We started the morning up north today just off the Bank. We stopped around the Bathhouse and took a temp reading. It was 53 degrees at 50 feet. That is a lot better than the 39 to 41 degree readings the last couple days at 40 feet. For a Monday there were quite a few boats out so we ran further north to avoid the traffic. We set up about a mile short of the Point. When we dropped the Fish Hawk probe back down to 50 ft. we got a 41 degree reading. So instead of our usual north troll we turned and trolled south. We hit a big fish on a high Slide Diver out 90 feet with a magnum glow spoon, but it didn’t stay hooked very long. We were seeing some marks on the graph near the bottom, but not many suspended. We stayed pretty much between 110 and 130 feet of water (fow). No bites all the way down to the high 00’s. We finally took a smaller King on a regular size Fuzzy Bear Yellow Tail Spoon free sliding above another Yellow Tail down 35 on an out down. We had already made up our minds to run out deep to try to find some Steelhead. We pulled and ran out northwest looking for surface temperature breaks. According to the latest Coast Watch report the beak we fished yesterday wasn’t there any more. We ran quite a ways and set up in the 07’s & 44’s and trolled west. It was 53 degrees on the surface and we could see some breaks ahead of us. We just had all our lines set when we hit a double on Steelhead. One on a Super Slim Steelie Stomper and the other on a SS Magic Man both on a 1 color cores. Got one lost one.We didn’t find a major break like we had yesterday, it was more of a gradual drop. The coldest water we found was 45.8 degrees. It started to warm back up the further west we trolled so we turned back east in the 48’s. We never went too long without a bite, but the fish won quite a few of the battles today. We ran a lot of rods and the deepest hit we had was on a 3 color core with a Super Slim Steelie Dan. The rest of our hits came on clean birds, and 1, & 2 color cores. Our hot rod today was a Dreamweaver Little Devil Silver Spoon with a strip of Orange Laser tape across the front on a clean bird. It went 3 times. Other baits getting bites were Super Slim Starburst, Double Orange Pearl and a Yeck 22 Pat’s Bait. We took one fish on a Slide Diver out 80 with a Yeck Fireball. No trips the next 2 days. Back on the water on the 2nd.
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We started out fishing today just off the Bank in 110 feet of water (fow) south of the Bathhouse. The down temp had had cooled dramatically since yesterday. Yesterday morning at 50 feet it was 53 degrees. Today at 40 feet it was 44 degrees. We set our first rod, a 11″ White Crush Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly , down at 55 ft. We didn’t even get the second rod set when it took off screaming out drag. It turned out to be a 15 lb. King. It wasn’t long when a 5 color core with a regular size DW Bloody Nose took a hit but we missed it. We were marking some fish and bait near the bottom but the further north we trolled the less we saw on the graph. By the time we were north of the Stick the screen was clean. We have been able to pull some nice catches the last 3 days from that water but it looked like it wasn’t going to happen today. After checking the Coastwatch site we saw what looked like a good surface temp break to the northwest. When we started pulling lines the chute rigger with the big Paddle/Pickled Sunshine took about a 6 or 7 lb. King. That didn’t change our minds about pulling and running. We ran about 5 miles northwest and found a break. We set up in 55 degree water and continued on a northwest troll. We started hitting fish right away. Most of our action was on clean birds, and 1, 2, & 3 color cores. Our 2 best rods were a clean bird with a Dreamweaver Little Devil (LD) with a piece orange laser tape across the front of it and a Yeck 22 Pat’s Bait on a 2 color core. Other good baits were Super Slim Starbursts, Goldilocks, Ruby Red, Magic Man and Double Orange Pearl. We kept 14 fish out there and threw back 10 small Steelhead. The 2 small ones we kept were mortally wounded. It was a long run back home , but it was worth it.
We fished up north again today setting up south of the Bathhouse in 110 feet of water (fow) and trolling north. We hit 3 big Kings right away. We didn’t have any cores or coppers in the water yet when the chute rigger down 82 with a 11″ White crush Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly fired with a big fish. It made a long run but got off. When we reeled in the Paddle we saw how it got away, turned the hook. An out down set at 65 ft. with a mag size glow spoon went next. We got that one. As soon as we put it in the cooler the chute rigger fired again. That one didn’t get away and is pictured left. That was it for the morning flurry. We talked to a couple other boats and they said the same thing. A couple bites early then nothing. We put a Tin Can Dodger/Green Chartreuse Spin n Glo down on the bottom hoping to pull a few Lake Trout. We caught 5 trout on it, but only 1 keeper. The other 4 were between 13 & 14 inches long. We turned back south when we hit the middle of the 05’s with only 1 bite, a small throw back Trout. We had a little flurry at the Point. We took a big Laker on a 7.5 color core with a Super Slim Beefeater, a keeper Laker on an out down set a 90 ft. with a regular size glow spoon, and another throw back Laker. We worked between the 02’s & 05’s mostly between 100 & 130 fow. We had Spin Doctors and meat rigs on our divers, and coppers but only had 1 meat bite all morning. It was a good size King the hit a low wire diver with a 10″ Green Sparkler Spin Doctor/Green Gasoline DW Meat Rig out 100. Our chute rigger with the Paddle Pickle combo took a couple keeper Trout too.
We fished up north again today. We left at 6:00 a.m. yesterday morning. We thought we would have a better King bite today by leaving at our usual time of 5:00 a.m. this morning, didn’t happen. We set up in 110 feet of water (fow) south of the Bath House and trolled north. It took a while before we hit our first fish, a small Laker took the stack on our chute rigger down 80 ft. The stack was a Super Slim Green Ghost. We took a King on a 7.5 color with a glow spoon and missed one on an out down set at 55 with a pair of glow spoons. We took a Trout on a Tin Can Dodger/Spin n Glo and missed a fish on a 10″ Black Slick Spin Doctor/UV On Ice Big Water Meat Rig out 120 on a low wire diver. It was a slow pick all morning. A 10″ White Crush Green Prism Spin Doctor/home made Pickled Sunshine Action Fly meat rig on a high wire went 3 times, twice 200 out & once out 230. A regular size Dreamweaver UV Super Bread on a 200 copper went once and a UV Yellow Leopard Frog took a trout on a 250 copper. Kept a couple Lake Trout and threw back six small ones on the Tin Can/Spin n Glo combo bouncing bottom. We spent most of the morning working between 100 and 130 fow.
We took part in the inaugural Fish On For Freedom event today in Ludington. It was put on to show appreciation to veterans for their service to the country. We went north and set up in 110 feet of water on the bank. First rod in was a 7.5 color core with a regular size Blue Benny Fuzzy Bear Spoon. Before the board got into place it was dragging back with a Lake Trout on the other end. We took King on that same rod later in the morning. Second fish was a 17.6 lb. King on a 11′ white Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly 92 down on the chute rigger. We took a good King on a 300 Copper with a 10″ Green Bikini Spin Doctor & a prototype Dreamweaver meat rig. A 10″ White Crush Green Prism Spin Doctor & a homemade Pickled Sunshine Action Fly meat rig went twice on a high wire diver out 170 the first time & 210 the second. We missed a good fish on a 250 copper with a 10″ Chrome Kevorkian Spin Doctor/UV On Ice Big Water Rig. The rest of our Lakers came on a Tin Can Dodger/Green-Chartreuse Spin n Glo bouncing bottom. Our crew of veterans, Bill Downing, John Rodgers, Joseph Tyron and Paul Kazmierski and first mate Austin Tomasek did a great job and had a good time on the trip. The 17.6 lb. King landed by Joseph Tyron took the Big Fish Award and our team won First Place with a 3 fish total weight 42.35 lbs. It was a very well run event. Thank you to event organizers Brad Hackert, Adam Lamb, Shawn Pomorski, and Adam Knudsen. Job well done!
We had an afternoon trip today. Boats that fished this morning didn’t have much success fishing inside. They did a lot better when they ran offshore and fished the colder water out deep. So we ran out southwest of Ludington setting up in the 51’s south and 46’s west in 490 feet of water (fow). The surface temp was 52 degrees. We just got all our rods set when we hit our first fish, the nice King pictured left, 50 down on the chute rigger with an 11″ DW White Crush Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly. We kept it on a southwest troll turning in the 49’s and 48’s, in 513 fow.. The surface temp dropped slowly on the way out and was 47.7 when we turned northeast. We took a pair of Lakers on the turn. One on a Yeck Pat’s Bait on a 1 color core and the other on a SS Carmel Dolphin out 100 ft. on a Slide Diver. As soon as we got the 1 color back out it took a Steelhead. It ended up being our hot rod getting bit 4 times. We finished up on the northeast troll. We took a fish on a 3 color core with an SS Wrecking Ball, and a clean bird with a SS Goldie Locks. The chute rigger down 50 with the Paddle/Pickled Sunshine took another King. We ended up with 8 fish and a happy crew.
Good fishing up north this morning. We set up in the low 01’s in 110 feet of water (fow) and hit fish right away. Our early bites were on 3, 7.5, 10 color cores, a 200 copper and a high wire diver out 120 with a mag glow spoon went twice during the morning flurry. Our action slowed at the Point so we turned back south. On our turn we hit a big King on a low wire out 100 with a 10″ Kevin’s Girlfriend Spin Doctor/Green Mile Big Water Meat Rig but it got off. We also took a King on a 3 color core with a SS Super Bread spoon. We stayed out between 120 & 140 fow on the south troll. Our action slowed but we still hit fish. Our riggers didn’t do much today. We took a small King , a Lake Trout and missed a fish 90 down on our chute rigger with a 11″ White Crush Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly. We turned back north in the high 00’s working between 90 & 110 fow. We put Silver Glow dodgers with Spin-n-Glo’s on our out downs and tried for some Lakers. We hit quite a few bouncing bottom. We kept 6, threw back 2 and lost a couple. Our biggest King, pictured right, came on a high wire diver out 180 with an 8″ Yellow Sparkler Spin Doctor/UV On Ice Big Water Meat Rig.
Had to cancel my trip last Sunday due to rough seas. It was pretty calm today as we headed southwest out of Ludington Harbor and set up in 120 feet of water (fow). We put it on a 240 troll and started setting lines. Took a decent King 45 down on a magnum DW Green Skinny Jeans on an out down. As soon as we boated it we hit one on a high wire diver out 150 on a 10″ Chrome Killer Spin Doctor/Green UV Big Water Meat Rig. It was a bigger fish and it got away. The other out down went with a pair of blue glow spoons and we had a hit on the chute rigger down 70 with a 11″ White Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly. We missed them both. After that early action it was slow going. We trolled out to the 40 line and would hit a fish just often enough to keep us going. We took the Steelhead pictured above right on a Yeck Fireball on a 3 color core in the 38’s. The King pictured above left took a SS Wrecking Ball on a 7 color core. That spoon went 3 times. The surface temp was 48 degrees and it was the same down 50 feet. We kept on an out troll hoping to hit colder water and a big break, we never did. Other baits that took bites or fish were a low wire out 130 with a 10″ Kevorkian Spin Doctor/UV On Ice Big Water Rig, a rigger down 50 with a pair of Super Slim Mixed Veggies, a full core with a mag Fuzzy Bear Ally Cat, and a SS Magic Man on a 5 color core. The chute rigger with the 11″ White Crush Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly went twice and so did the Fireball on the 3 color core.