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2019 Ludington Fishing Reports


Lake Michigan Fishing Report June 13, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on June 13th, 2019
Surface waters warmed to 55 degrees. A good number of Chinook were still coming in 100 to 300 feet when trolling spoons and flies. Steelhead and lake trout were also found at those depths. Steelhead up high and lake trout near the bottom. Baitfish are in the harbor however pier fishing was slow.

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Lake Michigan Fishing Report June 12, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters on June 12th, 2019
The Little River Band placed assessment nets in the 01's yesterday in 100-130fow and 150-170fow. These will be removed mid morning today. They are graded mesh gill nets to assess fish fish species and size. Typically trying to locate whitefish and lakers. Again, please do not damage these nets they are only 24hr assessment nets!!

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Lake Michigan Fishing Report for June 9, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters on June 9th, 2019
Fishing was very on Saturday. The bank was slow but off the bank 180-260fow was good from the 00's to 03. Sunday was tough fishing and very spotty from Pentwater to Manistee. Best fishing was tight inside water. The east winds spread the water out and out of Ludington the break was outside the 45 line. Basically we need westerly winds to pack the water closer to shore and condense the fish and it looks good through this week for these winds. From Saugatuck to Ludington even the trout fishing has gotten tough and this is due to changing water conditions and unstable water. The extreme water levels takes more energy to warm up and the currents are different than in the past. The best fishing has been straight out 70-85fow. Moonshine Blue Knight RV, Flounder Pounder and Blue Hulk were good on riggers and coppers. Yeck Purple Hamm on divers and Gold Tangerine on Sliders taking bites. Keins Girlfriend w/GR Mile Meatrig, Black Slick and Pickeled Sunshine flies on divers.

Fished the Bay on Saturday and fishing is good. More small fish dumping out of the river for more throwbacks recently. F buoy to A buoy 16-18fow was our best east west troll along the dirty water edge. Spoons and flicker shads were good 2.8-3.1SOG. Moonshine IK Dominator, JJ MAC both RV were good on 50-60 Blood Run Walleye Coppers and Mini discs 40-60ft back. Silver Streak Reverse Muffin and Barbie were very good also on the discs with a mix of Antifreeze and other spoons in mixes of black and pinks and yellows that I don't know the names of. White bass cats and some sheephead are starting to show up. In tighter fishing is very good also and more pike are showing up in catches inside in the mix.

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The Little River Band has been and will be doing more assessment netting up and down the coast from Manistee to Grand Haven. These assessment nets are not permenant, only 24hr sets. Trying to get better communication to get heads up as these nets are set ahead of time, locations. PLEASE DO NOT damage these nets. Last year there were some damaged staffs and nets. This makes for BAD BLOOD between tribes and anglers!! The assessments are also included in lake wide management strategies and decision making policies.

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Lake Michigan Fishing Report June 6, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 6th, 2019
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Fishing continues to be very good out of Ludington!!! Set up today south in 70' and trolled sw out to 140' of water. Most kings came on glow spoons on 10 color, 5 color, 300' copper and a low diver out 120 and 150' with dreamweaver white slick and Dreamweaver pickle sunshine meat rig. Book your June, July, or August trip today!!!! Lie A Lot Charters..... (800)-850-1978

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Lake Michigan Fishing Report June 6, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on June 6th, 2019
Water temperatures were a bit warmer at 52 degrees. Chinook salmon fishing was on fire here as well with fish taken on spoons and flies 60 to 90 feet down in 140 to 190 feet. The occasional steelhead or lake trout were also caught. Pier fishing has been difficult because of the highwater levels.

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Lake Michigan Fishing Report June 4, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters on June 4th, 2019
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Fishing remains to be very good. Saturday before the storm blew in the bank was on fire in 120-150fow. Southern waters was very good also from the 53's to the 51's in 80-100fow. On Sunday the bank was still good fishing but with the high pressure it was a little tougher. Trolled north in 130-140fow with a steady pick until the 04's when fishing slowed down. Turned west and 180-260fow fishing really picked up. Best baits for us were spoons on riggers Moonshine Mag Green Jeans, RV Flounder Pounder, Green Jeans RV, the new RV Green Knight 35-65 down with long leads 65 to 100ft back. High divers 100ft-150ft back with 8" White Slick Spin Doc and Pickeled Sunshine fly, Yeck Purple Hamm and Blue/Gr Dolphin Holographic. Low divers with 10" Green Crush Spin Doc w/Moonshine Tri Flies and Gr Mile meat rigs 100-115 ft back. 200-300 coppers with Moonshine RV Blue Hulk and RV Flounder Pounder Mags.
Ran a charter on Saginaw Bay yesterday for walleye. Fishing was a slower pick due to heavy NW winds on Sunday and Sunday night. The water got dirty and high pressure didn't help. Our best water was by A buoy trolling east west for a mile and 1/2 stretch. Mini disks with spoons 40-60ft back were best. Diver back 41ft was on fire. Reverse Muffin and Barbie were our best spoons. Inside by the old river channel was good with Flicker Shads.
Polecat had a great day just south of the Project with a ringer crew of his sisters and wife and even let his son go along to help. Nice catch of walleye from the bay yesterday

Lake Michigan Fishing Report May 30, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters on May 30th, 2019
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Fishing is pretty darn good!! Kings are here!! The bank was good yesterday but today slowed down tremendously?? Turn LEFT--- steady fishing, you have a choice for kings or trout or both!! Yesterday we started in 51fow and set up for kings and it took off. Toiday the same water was slow because the bait that was there yesterday was gone. We moved out to 90fow watwer and it was very good fishing, doubles were the norm. Kings to 25+lbs. Best rods the last 2 days were a Mag Green Shorts by Moonshine down 30ft on a rigger and a Yeck Bl/Gr Holographic Dolphin 100-125 back on a high diver set @ 2.5. Other steady baits for us werte a Mag Gr Jeans on a high diver 125ft back, and Moonshine Blue Hulk on a 200 copper, Moonshine 007 on a 100copper, Yeck Lightening on a 150ft copper. Moonshine Gr Shorts regular down 35ft on a rigger. Also hit on a 2 and 3 color with Stinger Starburst, 100 copper with a Mag Green Hulk a couple times. I will get pictures up when I figure out my new phone!! Best water for us today was 52.5 to 54.9N and 30.6 to 31.6W----North troll was 2.7 to 2.9SOG and south troll was 2.4SOG, the current was ripping from the south to north
Great crew, suck on the rods because they are old LOL. Hey 6 fish over 20lbs is a good day. Today the bite quit at 8:15am, compared to yesterday it kept going but we managed to capture afew. Time to go SNOID hunting!! And figured out how to operate my new phone

Lake Michigan Fishing Report May 30, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 30th, 2019
Surface temperatures were about 45 degrees. Anglers are getting Chinook salmon here as well when trolling spoons and flies 60 to 80 feet down in 100 to 140 feet. Lake trout fishing has been on fire when bouncing baits off the bottom in 60 to 100 feet. Small pods of baitfish have showed up in the channel and some managed to catch a couple Chinook salmon when trolling in the basin.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report May 29, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on May 29th, 2019
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Decided to run out and give the salmon a try! We set up in 100 and trolled north working out as far as 180 with anywhere from a 3 color to a 300 copper out. Fish bit throughout the day primarily on mag glow spoons in green or blue. Best downrigger set was 57' down with dreamweaver grean jeans stacked one on top of the other. Kings are here so give us a call to try and catch your next trophy!!! Lie A Lot Charters (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report May 27, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters on May 27th, 2019
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Fishing has been steady trout fishing and the Kings are picking up. Water is setting up well but still would like to get out of this east wind pattern and more SW. My best for Kings still staying steady with Moonshine Blue Hulk on a 200 copper but also hitting fish on Gr Hulk, Craigs Flounder, Cyclonite and Gr Shorts. On high lines Stinger Hot Jordo and Inmate, Yeck Mag Bl/Gr Holographic Dolphins, Lightening, Gold blank Holographic Tangerine. Today reports are a little slower but we have had NE winds for over a day and fish are more scattered. Fished the Manistee tournament Saturday, Friday pre fished my way up and North of the Point held alot of fish in the 7's and 8's, hit Kings and trout 70-80fow. On tournament day those fish were gone after the storm fri night and east winds and most of the fish were up in the 19's to the 25's, the point had outrageous currents and cooled off and as we fished the warm water that was pushed off outside of 200fow was pushing back in. Heard a couple boats smashed kings off the point yesterday in 150fow.

Best trout rigs on the bottom for me have been 8in Chrome Mixed Veggie, Trout Candy, 8in and 10in Chrome spin doc with Xmas tree or Gr UV tip spin-n-glos in 50 -60fow from the 53's to the 49's. Sounds like the fish pushed a little further south yesterday and they are taking them all the way to Little Point.
Earlier in the week Saugatuk was on the big king whackfest for a couple days but they pushed north and Grand Haven has the mother load. Even though we are catching decent numbers they are coming north as the water warms and we should be pounding very soon.

Friday was sponsor day for the Ludington Boat Charter Assoc. 5 boats I had Nova Motel and House of flavors, great group of guys and some of the fish we caught in 1st pic, 2nd pic is the total catch. The 3rd pic is my wifes dog that decided he wanted off the boat while prefishing for the Manistee tournament, while trolling.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report May 26, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on May 26th, 2019
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Finally a calm and dry day to get out and enjoy some fishing. Ran south setting up in 60' of water. Fish came on or near bottom on Dreamweaver chrome spin doctors with dreamweaver whirly gig in blue and chrome and yellow and chrome colors. A few Kings are showing up, we had one on a 10 color leadcore with a green jeans Dreamweaver spoon that eluded us. Give us a call at Lie A Lot Charters to book your summer fishing fun!! (231)-233-5176

Lake Michigan Fishing Report May 23, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 23rd, 2019
Surface temperature readings were up near 45 degrees. Pier fishing was slow. Lake trout fishing was hot as those out trolling reported limit catches taken in 30 to 60 feet in just a few hours. A couple Chinook salmon were also caught.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report May 21, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters on May 21st, 2019
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Guess what? Silver fish are picking up!! Kings are being caught. Yesterday with the NW blow trout fishing got tough until the wind died and then it was lights out. Kings are being caught in the trout grounds but based on my experience the best king fishing is in the 53's and 54's 98 to 100fow!! Find the warm edge of the cold water and follow the edge to target Kings and then go trout fishing!! We found Kings on the warm side this morning. Mag Bl?Gr Yeck Dolphins on High Divers 120ft back, Mag Yeck Mixed veggies on flat lines and 3 colors and Mag Moonshine Craigs Flounder were good on 100 coppers. For Lakers Mixed Veggie Spin Doctors and UV Green Tip On Divers and Chrome Spin Doctors and Xmas Tree Spin-n-glos on riggers were our best last night and this morning followed by Yeck Glow Tin Can Dodgers and Spin-n-glos were good. We also hit Kings on Stinger Inmates on 3 colors and Mag R Blue Jeans 50ft down on riggers. It should only get better as the water warms and sets up!!

King caught on a 100 copper with a Mag Rv Moonshine Craigs Flounder this morning. Spring Kings are a blast!!

Lake Michigan Fishing Report May 18, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters on May 18th, 2019
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Sorry about not doing a fishing report lately. Boat was out of the water to repair a rear main seal leak. Took my wife out for a test and tune last night and fished for about 20 min straight out. Water is starting to warm up finally. Set down in 50fow and checked for any water or oil leaks on motor after reassembling and installing----all good. We were marking suspended fish and started setting rods, release with 2 rods right away on the bottom with 8" Chrome Spin Doctor and Xmas tree spin-n-glo which went 2 more times before we pulled lines and ran in about 20min of fishing time. Got out to 67fow which was too deep because the water cooled off. South of the Project lake trout fishing has been red hot 45 to 60fow. Key to getting silver fish here is to get out of the east wind pattern we have been in. Looking at lake wide surface temps Wisconsin water is setting up like we should be at this time of the year----a couple of good SW winds are needed to flip the lake and the forecast looks better. Kings are starting to show up and it will only get better.

A great time with a father and son birthday trip. After getting their limit of trout in short order and a couple for the captain, changed over to all high lines and a speed troll to target kings. We hit 1 screamer which came unbuttened and 4 more trout which we released. Decided to quit so we wouldn't just be killing trout as we were at our limit.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report May 16, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 16th, 2019
Surface water temperatures were near 40 degrees. Lake trout fishing is on fire right now, with fish caught in 30 to 60 feet. Many were coming in with limit catches in a matter of hours. The best fishing was south of the port. A small number of Chinook salmon were also caught. Pier fishing was slow.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report May 10, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on May 10th, 2019
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Fishing is very good out of Ludington rite now!! I took my two kids and a couple good friends along. Fish came on or just off bottom in 50-60' with down riggers and both high and low dipsey divers. Best was and has been chrome Dreamweaver spin doctors with blue whirly gig. The fishing can't get any better with all of us catching our 3 apiece and being back to the dock in under 3 hours!!! Book your fishing adventure soon aboard the Lie A Lot.... 800-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report May 9, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 9th, 2019
All the docks are in and the fish cleaning station is now open. Lake trout fishing was on fire with fish taken by those trolling to the south in 20 to 40 feet with spoons and spin-glo’s. A small number of Chinook salmon were also caught. A few brown trout were caught when trolling in eight to 14 feet. A few Chinook were found in shallow waters. Try spoons and body baits.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report May 5, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters on May 5th, 2019
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Fishing is on fire for lake trout south of the Project in 55fow. Some Kings are starting to show up. We need a strong sw wind. From Little Point south the water is warmer and we need to get it around the corner. Spin Doctors in Chrome and Trout Candy were hot for us yesterday with xmas tree and uv green tip spin-n-glos. Tried to stay out out of the trout and hit some kings speed trolling up to 3.5mph with 2 colors to 200 coppers and kept hitting and releasing trout on Moonshine RV mag Orange hulk, Blue Hulk and Flounder pounder. Had 1 possible king drive by on a 150 copper with a gold stinger Hot Jordo. A great crew on their anniversary. Now thats how you do it!!

Lake Michigan Fishing Report May 2, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 2nd, 2019
The fish cleaning station remains closed. Those trolling caught lake trout in 10 to 30 feet and brown trout in six to 12 feet with spoons and body baits.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report April 30, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters on April 30th, 2019
Fishing has started in southern Lake Michigan. Looks like we can look forward to some big kings again this year, a 29.3lb king was caught in the Michigan City Pro/Am this weekend. Coho fishing has been outstanding in East Chicago. St Joe is doing well for multi species catches and further north Lake Trout are doing well.

Ludington-lake trout fishing has been good 45 to 55fow south of the Project using Chrome Spin Doctors 8 and 10in Trout Candy, Dodgers with spin-n-glos and whirly gigs. Reminder if you are fishing in front of the Project the bottom is full of cannon ball and diver eating rocks and you need to stay outside of 60fow. The beach has been extremely muddy but on Saturday during the Brian MacDonald Memorial Brown Trout Tournament the north wind actually cleaned the water up enough to fish effectively. Browns, steelhead and lake trout were being caught on spoons and stick baits.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report April 25, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on April 25th, 2019
The fish cleaning station remains closed and there is still only one dock in. Windy conditions have made fishing difficult. Brown trout and lake trout were hitting spoons and body baits. The lake trout were caught south of the port in 45 to 50 feet. Pier fishing was slow but a few brown trout were caught on spawn.

Pere Marquette Lake Fishing Report April 11, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on April 11th, 2019
Had good yellow perch fishing. Most were using minnows or wax worms.

Ludington Fishing Report April 11, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on April 11th, 2019
The ramp has one dock in, but the fish cleaning station is still closed. Ice on the pier has limited access and anglers need to use caution. Brown trout were caught on spawn. Those trolling the shoreline with spoons and body baits caught brown trout in six to 12 feet.

Here Marquette Lake Fishing Report January 17, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on January 17th, 2019
Pere Marquette Lake: Boat anglers were catching yellow perch.



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