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The harvest has been ON PDF

The boat is in storage for the winter and will be getting its usual maintanence over the winter months.  Looking forward to spring launch.  It's never too early to book your trip for the big lake.  Brown trout are targeted early in the spring, but we still catch lake trout, and some kings and coho as the waters start to warm up.  Springtime weather dictates water temperatures and that often dictates the fish's movements and feeding.  Check out the April special and get on the water!

Fishing report 8/27 PDF

Fishing around muskegon has had mixed results, but one common theme has been big fish!  The offshore fishery has been spotty.  Some great catches and some not so great catches.  The inshore fishery for the mature kings has been good and should get better.  After the water flipped a couple weeks ago, there have been kings in and around the piers since.  Lots of 20#+ fish being taken.  This past weekend we fished in front of the piers and inside the piers and did well.  Sunday we fished in Muskegon lake and did well.  The next couple weeks should see a large push of mature fish coming into the piers and make for some exciting up close and personal big fish action.

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Weekly fishing report Aug 8-11 PDF

Fishing has been good with moments of greatness and moments of not greatness.  There are some huge fish around.  We set a new boat record a few weeks ago and broke it again and almost again.


Thursday morning the 8th we finished with 10, Thursday afternoon we had 5.  Friday we had 10, Saturday morning we had 8 in the morning and 5 in the afternoon.  Sunday morning we had 4 and Sunday evening as first mate we had 8.

Of all the trips we had two dinasaur lake trout that weighed 22.25# and 15#, 20.5# king and a 21# king, and several more in the mid to upper teens.  Lots of steelhead and coho around as well. 


So the 20#7oz boat record from about 2005 was broken in July with a 21#7oz king.  That was almost broken with a 20.5# fish Sunday but all fell short of the 22.25# lake trout we took on Thursday last week. 


That is a boat record that needs to be broken soon.  Get out there while the big boys are around.

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Fishing is heating up PDF

Lake Michigan action has heated up in the last week.  After the slow down for several weeks catch rates are on the rise.  Saturday we landed 6 of 11 on including a 21#7oz King and another large king just shy of 19#.  We rounded the cooler out with nice steelhead and coho.  Saturday afternoon's catch landed 8.  Sunday morning we had 18 bites and landed 10 and Sunday afternoon we had a very short 3 hour trip and landed 4 of 6 bites.

Tuesday night I ran out for 2.5 hours of fishing and had 9 bites and landed 4 fish. 

Big Kings are being caught almost every day that top 20# now. 

Get out there while the fishing is hot!

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Fishing is Strong PDF

I continue to be too busy to keep reports updated.  So the general bite is really good with strong action early in the morning.  Flies have domiinated the catch, but plugs are holding their own.  Last weekend was three trips in two days.  Trip one found me offshore in 330-350 fow and having lots of bites on smaller fish with a few mature kings mixed in.  Trip two I stayed closer to home and worked on kings in 170 fow and boxed a 2 man crew. Trip three found me back in 170-200 and working flies on the bottom of the water column.  All lures have been in the bottom of the water column and action has been good with roughly 20 bites per trip. 

Northport Nailer flies in SeaMist, SeaMist UV, Artic Ice and Little Boy Blue have all been really strong.  Pearl glow plugs are picking away at fish as well. 


Four more charters this week.  More details to follow.


Big Kings tonight PDF
The big angry kings showed themselves this afternoon.  Fishing the same general area as the last week but today we were 11 for 21 in 3.5 hours fishing time.  Had a hard time keeping them hooked when the sun was bright.  Today the story was mostly a fly bite and the big kings were hungry.  We finished with 5 kings in the 13-16# range, 3 coho and 3 steelhead.  Several of the fish that got off were big kings as well.  SeaMist HorseFly is all I have to say.  Running behind the blue/green chrome E-chip was hot. Wire divers back 180-220, 350 copper were steady.  Nailer spoons also took fish.  the 4 color with #62 went 4 times, 300 copper with Salmonhead went, An old school green/ white nailer on the rigger went 3 times and took all three coho.  #12 took a hit, 65 took a steelhead on the high diver.  It was another great trip.
Deckload steel city PDF
Charter yesterday afternoon we deckloaded.  Fish were snapping but not hooking up well to start.  At one point we were 2 for 11, but finished 21 for 34.  16 steelhead, 4 kings and a coho for my 6 anglers from Arizona.  Flat calm water and biting fish.  Hard to beat that. 
Fishing continues to be strong PDF
Yesterday I actually got to fish with the wife for the first time in 3 or 4 years and we headed out at 430pm.  By 630 we had our limit of steelhead and 2 kings and a coho to go with them.  Same program, mostly a spoon bite, roghly 100 fow, trolling fast.
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