Lake Michigan Fishing Reports
The water in front on the Ludington Pier heads seems to get cold in the mid 40s one day and then back up in the 50s the next. As I run out each day i notice this, so today as I left the pier heads I saw again it was in the 50s and saw quite a bit of bait fish. We ran out only just over 2.5 miles and started setting um in 65' of water. I put it out a SW troll and figured if the fish inside didnt go eventually we would be back out to my marks from yesterday were we had success. This worked out very well and with 5 rods in both out and down riggers went with moonshine regular bloody nose on one side and yellow submarines on the other down 41 and 51 stacked 10' apart. We had just netted those and reset and the ten color or full core goes with a green jeans and the other ten as well with a blue jeans we managed to get one of those. The rest of the sw troll went good as well and when we finally turned just before the 35 line and cold water outside of us we had 8 in and lost a few. The in troll back on the same line like normal was not as successful but a few fish were taken and given. The rest of the day was never really any big lulls just a steady bite here and there. The other boat in the group also had success and all went home with quite a bit of meat and great stories to tell. Also a few of my 16 fish today were just under 20# so the big four year olds are starting to move in as well. Still days available in June and as the picture shows the fishing is FINTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The hard North west winds have made Big Point Sauble cold from top to bottom again. I opted to fish to the south were the water was and generally is less affected by these hard northerly winds. Fishing started out pretty good and we were well on our way. I had three downriggers down 60 on the center or chute out and downs were at 40 and 50' with moonshine lures stacked 10 foot apart. One side had yellow submarines and one side stacked with bloody nose all in regular size with the chute having a 10' showtime spin doctor with a moo moo meat rig. Those three took the first 5 fish of the morning. Then came a slow hour, hour and a half were it seemed the fish had vacated the area. I put the boat on a west troll from the 80' we had fished up tell about 8am in front of the Pump storage plant. It wasnt until we dropped in water depth to about 160' of water when we started hitting fish again. Seemed to be an aweful lot of small fish around. We threw a couple hand fulls of small ones back and in the end had to box 6 of um that had been dragging throughout the day. All in all though a very successful trip with only that dead period after the morning bite and the last hour was dead as well. The past two weeks we had been getting steelhead but today those high spoons and free slide downriggers were very unsuccessful for the acrobatic rainbow.
Fishing started out slow today but more than made up for it! Started setting lines in 80' of water in the 00 and 33s or south of the Sauble River outlet. The water was warm about 57 degrees so I figured the fish would be active early. They were not. We put out a 1 color leadcore with a fireball and 3 color with a dreamweaver ss mixed vegetable. The other boards one each side were a full core and a 300 copper all four with moonshine regular blood nose and regular green jeans. The rigger changed throughout the day with meat on the center rigger and divers. We started out with a few bites early and then just went completely silent until we crossed Big Point Sauble and kept working north. After the point was very very good! Best for downriggers was a set of yeck Jarreds stacked ten foot apart down 41'. The 300 coppers were very good as well with Moonshine green jeans on one side and moonshine blue jeans on the other side in regular size. There was quite a bit of current I notice down below and my south troll seemed fast but only showed 2.0 down 40' on my depth raider. Still have many open days in June and fishing is absolutely FANTASTIC! Book your trip soon.
Chinook salmon and steelhead have been caught in the top 60 feet of waters 80 to 180 feet deep. Orange and green spoons work best.
Third and final trip for the weekend with good friends Tony Norvell and the trusty family from the Trusty Insurance group out of Ohio. Fishing stated out slow and never really became hot and heavy, just a pick. The lake was a lot rougher than the last two trips the day before and the water was moving. I went back out to the same water we had success in the last two trips and it had not changed. We set up and started catching and loosing fish so I figured we were in good shape. We had steady bites and never any dry spells but the water was getting rougher and moving very fast. I heard a few boats did well..... (After the fact of course) in tighter 100'-120' which is the direction in which we ended up in the end and had about the same action as we had been. The Downriggers again were useless and the meat took a few on the divers as well as a blue bubble 8" spin doctor with a green glow dreamweaver fly behind it on a high wire out 150'. The lows that had been all weekend with meat were out 100' with a heavy dipsey diver. The fishing even though not as productive as the last two trips was still good though and everybody went away happy!
Fished again in front of the Ludington Pump Storage plant pretty much the same area as the morning only trolled a little farther to the north stay a little more out front of the Ludington harbor in the 54 line north. The meat rigs on the divers were good again but I did not have a single bite on the downriggers. I sure did though have a pile of spoons stacked up out back on the work tray of tried and true lures that WOULD NOT GO on the downriggers. The best was again the 3 and 7 color lead cores with spoons in fireball red and mixed vegetable by Yeck Lures. The fishing was a little slower than the morning even though we boat more fish the action seemed to be a little lighter. Once again thought the fishing was better more towards daylight hours and as evening wore down the fishing slowed. Maybe try fishing the mid day period......Seemed to be the best time for us.
Fishing is still as good as ever. Started out at 5:40am setting lines in front of the Ludington Pump storage plant in 110 feet of water (52.00 south and 32.50 west). Started out the morning with three down riggers, four wire divers and 3 colors of lead on both sides out on planer boards, 7 color after that and inside board being a 10 color or full core. Meat rigs were on all four wire divers and on the center downrigger. The planer boards were rigged with moonshine lures in bloody nose, yellow submarine, and the 3 colors with one side a fireball and one side a mixed vegetable both made by yeck lure company. The best was definately the meat rigs on the divers and the center or shute rigger took a couple. Don't be too concerned with getting our early (which is normal this time of year with the colder water) the fish definately bit betteras the day warmed and the sun rose. There was a 6 degree brake that we fished from the 33 line west to the 35 line westthe water became incresingly colder as we went west. Book your trip now before your date is gone!
Those trolling along the shoreline caught brown trout on orange spoons or black and silver body baits. Pier fishing was slow.
Fishing has been very very good for the last few weeks! Just put the boat in Friday and had Joe Yobb come over as he normally does for the first couple trips of the year. Fishing Started off fast and never really stopped!!!!! Fished south around the Ludington Pump Storage plant in 7-18ft. of water. Started off with four boards on each side with the three outside running size 11 floating rapalas and the inside board on both sides was a 2 color leadcore with one having a dreamweaver ss starburst and the other side had a a yech jarred. The best color rapalas were black and gold and rainbow trout pattern. The spoons were as productive as the rapalas though. Also had a diver out on the starboard side for our nineth rod out 20ft. and it did take a couple Lake trout and a Brown trout with a yeck jarred as well. Fishing is well, as I stated in the beginning very very good and these great eating brown trout will not be around later on so book your charter soon!!!!!!! Capt. Mike
Has good brown trout fishing near shore. Boat anglers are trolling body baits in natural color patterns. Pier fishing was slower.
Has good brown trout fishing near shore. Boat and pier anglers have caught them. A few chinook salmon have started to show up.
Is also producing brown trout for those trolling orange spoons or body baits. Pier anglers are getting a few brown trout when using spawn.
A few anglers were finally able to access the piers but no fish were caught. The ice has started to clear up in the harbor and one boat was attempting to head out.
It is going to be while before boats will be able to launch. The entire basin is still frozen solid.
Tim Large of Ludington was fishing on Pere Marquette Lake Saturday morning when he caught this 18-pound, 40-inch northern pike. The fish had reeled off 30 yards of line when he set the hook and immediately realized he had a big one. The fish qualifies for Michigan DNR Master Angler status. Large said he was using a dead smelt for bait.