Fishing Reports
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Hello,

If you enjoy hot weather and hot fishing you should be planning to spend this weekend on the water! The strange weather we've had so far this season has kept excellent numbers of 2 and 3 year old kings in the area and the lake trout are moving in fast. As an added bonus there have been a number of big steelhead showing up in coolers, we took a 16 lb male last night, and the occasional coho is still being caught as well. This fishing will probably start to slow a bit as the south winds blow over the next few days but there's just enough north wind tossed in the 10 day forecast to give me hope that we'll have decent numbers of kings around all month.

I have more good news for those of you, all of us, that are tired of the high cost of fuel already. You can find a mixed bag of species anywhere from 70 - 140 FOW so you don't have to travel far. The salmon have been the most active from 30 - 60' down and continue to hit the UV Capt Gary, UV Mixed Veggies, gold Jager Bomb and Flea For All patterns on standard and SuperSlim sized Dreamweaver spoons. Steelhead have been hitting some of these same patterns on higher downriggers and have also been smacking gold Orange Crush, gold Watermelon, Jawbreaker and Rodman patterns on SuperSlims and Stinger blades fished on lead cores of 6 to 8 colors in length. If you prefer copper line we've been hitting steelhead well on our 75' and taking a mixed bag on 150 - 250' copper rigs. If silver fish are your primary target I'd suggest a trolling speed of 2.5 mph SOG and slowly bumping it up until you have success. Watch which direction the river water flows as you head out of the channel to determine the direction of the current and also get an indication of how strong it is. The Muskegon weather buoy is also a great source of info for current but if you prefer to leave your smart phone at home while fishing there are plenty of ways to figure it out that only require you to pay a little attention to.

When the salmon bite slows down in the morning, or when you start out in the afternoon, there are a ton of trout around that have been more than willing to keep crews busy. I've had my best success this year on 8" Dreamweaver Paddles in White Crush Glow, the Yellow Bikini Bottom and Chrome Yellow Dot with a chrome and yellow spotted Whirly Gig behind any one of those. Run your rig about 4 to 7 feet behind the ball and keep it within a few feet of bottom. Lately all you need is one of these set ups in the water to keep busy and you need to watch closely as there is quite a sizeable population of young trout in the 12 - 17" class and there bites are easy to miss. If you go more than 15 or 20 minutes without a bite check to see if you're dragging a fish. A slower presentation between 2.1 and 2.5 mph SOG has been the best but we've taken plenty of fish up to 3 mph so you don't have to choose between presentations to put something delicious in the cooler.

The pier has been pretty deserted the last couple of days as the current has warmed the inside waters up and chased the steelhead out of casting distance. Catfish have been active and guys have been doing well fishing inside the channel with cut bait. The continued warm up will probably bring some smallmouth bass around the piers too so if you're looking for an excuse to spend a little time on the pier you can always give those a try as well.

It looks like we're going to have a beautiful weekend so don't waste it doing something like cutting the grass or edging the driveway. Get out and go fishing!

Good luck,
Matt

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 Recent strong North winds and persistent East winds have cooled the water near shore. The result has been very good fishing off Grand Haven. Summer Steelhead have begun to move into the waters around the piers. Try spoons in bright orange or pink cast off the piers or trolled in the top 25 feet of water. Plan on lots of excitement as these hard fighting, high jumping silver beauties present a special challenge. Even seasoned experts feel fortunate to land half of the Steelhead hooked. If you prefer salmon, Kings are still available starting in 70 feet and continuing out to 180. Most have been coming in the top 50 feet on spoons. Our best was a downrigger 40 down with the Dreamweaver "Hello Darlin" and 7 and 10 color lead cores with the UV Mixed Veggie and the UV Capt. Gary. Lake Trout are also being caught near bottom with the usual combinations of Spin Doctors and Whirligigs. This is "Free Fishing" weekend and licenses are not required. It's a great opportunity to introduce someone to our sport. Consider taking a veteran fishing - it will be a great experience for both of you. Good Fishing, Rich

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08
Hello!

Well now that the tournament is over the fishing has improved! Good numbers of nice sized lake trout are holding near bottom in the 80 - 120 FOW depths and kings are following bait in as close as the cold water will let them. An added bonus this year is that some nice steelhead are showing up although they're not concentrated around slicks as much as we'd like them to be.

If you're looking for some great eating the trout are actively hitting small and large Spin Dr.'s and Paddles with Whirly Gigs and Spin'N'Glo's behind them fished near bottom. My best combo has been a chrome attractor with crushed UV tape and yellow spots and chrome Whirly with the same spots. On calmer days I like to fish it within 10' of the ball and I drop it back 5-15' on rougher days. My best speed has been between 2.3 and 2.7 MPH SOG. Something to keep in mind is that the water is warming and changing fast right now. Currents will often dictate the best troll direction so if you're seeing fish but action is slow, change your direction! I fished for less than 2 hours the other night and while everything looked good on my north troll at 2.3 to 2.5 mph we never had a bite until turning back around to the south. Without touching the throttle on a completely calm night my SOG increased to 2.7 mhp and we hit 8 fish in the next half hour. Some of the trout are quite small too so if things are slow check your lines to make sure you're not taking a little guy for a ride.

The kings inside have been from 30' down to the bottom and have hit any number of different spoons. Capt Gary, Hello Darlin, Fireball, UV Mixed Veggie and Green Jeans have all been great patterns depending on the sky conditions. Most of the action inside has been on Super slim sized Dreamweavers while fish in deeper water seem to be more inclined to go after the mag versions of the same patterns. If getting away from the crowd is part of your plan I'd suggest starting in at least 170 FOW and angling out to well over 250 until you find fish. Big steelhead are also floating around in all depths so keep some bright orange baits riding a little higher up and you may be able to add a fish or two to your cooler. Coho are getting a little harder to find as is normal in June but they too will be happy to grab something above the target range for kings. Recently the 40 to 80 foot down depths have been productive out in the deeper water. don't hesitate to send something way down if you're marking near bottom. Big kings are still being taken near bottom out deep as they're still searching for mature, spawning sized alewives.

For those staying a little closer to home the panfishing has been very good but you'll have to do a little sorting to go home with a heavy stringer. Deeper water around pilings and docks are producing nice catches of bluegill especially on light tackle early in the morning. Tear drops tipped with a wax worm are hard to beat on calm morning in any of the local bayous.

In any case the weather has finally turned, again, and it looks like summer may stick around. Get out and enjoy it while you can, the fish are waiting for you!

Good luck,
Matt

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 While action has slowed somewhat, fishing off Grand Haven remains very good. Most of the action has come off shore in depths ranging from about 120 feet to as far West as you want to travel. Lake Trout are hitting near bottom on downriggers and wire divers. The lures of choice include the usual combinations of Spin Doctors or small paddles pulling Spin-n-glows or Whirligigs in greens and yellows. Coho action has slowed although a few large fish (up to 12 pounds) have been taken. For Kings, Dreamweaver paddles and flies fished deep continue to take large, mature fish. Our best continues to be a blue edge paddle and a blue bubble fly fished 97 feet down on a downrigger. This rig has consistently taken large fish for us during the past two weeks. Bright UV spoons like the Mixed Veggie, Captain Gary's and Yaeger Bomb have worked well on coppers and divers set from 120 to 200 back. There is still a lot vegetation floating in the Lake from recent flooding rains-check lines frequently. None of our local fish seem to be interested in a salad! Good fishing, Rich

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 In spite of visibility problems because of dense fog, fishing off Grand Haven this past week has been very productive. While I have heard reports of some fish in shallow water, most action has been offshore in 120 to 200 feet of water. Limit catches of Kings and Cohoes have been quite common with all age classes of Kings being caught. Paddles and flies in blue and white combinations have been very productive fished deep on downriggers or divers. Try fishing them from 65 feet down to 100 or more. Blue or various Moonglow spoons are effective on dark or foggy days fished on lead core or copper. Bright patterns such as Mixed Veggie UV or Captain Gary's UV work best on bright days. Our best action came on Paddles down 80 feet or more, riggers with spoons for 45 to 65 feet down and 7 colors of lead with a Stinger Jordo. Please consider releasing smaller Kings when possible, they are the future of our fishery. Good Fishing, Rich

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