Tough fishing today. We set up straight out and a little north of Ludington harbor today in 120 feet of water. We put our Fish Hawk probe down to the bottom for a temp check and found 57 degree water. Last time we fished there it was 48 degrees 120 ft. down. The current coming from the north was very strong and heavy fog set in. Not the best of conditions. Our first fish came on a low wire diver out 250 with an 8″ Chrome Spin Doctor/Chrome Blue WhirlyGig. That was our best set up today. A 10″ Chrome Spin Doctor, pictured below, with the same WhirlyGig on our other low wire went twice. We tried a northeast troll for a while but with the strong north current it was had to keep our lines from tangling. At one point we had fish on both our out downs and they both got tangled with the chute rigger. What a mess. We got one trout and lost the other one right behind the back of the boat. We took a Coho on a 250 copper with a Super Slim Super Bread spoon. That spoon has been good for at least one fish per trip lately. We got as deep as 220 feet and as shallow as 105 feet. Most of our action came between 120 and 150 feet of water. We had 15 bites and landed 8 fish.
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We fished in the Fish On For Freedom event today. We had 3 veterans aboard looking to catch some fish. First Mate Cory and I were able to put them on some nice Lakers and they did a good job getting them in the boat. We fished straight out and a little north, the same area we’ve been fishing the last few trips. There was a strong current out there and we got a few tangles but we still managed to get a 5 man Lake Trout limit. We hit a good size Summer Steelhead on a 225 copper with a Super Bread Super Slim. It tangled in two other copper lines and get off. Our third biggest Trout came on a 250 copper with a Super Slim UV Blue Dolphin. Both the Super Bread and UV Blue Dolphin have been good spoons for us lately. We had Dreamweaver’s Big Foot/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly 85 down on the chute rigger. A big Laker hit it but he shook the hook when he surfaced. We’ve taken a big Coho and a couple Lakers on the set up our last two trips. Most of our catch came on 8″ Chrome Spin Doctors trailed by DW WhirlyGigs and a couple Spin-N-Glows. Our best 2 WhirlyGigs were the Green Chartreuse and the Chrome Blue with Yellow Dots. Both had Glo Wings. Our 3 heaviest fish weighed in at 30.9 lbs., good enough for a 3rd place finish in the event.
We ran a double yesterday and had great action both trips. We were mostly targeting Lake Trout. We had some lines set for other species and we did take a few of them. On the morning trip we hit 2 summer run Steelhead. One on a 225 copper with a Super Bread Super Slim and the other on a SS Green Skinny Jeans on a 200 copper. We almost got both of them but one came off about 50ft. behind the boat. On the afternoon trip we took a good size Coho on a big White Slick Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly 85 down on the chute rigger. We took a big Laker on that same rig same depth on the morning trip. We also took a small King on a 10 color core with a Super Slim Hell Fire. We fished both trips straight out and a little north of Ludington between 95 and 120 feet of water. Almost all our Trout came on riggers and wire divers fished on or near the bottom with 8″ Chrome Spin Doctors with DW WhirlyGigs and a few Spin-N-Glos. The Green and Chartreuse Glow Winged Whirly Gig was real good on one of our out downs.
We fished straight out and a little north of Ludington Harbor. We set up in 110 feet of water (fow) and trolled north. First Mate Cory was letting out his low wire diver with an 8″ Chrome Spin Doctor/Chrome Blue WhirlyGig when it got bit by a good size Coho. We put it in the net and his high wire diver out 360 with another 8″ Chrome Spin Doctor/Chrome Chartreuse Spin-N-Glow caught a Lake trout. We were off to a good start. We took a king on a Super Slim Blue UV Dolphin stacked 10 ft. above a big Spin Doctor. Our riggers ans wire divers were good fished on or near the bottom. The Lake was rough and didn’t look like it was going to lay down. Our crew was happy with their catch and called the trip early. We had good action all the time we were out.
We fished north of the Point again today setting up in 120 feet of water (fow). We had good down temp but weren’t marking many fish. We trolled north about 3 miles before we took our first fish. Actually our first fish was 2 fish. Our out down and chute rigger got tangled and they both had a nice Laker on them. Our out down was an 8″ Chrome Spin Doctor/Chrome Blue Glow WhirlyGig with Glo Wings and the chute rigger was a big Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly. We had to cut the fly leader on the Spin Doctor so we put a Tin Can Dodger/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly down on the chute rigger. It went right away so we left it on and it took another Trout and we missed one on it. Most of our fish came on our wire divers fished on or near the bottom with 8″ Chrome Spin Doctors and DW WhirlyGigs. The only fish we took off our boards was a small Salmon that took a Super Slim on a 200 copper.
Our group wanted to start todays trip at 8:00 a.m. instead of our normal 5:00 a.m. departure time. So we headed back up north where we have ran our last two trips. The surface temp in 105 feet of water(fow) was 61 degrees and 100 ft. down it was 53 degrees. We took our first 4 fish pretty quick. After that the down temp started warming and the bite slowed. We hit 2 big Steelhead. The one pictured left and below hit a 10″ White Slick Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/Cold Steel Big Water Meat Rig with a Dreamweaver Premium Strip. The other one hit a regular size glow spoon on a 175 copper. It put on quite a show before it threw the hook and disappeared . We took a small Salmon on a 225 copper with a mag Yeck Lighting spoon. Two of our Trout came on a Tin Can Dodger/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly 100 ft. down on the chute rigger. The rest of our Trout came on our wire divers on or near the bottom with 8″ Chrome Spin Doctors and WhirlyGigs.
We fished the same water as yesterday. Action was good and we did manage to find a mature King. We missed a big one on a 300 copper with a 10″ White Mountain Dew Slick Spin Doctor/Cold Steel Big Water Meat Rig on a 300 copper and the big King took a 8″ Chrome Spin Doctor/ Yellow and Chrome Spin-N-Glo fished near the bottom on a high wire diver. Our 2 smaller Kings came on a regular size DW Green Skinny Jeans on a 250 copper. Most of our Trout came off our wire divers with 8″ Chrome Spin Doctors trailed by DW WhirlyGigs . We worked between 90 and 120 feet of water.
We set up north of the Point this morning in 100 feet of water(fow) and trolled north. Our 1st fish came on a low wire diver out 200 on a 10″ Glow Blade Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Blue Bubble Glow Action Fly. It was a Lake Trout. We boated 2 small Kings on an out set at 65 ft. with a pair of Super Slim UV Blue Dolphins. One came on the main bait and the other on the free slider. We took a 3 yr. old King on a 275 copper with the same Super Slim. We had steady action all morning. Most of our Lake Trout came on our wire divers fished on or near the bottom with 8″ Chrome Spin Doctors/ Green & Chartreuse and Blue & Silver WhirlyGigs. There are lots of small fish in those waters. We released 1 King and 3 Trout. The King didn’t make it but all 3 Trout swam away.
We fished north today setting up 2 miles south of the Point. The strong east southeast wind made it hard to get on a good north troll. We tried to stay in 130 feet of water but before we knew it we were out in 180 fow. We hit a small King on a regular size DW Green Skinny Jeans free sliding above a mag Fuzzy Bear Green Skinny Jeans down 75 on an out down. That was our only action for awhile until we turned east in the 05’s. We took the Trout pictured left on a Super Slim UV Blue Dolphin on a 300 copper. It was our first trip since the big southwest blow the last couple days and it was tough fishing. We took a small Salmon on a 175 copper with a Yeck Wart Frog and another Salmon on a Super Slim Green Skinny Jeans free sliding above the same bait 65 feet down on an out down. We took a Laker on a Tin Can Dodger/Green & Chartreuse WhirlyGig down 150 feet on a rigger and another Trout on a Yeck Wart Frog stacked 10 feet above the Dodger/Whirly Gig.
We went north this morning hoping to find a King or two. We set up in 110 feet of water and our graph showed some decent marks near the bottom. We put a big Paddle/Fly combo just off the bottom and a 10″ Spin Doctor/Meat Rig down 95 on an out down. We had a set of spoons on our other out down. A 10″ Dream Catcher Spin Doctor/Blue Fairways Strong Fly out 175 on a high wire diver took our first two fish, a Laker and a small Salmon. We spent most of the morning fishing between 100 & 130 feet of water. We took 2 Trout on a mag Fuzzy Bear Green Skinny Jeans stacked above an 8″ Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Blue Bubble Action Fly. We took a couple on a Tin Can Dodger/Green Chartreuse WhirlyGig fished near the bottom on an out down. We took a couple more on a 8″ Chrome Spin Doctor/Blue Chrome Yellow Dot WhirlyGig on a high wire diver. We never had a bite on a lead core or copper line.
We started our morning fishing north on the Bank. We trolled to the Point without a bite and hit our first fish just north of the Stick on a mag glow spoon stacked 10 ft. above an 11″ White Crush Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly 120 feet down on the chute rigger. It was a nice size Coho. We took it all the way to the 05’s without another bite. The Coast Watch picture showed a break offshore so we pulled our lines and headed west. We ran out to the 41’s west and trolled west looking for a temp break. We took it all the way to the 50’s and found no sharp break. We hit our first fish out deep, a Laker, on an 11″ White Paddle with Silver Prism Tape/Ocean Mist Action Fly 135 ft. down on the chute rigger. The rest of our fish came on our 1, 3 &5 color cores. We had 2 bites on a Super Slim Starburst on a 1 color core. One was a Trout and the other one got away. We took a Steelhead and a Trout on a 3 color core with a Yeck Jager Bomb with Dingles. Two Trout came on a SS Steely Dan on our other 3 color core and a Trout and a Coho came on a 5 color core with a Double Orange Laser Super Slim. Most of our action came between 500 and 550 feet of water.
Fished north again today. We set up in 130 feet of water. We only had 1 spoon in our spread to try to cut down on the number of small Kings we were catching. We had a mag Dreamweaver EVM spoon with a glow back stacked above an 11″ Black Paddle down 120 feet on the chute rigger . It was the second rod to go. A small King took the mag spoon. We took a small King on a 200 copper with a 10″ Spin Doctor/meat rig and another small one on a 10′ White Crush Green Scale Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Dreamweaver Meat Rig. We landed those 3 and a big King hit a 10″ Black White Crush Green Scale Spin Doctor/Froggie Big Water Meat Rig. It got off about 50 ft. behind the boat. That was our only mature Salmon bite all day and the end of our action until 11:00 a.m. We covered a lot of water and we were constantly changing rigs to try and entice some action. We put some spoons on a couple of our coppers & cores and went into 100 feet of water just north of the Point. We were marking fish on the bottom so we put down some Lake Trout rigs. We had an 8″ Chrome Spin Doctor/Green Chartreuse WhirlyGig bouncing bottom release with what we thought was a Lake Trout. It was a Coho. Our other out down bouncing bottom with a Tin Can Dodger / Spin -N-Glo took another Coho. We took 2 Coho on a 300 copper with a 10″ Chrome Killer Spin Doctor/Green Mile Big Water Meat Rig. A Super Slim Helmet on a 10 color core took a Coho and a 3 year old King. We took a few Lakers too. We caught all those fish between 80 & 100 feet of water on a north troll. All the Coho were stuffed with 3″ Alewife.
Good fishing north of Ludington today. Most all of our bigger fish came on our wire divers. Our biggest King today, 21lb. 5oz., came on a high wire diver out 200 ft. with a 10″ White Crush Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Dreamweaver Meat Rig and a DW Premium Strip. We took 3 of our bigger fish on that set up today. A 10″ Glow Blade Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Glow Blue Bubble Action Fly went 4 times on a low wire diver out 135. Our other high wire diver out 175 with a 10″ Net Minder Showtime Spin Doctor/Life Is Good DW Meat Rig took some nice Kings too. A 10″ White Slick Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/4th Of July Big Water Meat Rig out 125 on a low wire diver took a good King. We started out with spoons on our out downs, coppers & cores but all they were taking were small fish so we ended up taking all our spoons off so we wouldn’t have to kill anymore small Kings. We trolled between 110 & 170 feet of water. We use Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all our meat rigs and Morgan’s Tackle copper on all our copper rods.
We fished north today setting up between 100 & 120 feet of water. We had all our rods set and rode for a while before we took our first fish. It was a small King on a 10 color core with a Tangerine Super Slim. We took a couple more smaller Kings on our out downs on regular size DW Green Skinny Jeans. Our first mature King took a regular Dreamweaver EVM spoon on a 200 copper. While we were fighting it our chute rigger with an 11″ White Crush Glow Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly down 120 fired . It was the big King pictured left. As soon as we landed the King on the 200 copper we hit another nice King on a high wire diver out 175 with a 10″ Net Minder Showtime Spin Doctor/Blue Fairways DW meat rig. We got both fish. We took another King on our turn back south on a high wire diver out 225 with a 10″ White Crush Green Scale Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Dreamweaver meat rig. The action slowed on our south troll. We hit one more mature King on a 10 color core with the Tangerine Super Slim. It screamed out a lot of line but got off when it turned and ran back towards the boat. There are a lot of small kings up north. We threw three back that looked like they would survive but two of them floated up to the surface. We took fish on 5 & 10 color cores and 175, 200, 250 & 300 coppers. We use Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all our meat rigs a run Morgan’s Tackle Copper on all our copper rods.