Lake Michigan Fishing Reports
Boat anglers have been unable to access the big lake because of windy conditions. Pier anglers are catching a couple steelhead when using spawn or casting orange spoons.
Boats are catching decent numbers of young chinook, coho and steelhead. The best action was in the top 70 feet of waters 100 to 250 feet deep with orange or green spoons. No salmon for pier anglers.
Fishing continues to b very, very good in front of Ludington Pump Storage plant! Set up in 80' and trolled south for 4 miles. Caught nice kings inside until that slowed then headed West for jumping, acrobatic steelhead! Best inside was high and low dipsey divers with dreamweaver spin doctors and Big Water Meat rigs. After the morning the meat went as well but, 1, 3, and 7 color leadcores produced best with yeck fireball, pearl w/earrings and Dreamweaver riverside spoons!
Boats trolling in 120 to 240 feet caught coho, steelhead and young chinook. Try the top 80 feet with orange or green spoons. Pier fishing was slow.
Fishing late season as a norm is good and again no exception to the rule this day! Fished in 80-100' in front of Ludington pump storage. Fish came up high on 3, 5, 7, and 10 color leadcore lines. Best was yeck fireball and pearl with earrings. Had a lot of action all morning trolling a bit faster and turning frequently!
Fishing has been difficult because of the wind. Anglers caught salmon in the harbor when trolling chrome or glow plugs. Steelhead and salmon were caught in the top 60 feet of waters 150 to 300 feet deep on orange or green spoons. Those surfcasting at the State Park reported slow catch rates.
The winds have subsided for a few days now and the fish have settled in. Fishing started out steady and never stopped. Set up in front of pump storage plant in 120' and trolled southwest to just over 300'. 7 color leadcore and 10 color leadcore were the best with glow spoons and downriggers at 40 and 50' were productive as well. When the weather permits, the fishing will stay this way from here on out as the past 20 years have shown!
Anglers found a decent number of salmon and trout 50 to 100 feet down in 200 to 400 feet. Most are using orange or green spoons along with green or yellow meat rigs. Fishing around the pier was slow but should improve soon.
Weather has really played havoc on everyones well planned fishing trips! After days upon days of wind and rain I've started to get out recently. There is a huge plume of cold water out front that is not holding ANY fish! The outside of it though has plenty of fish and bait. The key is getting on them. This day we fished straight out of the Ludington pier heads setting up in 100' and trolled southwest out to 225'. Fish all came in 40'-60' on spoons and a few nibbles on big water meat rigs. Try trolling faster to cover more water until you get over a school, then circle them.
Set up straight out of Ludington harbor in 150' and trolled West from there. There was a definite thermalcline at 80' that came up to 60' down and thats were the fishing was best. A pair of Dreamweaver blue jeans down 61' was best for coho and big water meat rigs behind DW spin doctors on 300' and 400' coppers was best.
Boat anglers are targeting trout and salmon 40 to 100 feet down in 100 to 250 feet. The best bait was still green meat rigs and plugs. Pier anglers are catching a few salmon when casting glow spoons.
As I thought, the fishing is getting significantly better daily! The winds have kept us off the lake for a couple days but even with the blow days fish are plentiful. Ran out of Ludington harbor North West to 59s North and 36 West or 10 miles out and trolled West from there. Big water meat rigs in total kaios and green mile performed well behind a dreamweaver spin doctor in Kevin's girlfriend (the names they give um) and tuxedo on 300' and 400' coppers. Also two downriggers down 70' and 90' were good with the same meat rigs. Book your charter soon, boats going in to storage in less than a month and fishing is good!
As I have been thinking the fishing continues to get better daily! Fished a little North in 01s North and out 15 miles. Fish came 50-90' down. Plugs early on 225' and 300' coppers were good along with fuzzy bear blue dolphins on downriggers and full cores. After the sun came up all fish came were caught on dreamweaver spin doctors pulling big water meat rigs. Some days still available next week... Call soon.... Capt. Mike
Still fishing for the most part straight out of Ludington pier heads away from the giant pack in shallower. Meat rigs by big water continue to out perform all else on dipsey divers and 225' and 300' copper lines. Still have dates available for September when the king salmon fishing will be at its best. Everything is a month late this year and this will make September the month to fish with still little fish in the rivers. Look forward to hearing from you soon. Capt Mike
Catch rates for trout and salmon were hit-or-miss. Boat anglers found fish 40 to 100 feet down in 80 to 200 feet when trolling yellow or green meat rigs along with orange or green spoons. Pier fishing was slow.