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Port of Ludington MI - Dock Report

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Sept 16th 2015 - The water on the point has turned very cold with all of the north winds of the past few days. The fishing has slowed down as a result of the winds.

On the point the action is in from 60 to 150 feet of water. We are fishing the bank for the early bite and then sliding off to the deeper water. Most of our action is on high and low wire divers with meat rigs and plugs. One hundred and 150 coppers are all taking fish as are 5 and 7 color cores.

We are starting to catch a lot of fish on J-Plugs and Ace Highs in the glows and super glows. Naked Lady, corncob, Blue and Green Splatterbacks are top producers.

 
Sept 1st 2015 - After the winds and big waves the water is very warm at the point. 71 at the surface and 70 down 90 ft. The action is in from 90 to 250 feet of water. We are fishing the bank for the early bite and then sliding off to the deeper water. Most of our action is on high and low wire divers with meat rigs. One hundred and 300 coppers are all taking fish as are 10 and 13 color cores.

High and low wire divers with meat rigs are taking a lot of fish. Mountain Dew with a Cold Steel and Showtime with Fourth of July meat rig are top producers.

We are starting to catch a few fish on J-Plugs and Ace Highs

 
Aug 16th 2015 - The action is up on the point in from 90 to 150 feet of water. We are fishing the bank for the early bite and then sliding off to the deeper water. Riggers are starting to be productive for me lately. Most of our action is on high and low wire divers with meat rigs. One hundred and 200 coppers are all taking fish as are 10 and 13 color cores. High and low wire divers with meat rigs are taking a lot of fish. Big Weenie Green Glo with a Cold Steel and Showtime with Fourth of July meat rig are top producers. We are starting to catch a few fish on J-Plugs and Ace Highs. There is also some action down at the 55s to the 48s in from 80 ft out to 160 ft. Basically the same program as the point, meat rigs on the divers, spoons on the riggers and plugs on the cores and coppers.
 
July 20th 2015 - We are catching Salmon and Lake Trout. The action is up on the point in from 80 to 150 feet of water. We are fishing the bank for the early bite and then sliding off to the deeper water. Riggers are starting to be productive for me lately. Most of our action is on high and low divers with meat rigs. Three hundred and 350 coppers are all taking fish.

High and low wire divers with meat rigs are taking a lot of fish. Kevins girlfriend with a green mile and Showtime with Fourth of July meat rig are top producers.

Riggers from 60 to 100 ft down tipped with moonshines have been good for me.

We are starting to catch a few fish on J-Plugs and Ace Highs.

 
July 21st 2015 - We are catching Salmon and Lake Trout and Steelhead now. The action is up on the point in from 80 to 200 feet of water, ( The bite on the point is very early), in front of the project for Lake Trout in from 80 to 125 ft of water, and straight out from the 3800# out to the 4600#s. Some of the boats are going up to the 1700s and out to the 4200s. That is a very long trip but they are getting good numbers of fish when they go up there.

High and low wire divers with meat rigs are taking a lot of fish. Kevins girlfriend with a green mile and Mountain dew with fourth of July meat rigs are top producers.

The offshore fishery is good for this time of year. Most of the action is for (jumpers) Steelhead. We are fishing the top thirty feet of water in from 200' out to 450' of water. Basically for the steelies its the Yeck standbys in the reds and oranges, Riversides, Pats bait, Jelly beans, Bahama Mamas and Jager Bombs. Clean birds and one, twos, threes, five cores and high divers are good bets out there.

 
July 7th 2015 - We are catching Salmon and Lake Trout with an occasional Steelhead now. Mostly the action is up on the point in from 80 to 200 feet of water.

High and low wire divers with meat rigs are taking a lot of fish. Kevins girlfriend with a green mile and Mountain dew with mountain dew meat rig are top producers.

The offshore fishery is as good as it gets for this time of year. Most of the action is for (jumpers) Steelhead. We are fishing the top thirty feet of water in from 200' out to 400' of water. Basically for the steelies its the Yeck standbys in the reds and oranges. Clean birds and one, twos, threes, five cores and high divers are good bets out there.

There are plenty of fish around, just not many people. It is an early bite on the point so far.

 
June 2nd 2015 - We are catching Salmon and lake Trout with an occasional Brown now. Mostly the action is in front of the project in 40 to 80 ft of water. 30 to 45 ft is best for me with a seven color tipped with a Yeck 44 in mixed veggie being a top producer. Blue and green dolphins are working also.  
May 18th 2015 - We are catching mostly browns and steelhead in the nearshore waters from 6 to 15 ft of water Mostly the best action is South of the Project. From Epworth to the point is slow right now because of the cold weather and east winds. The water is very clear and we are using long leads on our baits. We are catching some Lake Trout and an occasional salmon, one that was 15 lbs on our Friday trip. Mostly on Rapalas, Super Slim dreamweavers and Yeck 44 spoons.  
Sept 14th 2014 - The lake has turned over and after the big storm I really dont have any info on the point or the water temps up there. We couldnt fish for three days and I will be out of town for the weekend. Before the storm we were fishing mostly from the 5200s to the 5900s.

Best areas are from the Three Sisters up to the 5900's, from the 3000#s early, then out to the 4400#s. We are mostly fishing the top 100' of the water column. Seven, and full cores are my top producers along with 200, 250, 300 and 400 coppers are all working as the fish are deeper in the water column.

Best baits for me are mostly spoons and plugs on the riggers and cores. Mostly meat rigs on the lows. Moonshines on the high divers early and then meat after the morning bite. Kevins girlfriend with a Fourth of July and Chrome killer spinnies with Cold Steel are all working right now. Green Glo Dreamweavers, Lemon Ice, Wart Frogs, Bad Toad moonshines and Yeck Fireballs and Lightnings are all working.

 
Aug 28th 2014 - Fishing on the bank is off again. The water temperature is basically the same from the surface down to 120 ft of water. The early morning bite is spotty at best until we get a storm and turn the water over.

Best areas are from the Three Sisters up to the 0600's, from the 2900#s early, then out to the 3500#s. We are mostly fishing the top 100' of the water column. Three, Five, Seven, and full cores are my top producers.

Best baits for me are mostly spoons and plugs on the riggers and cores. Its the time of the year when plugs are really taking off, especially early in the AM. Mostly meat rigs on the lows. Moonshines on the high divers early and then meat after the morning bite. Kevins girlfriend with a Fourth of July and Mountain Dew spinnies with Cold Steel are all working right now. Pro King Kevorkians, Blue Dolphin Dreamweavers, Lemon Ice, Wart Frogs, Happy Meal, Green Flounder Pounder moonshines and Yeck tangerines are all working.

 
Aug 20th 2014 -Fishing on the bank is going full bore again. The fish are active and very hungry.The early morning bite is as exciting as fishing can get.

Offshore we are catching Chinook salmon with some Lake Trout, and really nice steelhead and are traveling way out to find the fish. Best areas are from the Three Sisters up to the 0600's, from the 2900#s early, then out to the 4400#s. We are mostly fishing the top 50' of the water column. Three, Five, Seven, and full cores are my top producers.

Best baits for me are mostly spoons and plugs on the riggers and cores. Its the time of the year when plugs start working. Mostly meat rigs on the low and high divers. Kevins girlfriend with a Fourth of July and Mountain Dew spinnies with Cold Steel are all working right now. Pro King Kevorkians, Blue Dolphin Dreamweavers, Lemon Ice, Wart Frogs, Happy Meal, Green Flounder Pounder moonshines and Yeck fireballs are all working.

 
Aug 12th 2014 - Fishing on the bank is on again. Best depths for us is from 80 to 120', from the 0200's up to the 0700's. After the morning bite we slide off to the deeper waters for steelies.

Offshore we are catching Chinook salmon with some Lake Trout, and really nice steelhead and are traveling way out to find the fish. Best areas are from the Red Cabin up to the 0600's, from the 3300#s early, then out to the 4400#s. We are mostly fishing the top 75' of the water column. Three, Five, Seven, and full cores are my top producers.

Best baits for me are mostly spoons and plugs on the riggers and cores. Mostly meat rigs on the low and high divers. Kevins girlfriend with a Green Mile and Mountain Dew spinnies with mountain dew Meatrigs are all working right now. Mixed Veggies, and Dolphin Dreamweavers, Lemon Ice, Riverside, Carbon 14, Flounder Pounder moonshines and Yeck fireballs are all working.

 
July 21st 2014 - The salmon are still here. It is mainly an off-shore fishery right now.

We are catching Chinook salmon with lots of Lake Trout, and really nice steelhead and are traveling way out to find the fish. Best areas are from Little Point up to Ludington, from the 3500#s out to the 4400#s. One, Two, Three, Five, Seven, and ten color leadcores are my top producers.

Best baits for me are mostly spoons on the riggers and cores. Mostly meat rigs on the low and high divers. Kevins Girlfriend with a green mile and Mountain Dew spinnies with mountain dew Meatrigs are all working right now. Cold Steel and Fourth of July with a Showtime Spinney are working also. Mixed Veggis Dreamweavers, Yeck Lightnings, Lemon Ice, Riversides, Carbon 14, UV Green Flounder Pounder moonshines and Yeck Wart Frogs are all working, as are the old standby reds and oranges in the steelhead colors and patterns.

 
July 1st 2014 -The salmon are still here, but with the warming water the bite has slowed down considerably.

We are catching chinook salmon with an occasional Lake Trout, and steelhead and are traveling way out to find the fish. Three, Five, Seven, and ten color leadcores are my top producers along with a 150 and 200 Coppers.

Best baits for me are mostly spoons. Mostly meat rigs on the low and high wire divers. Kevins Girlfriend with a green mile and Mountain Dew spinnies with mountain dew meatrigs are all working right now. Mixed Veggis Dreamweavers, Yeck Lightenings, Lemon Ice, Riversides, almost any moonshine and Yeck Wart Frogs are all working.

 
June 24th 2014 - The salmon are still here in Ludington. I dont know how long it will last but it is very good right now. The fish are on the shelf from the bath-house up to the 0600's.

We are catching chinook salmon with an occasional Lake Trout. Five, Seven, ten color leadcores are my top producers along with a 150' Copper.

Riggers with long leads with sliders and wire divers are top producers for me.

Best baits for me are mostly spoons. Mostly meat rigs on the low and high wire divers. Kevins Girlfriend with a green mile and Mountain Dew spinnies with mountain dew meatrigs are all working right now. Mixed Veggis Dreamweavers, Yeck Lightenings, Lemon Ice, Riversides, almost any moonshine and Yeck Wart Frogs are all working.

 
June 17th 2014 -The salmon are still here in Ludington. I dont know how long it will last but it is very good right now. The bait and the kings are at the pierheads right now.

We are catching chinook salmon with an occasional Steelhead and some Lake Trout. Three, Five and Seven color leadcores are my top producers. Riggers with long leads and slide divers are also working.

Best baits for me are mostly spoons. Mixed Veggis Dreamweavers, Hamnbones, Lemon Ice, Riversides and Yeck Wart Frogs are all working.

 
June 3rd 2014 - The Brown fishery here is mostly over with the warm water showing up. We are catching chinook salmon with an occasional Steelhead and some Lake Trout. Three, Five and Seven color leadcores are my top producers.

Best baits for me are mostly spoons. Mixed Veggis Dreamweavers, Red NK's, Malibou Barby Mini Streaks and Yeck Wart Frogs are all working.

 
May 21st 2014 - The salmon have showed up bigtime here in Ludington. They are hungry and very fiesty. You havent really lived until you battle a 12 to 18 pound spring king. They fight and fight and fight.

The Brown fishery here in Ludington is one of the best in recent years. We are catching mostly Browns with an occasional Steelhead and quite a few Lake Trout.

Best baits for me are mostly stick baits and a few spoons. Rapalas in Red, Blue, Black and Hot Steel are good bets. Mixed Veggis Dreamweavers, Copper Mini Streaks and Wart Frog Yecks are all working.

 
May 16th 2014 - The Brown fishery here in Ludington is one of the best in recent years. We are catching mostly Browns with an occasional Steelhead and Lake Trout.

I have not caught a salmon yet this spring but I have heard of a few being taken. Best baits for me are mostly stick baits and a few spoons. Rapalas in Red, Blue, Black and Hot Steel are good bets. Carmel Dolphin Dreamweavers, Copper Mini Streaks and Mixed Veggis Yecks are all working.

 
Sept-11th-2013 - The kings are at the pierheads, PM lake and in the PM river up to the flies only stretch. In the river, Thundersticks, Ping a tees, spawn, spinners and Hot n Tots are all working. In the lake, divers with Spindoctors, Ace Highs, J-plugs, Silver Hordes, Dreamweaver Plugs are all working. Moonshines and meat rigs on the lows are good bets also.

With the south wind the water has warmed up at the point and the fish are finding the warmer water on the bank and in front of the Sauble River.

 
Sept-6th-2013 - The kings are at the pierheads and in PM lake. Divers with Spindoctors, Ace Highs, J-plugs, Silver Hordes, Dreamweaver Plugs are all working. Moonshines and meat rigs on the lows are good bets also.

The fishery is very slow at the point because of the Icewater that moved in. There are very few fish on the bank. Surface temp is 60 degrees and 20 ft down it is 42 degrees. It is not any better at the project or straight out.

 
Aug- 31th - 2013 -The kings are at the pierheads and in PM lake. Ace Highs, J-plugs and Silver hordes are all working. Moonshines are good bets also. We are even taking some on meat on our divers.

The fish are back on the point. with the south winds they are very deep. The break is from 75' down to 90'. Full cores, 250, 300, and 350 coppers are all working. Riggers from 70' down to 100' with either moonshines, plugs and spinnies. Meat on the low divers and plugs on the high are all working for me.

 
Aug- 21st - 2013 - The fishery is on from the Red Cabin all the way north to the o5oo's. With the recent north winds the fish are in the skinny waters and in good numbers. The kings are at the pierheads and in PM lake. Ace Highs, J-plugs and Silver hordes are all working. Moonshines are good bets also. We are even taking some on meat on our divers. We took a 32 1/2 pounder at the pierheads this AM. He took a pinkie, a wonderbread j-plug with pink stripes on the sides. It was on a high diver out 69'. We also took a 29 lb 10 oz King at the point on Sat. and a 28lb King on Sunday at the point.

With the fish in the skinny water not many are going way offshore but the fish are still there for those that go out there. Three, four, five, seven, and ten color cores are all working. Best bait for me are the old standby Yecks and Dreamweavers. Double orange crush, Fireballs, Copperheads, Root Beer, Ruby Red, Riversides and blue dolphins.

 
Aug- 15th - 2013 The fishery at the point is on again. Its like playing Bumper Boats there. There seems to be more boats every year. Probably because there have been so many Big Kings taken there this year. There was a 35 lb and a 34 pounder taken on Tuesday. Mostly meat on the divers and Moonshines and plugs on the riggers, cores and coppers.

The offshore fishery from the 4900s to 5900s north and the 3400s out to the 4400s west has been producing some good catches of steelies, Coho's, Kings and Lake Trout. Three, four, five, seven, and ten color cores are all working out there. Best bait for me are the old standby Yecks and Dreamweavers. Double orange crush, Fireballs, Copperheads, Root Beer, Ruby Red, Riversides and blue dolphins.

Meat is still my best producer on the divers, taking kings and coho's.

 
Aug- 7th - 2013 -The fishery at the point is on again/off again. We hit the kings for a couple of trips and then the wind blows and the water turns to ice and the kings go away. I will be staying with the off-shore fishery for awhile.

The bait is at the pierheads. The salmon have finally shown up and then when the water warmed up they moved south in front of the project. There are some nice kings although they are not very plentiful.

The offshore fishery from the 4900s to 5900s north and the 3400s out to the 4400s west has been producing some good catches of steelies, Coho's, Kings and Lake Trout. Three, four, five, seven, and ten color cores are all working out there. Best bait for me are the old standby Yecks and Dreamweavers. Double orange crush, Red Lazers, Fireballs, Copperheads, Billys bait, Ruby Red, Riversides and blue dolphins.

Meat is still my best producer on the divers, taking kings and coho's.

 
July- 31st - 2013 - The North winds changed the fishery on the point from very good to almost nothing. The water temp turned to ice water. It blew from the north for a day and a half and then out of the southwest for a day and now it out of the north again. I will be staying with the off-shore fishery for awhile.

The bait is at the pierheads. The salmon have finally shown up. We caught them for the last three days but with the strong winds they may not be there for long. Number three j-plugs are best baits for me.

The offshore fishery from the 4900s to 5900s north and the 3400s out to the 4400s west has been producing some good catches of steelies, Coho's, Kings and Lake Trout. Three, four, five, seven, and ten color cores are all working out there. Best bait for me are the old standby Yecks and Dreamweavers. Double orange crush, Red Lazers, Fireballs, mixed veggis, Billys bait, Ruby Red, Ruby Red root beer and blue dolphins.

Meat is still my best producer on the divers and we took two steelhead on our low divers with meat on them.

 
July- 24th - 2013 - There are salmon on the point. The surface temp is at 71 and the break is at around 50. We are catching them 50' to 125' down in 90 to 150 FOW. High divers out 180, low divers out 150'. Mostly Meat on the divers and the riggers although Moonshine Moonshine and Yeck Lightning has been working on the outdowns.

Best rigs for me have been 10' Mountain Dew spinnie and meat, and a 10' UV spinnie with a UV Blue meat rig on the divers. Seems like meat is the only thing working right now on the divers and coppers. 4 color and seven color cores are taking fish as well.

The offshore fishery from the 4900 to 5200 south and the 3600 out to the 4400s west has been producing some steelies, Coho's, Kings and Lake Trout.

 
July- 17th - 2013 -There are salmon on the point. They are very deep and very picky about what they will take. We are catching them 80' to 125' down in 90 to 150ft of water. High divers out 200, low divers out 175'. Mostly Meat on the divers and the riggers although Moonshine Moonshine has been working on the outdowns.

Best rigs for me have been 10' Mountain Dew spinnie and meat, and a 10' UV spinnie with a UV meat rigs on the divers. Seems like meat is the only thing working right now on the riggers and coppers.

The offshore fishery from the 4900 to 5400 south and the 3200 out to the 4400s west has been producing some steelies, kings and Lake Trout.

 
June-24th- 2013 - We are catching them 80' to 125' down in 130 to 250 ft of water. High divers out 200', low divers out 175'. Meat on the divers and meat and spoons on the riggers.

The bait has showed up at the pierheads, and we are waiting for the salmon to find it but the action at the pierheads is very slow so far. We are taking an occasional salmon and brown there.

Best rigs for me have been 10' white spinnie with a blue Moo Moo and meat, and a 10' blue spinnie with a black and white moo moo on the divers. Yeck lightening and Mongolian beef on the riggers and coppers.

 
May-30th-2013 - There are salmon on the point. They are very deep. We are catching them 125' to 175' down in 200 to 250 ft of water. High divers out 300', low divers out 200'. Meat on the divers and meat and spoons on the riggers.

The brown fishing has stayed the same, Slow to fair. We are waiting for the bait to show up at the pierheads. We are catching Brown Trout and some Steelhead in the nearshore waters right now. Best areas are the rivermouths at the State Park, In front of the Lincoln River at Epworth, the basin and in front of the pierheads. Also from south of the project to the Bass Lake outlet.

The best baits this year have been F-11 Rapalas in Red, Black and Silver, Clown, Vampire and Hot Steel. A blue rebel and a Pearl Bomber have also been good for me.

 
May-20th-2013 - We are catching Brown Trout and some Steelhead in the nearshore waters right now. The fishing has been fair so far. Best areas are the rivermouths at the State Park, In front of the Lincoln River at Epworth, the basin and in front of the pierheads. Also from south of the project to the Bass Lake outlet.

The best baits this year have been F-11 Rapalas in Red, Black and Silver, Clown, Vampire and Hot Steel. A blue rebel and a Pearl Bomber have also been good for me.

 
Sept -18th - 2012 - The fishing has slowed down considerably in the last two weeks. Going out and catching coolers full of salmon has slowed down. We have been wondering all year how long can this terrific run last. It has returned to "normal" fishing for this time of the year.

The fish have moved off the bank with the warm water but should be back with the north winds this week. Fishing has been better from the project to outside the nets in the 5800's. Meat on the divers and spoons on the riggers has been good for me. Cores and coppers with plug, spoons have been good also.

I went up to Northport for a little vacation and went Jigging in Grand Traverse Bay. We jig in from 80 to 140 ft of water with Swedish Pimples and Elk Rapids jigs. The trout have to be 20 inches to keep and you can keep one over 25". The limit is three and we caught our limit everytime we went out. We also caught a whitefish and a coho salmon. We tried for perch in Long Lake, Lake Leelanau, Grand Traverse Bay and Glen Lake but caught only small fish.The salmon are in PM lake and also in the Pere Marquette River. The salmon have been very slow in the Sauble River at the State Park. Those runs will continue with fish going up until mid October or so.

 
Sept -12th - 2012 -The winds finally calmed down and the fishing has returned to the bank. Fish are back in the 90 to 130 ft of water along the bank.

We are running 5 cores, 7 cores, 10 cores, 150, 200 and 300 coppers with spinnies and or meat rigs. Moonshine Plugs and meat rigs and Dreamweaver Super Glo spoons on the riggers and divers in the early morning and then mostly all meat later in the trip.

Best fishing for me has been from the 5700's up to the 0700's in from 80' to 150' of water.

The salmon are in PM lake and also in the Pere Marquette River. I have tried jigging and have found that it is a lot of work. Chugging a jig that is 2 oz for a couple of hours is a workout. Basically you anchor and using a 1/2 to 2 oz lead jig and jig it from 1 to 4 ft. You can use lead jigs, Swedish Pimples and heavy casting spoons. I saw 2 fish caught, two others on and only had 1 salmon on myself. I will keep trying and let you know how I do. Those runs will continue with fish going up until mid October or so.

 
Sept -4th - 2012 - The winds are still blowing from the southwest and the fishing has basically stayed the same this past week. We have had some very hard Blows with most captains cancelling trips. The fish have moved way down in the water column. It is supposed to blow from the north and or northeast this weekend.

We are running 10 color cores, 150, 300 and 400 coppers with spinnies and or meat rigs. Moonshines Plugs and meat rigs and Dreamweaver Super Glo spoons on the riggers and divers in the early morning and then mostly all meat later in the trip.

Best fishing for me has been from the Three Sisters up to the 0700's in from 80' to 250' of water.

The salmon are in PM lake and also in the Pere Marquette River. Best baits are J-plugs in the Chrome Redhead and Glo Green with a black ladderback. There is a number of fisherpersons jigging in PM lake and the number is growing every year. I have not tried it yet but as soon as charters slow down I will be after them with jigs. Basically you anchor and using a 1/2 to 2 oz lead jig and jig it from 1 1/2 to 3 ft. You can use lead jigs, Swedish Pimples and heavy casting spoons. I will let you know how I do by my next report. Those runs will continue with fish going up until mid October or so.

 
Aug -28th - 2012 - With all of the southwest winds of the past week the water temperature has gone from 60 degrees on the surface to 70 degrees. The fish have moved way down in the water column. Yesterday it was 58 degrees 110ft down.

We are running seven and 10 color cores, 150, 300 and 400 coppers with spinnies and or meat rigs. Last week we were taking an some fish on plugs and this week we are taking 50% of our fish on plugs. Dreamweaver Captains Choice and Ace Highs in the splatterback patterns are working best for me. Moonshines and meat rigs and Dreamweaver Super Glo spoons on the riggers and divers in the morning.

Best fishing for me has been from the Three Sisters up to the 0700's in from 80' to 250' of water.

The salmon are in PM lake and also in the Pere Marquette River. Those runs will continue with fish going up until mid October or so.

 
Aug -20th - 2012 - With all of the north winds of the past week the water temperature has gone from 73 degrees on the surface to 60 degrees.

We are running five and seven color cores. Last week we were taking an some fish on plugs and this week we are taking 80% of our fish on plugs. Dreamweaver Captains Choice and Ace Highs in the splatterback patterns are working best for me. Moonshines early on the riggers and then meat rigs later in the morning.

Best fishing for me has been from the Pierheads up to the 0700's in from 40' to 140' of water.

 
Aug -12th - 2012 - With all of the north winds of the past week the water temperature has gone from 73.5 degrees on the surface to 48 degrees. The good news is that the fish are still here only a lot higher in the water column.

We are running 2 cores and 3 cores along with the 5 and seven color cores. Last week we were taking an occasional fish on plugs and this week we are taking half of our fish on plugs. Dreamweaver Captains Choice and Ace Highs in the splatterback patterns are working best for me. Moonshines early and then meat rigs later in the morning.

Best fishing for me has been from Sargent Sand to the project in from 40' to 140' of water.

 
Aug-7th - 2012 -The fishing is still very good in the Ludington area, and for that matter from Pentwater to north of the point. For me its still meat on the High and Low divers. Black with Moo Moo, Mountain Dew with Cold Steel, Green/Blue Bubble with Froggy, Showtime with Blue UV on Ice. They are all working. About any combination of spinny-Paddle- meat is working. Ace high and Dreamweaver plugs are taking off as well. The splatterbacks and the double gloes. Bluejeans, Oscars, Happy Meal, Carbon 14s, Sarges, just about any moonshine on the riggers and Yeck Lightnings, and Dreamweaver UV Blue Dolphins and also meat rigs, and plugs on the cores and coppers.

 
July-30th-12 - The fishing is still very good to excellent with some down days due to the violent storms that we have had in the last week or two. From the 46s to the o8oos it is very good fishing and it will only get better.

For me its still meat on the High and Low divers. Black with Moo Moo, Mountain Dew with Cold Steel, Green/Blue Bubble with Froggy, Showtime with UV Ice. They all work most of the time.

Bluejeans, Green jeans, Happy Meal, Carbon 14s, Blue Jackals, moonshines on the riggers and Yeck Lightnings, and Dreamweaver UV Blue Dolphins and also meat rigs on the cores and coppers.I have been running the same basic program for the past 6 weeks. I see no reason to change it because of the success.

 
July-25th-12 - From Little Point to Big Point and all points in between the fishing is fantastic. I dont know where all of the salmon are coming from but Im glad there here.

The tournament saw more limit catches than any other tournament in history. Lots of kings and a 24.5 lb brown for biggest fish-WOW.

For me its still meat on the divers, Moonshine on the riggers and Yecks and Dreamweaver spoons on the cores and coppers.I have been running the same basic program for the past 6 weeks. I see no reason to change it because of the success. I have been running the bank and except for one afternoon charter after a storm it has been very good for me and my customers.

I dont understand why people are waiting for August, thinking the fishing will get better. It is as good as any August Ive ever seen and this is my 32nd year.

Good fishin........Capt Ed

 
July-17th-12 -Fishing continues to be very good in Ludington. From the project all the way up to the 0700's, with the best action along the bank. South of the project the fishing is good but BEWARE of the nets. On the point meat rigs are still the best on the divers and 300 coppers. 3 color, 5 Color, 7 color and full cores are all working now. Just about any meat rig is working with MooMoo, UV and Cold Steel being my best. I am using Moonshine, Mongolian Beef, Happy Meal for the early morning bite and then switching to almost all meat rigs as the morning progresses. The water has warmed up and the salmon have all but left the pierheads.

 
July-9th-12 -Fishing continues to be very good in Ludington. From the project all the way up to the 0700's, with the best action along the bank. With all of the warm weather the water column is getting set up, it is 67 on the surface and 51 degrees down 100'. On the point the best baits are meat rigs behind Mountain Dew spinnies on the low wire divers at 125', and the highs at 160'. 150, 300 and 450 Coppers are working as well. Just about any meat rig is working with MooMoo, UV and Cold Steel being my best. I am using Moonshine for the early morning bite and then switching to almost all meat rigs as the morning progresses.

 

June-18th-12 -Fishing continues to be very good in Ludington. From the project all the way up to the 0600's. Kings, Browns, Lakers and lots of Steelhead on the point make for excellent fishing. On the point we are taking kings and steelies with everything from 3 cores tipped with Yeck fireballs to meat rigs behind Mountain Dew spinnies on the low wire divers at 135'. Three, 5, 7, and 10 cores were all working. Coppers and divers are all working as well. For some unknown reason blue is taking as many fish as all other colors. Blue Dolphins, Blue Veggis, Blue Bubble flies and Blue bubble spinnies are all working. The reason everything is working so well is the surface temp is 54 degrees and the water temp down 110' is 49.5 degrees. It is the same temp all through the water column.

 
June-11th-12 - Fishing has picked up in the last week. We are catching fish from the Red cabin all the way up to the point. The good news is that the fish have moved in from the deep waters. We are starting in 60' and working out to 125'. 3, 5, and 7 leadcores along with 150, 200 and 300 coppers with spoons are all producing right now. Yeck fireballs, Steelie Dans and Dreamweaver double orange crush, and Red NKs are all producing on the cores.

The chute rigger with a 11" white paddle tipped with a Pickled Sunshine, the corners with DW Green Gloes and Modified Blue Dolphins are taking fish. Low wire divers with Cold Steel meat rigs and Blue Moo meat rigs set at 125' and 150' are working for me.

 
May-27th-12 - Fishing has picked up in the last week. We are catching fish from the Red cabin all the way up to the point. The good news is that the fish have moved in from the deep waters. We are starting in 60' and working out to 125'. 3, 5, and 7 leadcores along with 150, 200 and 300 coppers with spoons are all producing right now. Yeck fireballs, Steelie Dans and Dreamweaver double orange crush, and Red NKs are all producing on the cores.

The chute rigger with a 11" white paddle tipped with a Pickled Sunshine, the corners with DW Green Gloes and Modified Blue Dolphins are taking fish. Low wire divers with Cold Steel meat rigs and Blue Moo meat rigs set at 125' and 150' are working for me.

 
5-22-12 - The fishing is very good on the point right now. We went 8 for 16 on our charter Friday. The fish are scattered from the top to 160'. Our best rigs were 5 color cores and wire divers 225' back. Our best depth was a buck seventy five out to 260 fow.

A 10" Mountain Dew spin doctor with a cold steel meat rig went 7 times. The two half cores went 4 times, one with a Yeck fireball and the other with a Yeck Steelie Dan on it. Dreamweaver 4DWs on the rigger down 97' went also. We took fish on 350 and 400 coppers. The surface temp is 43.9 and down 180' the temp is 41.4, which is why the fish are scattered all over the water column. It is hard to believe that you'll catch a fish on a 5 core and then the next fish will be on a 400 copper. The fish are very fiesty and the customers arm is ready to fall off after bringing in a 16# king on a 400 copper.

 
5-9-12 - From Captain Ed - The brown fishing has slowed down because of all the winds of the past week. But we are still catching Lake Trout in from 8 to 20 ft on SS brown gobies and Pearl Bombers.

We were only ably to fish the point 1 day. Our best was 120' to 160' down on the riggers with Moo Moo teasers. Low wire divers at 185' and 220' took fish. A 400 copper with a DW mag blue Dolphin also took two hits.

 
Apr -27th - 2012 - From Captain Ed - The fishing has slowed down because of all the North winds of the past week.

It has been hard to get out and the water temp has fallen with the north winds. The lake has gone from 50 degrees to the low 40s. We went out Thurs AM until the wind forced us off. We took a Brown in front of the Lincoln on a Storm nat. perch. Took a Laker at the first curve on a black and gold Rapala. Pulled and ran to the bath house in 160' of water and set up. Took 2 kings 160' down on a blue paddle with blue bubble fly, took 1 king on a 350 copper with a blue dolphin. Took 1 King on a 400 copper tipped with a blue jackel moonshine and then it got very rough and windy.

 
Apr -20th - 2012 - - From Captain Ed - We are having a very good year for Brown Trout in Ludington so far. I have taken 63 so far and I think we still have 2 to 3 weeks of good fishing left for the Brownies. Also there are good numbers of Chinook on the point right now. The fish are deep, in excellent shape, fiesty and most important very hungry.

Best baits for the browns are stick baits and smaller spoons like DWSS, Yecks and Stingers.

For the salmon it has been mostly Spindoctors and flies and big paddles with meat rigs on the wire divers, riggers and 350 and 400 coppers. Moonshine spoons are also producing.

 

 
Sept-20-11 - From Captain Ed -Fishing is slowing down with all the North and Northeast winds of the past week in Ludington right now. From the project up to the three bears the bite is on. The offshore fishery from the 3500#s out to the 4600#s is very productive right now. 2 and 3 year old Kings, Steelhead, Lake Trout and Cohos are all out there. Best baits are Reds and Oranges, standard steelhead baits. Best fishing is in the top 45 ft. 4 cores, 5 cores and 7 and 10 cores are all producing. On the point it is ice water where the water temp is 50 on the surface and 40 degrees down 50 ft. The pierheads are best from early morning and then again just before dark at night. PM lake is doing very good with some nice catches on J-plugs, spinnies on the high divers and meat rigs on the low divers. Some boats ar casting fire tigers at the mouth of the river and having some success. The Pere Marquette River has salmon in it all the way up to Baldwin, with a lot of fish at Scottville. It is best to fish the deep runs and the deeper holes. Best times to fish the river are early AM and just before dark at night. Flatfish, Ping a Ts, French Spinners and Storm Fire Tigers are top producers in the river.

 
Sept-13-11 - From Captain Ed -Fishing is good in Ludington right now. From the project up to the three bears the bite is on. The offshore fishery from the 3500#s out to the 4500#s is very productive right now. 2 and 3 year old kings, Steelhead and cohos are all out there. Best baits are Reds and Oranges, standard steelhead baits. Best fishing is in the top 40 ft. 3 cores, 4 cores and 5 cores are all producing. On the point it is ice water where the water temp is 50 on the surface and 40 degrees down 50 ft. The pierheads are best from early morning and then again just before dark at night. PM lake is doing very good with some nice catches on J-plugs, especially in the back half. The Pere Marquette River has salmon in it all the way up to Baldwin, with a lot of fish at Scottville. Best times to fish the river are early AM and just before dark at night. Flatfish, Ping a Ts, and Storm Fire Tigers are top producers in the river.

 
Sept-6th-11- From Captain Ed - Fishing is as good as it gets in Ludington right now. From the project up to the three bears the bite is on. We are catching salmon in from 30' of water out to 200 ft of water. The meat rigs that were so hot a week ago are giving way to J-plugs and Ace high plugs in the different Splatterback patterns. Dreamweaver Spindoctors with Blue Bubble flies and Green Crinkle flies are working well right now. On the point the water temp is 68 on the surface and 45 degrees down 50 ft. The secret weapon with a plug is doing very well right now. The offshore fishery has slowed down in the last few days. The pierheads are best from early morning and then again just before dark at night. PM lake is doing very good with some nice catches on J-plugs. The Pere Marquette River has salmon in it all the way up to Baldwin. Best times to fish the river are early AM and just before dark at night. Flatfish, Ping a Ts, and Storm Fire Tigers are top producers in the river.

 
Aug-29-11 - From Captain Ed - Fishing is on again at the point. It doesnt seem to matter what bait to use as long as its a meat rig. Meat rigs in just about any patterns are taking fish. 150, 250 and 300 cores and low wire divers from 80'back to 110', and high wires from 120' to 140' are also producing. The secret weapon with a plug is doing very well right now. Some boats are doing very well out in the 5600s out to the 4400s. There is a mixed bag of Kings, cohos, steelhead and some lake trout out there. The pierheads are best from early morning to just before dark at night. PM lake is doing very good with some nice catches on meat rigs. During the day the best fishing is from the 3500#s out to the 5500#s in the 5400#s up to the 0450#s.

 
Aug 22nd-2011 - From Captain Ed -Fishing is on again off again at the point. The good news is that after the AM bite just point the boat west and troll out to the 3800s out to the 5000s and the fish are there. There is a mixed bag of Kings, Cohos, Steelhead and an occasional Lake trout. Moonshine spoons are the baits of choice early, then spoons spinnies and meat rigs after the morning bite. Plugs are starting to heat up. 100 and 150 cores and low wire divers from 70'back to 90', and high wires from 120' to 130' are also producing. The secret weapon with a plug is doing very well right now. The pierheads are best from first light to dark at night. PM lake is doing very good with some nice catches on meat rigs. During the day the best fishing is from the 3500#s out to the 4900#s in the 5400#s up to the 0450#s.

 
Aug 16th-2011 - From Captain Ed -The fishing is as good as it has been all season long. The water has cooled down and the fish are in the skinny waters at the point. There are also good numbers of salmon at the pierheads, and in front of the Lincoln. The salmon are in Pere Marquette Lake and the Pere Marquette River. Moonshine spoons are the baits of choice, with spinnies and flies and Plugs a close second. 100 and 150 coppers and low wire divers from 40' back to 60' are also producing. 3 colors, 4 colors and the secret weapon with a plug is doing very well right now. The pierheads are best from first light to dark at night. During the day the best fishing is from the 3500#s out to the 4300#s in the 5400#s up to the 5800#s.

 
Aug 2nd-2011 - From Captain Ed -The fishing is still on the slow side with a few days of good catches. The weather is really raising havoc with the fishing lately. We got a North wind and it turned the water over on the point. The salmon are on again off again. The temperature at the point is 60 on the surface and 39 down 55ft. Moonshine spoons are the baits of choice, with spinnies and flies a close second. 100 and 150 coppers and low wire divers from 60' back to 90' are also producing. Best fishing is from the Project up to the three bears in from 60 ft out to the 3800 numbers. 5, 7, and 10 cores tipped with the standard steelie baits and Superslim Yellow Tails, Dolphins and Moonshine Carbon 14 on the riggers and divers are all working.

 
July 19th-2011 - From Captain Ed -The fishing is still on the slow side. We got a Northwest wind and it turned the water over on the point but the fish have not found the cold water yet. The salmon are elusive and the bite is early in the AM, and then again at around 9:30 AM. The temperature at the point is 51 on the surface and 45 down 55ft. Meat rigs are the baits of choice, with spinnies and flies a close second. 100and 200 coppers and low wire divers from 100' back to 150' are also producing. Best fishing is from the Project up to the three bears in from 100 ft out to the 4400 numbers. 3, 5, 7, and 10 cores tipped with the standard steelie baits and Superslim SOGs and Dolphins and Moonshine Do De Ks on the riggers and divers are all working.

 
July 13th-2011 - From Captain Ed - The fishing has slowed down in the last week. If you have Flea-flicker rods now is the time to use them. The fleas are as bad as ever with the warm water. The salmon are elusive and the bite is early in the AM if at all. The temperature at the point is 62 on the surface and 58 down 95 ft. The fish are spread all over the water column. Meat rigs are the baits of choice, with spinnies and flies a close second. 300 and 400 coppers and low wire divers from 175' back to 275' are also producing. Best fishing is from the Project up to the three bears in from 100 ft out to the 4400 numbers. 2, 3, 5, 7, and 10 cores tipped with the standard steelie baits and dolphins on the riggers and divers are all working out in the deep waters.

 

 
July 6th-2011 - From Captain Ed - The fishing has slowed considerably in the last week. The salmon are elusive and the bite is early in the AM. The temperature at the point is 62 on the surface and 58 down 95 ft. The fish are spread all over the water column. Meat rigs are the baits of choice, with spinnies and flies a close second. 300 and 400 coppers and low wire divers from 175' back to 275' are also producing. Best fishing is from the Project up to the three bears in from 100 ft out to the 4400 numbers.

 
June 21th-2011 - From Captain Ed - The Kings are from the three sisters to north of the point to the three bears. There are a lot of nets from the 5250 #s to the 5050 #s. Dreamweaver Super Slim Mixed Veggies, Red Monkey Puke, Green Dolphin and Blue Dolphin are all working right now. Glo UV spinnies and Noseeum flies on the wire divers. Yeck Lightnings and PoleKats are good bets for the spring kings either on the riggers or behind the 5 color or 10 color cores and coppers. The water in the Lake is super clear so we have to get the baits far behind the boards.

 
June 15th-2011 - From Captain Ed - With the north wind of the last few days the temp on the point has changed to icewater. The Kings are from straight out to down to the three bears. There are a lot of nets from the 5250 #s to the 5050 #s. Dreamweaver Super Slim Mixed Veggies, Red Monkey Puke, Green Dolphin and Blue Dolphin are all working right now. White spinnies and Noseeum flies on the wire divers. Yeck Lightnings and Whopper Stompers are good bets for the spring kings either on the riggers or behind the three color or 5 color cores and coppers. The water in the Lake is super clear so we have to get the baits far behind the boards.

 
June 7th-2011 - From Captain Ed - The spring kings left the pierheads but are now BACK again. The Kings are from straight out, to north to the Three Bears. Dreamweaver Super Slim Mixed Veggies, Red Monkey Puke, Garys Dolphin and Blue Dolphin are all working right now. Blue bubble spinnies and Blue Fairway flies on the wire divers. Yeck Lightnings and Polecats are good bets for the spring kings either on the riggers or behind the three color or 5 color cores and coppers. The water in the Lake is super clear so we have to get the baits far behind the boards.

 
June 2nd-2011 - From Captain Ed - The browns and steelhead are in the nearshore waters, and at the pierheads and in front of the state park. There are some kings south of the project but be careful of the Indian nets there. Rapala stick baits and Dreamweaver Super Slims painted in the Rapala colors are all working right now. Green Dolphins and Blue Dolphins are good bets for the spring kings either on the riggers or behind the three color or 5 color leadcores. The water in the Lake is super clear so we have to get the baits far behind the boards. Black and silver, Gold and silver, Chartreuse, and Red are all working.

 
May 11th -2011 - From Captain Ed - The browns and steelhead are in the nearshore waters but with all the East wind the fishing has been on the slow side. Rapala stick baits and Dreamweaver Super Slims painted in the Rapala colors are my best performers right now. The water in the Lake is super clear so we have to get the baits far behind the boards. Black and silver, Gold and silver, Chartreuse, and Red are all working. Lake trout season opened early for us but they are very elusive so far this spring.