Good fishing on the bank north of Ludington this morning, but the conditions were a lot different from yesterday morning. The water warmed up and the current was strong. We had a bag in and we were backed all the way down to get 2.4 at the ball on our Fish Hawk. Yesterday it was 45 degrees down 50 ft. Today it was 60 degrees down 70 ft. Our best action was on the rods in the warm water. Our 80 & 95 ft. rods didn’t take any fish. Our wire divers were out 150 & 140 on the highs & 110 & 120 on the lows. We were running our usual Spin Doctors and Big Water Tackle Meat Rigs on all our wires except one low wire that had a Blue Casper Kingfisher Flasher/Blue Moo Big Water Rig on it. Again our wires took most of our fish when we were on the bank. The Blue Casper/Blue Moo took the 26.8 lb. King pictured right. All the reports I heard indicated the best action was on the south side of the point today. Our action slowed the further north we went and there was a lot of boat traffic to the south so we decided to run deep and see what we could find out there. We ran out to 350 FOW and trolled west out to 500 FOW. We hit Steelhead and Cohos. Our biggest Coho weighed between 12 & 13 lbs. We were taking our fish in 60 degree water out there too. A 5 color core with an SS Magic Man was good. Yeck Lighting & Copperheads on a 8 & 10 color core took some nice Steelhead. A Fuzzy Bear Frozen Veggie on a 200 copper took a couple of Cohos. We had a pair of Lemon Lime SS spoons 40 down on one out down and a pair of SS Sweet Corns down 45 on the other. A Blue Casper Kingfisher/Blue Moo Big Water Rig 65 down on the chute took a big Steelhead. We ran the same wire set ups that we were using on the bank. They got some action but weren’t as hot as the cores & coppers.
Ludington Area Fishing Reports
The fishing continues to be good in Ludington. Lots of fish being taken out deep from the 35’s to the 50’s west and from the 55’s to the 03’s north. I know thats a big area, but there are a lot of fish out there. We stayed in on the bank today fishing between 90 and 130 FOW. The morning bite was slow. We hit a few fish early, just enough to keep us in there. There were reports on the radio of a couple boats hitting fish in the 34’s & 35’s in the 00’s to the 03’s so most of the boats left the bank. The water was not all that warm. It was 62 on the surface and 45 down 50 feet. We were running 5, 8 & 10 color cores and a little later in the morning 200 coppers. Our out downs were set at 50 & 55 and the chute rigger was 65 down. Once again our high wire divers out 120 & 130 feet took the bulk of our fish. If you follow this report you know we’ve been running the same 10″ Spin Doctor/Big Water Tackle Meat Rig’s baited with Erie Dearie Herring Strips on them for quite a while now. We arn’t going to mess with success. Usually the Mountain Dew/Cold Steel combo takes the most hits but today the Glow Blade Blue Bubble/Blue Moo Big Water Rig out 120 was by far our best rod. Our low wires out 85 & 100 with the Show Time Spin Doctor/Moo Moo Meat Rig and a Blue Casper Kingfisher Flasher/Blue Moo Big Water Rig took several fish too. Our 200 coppers, one with a Fuzzy Bear Frozen Veggie and the other with a Golden Retriver Kingfisher Flasher/Fourth Of July Big Water Rig, each took fish. A 5 color core with a pink glow plug took 2 Kings. I think the reason we did so well was lack of boat traffic. We didn’t mark a lot of fish and we didn’t mark any bait on the bank.