Lake Michigan Fishing Reports
Boat anglers were fishing around the harbor. Those trolling caught salmon on chrome or glow J-plugs. Pier anglers caught fish in the early morning or late evening when casting glow or white spoons. Surfcasting was slow.
Anglers are catching fish when trolling 60 to 110 feet down in 80 to 160 feet of water with meat rigs and green flies. Salmon were caught around the harbor on chrome or glow plugs. Those casting spoons off the pier also caught fish.
Cooler water temperatures have moved chinook and coho in closer to the piers. Boats have done very well with glow plugs in the early morning. Those trolling between the Bath House and the Point have done well in 60 to 180 feet of water with glow plugs and orange spoons in the top 60 feet. Pier anglers are doing very well when casting spoons or live bait. Those surfcasting at the State Park have also caught a few salmon.
Has good catches of chinook salmon with a few coho mixed in. The thermocline was 50 feet down in 90 to 150 feet of water. Try green or blue plugs. Pier fishing is slow but fish have been caught in Pere Marquette Lake.
On Thursday the 30th high winds up to 46 knots churnned up Lake Michigan waves over 12ft. and shut down all fishing. Friday morning was still very rough. This couple didn't want to go home without some Salmon, so we elected to try fishing P M Lake. The salmon have been coming in to spawn all week. We took 6 nice King Salmon for them.
Fishing has been good but the better fishing was to the south. Try 110 to 150 feet down in 200 to 300 feet of water with spinnies and flies. South winds pushed the thermocline deep and drove warm water in close to shore.
We had 2 fisherman, the other 4 couldn’t get a flight out of Florida. The hurricane had them trapped. Went north and fished in 180ft to 260ft of water. The fish came from 100ft to 160ft down. All meat rigs. Had a great time, Took Limit for 2 and went home happy.
Over the weekend fishing has taken a down turn. Hard southwest winds blue in worm water. The break is 100ft down, making fishing tough. Some people went north, some went stright out, and some went south. Everyone seemed to be catching there fish from 100ft to 160ft down. There is a NE wind comming this week that should make fishing better again.
We fished north of the point again from the 04's to the 07's. The break was down 100ft. We fish in 125ft. There was no morning bite. So we had to work hard all day for these fish. Program: Riggers 95, 100, and 110ft down. High wires 280ft and 300ft. Low wires 180ft and 200ft. 400ft coppers were hot. We ran meat rigs on everything. It was difficult running everything that deep. Pulling the fish out of cold water made them very feisty at the back of the boat.
Has very good fishing. Anglers have done well from the Project to Big Sable Point when fishing 50 to 100 feet down in 70 to 240 feet of water with meat rigs and plugs. Pier anglers and those trolling around the piers reported slow catch rates as water temperatures warmed up. Those casting have caught a couple salmon in low light conditions.
Branden and friends had a great time fishing this morning. We went north of big point sable again. The morning bite got off to a late start. But, It was steady fishing all day. Nice box of fish guys! The program remained the same.
This was another great day for fishing. These old friends have been fishing with me for at least 10 years. I look forward to fishing with them each year. We loaded up early and left the dock at 5:00am, and headed north. Our best fishing has been north of Big Point Sable. 04's o the 07's in 80ft of water. Program: 3, 5, and full cores with plugs. High wire divers with plugs back 180ft. Low wires with meat rigs back 100ft. Shoot rigger down 69ft with meat. Side riggers with moonshine spoons or a plug. Best plugs, Ace High doubble glow, and gray gost.Best meat rig. Mo Mo.
There was a storm coming our way in Wisconsin. We figured we had time to get our morning charter in before the storm hit. Went north again and ran plugs on every thing. The fish were hammering again. We limited out for 5 fisherman, 25 fish by 9:15 am. As we heading in, we heard a warning broadcasted on the radio by another charter boat. The storm was moving faster than we had all planed and it was full of lightning. Everyone else started pulling rods and headed in behind us.
As we entered the harbor the storm hit. High winds hit hard. We were in our slip when we herd the waves were building fast. Some of the smaller boats struggled to get in the harbor with the big waves. The next day, I was saddened to hear that 2 of Ludington own were lost at sea. As much fun as we have on Lake Michigan, we must never let our guard down. Safety first, Lake Michigan can be very dangers!
Good numbers of fish are being caught in and around the harbor area using a variety of plugs, spoons, flasher fly combinations and glow baits. Off-shore fish has been good from the Projects to Big Sable Point fishing the top 80 feet of water in depths of 250 to 350 feet. Catches include Chinook, Coho, Steelhead, and lake trout using spoons, flasher fly/meat-rig combinations, along with some plugs. Pier fishing is also good with catches of salmon on casting spoons and still-fishing with alewives.
More great fishing continues with the Gary Stanezek family. Mom, Dad, Grandpa, Grandma and 2 kids. They weren't ready for what happened next. They slammed 28 fish and had over 40 fish on. We were all exhausted back at the dock. What a great trip! This is what I live for, and why I fish.
We went to the 02's in 85ft of water. same program plugs and spoons.