We fished PM Lake and the Ludington harbor area the last two days. We had several bites yesterday by the Coast Guard Station. Most of our action today was in the south end of PM Lake. Our 3 Kings came in that area. Two of them were on 10″ Spin Doctors and Big Water Meat Rigs. One was on a high wire diver out 45 ft. on a 10 ” White Crush Spin Doctor/Green Mile Meat Rig and the other was on a 5 color core with a 10″ Kevin’s Girlfriend Spin Doctor/Green Mile Meat Rig. The other King came on a Green Black Ladder Back Captains Choice Cut Plug down 10 ft. on an out down. We took a nice Steelhead between the pier heads on a 1 color core with a Yeck Wart frog and the 2 Browns came on glow spoons on 3 color cores. The Sheep Head took a Green Jeans on a 3 color core.
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A morning storm prevented us from going out this A.M. so we rescheduled the trip for the afternoon. We headed out southwest of Ludington and set up in 180 feet of water (fow). We trolled out to 420 fow and then back in to 180. We had 14 bites and landed 9 of them. Our hot rod was an out down set at 60 feet with a pair of regular size Fuzzy Bear Yellow Tail spoons. We took our biggest Steelhead on a mag size Fuzzy Bear Yellow Tail on a 300 copper. The surface temp was 68 degrees, but that didn’t stop a Steelhead from hitting a Super Slim Steelie Dan on a 3 color core. We hit two fish on high divers out 110 & 120 with Monkey Shine Super Slims.
We fished southwest of Ludington today setting up in 180 feet of water (fow) and putting it on a 240 troll. The temp was 44 degrees down 50 feet and warmed slowly to 49 degrees at 50 feet in the 39’s west. Our first fish was our biggest, a nice King, on a regular size Fuzzy Bear Yellow Tail spoon down 40 feet on an out down. Most of our bites were on 3 color cores. We had an Super Slim Super Bread on one and a Super Slim Steelie Dan on the other. We had 2 bites on a 10 color core with a DW Green Skinny Jeans. Our 11″ White Crush Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly set at 60 feet took a Lake Trout and had another hit, but we missed that one. Our early action was good, but when the wind picked up the action slowed.
We have fished the Ludington pier heads for the last five days and I think the well is running dry. Just like yesterday all our fish but one came on plugs. The 8″ Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly out 60 on a Slide Diver took one King. We had a rigger set at 17 feet take one and the other 4 came on 3 color cores. There are large schools of bait north of the pier heads and we hit our fish on the south end of the bait. I think we are going to try a different spot tomorrow.
Fished the Ludington pier heads again today. All our fish but one came on plugs. Our out downs were set at 16 & 18 feet with plugs. We had Slide Divers out 55 & 65 feet. One had a Spin Doctor/Meat Rig and the other had a 8″ Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly. The meat rig didn’t take a hit, but we took a nice King on the Blue Bubble/Action Fly. Our best Plug was the Captains Choice Natural Glow Cut Plug. We are hoping the south wind doesn’t chase the Kings away.
We have been fishing the pier heads the last two days and it has been good. Our best action has been early on the morning trips and late on our afternoon trip. Plugs have taken most of our catches. Our 3 color cores have been the best with Dreamweaver Captains Choice Cut Plugs. The Natural Glow, Green Black Ladder Back and Lucky Charm have been our best producers. A 8″ Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly out 65 on a high diver has been good. We have taken a few on our low wire divers out 30 & 35 feet with 10″ Kevin’s Girlfriend Spin Doctors/Froggie Big Water Meat Rigs baited with Erie Dearie Meat.
The north wind turned the water over up north. The surface temp was 42.9 in the 00’s. We ended up fishing the pier heads this morning. Plugs on 3 & 5 color cores took all our fish but one. We had 5 bites on our wire divers with 10″ Spin Doctors and Big Water Meat Rigs. We only put one of them in the boat. A 10″ Dark Green White Crush Spin Doctor/Froggie Big Water Meat Rig out 35 on a low wire went 3 times. Our best plug was a Dreamweaver Natural Glow Cut Plug on a 3 color core. The bite was good early, but when it died – it died.
The water cooled a little up north. It was 50 degrees today down 60 feet. Mag spoons continued to be good for us on our riggers and 200 coppers. Fuzzy Bear Yellow Tails, Dreamweaver Hello Darlan & Beefeater were our 3 top spoons. We took fish from the Bath House to north of the Point. Our riggers were set at 50, 60, & 70 feet. A White Crush 11″ Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly took a few fish today on our chute rigger down 70 feet. On the morning trip we had 10″ Kevin’s Girlfriend Spin Doctors/Green Mile & Froggie Big Water Meat Rigs out 200 & 220 on our high wires and 10″ Show Time & Black Blade White Crush Spin Doctors with Blue Moo and Froggie Big Water Meat Rigs out 100 & 120 on our low wires. On our P.M. trip we had a 10″ Kevorkian Spin Doctor/ UV On Ice Big Water Rig out 235 on one high wire and a 10″ UV Purple Sparkler Spin Doctor/Purple UV Big Water Rig out 180 on the other high wire. They were both good. We had Lucky Charm & Natural Glow Captains Choice Cut Plugs on our 150 coppers and they took fish on both trips. We use Erie Dearie Meat on all our meat rigs.