Fishing Report

Sept 18, 2018

Fishing is still good offshore.  2 and 3yr old kings are showing up to the south, 36s to the 38s and steelhead are good out deeper from the 39s to the 43's.  The bank is holding alot of coho in 60fow to just off the edge, best is from the bathhouse to the stick.  The coho are being caught on white slick spin doctors and paddles, Mtn Dew Spin Doctors and paddles with Pickeled Sunshine flies on riggers, divers and 150 to 300 coppers.  Moonshine Flounder Pounder was our best yesterday 50-55 down on a rigger.  Out in the deep water Yeck Blue Green Dolphin and Jerid, Moonshine Bloody Nose, Blue Hulk, Flounder Pounder, Crab Face have been very good. White Slick, Kevins Girlfriend with Pickeled Sunshine flies.

Aug 31, 2018

Fishing remains good despite all the blows we have had.  The 4000s have been good for steelhead, coho and still some mature kings being caught out deep, the water is warm so 300 to 400 coppers are doing well 200+ feet back on high divers 80 to 120ft on riggers.  The pond has been producing alot of fish this week using flies and spoons.  Spin Doctors 8 and 10in Mtn Dew, Black w/Crush and Tuxedo, Kevorkian, Chrome Mtn Dew, Yellow Sparkle with Strong Mtn Dew Flies, Pickeled Sunshine, Green Crinkles, Moonshine Glow Bloody Nose, BGP Flies.  Surprisingly plugs haven't been as good as they were but that can change.  Fishing the pond with small craft warnings forecasted be considerate with all of the boats, jigging has been good and a lot of boats are anchored and jigging.  Many fish still coming in just shy and topping 30lbs.

Aug 27, 2018

North blows, South blows, cooling water, warming water and washing machine lake temps and currents and Ludington is still maintaining some great fishing.  Especially offshore waters for mixed bag fishing opportunities.  Mature Kings are being caught out deep which is interesting compared to the past 4 to 5yrs when they weren't available any longer by this time!!  Steelhead numbers are picking up and if they hang around Ludington the fishery should continue to improve through the fall.  Lake Trout and younger Kings are showing up as well offshore providing increased catch numbers.  The best fishing has been staight out and south from the 36's into the 4000's and some guys have fished into the 5000's with success.  We have been getting some much needed rains for the river levels but they are pretty stained making fishing a little more difficult.  Chucking spawn and floating spawn, crankbait fishing and flies have been taking some fish on the PM River.

Aug 17, 2018

Been fishing the bank or out deep.  The bank has been fair to tough.  The troll has been very slow and to say speed over ground would be hard to say depending on the currents.  Right up on top, on the edge or around 150ft seems best.  Dancing Anchovy on 150 to 300 coppers has been good and Glow Bloody nose also.  Best Diver bites have been out of temp for me up high in the water column 110-15-ft back on highs and 85 to 90ft back on lows.  Dragon Slayer with a Green Mile Meat Rig and Yellow Bikini with a Gr Crinkle fly on highs.  Lows with Kevins Girlfriend and my most consistent rig fishing shallow water or off shore has been a 10" Green Crush with a BGP Moonshine Tri Fly.  Offshore 38.5 to the 42 line 00's to 04's have been speed trolling around 3.0mph and this has been working.  Best for me has been Glow Bloody nose on a high diver 110ft back, the 10' Green Crush spin doctor w/ the tri fly and dancing anchovy or coyote spoons on 150's to 300's.  Green Jeans has been getting better also. Fish have been in small pockets and either trolling straight for long distances or circling has been working.

Aug 9, 2018

Nothing has really changed.  The same water is remaining consistent but the speed is a slow troll.  If you don't get the speed or angle it can be a real tough bite. Yeck Purple Hamm and Blue Green Dolphins along with Fuzzy Blue Dolphins Modified are good on everything.  Also Moonshine Wonderbreads, 5 eyes have been good and Super Slim Wonderbreads.  Have been taking fish on Green Crush 10" Spin Doctors w/Moonshine Tri Flies in BGP and Green Jeans, also behind White Crush Spin Doctors.  Looks like some beautiful weather this weekend!!

Aug 5, 2018

Not counting today because hardly a boat is out due to high southerly winds, fishing is very good. It just isn't on the bank.  The bank is tough and mainly a flasher fly bite in white crush, white slick with pickeled sunshine flies. Now out deep is another story 38's to the 44's from at least the 52's to the 04's.  Everything is out there mature Kings, coho, steelhead, lakers and mixed age classes of kings.  White crush, white slick, Mtn dew, Chrome Mtn Dew and Yellow Sparkle Spin Doctors have been good on riggers, divers, Blood run 150-300ft coppers with pickeled sunshine flies.  Spoons mixed in are doing well also Our best has been Yeck Wart Frogs stacked, Purple Hamm Stacked on riggers, Mongollian Beef, Yeck Holographic Blue Dolphin on a 200 copper hass been very good-----funny thing about this spoon the last 3 trips is it can ride for hours w/o a bite then it starts going as fast as you can reset it???  Best speed for me has been 2.6 sog in all directions.  This warm water should keep the kings from running up the rivers this south wind is pumping in.  Mixed sizes of bait in fish and surprisingly seeing quite a bit of smelt, appears to be a monster hatch of smelt this year, some of the smaller fish are packed with smelt .5 to 1.5in in length.....this bodes well for the health of the lake and food for the young of the year bait.

Aug 1, 2018

Fishing has been fair to good depending on your outlook. On the bank the best bite surprisingly has been in the evening.  There are some monster fish being brought in...a 34.7lb fish was weighed in at Capt. Chucks Sunday and many 25 to 30lb fish have been caught.  Offshore fishing has been good, even more consistent than the bank. 34's to the 37's from the 58's to the 04's with kings of all sizes and ages, some coho, steelhead and lake trout in mainly the top 40fow.  The water and the current on the bank has been horrendous the last 3 days with warm water finally wrapping around the lake in a counter clockwise rotation bringing the warm water from Wisconsin moving south and then north along Michigans coast line.  Netminder, Mtn Dew, White Slick, Kevins Girlfriend, Yellow Sparkle, Showtime Spin Doctors with Pickeled Sunshine and Meat Rigs have been good on Divers and Coppers.  Spoons have continued to be good also Yeck Purple Hamm, Wart Frogs, Pearl Laser, White Rabbit have been good.  Moonshine Apple Seeds on a 200 copper has been a steady bait on the bank and out deep, Stripetastic on a 100 Bloodrun 32# copper has been good and on fixed sliders on a rigger 40ft down, Mean Jeans on Blood run 45# 200 copper has been good and taking bites on Blue Jeans with the warmer water.  With the warmer water 200 to 400 coppers are getting better and plugs are starting to go also. 

July 27, 2018

Water is still messed up/heavy currents, big waves, constantly changing thermalcline but fish are showing up and they are big!!!  Little Point to Manistee fish are being caught, coho are starting to show in better numbers but with the cold temps fish are jetting up the rivers.  Fshed north last night from 61ft to 1607fow. Best rod was a 200 copper with a Moonshine reg size Apple Seed. Also hit on riggers 40ft down w/ free slider Yeck wart frog, 60ft down Yeck Holographic Mag Blue Green Dolphin, 35ft Yeck Purple Hamm, 90ft back low wire Kevins Girlfriend with a Diabolical Highwayman Meat rig, 100 coppers w/ a gold blank Tangerine and a Yeck White Rabbit.  Other baits going Chrome Killer Spin Doctor, Blue Flounder.

50% landing percentage last night with some kids aboard in rough seas didn't help but they did put a 27.6lb fish in

July 24 2018

The water is really messed up!! No big deal really, we have Wisconsin water and Wisconsin has our's!!  Blame the winds.  Fishing is verty good!!  If You want big Kings???  You can catch Coho, Steelhead, Kings of all ages and Lake Trout out deep!!  Best water is 49's to the 52's and the 38's to the 41's.  Yes it is a long run but the fish are out there and so is the bait!!  My best today in the morning was gold spoons with anything orange on free sliders, w/mainlines 35 nto 40ft down.  Starrted oyutbreally good w/ Kevins Girl Friend w/ a Diabolical Meat Rig......Diabolical sent me some and I thought I would try them....WOW a great product, good hooks and great meat heads, the rest I will retye myself. Personnally I don't like the crimps on meat rigs but I have been runnning them for a coupkle weeks w/o any issues. Good quality product, I am impressed!!  Spoons after first light and tonight were very good. This morning .....Gold Blanks were awesome w/orange, Free sliders werer hot w/ mainlines 35 and 40ft down. Best baits were Yeck Holographic Tangerine, Bush Bean, Moonshine Stripetastic on riggers and sliders.  First bite in the morning was a high diver back 130ft w/Kevins Girlfriend and a Diabolical Meat Rig in a green color back 130ft and a Moonshine Mongollian Beef at 80ft.  The water is really screwed up due to winds since late May!! We have very ciold water and the warmer water is out deep. Thank all thge east winds in June and the NE winds so far in July.  We witnessed the water pulling back this morning but it is going to take some severe no way can we fish blows to fish or learn to fish the water we have.  Have seen this before but it has been along time in the past..... go deep!!!

July 16, 2019

Tournament week in Ludington and everybody is getting tight lipped.  Fishing has been pretty good for lake trout, kings are spread out, good steelhead out deep.  South in 100fow Lake trout fishing is very good using Spin Doctors w/ Whirly gigs and Spin n glos, cowbells and dodgers. The bank hasn't been on fire all week at all, even after the south blow surprisingly.  Trolled from 100fow yesterday in the 49's to the 41's and marked alot of fish all the way out.  Our best water was the 39.5 line from the 49's to the 52's which had the coldest water and the stablest break at 45ft down.  Further north the water became crystal clear, the current was ripping and the break was in waves from 50 to 50ft down. We did mark alot of bait and fish out deep and caught steelhead and kings.  Out deep we hit on riggers 55, 60 and 80ft down on Yeck Purple Hamm, Mag Blue Green Dolphin and Moonshine Flounder Pounder.  100 coppers with Monkey Shine and Moonshine Blue Jeans, 150 Copper Stinger Coyote, 200 coppers with Dancing Anchovy and Holographic Blue Green Dolphin.  Never hit on divers 3 colors or flat lines surprisingly, even though we saw fish on the surface in 71deg water 

July 9, 2018

Friday we had a north blow that cooled the bank down and on saturday fish were scattered to the south.  Fishing for trout was good 80 to 120fow from the 54's all the way to Little Point.  Spin Doctors in Chrome, Mtn Dew, Trout Candy, Chrome Mixed Veggie were good.  Whirly Gigs, Spin n Glos and Peanuts on Chrome Cowbells.  Green, Mtn Dew colored were good early then Pearl and Wonderbread colors were good later.  Copper Dodgers were good also.  A few kings are starting to be caught in PM Lake.  Starting to see good numbers of bait balls along the Ludington coastline and we should start to see better numbers of kings very soon.  The winds look better than what we have had and hopefully set the water up better.  There are some very nice kings showing up in the 20's and Manistee had a 35.5lb fish come in this weekend.

July 5, 2018

Fishing was tougher on the 4th and is slow again today.  Marking fish and bait but tough to get them going. Getting the right angle and speed seemed to be the key yesterday and today out deep because there are some nice boxes being brought in. The bank had a better bite going this morning than what it has been the last several days.  More 4yr olds starting to show up even out deep picking a few up.  Water is trying to set up in a summer pattern and once it stabilizes we should start whackin on a regular basis. Yeck White Rabbit, Copper Starburst, Blue Green Holographic Dolphin and Jerid; DW Supper Slim Wonder bread and Blue Jeans, Moonshine Tanners Treat.  Spin Doctors White Slick w/Pickeled Sunshine fly, Chrome NBK Mtn Dew w/Meat Rigs, Blue Bubble w/Blue Bubble Fly, 11" White Slick Paddle and Pickeled Sunshine Fly

July 3, 2018

After 3 weeks of mainly east winds, then a 3 day south blow that packed hot water along the bank we got some west yesterday.  The winds died down and the break is rising in the water column. 2 days ago we had a storm front roll through and in Manistique even with south winds blowing hard which should have warmed up the water evven more than they had it (break at 90ft down) over night the lake rolled and it went to 44deg on the surface, probably due to a seiche like Ludington and Manistee experienced a month and a half ago. The lake is trying to set up finally, the coho are leaving southern lake Michigan, our offshore fishery is starting to set up and fishing should get good here very soon.

We set up in the 34's today because our best line was 35.9 yesterday but we never hit a fish until 37.4 today and then it was a steady pick until the 40.5 line.  Best were 100 32# Bloodrun coppers with Blue Jeans, Jordo, Monkey Shine. Hit on 3 color with Yeck White Laser, 150 copper a Coyote, 200 Copper w/Dancing Anchovy and 250 copper w/ Moonshine Tanners Treat.  We couldn't get riggers to fire until we moved one from a 40ft lead to 125ft lead and it went twice with a Yeck Jerid down 40ft.  Only diver bite we had was a high set at 3.5 back 60ft with a Craigs Flounder. This water is holding fish from Pentwater to the 04's.

A good day aboard the RAPTOR after doing some exploring and finding a pocket of fish, caught a mixed bag of Steelhead, Kings, coho and a laker.

June 23, 2018

Sorry for not being prompt on reports, I had to go home and take care of firewood!!  Fishing is tough, not to pull any punches----after all the east winds we have had----speaking plain it is tough...  The last 4 days the wind has been east or north, the surprising thing it hasn't peeled the water.   The best fishing is off of Little Point and mainly trout.  I have fushed mainly the last couple of days 49's to the 46's and there is bait, trout on the bottom and suspended fish. Getting the suspended fish to go is the challenge.  The last several days for kings blue has been best----Moonshine Blue flounder, Dancing Anchovy, Blue Hulk on riggers 45-55ft down, 150-200ft Blood Run 45# coppers.  For trout the workhorse has been a DW 8" Mixed Veggie Chrome Spin Doctor with a XMAS Tree Spin-n-glo on a rigger on the bottom and a close 2nd is 8 or 10" Chrome Spin Doctor w/ a UV Green Tip Spin-n-glo on high divers. Today our best depth was 105 to 110fow.  Is this the June lull---personally I think it is the wind direction and things will change with sw winds starting Tuesday afternoon. Blow hard PLEASE!!  As in the past fish the pockets, the fish are on/off and on again---stick with them!!

June 15, 2018

Well its the weekend again and it is supposed to blow south SW. The good news is we need this wind to set up our water better.  Because of 4 days of east wind last weekend our water is just starting to set up again and a little bit of east wind over night is already flipping it back.  We still have alot of cold water out there and the lake is fragile yet.  Yesterday the bank 80-120fow was very good and today it is slow.  Bait has spawned and is dropping out of PM Lake and spreading along the shoreline.  The last couple of days blues have been very good. on coppers, rigers and divers.  Blue Bubble and Kevins Girlfriend in 8 and 10" Spin Doctors.  Yesterday a boat did well with Blue Bubble on a 3 color, kinda different out of the box thinking. Heard of some boats doing well in 250-280fow off of Pentwater.  South of the project 70-85fow has been best, this is where the bait is inside.  Fish are scattered but this water is holding some monster steelhead in the mid teens.  A 34.4lb King was caught out of Manitowoc this week, continuation of Monsters being caught in Lake Michigan.

JUNE 11, 2018

Fishing had been very good through Saturday but the east winds for days on end just blew away the water.  Saturday the best fishing was from the 07s north and 180fow to start out to 280 then the fish scattered.  The other problem is bait is in the harbors spawning and that puts less of a solid food source out in the lake and what is out there is scattered.  When the bait that is spawning drops out of the harbors the bite will fire up again.  We Also need some very hard South West winds to pack the warmer water near shore and set up the breaks off shore, right now the east spread the water out deep and the break is 20 miles off shore.  Baits that have been working well on 3 colors have been Stinger Monkey Shine and Yeck UV Orange Beetle, 100 Coppers our best has been Moonshine reg Green Shorts and on sliders as well.  200 coppers the Mag Green Shorts and Orange Slice.  Riggers 40-110ft down Sarge, Flounder Pounder, Mag Green Jeans and Mongollian Beef w/Stripetastic sliders as well.  Divers were good with low divers out 180ft -200ft back with Mag green Jeans and a 10"Kevins Girlfriend and Green Mile meatrig and highs with Blue Hulks 100-230ft back.

Had a great day aboard the RAPTOR on Saturday with some hometown people and a young lady first time salmon fishing.

Hamlin lake is very good for pike right now.  Went pike trolling with Blue Fox 3/4oz Spinner baits with green trailers yesterday. The best was Chartreuse and white skirts and green and black skirts with silver blades.  The Brass blades were not as good.  Came back to the marina and cleaned and had a fresh pike dinner, awesome!!

June 8 2018

Fishing has been good for several days now out of Ludington.  We have cold water and warm water is surging back and forth with the winds.  Yestertday a liitle sw wind loaded warm water on the bank and it warmed up 140fow-170fow was good and the bite was steady.  Today we started in 200fow on a NW troll and it was on fire for 20min and the bite slowed down. 200fow to 220 was best in the beginning from 04 to the 05's after the morning onslaught 05's 250 to 270fow was best.  Some guys were picking in 120fow to 160fow.  Moonshine Green Shortys on 100 coppers and sliders! Moonshine Stripetastic on Sliders! Mongollian Beef, Flounder Pounder, Mag Gr Jeans, JJ Mac 40,50,60, and 80ft down were popping as fast as you could get them in the water.  Stinger SOG on a High Diver 100ft back.  Some anglers were catching fish deep on White Slick Paddles and a Mirage Fly 110ft down.  Free slidetrs with Moonshine Stripetastic were very good and 200 coppers with Orange Slice and Mag Green Shoorts. 3 colors with Stinger Monkey Shine and Yeck UV Orange Beetle were awesome first thing then the fish went deep today and slowed doiwn because they were full of bait.



June 6 2018

Want options instead of running several miles north of the Point.  Set down in the 47's 131fow couldn';t get riods in then it was over???  Went into 100fow---out to 140fow no bites???---- headed into less than 100fow??? trolled north into the 49's and it was a steady pick 90 to 95fow  2 riggers 35 and 50ft down Moonshine Mongollian Beef----then the riggers shut down and 200 Blood Run Copper with Moonshine Mag Half Moon Orange Slice and a 100 Copper w/ Moonshine Green Jeans were ticking steady from the 49.2 to the 52.5 line on a north troll at 3.1sog in 95 to 100fow. Tough pick tonight but got it done!

Had a grerat time with this couple and ended early after a great start then lost the fish----they moved north and in---we finally found them again and knocked off a 2 man limit.  The lady was great on the rods but doesn't eat fish??? Say What.  God I hae fun with my guests aboard the RAPTOR CHARTERS!!

June 6, 2018

Beautiful day on the water and fish were biting steady.  Best was just south of Pentwater and north of Big Point from the 06's to the 10's.  Started out in 100fow and slid out to 409fow.  Best water was 250-290fow for us at 3.1sog.  # Color w/Monkey Shine, 100copper w/Moonshine Green Jeans and Agent Orange, 200 Copper with Moonshine Orange Slice and riggers down 40 and 50ft with Orange Slice Stacked with Stripetastic and Dandee Randee.  80ft down with Yeck Mag Blue Green Dolphin was good.  Only 2 rotator bites---200ft back on Custom Blue Chrome w/Blue Fairways and Yellow Sparkle back 165ft on High Divers.

Good fishing today with the wild bunch!!! They were trying to take the dumbest crew award on the RAPTOR, yet they failed may be tied for 3rd place though.

June 5, 2018

Today is a hard north blow 4-6foot waves.  The Little River Band set 2 assessment nets today in the 55,s 100fow and 150fow--Don't panic these are only graded assessment gill nets to be in place for 24hrs.  They will be pulling them tomorrow, then moving them near shore and setting 2 more next week in the 51's. You can fish over the top of these nets but you can't pound for trout without hanging up.  As I get the numbers from the LRB I will post the nets and results of the assessments.  They are trying to assess whitefish, lake trout and cisco.

June 4, 2018

Fishing has gotten tougher,.  Fishing is strill good but you need to pick A piece of water!!  Wish I ciould give a better forecast but have to be honest.  :Ludingtonton is tougfh!!!  But there is good fishing, It is in pockets.  Been here before over the years, the water is messed up with the prevailing winds!!  Our best water today was in the 46's and 48's.....150 to 130fow for silver fish at a fast troll...3.1 sog or faster. The problem was we started in 44.0 degree water in the 32's and angled in to warmer water and couldn't get rods in fast enough... then the bite was over!!  Moon phase??  Been there done that a hundred times.  Next 3 weeks leave early for kings then run out deep for fish!!  Steelheald amd kings??? The water is trying to set up, bait is coming into the harbor on time!!  Our best today was Mongollian Beef down 40ft, Moonshine Moonshine stacked 10ft above a Yeck Mag Blue Green Dolphin at 80ft then a DW Yellow Sparkler 110ft back on a high diver/ Mtn Dew Fly.,  Sorry people but the truth is put your shit down and troll in circles.  Find a pocket fish and fish it.  Because of the winds the water is really screwed up.... warm, cold, warm., cold...take your pick!! I found warmer water on my probe in the colder water than under the warmer surface temp water for example The good news is bait is showing up, in near shore waters and deep offshore and the pier head or the basin of PM Lake and fish of variable size have bait and bugs in them..   This is nothing new for June!!  Fishing is good but it is tough---find a pocket and stay with it ----it only might be a 1 square mile?? If that is where the bait and fish are stay there??  Our best baits in the last couple of days have been a Moonshine Moonshine stacked over a Blue Green Holographphic Blue Dolphin 80ft dow, then a DW Yellow Sparkle w/Mtn Dew FDly 110ft back on a high diver Also hit fish on 150 copper with Gold Tangerine, 200 copper and a coyote, 60ft down on a Moonshine Veggie, 3 color Yeck UV orange Beetle.  Today started out great with a Mongollian Beef reg size down 40ftt.  The point is the water is mixed up.... read the water, and fish the pockets.  I would love to give everyone specific boundaries to fish but the water is moving so much with the winds, it's by guess by golly in a way??  Fishing is good but WHEN YOU LAND ON THEM STAY THERE!!  Fish the pockets!!

May 28, 2017

Fishing is very good from Little Point to Manistee. Kings, steelhead and some coho are showing up also. Fish are biting all presentations riggers, high cores and coppers, divers, spoons, meat, rotators and flies.Kevins Girlfriend with Green Mile Meat rig, Chrome Mtn Dew with UV on ice, Blue Bubble w/Lions Den meatrigs on divers and riggers. Yeck Mag Blue Green Dolphin down 80ft, Moonshine JJ Mac 65ft down have very good on riggers. a 3 color with Yeck UV Orange Beetle was very good taking Kings and Steelhead, 100 copper with a fireball.  High Divers 100ft to start the morning and then dropping back to 180-200ft with Chrome Blue Custom and Blue Fairways fly and Yellow Sparkle were good.  We fished 51's to 47's and started out in 100fow taking a few fish but then moved out to cold water in the 34's and it was game on.  Today fish are being caught in the 36's also.

Enjoyed a Great morning with the Bolton family with beautiful weather and some pretty snappy fishing in 190fow.

May 26, 2018

South winds cranked up fishing.  Little Point is on fire but you don't have to make the run for great fishing. Project south 150-160fow was very good for Kings and Steelhead. 3 colors with Monkey Shine, 100 coppers with Yeck Fire Ball and Jaeger Bomb, and Moonshine Agent Orange, High Diver back 165ft with Yellow Sparkle and Strong Mtn Dew Fly, Low wire 150ft 10" Kevins Girlfriend and Green Mile meatrig. Riggers 40, 52, 80 fish hit both main and stacks----Moonshine Mace Face, Moonshine Moonshine, Veggie and JJ Mac. My best speed was 2.9. Get out while the fishing is hot!!

May 23, 2018

Ludington has had a lot of east winds which makes fishing tough.  Fishing slowed down the last couple of days after a great stretch of fast lake trout fishing and kings showing up.  The good news is 5 scheduled days of south to sw west winds which should move the water and fish back in.  Our best water has been the 53's and the 55's for both lakers and kings in 70fow.  Fish have been caught out to 200fow but yesterday after 3 days of east winds out deep was cold, black water 41.4 degrees  The Point has been holding some fish and bait and hopefully stacks up for the holiday.  With the cold water spoons for kings has been good.  Coyote, Jaeger Bomb, Monkey Shine, Goldilocks and Steelie Stomper from 2 colors to 150ft 45# Bloodrun copper.  For lakers 8 & 10in Chrome Spin Doctors with Clown, UV Green Tip, Wonderbread and Blue w/glo wing Spin-n-glos have been good, also Moonshine Wonderbread, and Glow Bloody nose Dodgers.  Les Davis Chrome Cowbells have been good on a rigger. Saugatuck to Grand Haven is on fire for Kings right now but the south winds should move fish north and in from the deep water.  Get ready for good action for this Holiday weekend!

May 13, 2018

Fishing was a little tougher on mothers day but water was flat and bright sun.  Our best water was 54s and 55s in 70 to 80fow for silver fish and lakers.  We hit fish on Moonshine Sarge down 40ft, Yeck Yeager Bomb Gold Blank on 100ft Bloodrun coppers were good and a 3 color with a Stinger Monkey Shine. For trout a rigger with Chrome Les Davis Cowbell and green peanut and 8" Chrome Spin Doctor and UV green tip Spin-n-glo.  Kings and coho are starting to show up and the water is starting to warm up and a couple of degrees from bait starting to show and then we will be game on like the southern ports.  This is normal, historical fishing around the lake.  What is unbelievable, unreal and exciting is the size of the kings being caught.....are we going to break 40 pounds again this year or multiple 40 pounders?  Unheard of kings this year being caught just ounces shy of 30lbs.  You better make sure your line is fresh, your drags work smooth because these fish are tearing things apart!!  I'm looking forward to placing my order at Bloodrun Tackle for fresh copper, wire diver line, and flourocarbon line for leaders at 30#, 30# Rigger mainline and their strong treble hooks.

May 12, 2018

Fishing in the southern ports is on fire, big Kings and coho are being caught. Kings are showing up in better numbers in Ludington, the water is slowly warming up, we just need some bait.  Kings are being caught at the pier head, and straight out and south 70 to 100fow.  Fishing was tougher yesterday than it has been but the difference noticed, the lakers were full of Gobies. Mtn Dew Spin Doctor was our best bait on a low wire with a Mtn Dew Spin-n-glo and a Les Davis Chrome Cowbell set on a rigger was working well and taking our bigger fish. 100 coppers were working well with Gold blank spoons like Tangerine, Jordo, and a Yeck Fireball took some shots.

May 6, 2018

Fishing in Ludington is on fire right now!  Go get a very quick limit of lakers and then try for Kings that are starting to show up or go to the beach and fish for Browns where you will have the opportunity to catch Kings also or coho or steelhead.  On both trips on Saturday Laker fishing was extremely fast with 8" and 10" Chrome, Chrome Mtn Dew, Chrome Blue Bubble Spin Doctors on high and low divers, on the other side of the boat with Moonshine Dodgers in Mongollian Beef and Wonderbread.  Both sets had UV green tip and fire tiger Spin-n-glos. Best on a rigger was a Rhys Davis Chrome Cow Bell. 150 and 200 coppers were doing very well with NEW for this year Moonshine Apple Seeds and Mean Jeans.  Orange Hulk was very good in the morning. South of the Project was our best water 50fow in the am and the same in our first pass in the afternoon. On our second pass through that depth in the afternoon 50fow was slow, kicked it out to 57-65fow and the action picked right up again. The water has alot of whiteish water from the storms beating on the clay banks and it is best to stay out of the clay water.  As the water warms, more and more kings will start to show up and they are big. Polecat brought in a 24.5lb stud of a king---good job!


Great groups morning and afternoon yesterday. In the afternoon it would have been really fast if the guy with the BORED shirt on could land fish but he was nice and let his girlfriend show him how it's done!

April 27, 2018 has turned around for central Michigan and boats are going in the water and anglers are starting to get some fishing in.  Yesterday was a beautiful day on the lake, except for the frost and ice that was on my downrigger board until 8:30am.  Started in the 56,s in 41fow on a SW troll and picked up a quick double of trout.  After getting all the rods in w/o any more bites turned back north and took another trout.  Decided to head south of the Project, got to the 53's and marked a ton of fish and several wads of bait and only picked up another fish.  Once we got to the 52's the bite was steady, still marking fish and several wads of bait.  The bite turned on about 10am.  Best rods were 200ft Bloodrun coppers with Moonshine Orange Hulk and Yeck fireball, 1 bite on a 150 copper yeck Wartfrog.  High and low divers were doing well with 8 & 10in Chrome Spin Doctors and Green Glow Whirlygigs and UV Green Tip Spin n glos, also Yeck Trash Can Dodger w/ Clown Spin Glo.  2 rigger bites with Chrome Mixed Veggie 8in Spin Doctor and Whirlygig. 2 fish were empty and the rest had gobies and smelt in them, that's why the coppers were doing so well. Best bite was 55fow but we hit fish as shallow as 41ft and out to 67fow.  After the north blow on Wednesday it was very hard to fish the 56's to the 54's, non stop cleaning of divers, loaded with grass, reeds, sticks, etc., water to the south was more stained but didn't have to contend with the garbage to the north. Water temps from 37.1 to 39.4deg.

Had a geriatric crew enjoying a good day on the water aboard the RAPTOR, capturing a nice box of Lakers

March 7, 2017

Fishing is taking off around the lake already.  Down south East Chicago has been on fire for Coho and pushing east to Gary Light.  Michigan City is slower for coho but but has been pretty good for Browns.  Ludington Browns are picking up, with a few coho being caught also in the mix.  Lakers are being caught near shore around the lake, southern ports are on fire.  It's time to get ready and go fishing for the spring bite and get some cold water tasty fillets.

Feb 19, 2018

WELCOME TO A NEW YEAR OF FISHING!!!  It's time to think hard about getting the boat ready, buying and repairing equipment.  Getting in on hard learned lessons given by great pros and recreational anglers learned by the school of hard knocks.  Next weekend at BASS PRO in Auburn Hills on both Sat and Sun Feb 2/24 &25 I will be giving seminars on bait fish movement and water movement on the Great Lakes and Inland Lakes.  Understanding these 2 components will help you make confident decisions on where and how to fish.  Both Seminars are @ 1:30pm, they are free and hope to see you there and be ready to ask questions.  The ecology of the lakes are changing and the decisions we make effect our success as anglers---get the latest knowledge to help you make those critical decisions before even leaving the dock!!  





Contact Captain Glen Buehner Ludington Charter Service If you want to send information for the fishing report.