Fishing Report

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.

Spring Fishing (Mar-09-2010)

Now that the weather appears to be breaking and spring may be just around the corner, I will start a regular update on the fishing in our area. At the present time the fishing for brown trout is red hot at the piers and at the bubbler with limit catches being the norm. We talked to one fisherman who took 55 brown trout last week (limit each day) in 7 days of fishing. The Kalamazoo River is also warming and the steelhead fishing is improving with some nice steelhead being landed using spawn. We will be launching the boat in about three weeks and will begin our 2010 charter season. I will begin posting fishing report every week or two and help keep you updated on the fishing and once the boat is in the water I will post the reports every Monday. For information or for reservations email me at captron@chartermichigan.com.