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2019 Ludington Fishing Reports


Ludington State Park Fishing Report October 10, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on October 10th, 2019
Surface temperatures were about 62 degrees. Coho were starting to show up at Ludington State Park.

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Lake Michigan Fishing Report September 26, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 26th, 2019
Still had warmer water. Coho and steelhead were hitting spoons 50 to 90 feet down in 200 to 400 feet where the cooler water was found. Pier anglers caught small coho on spawn.

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Pere Marquette Lake Fishing Report September 19, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 19th, 2019
Some are still catching salmon with spoons and J-plugs.

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Lake Michigan Fishing Report September 19, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 19th, 2019
Chinook, coho and steelhead were taken 60 to 100 feet down in waters 200 feet and deeper when trolling spoons, flies and meat rigs. Surface water temperatures were up near 65 degrees. Pier fishing was slow.

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Pere Marquette Lake Fishing Report September 12, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 12th, 2019
Chinook fishing slowed way down and many fish moved into the river.

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Lake Michigan Fishing Report September 12, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 12th, 2019
Coho were starting to show up in the Sable River at the State Park. Surface water temperatures were at about 64 degrees. Offshore fishing for Chinook slowed. Anglers were having success with steelhead and coho in 200 to 400 feet of water, 60 to 90 feet down. Spoons and meat rigs worked best. Pier fishing remained slow.

Pere Marquette Lake Fishing Report September 5, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 5th, 2019
Those trolling or jigging for salmon continue to catch fish on spoons or J-plugs.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report September 5, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 5th, 2019
Fishing was tough when the lake rolled over and the water was warm from top to bottom. Most were heading deep and targeting the top 80 to 100 feet in 200 to 400 feet where they caught Chinook, coho and steelhead on spoons and meat rigs. Pier fishing was slow.

Pere Marquette Lake Fishing Report August 29, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 29th, 2019
Continues to produce Chinook salmon for those trolling spoons and J-plugs in both the channel and the lake.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report August 29, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 29th, 2019
The lake rolled over which caused a good number of Chinook salmon to run into Pere Marquette Lake. Those trolling around the piers, in the channel and into the lake caught fish on spoons and J-plugs. Those fishing offshore were still bringing in a fair number of fish. Try 20 to 50 feet down in 60 to 120 feet with spoons, meat rigs and J-plugs in the early morning.

Pere Marquette Lake Fishing Report August 22, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 22nd, 2019
Chinook salmon were still being caught in the channel and the lake when trolling spoons and J-plugs

Lake Michigan Fishing Report August 22, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 22nd, 2019
Salmon fishing slowed though Chinook, coho and steelhead were found 40 to 70 feet down in 100 to 200 feet with spoons, J-plugs and meat rigs. Pier anglers also caught fish when casting spoons.

Pere Marquette Lake Fishing Report August 15, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 15th, 2019
Anglers are catching Chinook salmon in the channel and the lake. Those trolling were using J-plugs.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report August 15, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 15th, 2019
Surface temperature readings were near 72 degrees. Though the fish were a bit scattered, big Chinook salmon are coming in. Most were 50 to 80 feet down in 400 feet or more. Chinook, steelhead and a small number of coho were 40 to 60 feet down in 90 to 300 feet. Meat rigs and spoons worked best. Chinook are also being caught around the piers.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report August 11, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 11th, 2019
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Fishing, morning or evening has been steady with a nice mixed bag of kings, coho, steelhead and a few lake trout. Best rigs were kg spin doctors with uv green big water meat rigs on a 300' copper. Few dates left in August give us a call soon to enjoy your trip aboard the Lie A Lot!!! (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report August 10, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters on August 10th, 2019
Still getting some huge Kings, many mid to upper 20's and fish everyday over 30lbs. The warmer water has pushed in closer after the west winds but remains very cold on the inside. Break is 30ft or less down. Some steelhead, coho and lakers in the mix. White Slick 8" Spin Doc w/Pickeled Sunshine flies have been good on high divers 100-140ft back. White Crush Paddles 60ft down. Black Crush Paddles on divers 80ft back. Yeck Bush bean, Lightning, Jerids, Bad Chicken on 100-200 coppers. Closer on high diver back 165ft w/ UV Gasoline meat rigs. Water is stirred up from the wind and the best water is outside of the white clay water. North of the Point that was 160ft to 280fow for us today. 00's to 02.5 was good. Dancing Anchoy taking fish on a high diver back 110ft. Moonshine Mahi Mahi, Green Jeans on 200-300ft coppers.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report August 8, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 8th, 2019
Chinook salmon fishing is heating up here as well with some big healthy fish coming in. The best fishing was 30 to 60 feet down in 100 to 200 feet as well as 30 to 50 feet down in 300 to 400 feet with spoons and meat rigs. A small number of steelhead and lake trout were also caught. Pier fishing was slow.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report August 6, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters on August 6th, 2019
Fishing has been spotty overall. You need to be on the fish. Water nearshore is a wreck after a few days of north and east winds. 4000s have been good from the 53's south. North of the point in 300-400fow. Break is high. 100 coppers to 400 coppers are working well 35 to 90ft down on riggers, 150-180ft back on high divers, 90-120ft back on low divers. Spoons have been good, Moonshine Gr Jeans, Blue Hulk, Gr Hulk, Flounder Pounder. Yeck Jerid and Lightning and Bush Bean ,Stinger Naked Jordo and SOG. Free sliders are taking fish well. Meat Rigs on Spin Doctors, my best has been a Closer w/UV on Ice Meat Rig. Showtime with Blue Moo has been good. Best flasher fly combo for me has been 8" White Slick and Pickeled Sunshine fly. A bunch of 30plus pound fish are still being caught. Get out and get some

Lake Michigan Fishing Report August 6, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 6th, 2019
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I hope the season continues with fishing this good through September!!!! Kings are biting in the unseasonably high cool water, and have been very speradic with some running divers out to 7-800' and others running up past the boat!!! Big water uv green and uv on ice meat rigs went best today on divers out 150-180 on highs and 90-100 on lows!! Few dates left and the it's been a Great summer of fishing in Ludington!!! Give us a call today (800)-850-1978 Lie A Lot Charters

Lake Michigan Fishing Report August 2, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 2nd, 2019
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Fishing continues to be very very good out of Ludington!!! This afternoon again did not disappoint with the kids having steady action!!! Have a few spots still available, give us a call Today to book your adventure!!! Lie A Lot Charters.....(800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report August 1, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 1st, 2019
Surface temps were at about 70 degrees. The current was still very strong at Sable Point and the beach area is still closed for safety reasons. The north pier is always closed if there’s any wind over 10 mph. Chinook were starting to show up with the best fishing found off shore in 120 to 200 feet of water, 70 to 90 feet down. Meat rigs and flies were most fruitful. Lake trout were caught off shore while bouncing the bottom.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report July 31, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters on July 31st, 2019
The south blow we had this weekend brought kings in and the n a north and north east wind has cooled the water down and made fishing tougher again. Black Paddles and Pickeled Sunshine flies on deep rigger and low wires 69-120ft back are working. Moonshine Mongollian Beef stacked with a Yeck Wart frog 60-65ft down. 200 Coppers w/Mahi Mahi and Green Shorts. 300-400 coppers w/ Kevins Girlfriend and Pickeled Sunshine. Best water is South of the Project 90-140fow. Tons of bait has shown up with the fish. Steelhead have shown up in better numbers and hopefully coho are soon to follow.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report July 30, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 30th, 2019
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Kings are finally showing themselves!!! Big water green mile meat rig behind green spin doctors on a low diver was best! Took a Fed early on glow spoons on full core and 225 copper as well. Book your adventure soon before dates are filled up!! Lie A Lot Charters (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report July 27, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters on July 27th, 2019
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Now that the tournaments are over posts will be regular.
Fishing for salmon has been tough, few fish have been around. In the offshore Classic some monster Kings showed up but it was a strong lake trout tournament. Most of the big Kings were caught off of Manistee, a 37.75lb fish was weighed in. Lake Trout fishing has been good straight out and south to the 54's in 80-90fow after the north winds this week and the water cooled off. With the south blow today and water warming up the trout should move back out to 100-130fow. Riggers with cowbells w/peanuts or spin-n-glos are doing well, along w/Chrome Spin Docs, Trout Candy, Chrome Mixed Veggie with Green, Mtn Dew, Glo Spi-n-glos and DW Whirly gigs. I did find a batch of kings in the 51's in the 35's to 39s on Tuesday. It wasn't a normal offshore fast troll program but very slow and deep even with the break 30ft down. At daybreak fish were hitting at 2.8SOG on spoons Moonshine Flounder Pounder, Gr. Knight, Wonder Bread free slider the others were on riggers 55ft to 60ft down. 100 Copper with Naked Jordo, 200 Copper with Yeck Mag Bl/Gr Holographic Dolphin then the bite quickly shut down. Struggled to get bit. Put a Kevins Girlfriend w/Pickeled Sunshine fly down 100ft and slowed the troll to 1.9Sog and immediately got bit, dropped low wires back to 200ft with Netminder and Diabolical Gr. Reaper Meat Rig and 10" Kevins Girlfriend w/ Diabolical Gr. Reaper Meatrig and they started to fire.
Yetserday fished the bank north from 01.5 to the 7's. Started off in 140fow w/no bites, slid into 105fow north of the point and captured a Chinook low diver 160ft back on Netminder w/Gr Reaper Meatrig. Then cowbells started to fire on the bottom for trout. Lotsa trash and weeds made keeping rods clean tough. Noticed we had to be out of the dirty water to catch fish. The south blow today is really pushing some dirty water along the shore north and the water is warming up, hoping this brings the Kings in!

Some of the kings we caught offshore this week, and a great group of YMCA camp kids on a 2 boat trip HATTRICK AND RAPTOR pounding on the trout.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report July 25, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 25th, 2019
Surface waters were 65 degrees. Some big Chinook salmon over 30 pounds were caught 40 to 90 feet down in 120 to 250 feet when trolling spoons and meat rigs. Lake trout action slowed a bit however fish were still being caught along the bottom in 100 to 180 feet. The piers were closed for safety reasons because of the highwater levels.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report July 18, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 18th, 2019
Surface temperate readings were about 67 degrees. The better fishing seemed to be near the Ludington Pump Storage facility and south. Lake trout fishing remains hot especially when bouncing the bottom in 80 to 120 feet. Slow salmon fishing with only a couple found 30 to 90 feet down in waters up to 150 feet or so. The occasional steelhead was caught. Pier fishing remains slow.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report July 11, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 11th, 2019
A good number of lake trout were caught in 90 to 200 feet when bottom bouncing cowbells and spin-glo’s. Pier fishing was slow.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report July 7, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters on July 7th, 2019
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Following the north blow was a huge guess where to go?? Water peeled from the Point south, Fri night we had 73 deg, it was 43 this am. Decided to start 59.1 on a south troll pointed at the weather buoy?? It worked out for us today 85fow. 2 riggers on the bottom were best for us, they were on fire, Chrome Mixed Veggie Spin Doc w/UV Gr Tip Spin-n-Glo and 10" Chrome Spin Dioc w/Xmas Tree Spin-n-glo was outstanding. Took a big King on a Moonshine Gr Knight 50ft down on a rigger. On a south troll turned north at 56.7 and went north a mile and we were done Also hit fish with a high diver w/LT Candy Spin Doc and UV GreenTip Spin-n-glo and A Low wire with 10" Spin Doc w/Xmas Tree Spin-n-glo in the mud.

Had a great time aboard the RAPTOR with a family from Missouri. The kids were nonstop on the rods, on trout. They get to go home w/fish to eat and great memories, and the girls wanted to hear about my daughters Bachlorette party nn the boat friday afternoon. Fun day and fish dances from the girls this morning when we went 5 min w/o a bite, dang this captain is horrible, LOL

Lake Michigan Fishing Report July 6, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters on July 6th, 2019
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Fishing is good or poor based on your perspective. Catching trout is getting better. Bait and sea fleas are showing up and are the normal precurser to good king fishing. My steady Eddie worked again a couple of times last night taking a nice King and a trout just, north of the Point on a low diver back 160ft. A Netminder with a Diabolical meatrig called Gr. reaper. Also took fish on a Bl Bubble Spin Doc w/Bl Moo Meatrig back 150ft on a High Diver. Trout are moing in and that is the bread and butter fishing. As we get closer to the Ludington Tournament the Kings usually show up again, let's hope!!

Gotta be nuts to take 6 crazed bridal shower women out on your boat. Have had Bachelor parties out and they are so mellow compared to Bachlorette groups.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report July 5, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 5th, 2019
Kings have been hard to find the last couple of outings! So we switched gears and have been doing very well on Lake trout the past couple of trips. Fished in front of the pump storage plant in 100-110' of water. Spin n glows behind chrome spin doctors and yeck tin can dodgers have been the best, at or near bottom. Dates are booking fast so give us a call at Lie A Lot Charters to secure your desired date!! (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report July 4, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 4th, 2019
Boat anglers found a few Chinook, steelhead and lake trout 80 to 140 feet down in 120 to 250 feet with spoons, flies and meat rigs. Fish were also found out deep in 300 feet or more. Pier fishing was slow.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report July 4, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters on July 4th, 2019
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Fishing has been tough out of Pentwater to Manistee----also sounds like much to most of the lake is. Afternoons out of Ludington have been good compared to the mornings though. Straight out on the crown, along the bank, off the bank in 200-240fow gotta try different depths and find actiuve fish. Tuesday afternoon the break was much shallower than it had been 45 @ 65ft, wednesday morning it had pushed back down with some really weird currents. Hit fish 130-160ft back on low wires with Kevins Girlfriend Spin Doc w/Diabolical Gr Reaper Meat Rig and Netminder Spin Doc w/Gr Mile Meat Rig. 400 45# Bloodrun Copper with a Glow Blade Green Slick Spin Doc and Pickeled sunshgine fly down the shoot as a Polish Downrigger! (Polish Down rigger--let all the copper out attach a 8oz weight and count the amt of bars back, I have been going back 10 passes on the reel). 300 copper on Mean Jeans, 100 copper Naked Jordo

All you hard core anglers 8yr old girl on a low wire knocked this king flat and helped rinse and bag our catch. Great job Samantha

Lake Michigan Fishing Report July 2, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 2nd, 2019
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Fishing has been steady out of Ludington!! Set up north of the big point Sauble lighthouse in 150'. Best rigs continue to be low wire divers with big water green mile meat rigs and a high diver with big water uv blue meat rigs. Highs out 260-280 and lows out 140-180. Dates are filling fast so call soon to book your next fishing trip aboard the Lie A Lot!!!! (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report June 30, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters on June 30th, 2019
Sorry about a late report but my lap-top wouldn't load last night and trouble this morning also. Yesterday fishing was tough for most from Ludington to Manistee. Marking fish was the report but had trouble getting them going. Water has warmed up dramatically, had 51 degrees down 70ft. North troll off the bank 150fow from 02.5 to the stick w/o a bite and turned west, hit a double in 240fow, low diver back 150ft w/Netminder spin doc and a Gr Diabolical Meat Rig and 100ft down on a Mongollian Beef both elluded capture. Kept on a NW troll to get to the cold break offshore and had a steady pick out to 460fow when the fog moved in our bite quit for an hour?? Best rods were 200 Blood Run 45# Copper w/Yeck regular Bl/Gr Holographic Dolphin, Rigger 50-77 ft down w/Orange Flounder free slid with Yeck Wart Frog, 100ft Blood Run32# Coppers w/Stinger Naked Jordos(gold Blank), 150ft copper with Stinger Starburst. 10" Kevins Girlfriend Gr Mile Meat Rig 160ft on a low wire. Moonshine Cyclonite and Mandarin Orange working also. Yeck mag holographic Bl/Gr Dolphin down 100ft Stacked with a Smitty 5ft above went and a blue Knight free slid at 45 ft was going. We had trouble getting fish to the boat, we were trolling 2.9-3.1 to cover ground and might have contributed to the poor hook-ups but with the good bite I didn't want to change speed.....just one of those days. South troll from 06's to 04's slow bite but it picked up again on the 36 line just as we got to the 03's and we took several fish and missed fish pulling lines

Lake Michigan Fishing Report June 27, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on June 27th, 2019
Chinook, lake trout and steelhead were caught in 100 to 240 feet. Try spoons, flies and meat rigs. Pier fishing was slow.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report June 26, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters on June 26th, 2019
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Finally sw winds!! Surface didn't warm up much but the temp pushed down to 80ft along the bank and the best fishing was 80-120ft down. The water from the hard winds was very stained to 03 and once past the very dirty water fishing picked up. Glow Frog, Yellow Frog, Net Minder Spin Docs with Froggy and Gr Mile Meat Rigs were good along with Diabolical Meat Rigs on low divers 140ft-160ft back. New Coyote Flasher Black w/Crush and Kevorkian Tape w/Moo Moo Meat rig down 100ft on rigger (they have a spinner in the middle of the blade, kinda interesting). Also hit on 300 Bloodrun coppers with Raspberry Carbon, 150 w/Starburst. Best bite was in 100-110fow, after bite slowed down worked out on a west troll and worked some slicks out to 330fow. We didn't get far enough out to get to the coldest water. North troll was 2.9sog and the strong south to north current made it tough to get a good south troll, 1.6-1.9SOG.

Really nice fish being caught and Ma caught the biggest fish and the biggest fish of her life on a Net Minder with a Gr Diabolical Meat rig. She whined alot when the first run on the low diver smoked out over 300ft of line, lol

Lake Michigan Fishing Report June 25, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters on June 25th, 2019
After 3 days of east winds we finally have a stretch of SW winds!! Fishing was tough yesterday, started in front of Pentwater in 85fow and worked out to 120fow. Hit a trout on the bottom off the bat on a 10" Chrome spin doc w/Xmas tree spin-n-glo. As we trolled south the water was peeling off and getting colder. Turned back north to find the warmer water but it was gone and we weren't marking fish much. Customers wanted to target Kings and we hit them from 117fow to 135fow. 60ft on rigger Moonshine Dolphin, 300 Copper Mag Raspberry Carbon & Smitty, 300 Copper Yeck Polecat, 80ft Rigger Steelhead came on Moonshine Mag Oscar, 200 Copper Blue Hulk. 100 copper regular 007 and Stinger Naked Jordo. 90-110fow was best for trout but that became tough as the water peeled also. Started w/53 degrees on the surface and 50deg down 45ft, water cooled off to 49 deg on the surface and 46deg down 45ft. Found 51 deg water out deeper and 55 from the 49's to the 52's but fish were very scattered. With stable weather and good wind direction the lake should set up and hopefully push the break in closer. Still some monster fish around, a 30lb king and 25lb Brown were weighed in at Captain Chucks this weekend, get out and join the Captain Chucks 30lb Club!

Lake Michigan Fishing Report June 22, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters on June 22nd, 2019
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On Friday fishing was fair. Some boats did very well but it sounded like they hit the critical speed. Fishing was best inside of 120fow along the bank and north of the point inside 100fow. The full moon period hasn't helped the bite any and today we have hard east winds which is spreading the water out worse and scattering the fish. Our best yesterday was Moonshine Mag R Dolphin 60ft down on a rigger, Silver Streak Purple Smurf 85 to 100ft on a high Diver, Orange Flounder on rigger 45ft free slid with a SS Starburst. One angler had a great bite going on a 10" White Slick Spin Doc w/Moo Moo Meat Rig back 120ft on a low wire. Next week we are supposed to get SW winds and warmer weather. Sounds like the entire coast of Michigan is struggling today. It's June and the lake is trying to set up and it takes time but we definitely need some stable weather.

Yesterday was Veterans Day and 30+ boats participated and a group of people packaged and cleaned fish for them. Thanks to all the boaters/Captains and help cleaning fish to support our troops!!

Father and son trip yesterday. Son with his first big King 22lbs that smoked a high diver, complained that it was hurting his arms lol

Lake Michigan Fishing Report June 20, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on June 20th, 2019
Surface water temperatures were 52 degrees. Chinook salmon fishing has slowed as the fish were scattered. Those out trolling did manage to catch a couple Chinook along with steelhead and lake trout in 140 to 250 feet with spoons, flies and meat rigs. Pier fishing was slow.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report June 16, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Glen Buehner of Raptor Charters on June 16th, 2019
Despite the big winds, rough water and the surface temps falling like a rock fishing remains good. Steelhead are showing up in decent numbers---it's time. Kings are being caught from the Point to north of Manistee and from the 52's to Little Point. Mixed bags of kings of different age classes, steelhead and lakers are being captured. New Buffalo to Saugatuck is on fire for coho and hopefully they start to move up the coast soon. Bait is starting to show up in better numbers also. Hopefully we get some clear days to get some surface temp maps. This week looks like great weather, get out go fishing!!

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.

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!!

Lake Michigan Fishing Report June 11, 2019

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 11th, 2019
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Fished and fished and then fished some more today!!!! Started out with a fish here and there and continued that way until about noon. Best lures were on lead cores (10,7,5 color) included glow spoons in green jeans, bloody nose and Dreamweaver ss super glow wonder bread. Lie A Lot Charters (800)-850-1978

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.

The new GLSI (Great Lakes Salmon Initiative) Website is complete. This has a host of information for weather, webcams, satellite imagery, etc. Check it out. Sign up to be a member, we are fighting to maintain our salmon fisheries in the Great Lakes and insure proper management with social, economic factors weighed in alonbg with sound science. Like the Facebook page as we use this medium to get information out to the public.

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.

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

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.

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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