It looked like a perfect morning for catching Kings when we headed north of Ludington this morning, foggy, overcast, and a little surface ripple on the water. We shut down in 100 feet of water and the graph looked good. We were starting to worry when most of our rods were set and no bites. As we were setting one of our last rods a nice King hit a full core with a regular size Dreamweaver Beef Eater on it. That rod took our first two fish. We didn’t have any big morning flurry, but the action was steady for the first few hours. We ran pretty much the same rigger program that we’ve been runnign the last few trips. Our other full (10 color) core had a regular Fuzzy Bear Yellow Tail spoon on it. We took five fish between those two rods. We took two Kings on a Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Big Water Tackle Blue Moo Meat Rig with a Erie Dearie Trolling Strip on a 350 copper. The Erie Dearie Herring Strips have been working well for us. We used them on all our meat rigs today. A 10″ Black Crush Spin Doctor/Moo Moo BWT Meat Rig out 150 ft. on a low wire took an 11 lb. Lake Trout and a good sized King. The bite was fairly steady until the sun came out. That killed our action. We trolled the last hour without a hit.
Ludington Area Fishing Reports
We fished up north again today and it was good. We didn’t leave the dock until 6:00 a.m. but the bite was still on when we set up in the high 02’s. It was mostly a spoon bite early. Our low wires with flashers & flys that were hot yesterday didn’t take many fish this morning. A pair of regular size Dreamweaver Superbread spoons on an out down was our best rod again today. We would let the main bait down to 25 ft. then throw on the other bait and let it free slide as we lowered them down to 80 ft. We got just as many bites on the slider as we did on the bottom bait. We trolled north fishing between 120 & 160 feet of water. Our action slowed when we got into the 04’s so we turned back south. We had a hard time getting bites on that troll until we put in a sea anchor and slowed down. We raised our out downs up to 55 & 65 feet and put out some meat rigs. This was the ticket for us. Big Water Tackle’s new Blue Moo Meat Rig behind a 10″ Blue Bubble Spin Doctor went twice today on a 350 copper. A Big Water Moo Moo/10″ Black and Green Spin Doctor on a low wire out 150′ went three times. We also took several more fish on our out downs after we raised them. Our big White Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Paddle only took one fish today, a nice Laker. We hit fish on our full cores, a 200 copper and a 350 copper. By the time we got to the 00’s we had our fish.