These are King Salmon and Trout Fishing Reports from Lake Michigan near Holland, Saugatuck, Grand Haven, and Port Sheldon. Coho, Chinook, Steelhead, Brown Trout, and Lake Trout caught mainly trolling with downriggers, lead lines, copper wire, and dipsy divers. Please add your report by responding to the most recent report. Fish on!
Monday, July 30, 2018
Sunday July 29th:Cleared the pier heads just before 6:30am to hunt fish till lines up at
1:00pm.Steelhead – could not find
one.Downrigger bite was happening and
the kings were back.Didn’t bother with
300’ copper since the water was so warm.Worked my way outside of the fleet to about 155 FOW.Pick up a young king on downrigger 60’ down
with a fish flash / spoon combination at about 7:30am.Took another hour before getting bit again in
145 FOW on SWR down 80’ with a holographic spoon on the business end.Waited until 12:30pm for the next bite. On a SW troll in 135 FOW passed a boat going North
dragging a yard sale but fighting a fish on one of the lines.Wishing that was my boat, I bumped SWR off
the bottom and boom, tip up and at the end of the battle, I was rewarded with a
20lb king, hook out in the net no less.Belly was full of bait fish.Dipseys were silent and not a factor in the hunt and the water was warm
on top.Everyone is running long lines,
some managed well and others not so well.Need to have patience and avoid running over lines this time of year –
unless of course, you must.
I committed to fish at sun up rain or shine and the weather & waves were perfect. Not hot, no flies but lots of nats. I also was reminded why I like fishing the low traffic evening bite. Sun up is akin to government cheese being handed out at the trailer park. Boats roaring by throwing out wakes as your setting lines, vessels not understanding who is stand on and who is give way in a crossing situation, 360 loops to get the boat running <150' off your gunnel out of harms way. But that's OK, I will be back out tomorrow. The bait fish are sparse and bite has slowed down. My last three trips produced fish with empty bellies. Went 2-for-3 this morning. Banged a steelhead as I was setting lines in 100 FOW on 3-set dipsey 130' out with a evil alewife on the business end. Then nothing for hours till the other 3-set 125' out dipsey roared to life with a 13.5lb king. Black spinny with a black/gold fly did the deed. That same rod got spanked about 20 minutes later however, the fish broke off the fight very quickly. As I was pulling lines, double orange crush on a 2-color copper, 10' down on a rigger, the last rod in the water popped but it likewise was gone as I picked up the rod. Coming in, there were still small pods of bait fish inside 100 FOW at about 20' down. Likely why the steelhead are still in the skinny water. Need to pick up ice for tomorrow morning :)
Dropped lines at 4:00pm for a few hours of pre-Fourth of July fishing. Worked the 120-180 FOW north of the harbor with the action coming in 135-155 FOW. Landed 3 steelhead, one last year adult at 12+lbs and one modest coho. No kings on this trip. Steelhead appear to be be big and abundant this summer. All the action was on riggers, 65-80' down. Proctologist fly on a 8" chartreuse spinny and magnum holographic spoons continue to work well. Just one drive by on an orange crush dipsey and no action on the full copper line. Top water is beginning to warm up. Water flies are back but not too bad - get the flea flicker line out. And of course the biting flies are always around when its hot and flat.