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  1. Still fishing, and here's the report so far: 7/10 with 5 kings 2 coho. Mostly fishing in 120-160 fow. 2-2.5 mph ball speed. 10 lb king. Downrigger down 60 with flounder pounder. 10 lb king. Slide diver back 145 with white plug. 5 lb king. Downrigger down 75 with flounder. 3 lb coho. Slide diver back 145 with white plug. 5 lb coho. Downrigger free slider, ball down 55, stinger blue dolphin. 2 lb king. 400 copper. Silver streak green dolphin. 20 lb king. Mag diver back 185. Green meat rig. Three missed were: Downrigger free slider ball at 55 (coho), blue dolphin. 300 Copper (steelhead), flea-4-all spoon. Mag Diver back 115 (coho) pro king flasher. Will pull lines soon.
  2. Posted above. Got a later start launching at 5:30. Didn't do great but got a couple, but I fished 6 am to 8 am only and then had to head in for work.
  3. Sorry. Radio not working. Went 2-2 right before sunrise. Both about 5 lbs kings. In 90 fow. Nothing after that and I have to head in and go to work. I'll try again another morning! Was a beautiful morning on the water.
  4. Thanks for this report. I got a campsite at the state park and will be launching maybe 4:30 am. Can only fish until 7:30/8 so crossing my fingers. Going to be a solo trip so we'll see how I do on the net!
  5. Sounds like that was you. Spoke to a three different groups that did well in deeper water.
  6. King was on the 8-inch paddle. Laker was on spin doctor.
  7. Motored up close to Grand Haven. Started around 6 pm in 100 fow on a SSW troll. Trolled out to 150. Then trolled east back into 120 fow and trolled SSW into 140 fow. Pulled lines at 9 pm. Went 5/5 with 4 kings and 1 lake trout. Only 1 king with good size. The others were around 3-5 lbs. Flea-4-all spoon on the 300 copper took thee fish. Green flasher flies took the bigger kind and the lake trout. A bit bumpy but overall a nice evening on the lake. Will try to get out a few more evenings this week. Some boats at the ramp had done pretty well in coho and steelhead in 200-300 fow. Heard that 400 coppers we're working well out there.
  8. Launched at 5:30 got to the pier heads and almost turned around. Waves were much larger than expected given the buoy was report 1.3 footers at the time. Stuck it out and took us 45 minutes to get to 90 fow. Fished from 90 out to 150 and then turned back in and tried 90-110 fow. Went 3/3 all kings. Two about 3 pounds and one about 20 lbs. Pulled lines at 9:30 am. 400 copper with double trouble took the big king. 400 copper with green jeans and downriver at 95 with white paddle took the two small fish. Probably going to try again in the morning. Hopefully it's not as wavy.
  9. Thanks for these reports. I've been wanting to go out there for several years and just never make it. Maybe this year I'll give it a shot!
  10. Good job fishing given the weather. Check the offshore forecasts, and never trust "light" north/northwest winds. Those frequently blow harder than predicted.
  11. Fished from 3 until 9. 140-190 fow. Ended up 8/11. All fish smaller than 5 lbs. All kings. Three fish lost were much bigger and all bit in last 30 minutes in 155-140 fow. NE troll. Mostly on spoons. Blues, greens , glows, orange, gold.. no real pattern on color. 2.3-2.5 fish hawk speed at the ball.
  12. I think the winds dictate where people fish off of Ludington. Bait can get pushed around. Most of the time I've fished, I've gone pretty straight out - and I've done very well in the past. I do know people will run north to the point - but I think that's more in July and August.
  13. Thanks for the replies. I have all the gear - copper, leadcore, wire dipsy, mono dipsy, etc. I think I just need some more time on the water to figure things out and get on some patterns. My goal this weekend is to clean up the boat and get everything organized and labeled. That should help on the water. I need to get this figured out! -JDH
  14. I'm getting frustrated with fishing this year. Haven't been able to get away from work when the weather is nice. Been too wavy when I've been free. Finally got a day I could take off work and hit Ludington this morning. Fished from 6:30 am til 12 going 3-5. 1 king and 2 drop back rough steelhead in the boat. Other two bites were kings. Bite from 80 to 220 fow. No pattern, other than 3 bites on blue dolphin. Still trying to figure out how my boat fishes. But I feel I can't catch fish anymore. Other boat were reporting 5-10 kings in the box. Need to learn to adapt to what's working I guess. I shouldn't complain, but I'm cranky and running on little sleep! Al that said, it was an awesome day on the water with my dad this morning even if the fishing wasn't great for us.
  15. You've been fishing a lot. Love the reports. Wish I had a few reports to contribute but I've been too busy this spring or it's been bad weather.
  16. Fished 6:30 to 9:30 am. Worked WNW from 120 fow out to 180 fow and then back in on a ESE into 85 fow. 1-4. Picked up a 7 lb laker. Other three hits were likely salmon. One was really big and straightened out 2 points of a treble hook. 160 fow (WNW troll) - Mag Diver on 2 with 8" MI Stinger Green Jeans Flasher and riverside fly back 189. 0-1 (big king) 165 fow (ESE troll) - Mag Diver on 1.5 with Hammer Time 10" Spin Doctor 1-1 (laker) 145 fow (ESE troll) - Downrigger 89 ft down - 8" Pro King Mt Dew Scum Line Flasher with Frosted Phil fly (chartreuce & flashabou). 0-1 (coho?, smaller king?) 120 fow (ESE troll) - Downrigger 89 ft down - 8" Pro King Mt Dew Scum Line Flasher with Frosted Phil fly (chartreuce & flashabou). 0-1 (big release, no one home) Waves were pretty tight coming out of the ESE leading to limited acceptable trolling directions for us. Didn't mark many fish in the cold water (55 degrees or colder) where we had most our lines. Lots of marks in the 70-60 degree water.
  17. Not to die in the heat at the river mouth! Need a cold rain to help them out, and get them upstream.
  18. Bite's tough out there for some reason. Thanks for the report!
  19. There has to be some other species down there other than kings. But I would think if they were sheephead we would catch some. We took two silver fish hits last night, both hits came at 3 and 3.3 mph. We tried fast and slow and in-between. The king we did bring in had 10 alewives her her stomach. -JDH
  20. Similar story for us. We fished 95-115 down on riggers from 100 to 140 fow. Lots of big fish marks. Had two bites and reeled in a 22 lb king. Hit a white plug on the rigger. Other hit was a 300 copper flea-4-all spoon. Got off after pealing out 20 feet of line.
  21. Nice job! Fished the same water with similar lures. Went 2-3. Lake trout and small king. Lost one big fish bite. 5:30am until 10:00 am
  22. I've run 3 or 4 diver frequently late in the summer. It's effective! I use a mag dipsy with ring on 1 inside (low), and a standard size with mag ring on 3 outside (high). Have to sometimes get some help while setting divers. Setting the high first and low second helps. They will tangle occasionally.
  23. Fished 5:45 am until 9 am. South trolls between 125-150 fow. Ended up 4-5 all kings between about 12 and 21 lbs. Mag diver back 200 with a white/green spin doctor and meat rig was 3-4. Kevorkian spin doctor on a slide diver back 185 too the other fish. Trolling speed 2.2-2.5.
  24. I'm not even sure what to run anymore. Even with the poorer fishing the last few years I was usually able to dial in a program to put a few fish in the boat each trip.
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