Lake Michigan Fishing Reports
More and more king salmon have continued to trickle in and our piles of salmon in select hot spots have grown. Again the all glow J-plugs and grey ghost j-plugs have been productive out front of Ludington harbor. I have been fishing just outside the mass of boats in 60-90' and will continue to move out as needed.
Fishing was tough. Some found trout and salmon in the top 80 feet of waters up to 160 feet deep when trolling spoons and glow plugs or green and blue meat rigs or flies. No salmon off the piers.
Fishing has been very tough with the normal early summer lul accruing now, late summer because of this years long and cold winter. Some of the big salmon are trickling in but the big mass of them are still scattered about throughout the lake. Fished this day and for the last week just outside the Ludington harbor in 30-50'. The morning bite consisted of :-plugs on short cores when able to run them because of overwhelming boat traffic. Meat rigs also on all four dipsey divers have occasionally taken fish.
Fishing had been quite good. The full moon and east winds though the last couple of days has made the fish hard to get to bite and the water extremely cold. I have been fishing out front of Ludington in 30-60' of water and have some successes but not a lot of numbers of fish. The fish we are catching though are large in the 17-25# range. I have been running big water meat rigs and dreamweaver spin doctors on my divers out 60' on highs and 40-50' on the low wire divers. In the mornings i have taken a few fish on my out and down downriggers as well with double glow j plugs made by Luhr Jensen. Don't expect big numbers of fish though with the average catch being only 3-7fish but, they are big fish. Getting a new phone set up now and will stay up with reports now. Good fishing.
fishing continues with great fishing and even better fishermen!!! Today Owen and Jack battled many large Kings and came out with great stories and even better pictures aboard the Lie-A-Lot. The boat traffic was horrible but I was able to run way North and outside the swarm. Big Water Meat rigs continue to dominate behind Dreamweaver spindoctors. J-plugs by Dreamweaver in Natural Glow as well as a Yellowtail glow spoon went early but after that it was all meat rigs.
Anglers found trout and salmon in 70 to 160 feet. Out deeper, try the top 80 feet with green or blue spoons and purple or blue meat rigs. Pier anglers said the perch action was slow.
Ran straight out and trolled North around the weather bouy fishing east-west after morning bite. This would not have been possible had I been fished in the mob of boats!!!! Again plugs on 5color and downrigger early were good with meat active during day. Big water meat continues its dominance!
The boat traffic is RIDICULOUS, try staying away from the other guy. There are a lot of fish straight out, south, and North of Ludington. I ran in front of manistee this day and trolled back towards Big Point Sauble. Best was J-Plugs on downrigger down 40, on 5 color as well as big water meat rigs behind Dreamweaver spin doctors.
Set up straight out of Ludington in 60' and trolled west out to 180'. Worked a temperature break in 160' - 180'. Best were 1, 3 and 5 color leadcores with yeck fireball and double orange crush. Also productive was 300' copper with meat rigs by big water tackle.
Those trolling found trout and salmon 20 to 80 feet down in 100 to 200 feet with orange, green or blue spoons and purple meat rigs.
Another good afternoon of fishing aboard the Lie A Lot, set a little North out in 160' and trolled North 5 miles. Turned around a couple times on schools of fish. Best was Dreamweaver Spin Doctors with Big Water Meat rigs on high Report Divers out 130' and the low dipsey divers out 80'. Try trolling a little faster when sun is high with the cooler water.
Left the harbor to the North, ran out past the cold bank of water and set up in 140' of water trolled North 2 miles and spun around coming back two miles. Fish bit low dipsey divers out 80' and high divers out 120' all four divers with big water meat rigs and dreamweaver spin doctors. Also took a steelhead and a coho on 3 and 5 color leadcores pulling yeck fireballs.
Set up in front of the double river in 120' and trolled North past big point sauble to about 5 miles past point. Caught fish on downrigger down 40' and 50' with glow spoons in bloody nose and yellowtail. Also productive were high divers out 150' and 180' with big water meat rigs behind dreamweaver spin doctors.
Set up again straight out of Ludington in 350' and trolled west from there. Along with my high stuff we took fish on glow lures on full cores and big water tackles uv in ice meat rigs and mad moo meat rigs!! It seemed the deep stuff was going better on the inside of the break and high lines on the outside!! Book your trip soon because openings are dwindling.
With the tournament in full force I went were I thought the least amount of boats would be and it's been paying off. Fished straight out of Ludington harbor in 350'. Best still is top 40' on high divers out 100' (mono) and 1, 2, 3 color leadcores with yeck fireball, dreamweaver ss watermelon and double orange crush.