It was a tough bite today for us. We started out in front of the project in 60 feet of water (fow) hoping to find the Lake Trout and Salmon that were there before the high winds we’ve had the last couple days. We took a good size trout 58 down on the chute rigger with a Tin Can Dodger/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly. The further south we trolled the colder the water got. We worked out as far as 85 feet and in to 45 feet and never had another bite. I talked to a captain who was fishing up north between the Bath House and Point and they had hit a couple Kings. We pulled lines, ran north, and set up in 70 fow in the 02’s. We took a trout on a high wire diver with a 8″ Kevin’s Girlfriend/Angel P Strong Fly. We trolled to the 04’s without any more bites. We turned back south and took the King pictured above left on a 11″ Dreamweaver White Crush Paddle/Mirage Fly 80 down on the chute rigger. We had a couple draggers on our cores when we pulled lines. We marked fish and some bait up there and hope to get’em going on our Sunday trip.
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We started out fishing the beach for Browns this morning in 12 feet of water (fow) south of the project. The water was chalky in color and the surface temp was 49 degrees. Ideal conditions we thought. The further south we trolled the cloudier the water got. We fished past Summit Park without a bite. We wanted to hang in there and see if we could get some action by Bass Lake outlet. Just south of Summit the water turned gin clear and still no bites. It was time to leave the skinny water and move out to deeper water. I talked to another charter that was having some luck outside us between 40 & 60 fow so we headed out there. We changed all 14 rods we had out added 3 more to our spread. In 56 fow we hit the double pictured above. The first fish took a Super Slim Starburst on a 7.5 color core. The second hit a magnum Fuzzy Bear Modified Carmel Dolphin on a 10 color core. We hit another fish, a steelhead on a SS Double Orange Pearl on a 1 color core, but it didn’t stay hooked. We turned back north near Pentwater and took 3 more keepers and threw back 3 small Salmon. 1 of the Kings took a Yeck Afro Glow on a 10 color. The other King hit Gold Mixed Veggie Super Slim out 100 ft. on a Slide Diver. We put another Mag Fuzzy Bear Carmel Dolphin on an out down set at 38 feet and we took a Steelhead on it. We missed a couple other hits. Once we got off the beach to a little deeper water the action wasn’t too bad.
It didn’t look very promising this morning when we left the dock. It was pouring rain and boats that fished yesterday didn’t have much good to report. Some of our crew drove up from Florida and they wanted to fish, so out we went. We fished south of Ludington setting up by Buttersville Park in 14 feet of water (fow). We only had 3 rods set when the King pictured above right took an F11 Rapala Brown Trout on our outside bird. We trolled south to the Project. Our plan was to go around the net and take it all the way to the Bass Lake Outlet. We changed our minds after we hit 6 fish on our out troll. We ended up turning around and working between the Project and Buttersville Park between 6 and 16 fow. We had steady action all morning. Our best baits were F 11 Brown Trout and a F 11 Yellow Perch Rapalas and Carmel Icicle Dreamweaver Super Slims. We were running the Rapalas on clean birds and Carmel Icicles on 1 color cores. The Brown pictured left has a Carmel Icicle hanging on his jaw. We are using Dreamweaver Side Sweeper boards with good results. They track well.
After hearing about some good catches of Brown Trout being caught yesterday south of Ludington we headed that way this morning on a 5 hour trip. We set up on the south side of the Project in 12 feet of water (fow) and trolled south. We noticed right away the water was clear and had cooled down a couple degrees from yesterday. Not a good sign for catching Browns. We put out 3 flat lines with Rapala’s & a 1 color core with a Super Slim on each side of the boat. We had high & low Slide Divers with Super Slims out too. We trolled close to a mile before we took our first Brown. It hit an F 11 Brown Trout Rapala. We didn’t hit another fish until just before the Bass Lake outlet. It was Brown on a 1 color core with a Super Slim Carmel Icicle. There was another charter boat ahead of us and the only fish they had boated was a small King that they threw back. Not knowing any better place to fish we made circles around the outlet. That is where we took the rest of our fish. The King and a Lake Trout also took an F 11 Brown Trout on our far Birds. The Steelhead came on a 1 color with a Naughty Natalie Super Slim. Our last fish was the biggest Laker. It hit a F 11 Natural Perch Rapala. We also caught a small King which we threw back. We are hoping to get some stained water back in there after todays rain.
Fishing has been good the last three days in Ludington. On Thursday I fished in the afternoon with 2 friends. Yesterday and today we had a charter with a fun couple from Ohio.We fished south of Ludington all three trips setting up south of the Project and trolling south to just past the Bass Lake outlet. We were running F11 & F13 Rapalas on our clean bird rods and spoons on our 1 color cores and Slide Divers. Our best Rapala was an F11 Brown Trout. We caught several Browns and our biggest King yesterday on that bait. Today our first four bites were on Rapalas and later in the morning we took a King on an F11 Perch and another on a F11 Cold Steel. The rest of our catch came on spoons. We took a double, both nice Kings, off our Slide Divers. The low was set at 27 ft. with a regular DW Wrecking Ball and the other hit a Fuzzy Bear Yellowtail on a high slide Diver out 35 feet. Our best bait today was a Super Slim Magic Man on a 1 color core. It took 6 of our last 7 fish. Yesterday we had a Magnum Dreamweaver Frozen Veggie Take 2 Browns on a low Slide Diver out 23 feet. The majority of our trolling was done between 8 and 15 feet.