Lake Michigan Fishing Reports
Thursday and Friday the fishing was difficult. Where to go was the problem. Warm water had moved in and shut the shallow water; even the bank was warm all the way to the bottom. There were plenty of fish, they just would not bite. We fished north of the point in 50ft of water, and caught some 4 year old Kings during the morning bite. When the bank shut down we moved off shore to try a different fishery. On the 4000 line we found more active fish. Fishing the top 45ft, we found nice 2 and 3 year old kings, as well as Coho salmon, Steelhead Lake Trout and some Pinks. We took fish on all the core rods, high divers set to 110ft, and riggers set at 31ft, 35ft, and 45ft. The fish were biting on small spoons. The DW Super Slims were our best. The Hot baits were; Tangerine, Mix Veggie, and Beefeater. Saturday was a Blow day. High winds kept even the charter boats off the water. Sunday we shot straight out to the 4000 line off the point. The fish were still there, using the same program; we worked the fish over real good. Wow! Nice box of fish! Tip: When the fishing gets tuff, Go West. The deep water fishery is less affected by high winds and heavy currents.
Good salmon fishing continues. The Charter Boats are reporting good fishing from 3 locations. The first is just outside the harbor. Use all plugs, long leads, and 8ft to 14ft down. The second location is from the bath house to the 06. These fish are in 45ft of water in the morning, and move out to 200ft during the day. Adjust your program accordingly. The 3rd fishing hot spot is a real secret. Pentwater! Nobody wants to spend the fuel, to go to Little Point. The fishing is super, and there is no traffic. Pentwater Charter Boats have had record catches. Tip: Fishing inside a pack of boats can be difficult. Move just outside, this will be less stressful and more productive.
Sunday we fished the pier heads in 30ft to 50ft of water. A hard north blow turned the water over again. The temp has dropped to 45 degrees on the surface. These fish are real frisky. All plugs. Riggers 16ft to22ft mono divers 45ft back and 3 color core and ½ cores. WE took good numbers of fish. Monday was the same. Tip: keep it simple. The traffic is bad. Be courteous.
The Fish have moved in to 40ft of the morning. They can be found from the Ludington Pier head, all the way to Big Point Sable. We have been fishing from the Lincoln River to the pier head. 3 color, half, and 7 color cores, with Ace High plugs have been our best. On the divers we ran spin doctors and flies. Best bait on the divers was white on white, with a pickled sunshine fly. On the side riggers we ran Mag Moonshine baits, Mongolian Beef, and Happy Meals. We have had excellent catches every day except one. Tip: It is a fast bite. You need to be all set up in the dark and ready when they start. You will be more productive this way.
Ludington Salmon Fishing has improved steadily over the past 3 days. Limit catches of salmon are being reported, by both the Charters Boats and the armatures. Fish are being caught on the bank from the 01s to the 03.5s, in 80ft to 120ft. Our best baits were a pair of moonshine mag Double trouble stacked 10ft apart, down 50ft, on the out the out and down. The same setup on the other side with Happy Meals worked well. Wire divers 100ft to 140ft back with Spin Doctors and flies. 7 rods is all we could get out. We were back to the dock for breakfast! Other reports of good catches are coming in from boats that fished the skinny water 50ft to 70ft. These fish were caught from the Lincoln River to Big point Sable. The Boats were using plugs. There were lots of near the bottom. These fish are starting to get some color, and are ready to run. With a good north blow, the fish will be at the Ludington Harbor soon. Today's tip. With all this action check your lines for damage regularly. Peel off damaged line and re-tie. This will result in more fish in the box, less gear lost, and a lot less frustration. Good fishing to ya.(Boats providing information: King Fisher, Shogun, LIZ-Z-D)
Hard North winds scattered the fish on Sat. afternoon. Sunday morning I fished the same water, with the same program and took limit, but at a much slower pace. The fish had moved south and out. The boat Widow Maker took fish in 150ft of water on the 32 line from the 00s to the 02.50s. Steve said, the action started in the dark. The first two wire rods in the water took fish. We had trouble getting the rest of the rods in the water. It was non-stop action, until we got our limit. He's program consisted of riggers with Mag Moonshine baits, Blue flounder, Bloody Nose, and Blue Lemon. The wire divers had spin doctors with flies or his best was A Chrome Mountain dew with a Glow frog Squid. About 7:30am he called me and said, I'm headed for breakfast! Tip for today: Later in the day, after the fishing has slowed down, try this new bait, the Dreamweaver Paddle with a fly. The Paddle is a 12in blade. Attach a fly with a 54in lead and run this rig on the shoot rigger 60ft back.
The big kings are back, and they are hungry. We fished off the bank from the 01s to the 04s in 140 to 180 feet of water. We took fish on 1/2 core, 7 color, full, and core and a 1/2. Ace high plugs and mag Moonshine spoons worked best. We also took fish on our wire divers back 110ft and 165ft, with Reg. spin doctors. Mountain Dew with a blue bubble fly was our best. Next were the downriggers with a meatless teaser down the chute 65ft. Out and downs 45ft and 55ft took fish on mag Happy Meal and Mongolian Beef. Even the 1-1/2 drop weights 145ft back went with blue Flounder pounder. This is really fun stuff. It's time to get on a boat and go catch some Salmon.
Hard north wind on Tues and Wed changed all the water. It blew the water south, along with the fish. Big Point Sable is all cold water and no fish. Good fishing was found in the 54s south of the project. 80ft to 140ft was the best. Fishing got progressively better going south. Limit catches have been reported south of Pentwater to Little Point. It is difficult to get a program that works consistently. The program changes daily. The best tip I can give you is to keep changing baits until you find something that works. The fish are in small pockets. Don't leave fish to find fish. Core rods have been our most productive.
Over the weekend Fishing was still mixed. Some boats did well while some struggled. Check out www.LudingtonTournament.com
for results. The fish are moving closer! Straight out of the harbor in 80ft to 120ft. We caught fish 65ft to 110ft down. The fish are biting on Mag spoons, Moon Shine Carbon 14, and Mongolian Beef on the riggers. Led core line with Ace High Plugs, core and a half or full core with a 1/2 lb drop four colors back. Wire divers 140ft to 180ft back with chrome spin doctors and flies were also productive. Get ready. I believe these fish are starting to stage for the big run. About another week we will be fishing Captain at the Ludington pier heads. Can't wait! Fishing will be great this year. Fishing tip: Try adding a 1/2lb weight 4 colors back on your led core line. This will get your bait down to 65ft. The same as core and 1/2, without the length, or expense of another rod.
Opening of the Ludington tournament weekend kicked off with the RUBY Tournament Thursday morning. Thunder storms rolled thru about 9:30 am. Fishing was mixed. Some people did well while some suffered. Fish were caught north in the 03s to the 10s. We fished from 175ft to 220 ft.The water was 54 degrees 55 feet down. Some fish were caught on spin doctors and flies on wire divers. The best was full core with Dreamweaver SS. The boat LIZ-Z-D did well South at the 55s in 175ft of water. They took a 20lb king 85 down on a mag moon shine.
NEW NET ALERT SOUTH IN THE 55s. Tip of the week: A Boat was struck by lightning this week. Don't press your luck. That last fish isn't worth it. Get off the water and live to fish another day.