110 foot). The best lures continue to be the stingray orange corey and orange natural born killer and the green NBK. Flashers (white glow and white mountain dew Hot Chip) and flies (Rapture frosted fern, purple noseem and green dude) caught some fish when run on the downriggers and the low divers, however the best lures continue to be the stingray size lures with orange and green. Check back and see what this weeks warm weather will do to the fishing. For information or to make a charter reservation, contact me by email at or toll free 888-243-8372.

5th Grade Fishing Trips (May-18-2010)

The Saugatuck/Holland Charter Boat Association along with the Huntington Big Lake Classic Fishing Tournament Committee, hosted the first annual Salmon in the Classroom outing. Douglas elementary 5th graders have been participating in the Salmon in the Classroom program for the last couple years and this program is currently funded by the Charter Boat Association, donations and fishing tournament fundraisers. As a reward for this their dedication to this environmental project and study, the charter boat association decided to take the students fishing. On May 18 the Saugatuck/Holland Charter Boat Association captains and associate fishing members took the 73 5th grade students on a big lake salmon fishing excursion. On boats, operated by eight charter boat members and twelve associate members, the students caught over 150 Coho salmon Chinook salmon and Lake Trout. Along with the 73 students there were teachers, school administrators, the DNR and video crew, MUCC and video crew and a host of media representatives ranging from newspaper and magazine writers to local television stations. The day of fishing began at about 7 AM at Tower Marina in Douglas, Mi. and all boats returned to Tower Marina at 12 noon where pictures were taken and the fish cleaned. The Tournament Fishing Committee then furnished all guests with a fresh fish dinner at the marina.

Another good week of salmon fishing, however, some days produced betGood salmon fishing in Saugatuck (May-16-2010)

Another good week of salmon fishing, however, some days produced better than others for example one day we caught 18 and the next day produced 8 and then 15 on the following day. The chinook salmon are running from 5 to 15 pounds, coho salmon from 2 to 5 pounds and lake trout up to 12 pounds. Early in the week we had very good luck in 130 to 145 foot of water and today we did well in 90 to 100 foot of water. There were some boats that fished all the way out in 200 foot of water, however today there were two general depths that produced the most fish--90 to 100 foot and 150 to 165 foot. Early in the week most of the fish (chinook and coho and an occasional lake trout) hit mainly Stingray spoons (mixed veggie, NBK, green dolphin, glow frog). These were pulled on 100, 200 and 300 foot of copper and high divers at 150 and 160 foot. The downriggers produced with small Stinger lures on sliders at 40 and 50 foot. Today we had success with the same Stingray spoons on 200 and 300 copper and with some flashers and flies on the low divers and the downriggers. The flashers were Hot Chip 8 in. flashers (white glow, green glow, mountain dew) on the divers and the tin can flasher "down the shoot" and on the bottom with Rapture frosted fern and hypnotist flies. If you want more information or want to make a charter reservation, email me at

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