Filter Ludington Fishing Reports:2020
Whether it's fishing for salmon on Lake Michigan, or catching your limit on Ludington's Pere Marquette Lake--we've got the best variety of fishing here in Ludington. Some of the best charter captains on Lake Michigan make Ludington their home port, and will happily take people out on the lake to fish for salmon and trout. Anglers also love fishing in Ludington during the winter.
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2015 Ludington Fishing Reports
Steelhead were caught by pier anglers and those surfcasting when the weather allows.
Pier anglers are finding steelhead when floating spawn. Those surfcasting have also taken fish.
Pier and shore fishing has been fair to good depending on wind direction. Anglers caught steelhead and the occasional brown trout.
Steelhead have been caught by pier anglers and those surfcasting. Catch rates were dependent on wind and wave action. Most are using spawn.
Steelhead have been caught by pier anglers and those surfcasting. Catch rates were dependent on wind and wave action. Most are using spawn.
Pier anglers and those surfcasting have caught steelhead when the weather allows. A few boats were heading south when the winds allowed.
Boat anglers were lucky to bring in 1 to 4 fish consisting of coho and steelhead. With the extreme changes in temperature, catch rates were hit-or-miss.
We fished offshore this AM 10 plus miles slightly SW of port in the 40 to 42 west line. There was a steep temp incline from 45 to 55 degree surface temp and steelhead were there, we boated 6 for 8 fish on. Bites were all on clean lines, 1.5 and 2 color leadcores. Spoons with orange and brass color, Starburst gold stinger, and yeager stingers all took bites. No Downrigger or divers bites though we marked lots of big fish and bait from 40 to 120 feet deep.
This was the last trip of the season for Rodmaster Fishing Charters. Our team would like to thank all of you that joined us for fishing this past year and we look forward to seeing you next year . We anticipate another very busy season in 2016 so don't forget to book your trip well in advance.
Captain Gary Smith
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A couple decent catches were reported off Big Sable Point when fishing 80 to 90 feet down in 150 feet. Anglers are hoping the rain, cooler temperatures and north winds will get some fish moving again.
Fishing in the channel was slow but anglers are picking up a fish here and there when using orange and yellow spoons or body baits. Pier fishing was also extremely slow. Boat anglers were lucky to catch a fish when heading out beyond the pier.
Offshore fishery is picking up. We fished in 350 fow this am and had 12 fish on but only able to get 6 in the net. Nice mix catches of mature and next year kings, steelhead, coho, and Lake trout. Our bites came on 5, 6, and 8 color cores with orange and green proking, Starburst gold, fireball spoons, 300 copper with 11 in white crush paddle and pickled sunshine fly, Downrigger down 62 ft sarge moonshine spoon, slider with yeager spoon, Downrigger down 110 with king flasher uv and balls down meatrig, high diver out 190 with hit man spoon.
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Fishing was good to today offshore in 300 to 400 fow. We had 15 bites boated a nice mix of kings, coho, steelhead and Lake trout. Our bites came on high divers out 100 with fireball and green proking spoons, riggers with green dolphin and yeager bomber spoons set at 55, 45, (with sliders) and 120 down with nbk green spindoctor and uv ice meatrig. 350 copper with green sparkler spindoctor and yellow uv ice meatrig, 2 color with Starburst spoon, 6 color with Starburst gold spoon.
We have a few spots left for fishing days over the next few weeks. Call us at 517.712.8709 or check out our website at www.rodmasterfishing.com.
Catch rates were still hit-or-miss. The water were fairly warm with surface temperatures in the high 60's and low 70's but a north wind did turn the lake over. Anglers are still fishing about 6 miles south to the project at 80 to 100 feet down in 130 feet or off Big Sable Point in 120 to 300 feet. Most of the fish caught were taken about halfway between Ludington and Manistee when using J-plugs and cut bait. Anglers caught mostly chinook followed by coho, steelhead and lake trout.
We fished North of Ludington working shallow waters for staging kings. The day was cloudy and raining, perfect for fishing. We had 13 bites and boated 8 fish. We lost two big kings tangled in lines. One threw the hook the other broke the line. They were on lucky charm plug on rigger 35 ft and blue splatter back plug on 5 color lead core. More bites came on orange and green proking spoon on rigger down 22 ft. Green jeans spoon out 65 ft on high diver, gold starburst spoon on 3 color leadcore, MOP plug on 6 color, green jeans spoon on 4 color, fire tiger spin doctor / orange squid on rigger 25 down, and green ladder back plug on 8 color.
There are still plenty of staging fish to be caught. Check more of our action at www.rodmasterfishing.com or Facebook RodmasterFishingChartersLLC
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With warm water in the area, catch rates were up and down. Anglers were still trolling 80 to 100 feet down in 130 feet south to the project or north to Big Sable Point at 80 to 120 feet down in 120 to 300 feet. Most fish were taken about halfway between Ludington and Manistee. J-plugs and cut bait worked best with most catching chinook followed by the occasional coho, steelhead and lake trout. On the good days, anglers were averaging 5-8 fish but the bad days were 0-2. Those coming in with more fish said trolling in a certain direction has helped.
Fishing in September remains great! There are still lots of mature kings in the lake waiting for the catching. We fished north again in 110 fow to 240 fow. Fish were biting on 250, 350, and 300 coppers. Plug bites were blue splatter back, blue glow, and mother of pearl. Wire divers, low wire at 100 and 220 ft, high wires at 150 and 240 ft. Green nbk spin doctor green mile meatrig, mountain dew spindoctor with black ice meatrig, frog spindoctor with green uv ice meatrig, Kevins girlfriend spindoctor with green mile meatrig. Rigger at 75 and 85 with plugs. We had one spoon bite moonshine striptastic on a slider.
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The lake is finally starting to settle down but water temperatures are still fairly warm so catch rates were hit-or-miss. Boats are fishing about 6 miles south to the project and 60 to 80 feet down in 120 feet or north to Big Sable Point at 60 to 120 feet down in 80 to 200 feet. Cut bait was best with blue flies and flashers but a few were also taken on J-plugs and spoons. On the good days, anglers were averaging 5 fish per trip, on the bad days it was 0-2 fish. They caught mainly chinook but a few more coho were showing up. Some reported the occasional steelhead or lake trout.
Fishing continues to remain strong with lots of mature kings still in the big lake . We fished north today in water ranging from 120 to 200 fow. Bites came on almost everything we had in water. 10 color leadcore, 200, 250, 300, 350, and 400 copper with plugs.... lucky charm, blue splatter back, green ladder back, green splatter back, and clown . Spoons were orange and green proking, blue jeans, and striptastic. High diver out 150 with Kevin girlfriend spindoctor and green mile meatrig. Green NBK spindoctor with black ice meatrig on low wire 150. Best rigger was 110 down with John king stimulus flasher and moo moo meat rig.
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Fishing continues to be very very good. Plugs on full cores, 225 copper and 300' of copper was good late. Dreamweaver kg spin doctor with big water tackles green mile on 217' high diver and showtime spin doctor with big water tackles blue UV on low diver out 120 were very good all afternoon. Still have labor day morning open and Tuesday morning after open, call soon... Don't miss this great fishing. Capt. Mike. (800)-850-1978
Fishing aboard the lie a lot continues to be fairly steady with a slower trip mixed in here and there, but even those days big fish are coming aboard!!!!! This morning started out north of Ludington pier heads in 100' of water and trolled north 3 miles before turning and heading back in same depth all morning. The boat traffic is finally light and the fish are more steady on the bite throughout the day! We started out the morning with almost all j plugs on full core, 225 coppers and switched to meat about 9am. That worked well with Dreamweaver kevins girlfriend and big water tackles green mile and Dreamweaver showtime with big water tackles blue UV both on divers out 220' on highs and 140' on lows.
Salmon fishing and catching remains good as kings are staging for fall runs. We fished north of port again. Action was steady throughout the morning with bites on 150, 200, 250, 350 copper, 8 color lead core, using lucky charm, blue splatter back, green ladder back, clown plugs also stiptastic and beefeater moonshine spoons. High wire divers out 110 and 160 using superman plug and Kevins girlfriend with green uv ice meatrig. Our only rigger bites were down 110 with stimulus john king flasher and moo moo meatrig.
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We have a few openings yet for September. Captain Gary
Square deal building supply had a very good morning aboard the lie a lot fishing south of Ludington in 100' to 150' of water. Set up early in 100' with double glow j plugs on down riggers and 20 color leadcore as well ad 200' copper lines. Later in the morning high divers out 200' wkh blue bubble Dreamweaver spin doctor and pickle sunshine fly was good.
Had good catch rates with a few charters reporting mostly chinook and steelhead being caught. Strong winds are changing the water temperature. Boats are fishing about 6 miles south to the project and 60 to 80 feet down in 120 feet or north to Big Sable Point at 60 to 120 feet down in 80 to 200 feet. Many caught fish straight off the pier in 100 feet as well. J-plugs seemed to work better than spoons or cut bait. Many were averaging between 2 and 5 fish per trip. No report on pier fishing.
Set up in front of pump storage plant and trolled south from there in 100'. High divers out 200' with blue bubble spin doctor and big water tackles blue moo meat rig. Double glow j-plugs on 200' copper and on riggers were good late.
After the last four days of being dockside due to nasty winds out of the northwest fishing was kind of a real guessing game. Set up north of the Ludington pier heads in 100' and trolled south a few miles then back. Best lures were big water tackles green UV behind Dreamweaver chrome killer on a high diver out 200'. Also 350 copper with Kevin's girlfriend and big water green mile meat rig.
Fishing this morning was absolutely awesome. Filled the cooler completely full and came back in a bit early. Fished in front of the state park bat house in 100-170' of water. Dreamweaver mtn dew 10' spin doctor with there pickled sunshine fly out 170' and 270' on high divers was best. Early in the morning double glow j plugs down 90' and 100' went well.
We were wondering... what would happen with the big two day blow... water warmed... we went north near toward big point and it was 70 degrees from surface to 100 ft down! Fish are still there and so is schools of bait. We had bites on 300 copper with frosted mixed veggie spoon, 250 copper with spoons both sarge moonshine and sexy shad. Low diver 175 out with Kevins girlfriend and green uv meatrig, downriggers down 90 ft with a pearl pink dotted plug, 120 ft down with 10 in green nbk spindoctor / green uv meatrig, 65 down with sextant moonshine, and down 85 ft with hot lips moonshine spoon.
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Catch rates picked up this week with anywhere from 2 to 6 chinook coming in per boat and the charters coming in with even better catches. Steelhead are slowly coming in here and there with an occasional coho. The lake has turned over and colder water has pushed back in. J-plugs and cut bait have been the most popular bait. Anglers are fishing south to north at 60 to 89 feet down in 80 to 130 feet. The better fishing has been in the morning however a decent bite was reported in the evening and right at dark.
Fishing remains exceptional! Both AM and PM have been providing great catches. We moved our Wednesday AM trip to Tuesday evening for a double that day. Fish were biting on down riggers down 74 to 90 with #4 plugs in pearl with pink dots and green splatter back. Low wire out 200 ft with double crush spindoctor and moo moo meatrig, high diver out 190 and 150 with mother of pearl plug and 250, 300, 350 copper with blue splatter and mixed veggie plugs. We fished 160 fow out and north back to big point Sable then SW on bank. Check out more action photos on our facebook site : RodmasterFishingChartersLLC and website : www.rodmasterfishing.com
There's a common misconception amongst are clients...That afternoons are slower than mornings!? Get my point! Set up north of Big Point Sauble in 200' of water and trolled northwest to 410' before turning back. All the boats are staying from the bath house to the point so that's a good place not to be. 400' copper with 8" kg (Kevin's girlfriend) and big water tackles black UV was best but later on double glow plugs on 225' copper and down riggers at 60', 80, and the center at 110' were all productive. Still have a few afternoons open next week so call soon...Capt. Mike (800) 850-1978
Afternoons continue to be very good with less boat traffic than the mornings. The big fish on the bottom weighed in at 27.2# on the boga grip scale and was an absolute battle to capture. Set up in front of Epworth Heights in 100' of water and trolled north to the state park bath house then turned back. Best lures continue to be big water UV meat rigs being dark green 8" spin doctors by Dreamweaver lure cpany. We had the high divers out 180' and 222' and the low divers out 120' and 140'. J-plugs on 225' copper. 10 color leadcore and 7color leadcore also have been productive as of late.
Fishing is good and the early AM bite is strong. Fishing with mostly plugs it was most productive in 90 to 220 feet of water. Mid AM the the bite swithed to spindoctors and meatrigs run on 200, 250, 300, and 350 copper. High wire out 180' and lows our 170 with meatrigs took some hits. There are two opportunities left this month for a fun fishing. Call us at (517) 728-7090!
Fishing remains good with an early AM bite in 90 to 120 feet of water. We have been fishing North of the harbor to north of Big Point Sable. Early has been mostly a plug bite on coppers, high divers and riggers. Later moving to spoons, spindoctors with meatrigs. We have two days open this month, Wednesday & Thursday, August 19 & 20. Call us now for your reservation.
Salmon fishing continues to be steady if you're the lucky boat any given morning or afternoon. This afternoon we did very well setting up north of the Ludington pier heads and trolling north for 3 miles then back in 12-140' of water. Copper lines dominated with 225 copper, 300 and 400' coppers doing all the catching. Best lured were Dreamweaver spin doctor and big water tackles kg with green mile meat rig and white spin doctor with crush pulling a UV green meat rig.
The salmon appear to be here in bigger forces than the past week. Many decent catches reported by others from Little Point to Big Point Sable and north. We fished a little north of harbor to beyond the point. Just about everything we put in the water took a hit with a combined 18 bites. Bite started with plugs and a pearl with pink dots horde took 4 hits on a high diver out 140. Spoons filled the gap with moonshine happy meal mag on a 150 copper and moonshine green physco on rigger down 60 being best. Double crush white and a double slick white spindoctor with meatrigs on low diver 145 out and rigger down 90 took the most bites later. We took a steelhead on a 10 color leadcore with frosted mixed veggie spoon. We have 2 openings for the remainder of the month! Give us a shout if you are looking for a fun fishing experience!
Fishing continues to be good the past few days with this mornings catch coming in 110-130' south of the pump storage plant. Double glow plugs on 7 and 10 color leadcore rods were good early. Later bites were 300' and 200' out on wire dipsey divers with Dreamweaver white w/ glow spin doctors, green UV and green mile big water meat rigs. The south troll was much much better than the north troll. We have a couple mornings that opened up recently the 26th and 31st due to cancelations. Talk to you soon ..... Capt. Mike. (800)-850-1978
Had no thermocline so boat anglers were traveling all over to find fish. A few charters came in with chinook and steelhead. Most were fishing 60 to 80 feet down in 120 feet about 6 miles south to the "Project" or 60 to 120 feet down in 80 to 200 feet up near Big Sable Point. Some caught fish straight out from the pier in 100 feet. Cut bait seemed to be working better than spoons or plugs.
Fishing has been slow the past week, but the last couple days have shown much improvement!!!! Set up south of the Ludington pump storage plant in 80' of water and trolled southwest out to 120' then turned northeast back into 80'. 7 color leadcore with a double glow Dreamweaver plug and 10 color with a blue magnum glow spoon were good. Early in the morning downriggers down 40' with same double glow plug, 50 with green magnum glow spoon and the center down rigger with white crush glow paddle and fly at 60' went a few times.
Fishing was improved today, we worked just south and north of Big Point Sable. Our 10 bites came on: chute down 85 with big weenie FN flasher / meat rig, high diver 200 with green sparkler spindoctor / uv green meatrig, low diver 110 with atomic killer / green moo moo meatrig, rigger down 70 fr with green jeans meatrig, 300 copper with green nbk / uv ice meatrig, 250 copper, 350 copper with spindoctor and meatrig.
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We set up SW of the harbor in 100 feet of water and fishing was good for us. Bites came on riggers down 70 ft with sarge moonshine spoon, 75 ft with white crush spindoctor and moo moo meatrig, 80 ft down on chute rigger with Big weenie FN flasher/meatrig. Copper line out 250, 300, and 350 feet with spindoctors and meatrigs. See more action pictures at www.rodmasterfishing.com
Better catching today with interception of hungry fish straight out and south of Ludington. Bites came on riggers down 70 and 80 with king stimulus flasher/moo moo meatrig, 250 and 350 copper with moo shine sarge spoons.
Fishing has improved! We started in 150 feet of water north with a triple and after 9 fish on boated 2 for the day. Bites came on tin can dodger squid on high diver out 150, rigger down 75 and 65 with moonshine green physco and sarge, low diver 140 with atomic killer/green moo moo meatrig, 300 copper mountain dew nbk spindoctor and yellow uv meat rig.
Fishing was good but the catching was tough! We worked hard to get bites past couple trips. Worked offshore and new waters. Seems the rough waters and warming water has put lock jaw on most fish resulting in lower catch numbers. Nothing consistent...just run your best lures and stay confident. Pictures are 13 lb Brown trout and 14 lb lake trout.
Set up back a ways this morning in 00 or a mile south of bath house and turned at big point sauble in 110' of water. Came back south roughly in same depth when not battling with the heavy traffic. A double glow plug was good first thing on a full core and the outside down rigger down 50'. Later on best was a Dreamweaver chrome mtn dew 8" spin doctor with big water tackles UV on ice meat rig.
Rough Fishing the last four days in a row with bumpy seas and high winds. Today our trip fished north by Point Sable in 140 to 240 fow. There was a good bite before we pulled lines early. 8 color lead core on beefeater moonshine spoon, 10 color with green splatter back plug, 200 copper with Kevins girlfriend and green uv meat head, low diver out 80 and 150 ft with chrome killer and showtime with meatrigs, high divers out 125 and 150 with racer frog / sour apple fly, 4 2nd spindoctor / blue meatrig and rigger down 50 with white plug.
Fishing continues to be steady at the big point sauble lighthouse and south to the Ludington state park bath house. Set up in 115' and came back south in 170-200'. Best lures continue to be Kevin's girlfriend 8" spin doctor by Dreamweaver lures with big water tackles green mile meat rigs on a low wire back 120' and on the center rigger down 60'. Also good was a chrome killer spin doctor with big water tackles green UV meat rig on a 300' copper.
King fishing continues to be hit and miss with this morning being a good one. Set up in front of the bath house (state park) and trolled a mile past big point sauble then turning back south in 140' of water. Low dipsey divers out 125' with blue 8" spin doctor with crush glow tape and a big water blue moo was best early along with a double glow j-plug on a 300' copper. Later on in the morning best was a 300' and 400' copper with chrome killer 8" spin doctor and green glow big water meat rig.
Catch rates slowed a bit however boat anglers are still taking lake trout, chinook and steelhead. The lake trout are just off the bottom and the chinook and steelhead were hitting on orange and green spoons or meat rigs about halfway down.
Salmon fishing North of Ludington continues to be good. Today we worked hard for our catch of big kings. Fish bites came on 100, 200, 250 copper lines with racer spindoctor and sour apple fly, orange and green pro king spoon, spindoctors green sparkler/green uv ice meatrig, yellow sparkler/yellow uv ice meatrig, low diver out 80 and 120 nbk chrome killer/frog meat rig, green jeans/green mile meatrig and Downrigger at 55 ft with sarge spoon. Don't delay, book today your upcoming opportunity for a fun fishing experience. WWW.RODMASTERFISHING.COM or 517.712.8709
Afternoons are prosperous too! Set up in front of the Ludington State Park bathhouse and trolled just past Big Point Sauble before turning back south. Started out the afternoon in 180' and ended up in 120' of water. Best lines were high dipsey diver with chrome killer spin doctor by Dreamweaver with big water tackles green UV meat rig. Also 300 and 400' coppers with a green slick spin doctor/green mile big water meat rig and Kevin's girlfriend (also green) and green mile big water meat rig. Only 3 dates left for august so call me soon before I completely fill up! Lie-A-Lot 1(800) 850-1978
Fishing north of Ludington with calm seas, and bright sun, made us work for our bites today. We did "pick" through the day and ended with a nice box of fish. Bites came on high wire dipsey 120 ft and 140 ft showtime spindoctor and blue moo moo, high fire diver 120 ft splatter back plug low wire 80 ft and 110 ft with chrome atomic killer spindoctor and green frog meat rig, Downrigger 100 ft with mountain dew spindoctor and green spin n glow, 150, 200, and 250 coppers with mountain dew nbk, green sparkler, yellow sparkler, Kevins girlfriend spindoctors and meatrigs, green Protroll and fourth of July meatrig. Call now to reserve your fun fishing time! 517.712.8709... website www.rodmasterfishing.com
Fishing today was a little more work with 10 bites and 6 fish boated. We fished north again and suspect that the warmer water combined with heavier boat traffic slowed the bite. Fish bit on 250 and 400 copper with Kevin's girlfriend and uv green ice meatrig rig and nbk spindoctor with yellow uv meat rig. Wire divers 145 and 150 for lows with green sparkler/uv yellow ice meatrig and showtime with blue moo moo meatrig. Stimulus flasher/moo moo meat rig. RodMaster Fishing Charters 517.712.8709
Boat anglers are catching a mix of chinook, lake trout and steelhead.
Fishing remains excellent North of Ludington in 120 fow to 220 fow. Today we had 18 fish bite, hooked up with 12 and boated 9 of those. Our biggest was 21 lbs that came on 80 ft of copper with a sarge spoon. That also took a stealhead. Other bites came on Green Pro troll echip with 4th July meatrig on 200 copper , stimulus flasher (aka Obama clown) with moo moo meatrig on rigger 60 ft down, Kevins girlfriend with green uv ice, netminder with blue moo moo, sparkler with yellow uv ice on high and low diver 100 ft to 275 out.
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Fishing was as good as ever this morning with meat rigs by big water tackle in green UV and green mile behind Dreamweaver spin doctors in yellow sparkler and Kevin's girlfriend on 180' out high divers and 110' low divers. Also good was the center downrigger down 80 with green spin doctor with smooth glow tape and purple haze meat rig. We fished a little over an hour and a half for there limit of fish and I also reeled a few in as we pulled lines to head in at 8 am!
Fishing continues to be strong with a fast early morning bite near Big Sable Point North of Ludington! Fish were biting in 100 to 250 feet of water. Our hottest rod today was a high diver out 145 with a yellow sparkler spindoctor and yellow uv ice meatrig. Of the over 17 bites, fish also liked Kevin's girlfriend with green uv ice meatrig on low diver out 80 ft, 250 copper with 10 inch nbk spindoctor and green meatrig, high diver out 120 with tin can and squid, 200 copper with showtime spindoctor and blue moo moo meatrig, netminder 10 inch spindoctor with moo moo meat rig on low diver 145 ft, rigger down 100 ft with purple stingray spoon, 8 color leadcore with orange/green proking and 2 color lead core with gold starburst.
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Fishing is steady with big kings biting early and occasionally later as the morning progresses. Trout also are around near bottom, up high and everywhere in between. Set up in front of Big Point Sauble and stayed near it all morning with lumpy water conditions and cool temps with a stiff breeze blowing out of the north. Cut our trip short this morning but not before boating a nice cooler of kings and a couple lake trout. Fished in 110-150' of water with j-plugs going first and meat rigs continuing to be the best all around lures. High dipsey divers out 170' with chrome killer spin doctor and green mile meat rigs being best combo. Hope to hear from you soon for this awesome king salmon fishing! Lie-a-lot @ (800)-850-1978
Congratulations to all Ludington offshore tournament winners! Fishing this past week has been interesting to say the least with storms, fog, and inconsistent bite. Monday appears to be a turning point. We went north to fish near Big Point Sable in deep water and hit fish with our 5th rod in a high wire diver out 140 ft with Kevin's girlfriend's spindoctor and green uv meatrig. That rig went numerous times. High diver out 160 with tincan and squid, 250 copper, 200 copper, 300 copper with green sparkler, yellow sparkler and uv ice meatrig, Kevin's girlfriend with blue moo moo meatrig. Lead core 2 color with goldstarburst spoon and riggers at 75 with 10 in netminder spindoctor and blue moo moo meat rig were productive. We also took fish on a modified uv spindoctor with big weenie blue uv spot meat rig. Our low divers never took a hit.
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Set up at 01 north (front of bathhouse) in 120' of water. Trolled north to 05 north in 120'-140' of water with meat rigs on divers out 120' on low divers and 150' on high diver. Best meat rigs were Kevin's girlfriend (dark green blade smooth glow tape) with big water green mile meat rig and 300' copper with chrome killer spin doctor and big water green UV meat rig. Fishing has been very steady and probably will continue to be from here until spawning time in September!
Boats anglers are finding steelhead and lake trout but the salmon action was slow. The few caught were taken 25 to 100 feet down in 100 to 250 feet with orange spoons and green flies. Lake trout were caught bottom bouncing with dodgers and spin-glo's.
Fishing north of Ludington on the bank was slow once again. We pulled lines and ran NW to the 17 and 41 line in 770 feet of water. We had 12 fish on but they were not biting aggressively and we managed to keep 7 on to the net. Fish were biting Freakin Johnson, Pats Bait, carmel dolphin, custom orange, proking bumble bee, and starbusrt spoons on flat lines, flat line with 1/4 ounce lead, 1, 2, 3, & 5 colors of lead core, high diver out 65 ft with green echip pro troll flasher and blue howie fly, and down rigger at 30 feet with UV beefeater, down rigger at 60 ft with purple paddle and mirage fly. Fishing will be on a steady up tick now... book a fishing trip of memories with us!
Set up south of Ludington in front of pump storage plant again and fished south from there. Slow and steady was the speed and rate of fishing. Best rigs were full core (10 color) with glow spoon in yellow submarine, and Yeck tin can dodger near bottom with a green spin and glow.
Fishing was slow for most today. We started north on the bank. Within the first half hour we had a large king hit a blue spin doctor with aqua blue fly. After a lengthy fight he managed to twist the hook out. Boat traffic picked up and we speculate with clear cold water the fish scattered. Later we picked up a nice steelhead on the same high diver combo out 70 ft. Long run to the 17 line we picked at 7 more Lakers and steelhead. Flat lines 1 color 2 color with custom orange spoon, git r done, Starburst and UV beefeater on rigger down 30 were producers. Good fishing to ya!
Boat anglers here are also looking for the temperature breaks and taking steelhead and lake trout in the top 30 feet. Orange and gold colored spoons are working well. Trout and salmon were also caught 25 to 100 feet down in 100 to 220 feet with orange and green spoons or yellow and red meat rigs. Those bottom bouncing for lake trout have done well with dodgers and spin-glo's.
Log run pays off again for the crew aboard the Lie A Lot!!!! Fishing contrary to public opinion continues to b good on lake Michigan for those willing to venture offshore. This afternoon we ran 20miles northwest of Ludington out in over 600' of water. Clean planer boards, one color leadcore, 3 color leadcore and five color leadcore were very productive with Yeck lures fireball and reverse riverside lures!! Book your charter so one as there's only a few dates available for the season...... (800)-850-1978
Family fishing fun today! We fished NW of Ludington in 800 fow of water for a mixed catch of lake trout, steelhead, coho, and kings. Fish bites came on clean lines, 1, 1.5, 2, 3, lead core, 80 ft copper, 1/8 oz lead wt, with spoons: Starburst gold and silver, Yeager miester, steelie stomper, mixed veggie, orange/green pro king, Goldie locks, fireball. Low diver out 60 with green e chip flasher and Howie blue boy fly, and Downriggers at 30 with green m&m spoon. See me action on FACEBOOK: Rodmaster Fishing Charters LLC
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After fishing lake trout the last two trips we decided to take a long drive this afternoon with the guys from Epworth! Fishing started slow and never was real hot but we did end up with a nice bunch of steelhead, lake trout and a 14lb king salmon. Ran out in front of Manistee were a cold pocket of water had been holding a log of fish. All fish were on the surface rods (1 color, 3color, and free birds) with Yeck fireballs and Dreamweaver super slims in red and orange colors! The drive there is well over an hour each way but lots of fun when you get on the break in temp.
Good numbers of steelhead have been caught offshore on the temperature breaks. Orange spoons have worked well. Boats targeting salmon have found the action to be slow with a few caught in 100 to 250 feet of water.
Hard north east winds has put cold water on the surface out front making fishing very tough. We set up this morning out in 200' of water in front of the pump storage plant and trolled west for two hours. This proved to be a bad move with no bites and no signs of fish either! Turned east shortly after 9am and went into 100' of water were we saw fish down near the bottom. We reset with Dreamweaver paddles and fly's and some lake trout rigs and managed to put together a real nice box of lake trout. The lake will settle in and fishing will continue to improve. Looking forward to the next week and weeks to come!
Today we went NW 17 miles from port to set up in 550 feet of water for steelhead. Fishing was good and we boated 7 of 9 fish we had on. Bites all came on flat lines with 1/8 oz sinker and lead core in 1, 2, 3, and 4 color segments. Add spoons were superslim tangerine, margarita, get r done, Majic man, yeck sterling stomper, orange and green pro king and gold Starburst.
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We ran the bank this AM and after boating only a Steelhead on a 3 color lead core with orange and green pro king spoon we decided to pull wnd head north west to 550 feet of water. We ended up with 12 more fish out of 14 bites. A great Mix bag of kings, steelhead, and Lake trout. Fish came in the top 30 feet using clean lines, one color, 1.5, 2, 3, 4, lead colors, 80 ft copper, free slider on and slide divers put 30 ft.spoons were Starburst in gold an silver, orange and green pro king, tangerine, jawbreaker.
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We started out north on the bank in 100 feet of water this am. Before our third rod was in the water our low diver with racer frog spin doctor/green meat rig was creeping out starting at 30 feet went with a big king. Within 15 minutes another nice king took a honey pot moonshine spoon on 300 copper. Then the bite quit. We moved out west to 535 feet of water and set up for steelhead. 7 bites and boated 6 small kings and small steelhead. Bites came on flat line with 1/8 ounce weight and Lil thumper pink spoon, one color lead with tangerine superslim, 2 color lead with Starburst, 3 color lead with orange and green pro king, high slide diver with fireball spoon. Looking to go fishing? We have available days...check our site at www.rodmasterfishing.com or call 517.712.8709
We fished north today working the bank 90 feet of water to 120 feet of water and sliding deeper mid AM. Our total keepers were one lake trout and 7 kings. Best combos were high divers at 150, 160, 180 with racer frog spindoctor/sour apple fly, showtime spindoctor/moo moo meat rig. Low divers at 110, 120, 130 and 150, frog spindoctor/frog meat rig, black and red spindoctor/red meatrig, 150 copper with moonshine fire and ice. Check out more fishing action on Rodmaster Fishing Charters LLC Facebook site. We have some July openings available 517.712.8709.
Anglers going offshore to find the thermal breaks are doing well for steelhead and a few lake trout. Orange spoons in the top 30 feet are producing a majority of the fish. Trout and salmon were caught 25 to 100 feet down in 100 to 200 feet when using green meat rigs in the deeper water and orange and green spoons higher up in the water column.
Fishing continues to be good. We have been averaging 10 fish the past week and a half way off shore on surface lines with bright spoons! Set up straight out of the Ludington pump storage plant in 540 feet of water and trolled west from there. Best baits were a yeck fireball on a high line and a one color of leadcore with the same fireball. Book your July trip soon. Dates are going fast...Lie A Lot charters...(800) 850-1978
Fishing was a slow pick today starting out at Big Point Sable in 90 feet of water and trolling north in 120 to 200 feet of water. Kings came on low wire 110 ft with showtime netminder spindoctor and blue moo moo meat rig, 150 copper with sarge spoon and high wire diver 150 with nbk spindoctor and uv ice meatrig. We trolled west 7 miles and found a pocket of steelhead and lakers. Bites there came on 2 color lead core with copper Starburst spoon, rigger down 25 with free slider and Starburst spoon. Check out the Rodmaster Fishing Facebook page for action pictures or give us a call at 517.712.8709. Hope to see you Fishin'!
Fishing started out with a bang this am as third rod in went and a big king tore off 400 ft of line! The bite was steady and we boated 8 of the 16 hits we had ... biggest king was 16 lbs. We fished north of the point in water from 100 to 175 feet of water. Best baits were showtime uv spindoctors with meat rigs on high divers out 225 ft, low divers out 115, 125, 140 and 160 ft. Copper wire, 200, 250 and 300 with meat rigs and flashers were good. 125 copper with orange and green pro king spoon took Steelhead. Bigger kings are moving in and we still have some openings aboard Rodmaster Fishing Charters.
Salmon and trout have been caught in the top 75 feet of waters 80 to 180 feet deep. Most are using orange, green or chartreuse spoons.
We had a good early AM bite north of the point in 110 to 130 fow. Fish bit on low wire divers with showtime spindoctor and blue moo moo meat rigs out 144, 200 copper with red and black king flasher / red meat head, 5 color lead with green jeans, 3 color lead with jaw breaker spoon.
Joe and the guys made it up for a beautiful morning of fishing! Lake was flat calm and the big kings were biting early but, the morning bite was short lived. Set up in front of the Sauble river and trolled north past Big Point Sauble Lighthouse then back south in 120-150' of water. Best baits/rigs early were, high wire diver out 200' with showtime spin doctor and green glow Dreamweaver fly. Also good on both low wire divers was tuxedo spin doctor and big water meat rigs moo moo and green mile meat rigs. After the sun came up it was a slow catch rate with fishing coming on 225' copper with regular fuzzy bear modified dolphin and 10 color leadcore with yeck magnum blue dolphin. Fishing's still steady aboard the lie a lot. Give us a call soon (800) 850-1978...Capt. Mike
We started straight out of the harbor and fished south to the project in very dense fog and a little rain. Our four man team mastered a nice catch of kings with the biggest one 16 lbs and an exciting triple to add a little flavor. Our best water was 120 feet of water using 200 and 300 copper with showtime spindoctor and meatrigs, 3 color core/black and purple spoon, low wire 140 ft spiny and meat, chute rigger 75 ft down with stimulus flasher and moo moo meat rig.
We started north again and after a couple of hours without lifting a rod and reports from many others north of us with similar results we decided to make a major move. With a tip from a friend who had a few kings we headed south to near the project in 100 to 130 feet of water. We did end up with several kings and lake trout. 200, 250, and 300 copper, low wire diver out 120 ft, chute rigger down 100 feet. Most of our bites were on spin doctors and meat rigs, with the lake trout coming on chute rigger stimulus flasher/meatrig.
After setting out Thunderstorms we left the dock at 8:30 am. It was raining and bumpy water but this team was determined to catch fish. We boated some nice kings and a lake trout fishing North near Big Sable Point in 100 to 160 feet of water. Fish came on 3 color lead core with jawbreaker superslim spoon, 300 copper with white slick spiny and meat rig, 200 copper with magnum fuzzy bear Carmel dolphin spoon, low divers out 140 with show time spin doctors and meat rigs and chute rigger 85 feet with the stimulus flasher and meat rig.
Fishing continues to be quite good!!!!! Left the dock at 330 for this afternoon trip and set up north of Ludington waste water treatment facility in 60' and trolled almost to the bathhouse in front of the Sauble River working 60-80 feet of water. Spin doctors by dreamweaver in tuxedo and showtime with fourth of July meat rig and green mile meat rigs both by big water tackle on low divers just off bottom were very good. Also a one color and weighted planer board lines with yeck mixed vegetable and Dreamweaver super slim riverside was going regularly. When u see the bait the fish are around close by! Don't miss out on this June fishery with dates available hope to have you aboard soon! (800)-850-1978
King fishing continues...Started out front of Ludington pier heads in 120' and trolled southwest to 300' of water in front of the pump storage plant. Fishing was for the most part on the slow side with a fish coming here and there. The warm water has spread out and so have the fish. There's still plenty biting to make the trip a lot of fun! Best baits aboard the Lie-A-Lot were a glow spoon in green jeans color pattern on a 225 copper, big water meat rigs behind Dreamweaver spin doctors on high wire divers out 225' and low wire divers with same meat rigs by big water and Dreamweaver spin doctors. June fishing will continue to get better as the water warms up! Book your trip aboard the Lie-A-Lot soon...
Interesting AM of fishing. We set lines at 7:30am starting in 70 feet of water. We fished most of the morning in heavy fog and bumpy seas. We had a great crew and they toughed out the 46 degree air temperature to boat 9 out of the 10 fish we had on. We caught all our fish in 70 to 100 feet of water. 300 copper, low wires out 140 and 150 using Obama clown/white moo moo meat rig, 10 in Dream weaver black with Red and white crush spindoctor/red meat rig, high diver with green and white crush spindoctor/blue bubble fly, 200 copper with yeck fireball spoon, rigger, at 65 feet of water blue dolphin spoon. Give us a call to hook up with some great salmon fishing 517.712.8709
King fishing continues to be outstanding aboard the Lie A Lot! Set up out front of the Ludington pier head in 125' of water and trolled southwest out to 240' of water. Best lures were the out and down downrigger at 61' with a heck magnum blue dolphin and the center downrigger at 80' with a 10" white crush spin doctor and green glow fly by Dreamweaver lures. Also good was the 225' copper with a glow spoon in yellow tail color pattern and a high wire dipsey diver out 220' with a showtime spin doctor and big water meat rig in moo moo color pattern. The day was over cast which helped to keep the bite going most of the morning. Book your charter aboard the lie a lot soon while these salmon are around
Fishing has been pretty slow the last few days after the hard north winds churned the water up. Decided to run way out and south and had some steelhead biting on the surface with yeck fireball being the best on 2 color leadcore lines. We fished out 15 miles for most of our trip in the cold water then came east as the evening came. The warmer inside water was holding a few kings and a couple lake trout. Kings we had on came on a full (10) core with a glow spoon in green jeans. Also a downrigger down 50 with a blue jackall. Congratulations to my crew on their wedding and best wish to the future from the crew and family of Lie-A-Lot charter!
The good news the water is warming, setting up and fishing should improve. The bad news is the bite was slow today. We fished straight out in 65 to 90 fow. Water temp was 47 degrees. As we moved north it quickly dropped to 40! We spun around and worked south. The water warmed to 49 degrees.we fished south as far as the 54's and out as far as 140 fow. Our best water for marking fish, bait and bites was 100 to 75 fow. We had 10 fish on and got 5 in the net, 2 kings and 3 Lake Trout. Best combos were low wire divers out 110' to 175' with spindoctors, 10' Show time with blue moo meat rig and Mountain dew NBK with lemon ice meatrig. High Slide diver out 75 ft with 30 ft lead and orange and green Pro King spoon, 4 color lead core with orange fireball, 300 copper with blue / silver King flasher and blue meathead, 200 copper with 8 in Spin Doctor Kevins Girlfriend/ blue moo meat rig, and .5 color with copper majic man spoon.
Fishing should really fire up now, give us a call to book your trip: 517.712.8709.
The North wind cooled the water back down to 41 degrees to the north. The channel was loaded with bait so we opted to fish the pier heads. First pass outside produced a small king and continued efforts produced two more. Bites came on high diver out 25 ft with a black and silver super slim and the other high diver with agold guppy silver slim. Moving farther south to the bass lake area. We fished 30 feet of water to 70 feet of water banged 2 lake trout and a 12 lb king. The high diver with black and silver SS... took the 12 lb king. 4 colors of lead core leading a fireball took other bites. Dreamweaver uv ice spindoctor and matching meat rig on a wire diver out 80 ft took a nice lake trout. Final count was 6 fish boated out of nine bites.
This morning started out fast with kings biting low dipsey divers and high divers with black 10" spin doctors and big water meat rigs in froggy and moo moo color. Riggers took a few with the center rigger at 90' with a white crush 10" spin doctor and green mirage fly. Glow spoon magnum blue jeans also at 60' was productive! Get out early as possible the bite is fast and over quickly!!!
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The spring kings have arrived. There have only been a few small kings caught to this point but this morning we were able to get some very nice kings early. Set up half way between Ludington and Big Point Sauble lighthouse in 100' of water. Our first lines in were wire divers with Dreamweaver spin doctors and Big water meat rigs. The high divers were out 240' and the low divers were out 140'. Both sides took quite a few fish. The out and down downrigger was at 47' with Yeck magnum blue dolphin and it caught a few and lost a few.
I also had the center downrigger at 91' with a white crush on crush 10" spin doctor and pickled sunshine fly and it two caught a couple fish. The fishing was very very good early but slowed way down after the morning bite. June is looking very good with these salmon finally showing up!!!!!!! Give me a call (800)-850-1978 and book your trip soon for June!!!!
Finally some kings in the mix. We boated 3 Kings and 3 lake trout, lost a nice king and had 2 other bites. We fished to the north in 70 to 140 fow. Fish came on 2 color lead with fireball spoon, low wire diver 175 ft out with yellow haze King flasher and frog meat rig, larger size frog spin doctor with frog meat rig on rigger down 75 ft. Check us out on facebook
Salmon fishing has been slow. A few were caught in 50 to 100 feet by those using orange, green and chartreuse spoons. Pier fishing is slow.
Saturday was slow for most boats fishing out of Ludington. We were on a scouting mission and did manage to boat a king, steelhead and laker out of the 5 fish we had on. Best water was in the 30 to 80 feet of water range. We did venture out to 140 feet of water west of the project with no action or marking of fish. Leadcore in 5, 6, and 10 colors with fireballs, carmel dolphin stingers, and blue dolphin all took hits. Wire diver out 80 ft with Kevin's girlfriend's spin doctor and blue moo meat rig lost a nice fish.
Sunday was a very productive AM with our crew boating 11 fish out of the 14 bites we had. Two kings and an awesome Lake Trout catch with a 17.5 lb, 15 lb, 13.5 lb, 12 lb and several 10 lb fish! Best water was south in 40 to 70 feet of water. Fish came on lead core 1 color with carmel dolphin SS, 6 color with fireball, 4 color, 5 color with stingray carmel dolphin, high diver out 60 ft with blue dolphin nuclear, Downrigger down 23 ft with hot mixed veggie, Chute down rigger 36 ft with tin can dodger spin n glow, low wire diver with tin can and spin n glo. We did mark a lot of big fish and a mix of smaller fish. Water had warmed up 3 degrees.
We still have some openings available. Good fishing to you!
Spring fishing has started out relatively slow as normal but theres still plenty to have fun catching.Took the boys out on a couple hour evening fishing trip. Set up right out side the south pier and trolled the beach in 9-14 feet of water. Caught one on a rapala in black and silver color on a high line, then caught two more on our way back to the pier heads along the south breakwall. One came on a yeck fireball spoon on a one color and the other came on a a high line with a rapala in perch color. The kings are on there way looking forward to having you aboard!!!!!!
Anglers trolling along the shoreline reported slow catch rates for lake trout and brown trout. Pier fishing was slow.
It was a cold frosty start this AM at 27 degrees and the fishing was slow. We did manage to boat 3 fish out of six bites. Most bites were in 30 to 50 feet of water. Bites came on small divers, one color lead core and flat lines using spoons. Water temp is cold and we need more south wind to warm the water!
Fishing was very slow on Saturday for most boats. We experienced a slight improvement on Sunday AM with 7 bites, boating 6 fish. We released 2 small kings and kept a brown, lake trout and two king salmon. Best water depths were 30 to 50 feet using Downriggers at 15, 22, and 25 ft. Both regular and slide divers produced fish and only one fish came on a board with 1 color lead core. We are anticipating an improvement with king fishing as the water warms a little more. There is still time to book your May charter!
Boat anglers reported hit-or-miss for chinook, brown trout and lake trout. Most are trolling orange spoons or body baits. Pier fishing is slow.
Brown trout and lake trout have been caught by boat anglers trolling the shoreline. Orange spoons and body baits were the ticket. Pier fishing was slow.
Fishing remains awesome for the shallow water shoreline off Ludington. After only 1 bite in the 8 to 12 FOW line, we moved out to explore 20 to 30 FOW. Action was steady and we ended with 13 fish boated as the result of 18 hits. A nice spring king that weighed 13 lbs, a brown, a steelhead, and 10 Lake trout fell to net! Best action was on .5, 1, 1.5 and 2 color lead core behind boards trailing spoons, watermelon stingers, small brown spoons, and super slims. Both low slide divers took fish with mixed veggie regular and super slim Dreamweaver spoons as did small divers run as highs. This was a steady fish AM with three doubles. Water had warmed 3 degrees from yesterday and was pushing north fast. We have openings over the next several weeks and are predicting some great king action! Check out our Facebook and website for more pictures and info.
Today was Lake Trout Day with with the biggest 14 lbs and several over 10 lbs. Fish were a little deeper with most of our action in 14 to 22 FOW. One color, 1.5 color, and 2 color leadcore on boards along with small divers and slide divers out 20 to 40 ft were good today. Mixed veggie Dream weaver SS spoons were good, small brown spoons and jointed rapalas. Lures out fished stick baits. The water is warming and will be bring in the King Salmon soon! We have openings available for May.
May fishing has started, this is when the lilacs bloom and the king salmon soon show up. The Rodmaster team went on a Salmon hunt this AM and found only 36 degree surface water fishing out to 160 depths. Moving back into the shallows and balmy 42 degree water we found browns and lakers. Fish are biting on Dreamweaver Super Slims along with other small spoons in brown patterns, blue/silver bombers, perch color Rapalas. Effective methods are boards with flat lines, .5 color, 1 color, 1.5 color leadcore along with slide divers without rings, and small size divers. An occasional King Salmon is being caught so hang on for surprise. Check out the salmon planting YouTube video from this at the Ludington State Park. Link is on Rodmaster website and Facebook section. Tight lines!
Fishing for browns has picked up out of the port of Ludington with occasional steelhead, lake trout and kings in the catch. Fishing was both north and south of the harbor trolling in 9 to 20 FOW. Troll with flat lines, one color lead core, 1/2 color lead core, 1-1/2 color lead core run on small boards with floating rapalas, bombers, and small spoons. Small divers out 17 to 30 feet with small spoons were also taking fish. Lures with brown color in them were most productive. Most of our catch had gobies in their stomach. Fishing for May should be awesome and we still have some days available for trips! Give us a call today to book your charter.
Is producing brown trout and lake trout for those trolling along the shoreline with orange spoons and body baits. Pier anglers caught a couple brown trout on spawn.
Boats trolling the harbor and along the shoreline have caught steelhead and brown trout on orange and chartreuse body baits. Pier anglers caught a couple brown trout on spawn. The piers are still ice covered so anglers need to be careful. There is one dock in at the Loomis Street launch.
Commercial vessel traffic will utilize the port through March 5th. A tug boat will taking a barge into port and utilizing the docks near the S.S. Badger. All ice anglers, snowmobilers, ATV operators and other users of the ice should avoid the area.
(Attention Anglers) Commercial vessel traffic will utilize the port February 26 through March 5th. A tug boat will take the barge the Spartan II from Lake Michigan to the Port of Ludington utilizing the docks near the S.S. Badger. All ice anglers should remove their shanties and other equipment from these areas. Snowmobilers, ATV operators and other users of the ice should avoid the area.
This is the time of year when the ice is cold and the fishing is hot in the Ludington area! There is always a fun tournament to be found and a great variety of fish to catch. Pere Marquette Lake is usually a hot spot for winter fishing activity. Just minutes north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake - especially Upper Hamlin Lake - holds dozens of ice shanties and tip-ups abound. For winter ice fishing reports, check out Hamlin Lake Ice Fishing Reports
The Monster Pike Ice Fishing Tournament was held January 31, 2015 at Pere Marquette Expeditions, with the tournament starting at 7am. 170 participants entered in 2015, with James Nichols taking first place for his 36 5/8" pike. Second prize went to John Peterson, and third place was won by Tim Corradine.
Surf and pier anglers are still getting a few fish.
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