Lake Michigan Fishing Report – Ron Westrate (Holland/Saugatuck)

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Lake Michigan Fishing Report

The fishing out of Holland continues to very good with limit or near limit catches daily. The creel numbers and species change daily, however the lake trout continue to make up 60 to 80% of the creel with the rest being chinook and coho salmon and steelhead. Once again the kings are weighing 15 to 25 pounds and the lake trout are weighing up to 20 pounds. Early in the morning and at dusk the 70 to 80 foot of water produces some nice salmon and the lake trout are being caught in 90 to 110 foot of water.
 

The lake trout are being caught in the bottom 10 foot of the water column on silver flashers with either watermellon and glow white spin n glos and UV flies pulled behind them. The water continues to warm up and the salmon are being caught from 70 foot to the bottom on flashers and flies which vary in color from day to day.
 

The perch fishing is picking up but continues to very spotty. I have received reports that perch are being caught from 15 foot of water out to 50 foot of water out of Holland. However one day they are there and the next day you have to move and look for them again. The best bait are minnows, cut bait and spikes.
 

This past weekend we were blown off the lake twice with seas over 7 foot and the forecast is for wind and high seas during the upcoming week. If the lake turns over, and we get cold water along the shore, the salmon should move to the piers and start the spawning run. For more information or to make a charter reservation, email me at captron@chartermichigan.com.
 

Captain Ron Westrate
captron@chartermichigan.com
Tel: 616-335-2076
Cell: 616-836-2748

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