Fishing Reports


If you're boats all set to go, GO! The kings are here already and limits are being taken off of Grand Haven right now. The best fishing is taking place from 160 to 210' feet of water with kings in the 9 - 15 lb class hitting from 90 to 135 foot down on Blue Dolphins, Hello Darlins', and other darker spoons. Wire divers and 300' copper rigs are taking plenty of the fish so pull out everything you have and run it. Spinnies and flies are working well on the wire diver rigs with the white spinnies and Oceana and Mirage flies doing a lot of the work. Younger kings, cohos and a few steelhead are being taken closer to the surface on brighter baits. The forecast for this weekend should make for an excellent day or two on the water if you can get there. With a little luck the cooler weather forecast for the early part of next week will help hold the fish in this area to allow those of us that are still in dry dock to enjoy some fun next weekend.

If perch fishing is more to your liking, the number of boats I see anchored in the holes south of the piers is indicating a nice meal can be taken with a little effort. Bring wigglers and minnows if you go as they can be very picky but the light southerly winds expected tonight and tomorrow should help their attitude a bit and hopefully make them aggressive and easier to entice.

For the night owls in the group, walleye stories are becoming more numerous from the Muskegon and Whitehall piers. Check with a local bait store for better information but natural colored countdown Rapala's and Thundersticks tend to be a good bet for the pier fisherman and similar patterns with neutral buoyancy or floating plugs working well for the boat fisherman. A little glow paint never hurt either.

A special thanks to Kendal and his son Jason from Reel Pursuit Charters for the inside info on salmon fishing.

Happy Easter and Happy Fishing!



Larry Stauffer / No Bananas
# Larry Stauffer / No Bananas
Saturday, April 14, 2012 10:35 PM
Wow Matt! You wer'nt kiddn! Three of us went out friday,4-13 for an evening trip. We set lines at 100ft.and headed out. Hit fish between 178 and 190. We landed 7,lost 3. Of the three we lost,2 were break-offs they were so big. The seven we landed were as follows: Kings. 2 @ 10#, 1@12, 2@14, 1@ 17, and a 16# laker! Biggest lk.trout i've seen in a long time. She had 3 smelt and 5 ailwives in her gut that i could clearly identifiy,and 3or 4 others that were desolved and she still hit our bait! The kings bellies were empty. Six of the fish we landed were off riggers set at 100 and 130 down using the 11" white paddles w/ a white fly on one and pickled sunshine on the other. One of the 10 lbers came off a rigger at 135 w/a goldie hawn before we switched it to a paddle since the other one was killn m! One that broke off was on a full lead core w/a My dad thought he was hooked to a school bus! Cant wait to go again. Thanks for your info. It put some awsome fish in our box. Larry
Sunday, July 15, 2012 1:54 AM
hey there, the ol catfish is my faiorvte fish to go after. here is what i do and use. for baits, it really all depends on what type of bait that you would be comfortable with. for smaller cats, i like to use dough baits. those can be found at your local walmart. also know as stink bait. i prefer the one that is a mixture of chicken blood and shrimp. going up in size of cats i prefer to use liver. chicken, turkey, or beef, will be just fine. i like the turkey livers because they seem to be tougher and stay on the hook longer. now if you are wanting to go after some huge cats i use live bait such as bream or bluegill redbreast fish of that nature. for the rigging that i use. take a 2 ounce slip weight and slide it onto your line. if you are fishing a river with strong current you may need to step it up in weight but a 2 ounce is a pretty good weight to use in most conditions. ok now that you have a weight on tie on a number 2 or 3 trebble hook. regular bait or plastic worm hooks but the bait just doenst seem to stay on for a long period of time and when casting out there is more of a chance to sling the bait off. ok now that you have the trebble hook tied on go about a foot and a half above the hook and clamp on a small splitshot weight. you dont need a big weight just a splitshot that is a little bigger than the hole in the slip weight. that keeps the slip weight from sliding down onto the hook. now that you have your rig, if you are using the dough bait get out a dough ball and wet it a little. crack the ball open. not all the way run the shank of the hook through the dough ball. squeese shut the bait and pack it onto the hook shank and then press down onto the bait getting the bait ontop of the hooks and there you go. if you are using liver, keep the liver cold as possible when you are using them. keep them in a small cooler of ice. that will make the livers a little tougher and they will be easier to handle and stay on the hook longer. ok now take out a liver and use a sharp fillet knife and quater the liver you dont need the whole thing. they are usually pretty big. take a piece of the liver and run one of the hooks through it and then wrap the hook with the liver and then press down on the liver getting all the hooks in the liver and there you go. ok now fishing with live bait, use a good sized circle hook or a regular plastic worm hook. use the same rig just different hook. take one of the small fins right behind the head and snap it off and run the hook through its back right below the dorsal fin. that this does is make the fish sink and makes it flop around instead of swimming around. what the rig does is gets the bait to the bottom where the cats are and it lets the bait float around. flip open your bail on your reel or cut off the drag what ever you got to do to make the line come off your reel easily. when the cat grabs your bait the fish can run with your bait without feeling any pressure. alot of times when a fish feels pressure it will drop the bait so with this rig it can run for a little while and have time to swallow the hook. when you see your line bring unspooled let the fish run for a while. pick up your rod pull out a little line and close the bail and start to retreive your line slowly and once the fish tightens the line set the hook.ok man i know that i gave you alot but it really isnt hard. i hope that this has helped you out a bit good luck good fishin be safe and remember to share the experience

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