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  1. I could see fisherman working deep out of Saugatuck, but we got a late start Sunday morning (10 am) so set lines at 45 FOW. Picked up a small dark King within 10 minutes on a blue/green fly and spin doctor, 35 ft down on downrigger. Water was warm, 65 F, but we were marking a lot of bait and predators. Soon learned that many of those "big fish" were sheephead, as we caught 2 of them! ugh ... With the heavy rain and strong winds this week I am hoping that salmon will be in shallows soon!
  2. Had four strikes between 85-90 FOW, but unfortunately none ended up in the boat. Three on DR 60 ft down with green pickle seed spoon, one on 300 ft copper green/black/white ladder back spoon. Will try again on Saturday.
  3. Fished 5 - 8 pm out of Saugatuck, from 75 to 150 fow. marked a few fish at 100 and 150, but no takers. With little talk about salmon, most of my spread targeted steelhead. Hope to try again next weekend.
  4. In the past I have heard of salmon moving in and out, from shallow to deep, before going up-stream. You think they all have gone up already?
  5. After the good post on Thursday Sept 10 about kings near Saugatuck pier we tried Friday evening. Fished from 20 - 60 FOW, both is clean and dirty water, scattered marks ... no takers.
  6. Went on afternoon fishing trip Saturday Aug 15. Started at 85 -90 FOW, marked many fish , but water temps in 60s, no bites. Moved out to 110-115 FOW, similar conditions but finally a release off 200 ft copper with mag blue dolphin. Good fighting skamania steelhead was eventually landed. Later got a small laker trolling each through 90 FOW on downrigger, 80 down with white SD and green fly.
  7. Got a late start Saturday morning (boat troubles). Settled in the 100-130 FOW level with many other boats, even though water temps were a little high (60 F near bottom). Marked fish but no releases. From the Holland 8/7 report I think I should have gone out to 190+ FOW to find the right water. Lesson learned.
  8. Matt, water temps I targeted were 58 - 62 F. Mostly 60 foot and deeper while fishing 90 - 110 FOW.
  9. Fished out of Saugatuck 1 - 4 pm on Aug 1, went 1 for 2. Afternoon not ideal, but cloud cover helped. Found cold water at 75 FOW, but focused trolling north-south between 95 - 105 FOW, 2.1 - 2.4 mph at the ball. Both releases came on downrigger, 60 ft down, green dolphin. Missed the first, but second was a hog of a king, 22 lb. From reports I have been reading, it seems like the green dolphin has been a popular lure to get strikes.
  10. Fished 5 - 8 pm out of Saugatuck on Tuesday July 21. Trolled west from 70 FOW to 100 FOW, water 65-75 F from top to bottom. Then shortly after 100 FOW found thermo ... with 58-62 F water 65 down to bottom. Turned north to stay in the zone and got a release on downrigger, 80 down on blue/green bubble fly and pearl white spin doctor, 2-2.5 mpg at ball. Feisty 15 lb king landed after trouble in planer board. Welcome the success.
  11. well done. Can you share the lures that were working?
  12. Fished out of Saugatuck Aug 1, started 7:30 am at 70 FOW and trolled 2.3 mph out to 130 FOW. Marked some lakers on bottom and I suspect a few steelhead near top, but no hookups until 9 am. Took a 13 lb lake trout on 300 ft copper with a ice blue glow spoon. That was it for the morning.
  13. Fished 9 -11:30 am on July 4 out of Saugatuck. Found good water temps (50-55 F) at 120-140 FOW, 45-60 ft down. Caught 7 lb steelhead on green dolphin (45 ft downrigger), 5 lb coho on blue dolphin (45 ft downrinner) and 5 lb laker on blue dolphin (200 ft copper). flies were bad, but fishing good.
  14. Fished out of Saugatuck on Memorial day, fished S-N troll at 75-80 FOW, 2.5 mph, went 3 for 6. Two 10 lb Kings and 1 4 lb Coho. All bites came in lower profile, 60 ft and down, mostly on variations of Dolfin lure, blue dolphin, green dolphin, gold dolphin, and once on metallic flounder pounder. Beautiful morning on lake Michigan.
  15. fished mid-morning our of Saugatuck on Mother's Day (yep 2 moms in the boat), started at 55 FOW on south troll and 2.3 MPH at ball. 1st hit after ten minutes on DR 35 depth gold dolphin, but lost the 20lb-ish king near boat. Lost 2 more on lead core (double orange crush) and 200 ft copper (NBK) over next 30 min, ranging from 50 to 60 FOW. Turned back to north troll and finally netted a 20 lb king on DR 30 ft down with NBK spoon. Big healthy kings!!!!
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