The kings started to show up in the creels more frequently this past week. We caught kings that weighed 18 to 21 pounds and in addition some of the lake trout exceeded this (there was a trout that pushed 30 pounds). The creels are still predominated by the lake trout however there are some steelhead and some kings mixed in. The best fishing continues to be in the 100 foot depth from Holland to 4 miles south of Saugatuck.
The lake trout are still being caught on the bottom with spin n glos and mirage flies pulled behind silver flashers and dodgers on the downriggers and wire dipsy divers. The best set ups for the salmon are 350 and 250 foot of copper with bloody nose and coyote ugly spoons. We did take some salmon off the bottom with silver flashers and mirage flies behind the wire dipsies. The steelhead are in the upper 50 foot of the water column and are being taken on orange crush spoons.
Still no good reports on the perch out of Saugatuck and Holland. The only good report I got is that they are starting to catch some perch south of South Haven so possibly they will soon show up in our area.
Pier fishermen are producing good catches of sheephead and catfish and there have been some nice small mouth bass taken jigging the rocks along the sea wall.
We are seeing more and more bait showing up in the 80 to 90 foot of water. As a rule the kings will follow the bait so I am hoping to see more and more salmon show up in this area. For more information or to make charter reservations, email me at email@example.com.
Captain Ron Westrate