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2014 Ludington Fishing Reports


Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Dec. 18, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on December 18th, 2014
Surf and pier anglers are still getting a few fish.

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Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Dec. 11, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on December 11th, 2014
Pier and surf anglers were still catching steelhead.

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Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Dec. 4, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on December 4th, 2014
Pier anglers and those surfcasting caught steelhead and brown trout. Early morning was a good time to target them.

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Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Nov. 27, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on November 27th, 2014
When they can get out, pier anglers and those surfcasting should still find some steelhead or even the odd brown trout when casting spoons or plugs.

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Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Nov. 20, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on November 20th, 2014
Pier and shore anglers did catch steelhead if you are fish in arctic conditions and are there on the right day. Try casting orange spoons or plugs or floating spawn and wax worms.

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Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Nov. 6, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on November 6th, 2014
Pier and shore anglers caught steelhead when casting spawn when the weather allowed.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Oct. 30, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on October 30th, 2014
Pier and shore anglers have done well catching steelhead on spawn.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Oct. 23, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on October 23rd, 2014
Pier and shore anglers are finding a couple coho and steelhead when using spawn.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Oct. 9, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on October 9th, 2014
Boat anglers have been unable to access the big lake because of windy conditions. Pier anglers are catching a couple steelhead when using spawn or casting orange spoons.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Oct. 2, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on October 2nd, 2014
Boats are catching decent numbers of young chinook, coho and steelhead. The best action was in the top 70 feet of waters 100 to 250 feet deep with orange or green spoons. No salmon for pier anglers.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Sept. 28, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on September 28th, 2014
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Fishing continues to b very, very good in front of Ludington Pump Storage plant! Set up in 80' and trolled south for 4 miles. Caught nice kings inside until that slowed then headed West for jumping, acrobatic steelhead! Best inside was high and low dipsey divers with dreamweaver spin doctors and Big Water Meat rigs. After the morning the meat went as well but, 1, 3, and 7 color leadcores produced best with yeck fireball, pearl w/earrings and Dreamweaver riverside spoons!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Sept. 25, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 25th, 2014
Boats trolling in 120 to 240 feet caught coho, steelhead and young chinook. Try the top 80 feet with orange or green spoons. Pier fishing was slow.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Sept. 24, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on September 24th, 2014
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Fishing late season as a norm is good and again no exception to the rule this day! Fished in 80-100' in front of Ludington pump storage. Fish came up high on 3, 5, 7, and 10 color leadcore lines. Best was yeck fireball and pearl with earrings. Had a lot of action all morning trolling a bit faster and turning frequently!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Sept. 18, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 18th, 2014
Fishing has been difficult because of the wind. Anglers caught salmon in the harbor when trolling chrome or glow plugs. Steelhead and salmon were caught in the top 60 feet of waters 150 to 300 feet deep on orange or green spoons. Those surfcasting at the State Park reported slow catch rates.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Sept. 14, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on September 14th, 2014
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The winds have subsided for a few days now and the fish have settled in. Fishing started out steady and never stopped. Set up in front of pump storage plant in 120' and trolled southwest to just over 300'. 7 color leadcore and 10 color leadcore were the best with glow spoons and downriggers at 40 and 50' were productive as well. When the weather permits, the fishing will stay this way from here on out as the past 20 years have shown!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Sept. 11, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 11th, 2014
Anglers found a decent number of salmon and trout 50 to 100 feet down in 200 to 400 feet. Most are using orange or green spoons along with green or yellow meat rigs. Fishing around the pier was slow but should improve soon.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Sept. 10, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on September 10th, 2014
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Weather has really played havoc on everyones well planned fishing trips! After days upon days of wind and rain I've started to get out recently. There is a huge plume of cold water out front that is not holding ANY fish! The outside of it though has plenty of fish and bait. The key is getting on them. This day we fished straight out of the Ludington pier heads setting up in 100' and trolled southwest out to 225'. Fish all came in 40'-60' on spoons and a few nibbles on big water meat rigs. Try trolling faster to cover more water until you get over a school, then circle them.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Sept. 6, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on September 6th, 2014
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Set up straight out of Ludington harbor in 150' and trolled West from there. There was a definite thermalcline at 80' that came up to 60' down and thats were the fishing was best. A pair of Dreamweaver blue jeans down 61' was best for coho and big water meat rigs behind DW spin doctors on 300' and 400' coppers was best.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Sept. 4, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on September 4th, 2014
Boat anglers are targeting trout and salmon 40 to 100 feet down in 100 to 250 feet. The best bait was still green meat rigs and plugs. Pier anglers are catching a few salmon when casting glow spoons.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Sept. 3, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on September 3rd, 2014
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As I thought, the fishing is getting significantly better daily! The winds have kept us off the lake for a couple days but even with the blow days fish are plentiful. Ran out of Ludington harbor North West to 59s North and 36 West or 10 miles out and trolled West from there. Big water meat rigs in total kaios and green mile performed well behind a dreamweaver spin doctor in Kevin's girlfriend (the names they give um) and tuxedo on 300' and 400' coppers. Also two downriggers down 70' and 90' were good with the same meat rigs. Book your charter soon, boats going in to storage in less than a month and fishing is good!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Sept. 1, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on September 1st, 2014
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As I have been thinking the fishing continues to get better daily! Fished a little North in 01s North and out 15 miles. Fish came 50-90' down. Plugs early on 225' and 300' coppers were good along with fuzzy bear blue dolphins on downriggers and full cores. After the sun came up all fish came were caught on dreamweaver spin doctors pulling big water meat rigs. Some days still available next week... Call soon.... Capt. Mike

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 29, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 29th, 2014
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Still fishing for the most part straight out of Ludington pier heads away from the giant pack in shallower. Meat rigs by big water continue to out perform all else on dipsey divers and 225' and 300' copper lines. Still have dates available for September when the king salmon fishing will be at its best. Everything is a month late this year and this will make September the month to fish with still little fish in the rivers. Look forward to hearing from you soon.  Capt Mike

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 28, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 28th, 2014
Catch rates for trout and salmon were hit-or-miss. Boat anglers found fish 40 to 100 feet down in 80 to 200 feet when trolling yellow or green meat rigs along with orange or green spoons. Pier fishing was slow.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 27, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 27th, 2014
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Started out a little south of Ludington pier heads in 60' and trolled southwest away from the mob of boats. Caught a few right away on a double glow plug down 70' and the center downrigger at 90' with a double glow black spin doctor and moo moo big water meat rig. Later fish came on dipsey divers with dark green 10" spin doctors and green mile meat rigs way out and down deep.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 25, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 25th, 2014
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Set up by the weather bouy or a little North of Ludington pier heads in 80' of water and trolled southwest out to 200' and back northeast in and out all morning. Fish didn't bite early, just picked at them throughout the morning. Best was a blue glow spoon on a 225' copper and a black 10" glow on glow dreamweaver spin doctor pulling a moo moo big water meat rig on the center downrigger down 90'.

Ludington Lake Michigan Fishing Report for August 23, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 23rd, 2014
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Fished up North from Ludington. Set up in 140' and trolled North 7 miles then turned back south tell trip completed. High dipsey divers out 150' and 180' with blue bubble and mtn dew spin doctors with blue moo and moo big water meat rigs were best. Also productive were all glow j plugs and blue dolphins stacked first light.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 21, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 21st, 2014
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This afternoon was a little slower than yesterday but still not bad fishing. Set up in front of epworth or the Lincoln river and fished East and West from 80' out to 150'. Coppers in 300' and 225' with big water meat Riggs have been best. Can't get any moonshine lures to go in two weeks but the fuzzy bear lures have produced fish.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 21, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 21st, 2014
Salmon and trout action was starting to improve. The better fishing was the top 60 feet of waters 90 to 180 feet deep when using green meat rigs and flies or glow plugs. Pier anglers caught a few chinook or brown trout on glow spoons.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 20, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 20th, 2014
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Afternoon fishing has been much better in all then mornings because very little boat traffic. Set up a little North of Ludington pier heads and trolled North tell ran into all the boats who only know to go from bath house to point. Best baits were riggers Down 60 and 70 with fuzzy bear blue and green dolphin spoons. Also big water meat rigs behind dreamweaver spin doctors on dipsey divers were good during the daytime tough fishing. Again your best bet is troll AWAY from the boats.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 15, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 15th, 2014
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More and more king salmon have continued to trickle in and our piles of salmon in select hot spots have grown. Again the all glow J-plugs and grey ghost j-plugs have been productive out front of Ludington harbor. I have been fishing just outside the mass of boats in 60-90' and will continue to move out as needed.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 14, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 14th, 2014
Fishing was tough. Some found trout and salmon in the top 80 feet of waters up to 160 feet deep when trolling spoons and glow plugs or green and blue meat rigs or flies. No salmon off the piers.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 13, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 13th, 2014
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Fishing has been very tough with the normal early summer lul accruing now, late summer because of this years long and cold winter. Some of the big salmon are trickling in but the big mass of them are still scattered about throughout the lake. Fished this day and for the last week just outside the Ludington harbor in 30-50'. The morning bite consisted of :-plugs on short cores when able to run them because of overwhelming boat traffic. Meat rigs also on all four dipsey divers have occasionally taken fish.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 11, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 11th, 2014
Fishing had been quite good. The full moon and east winds though the last couple of days has made the fish hard to get to bite and the water extremely cold. I have been fishing out front of Ludington in 30-60' of water and have some successes but not a lot of numbers of fish. The fish we are catching though are large in the 17-25# range. I have been running big water meat rigs and dreamweaver spin doctors on my divers out 60' on highs and 40-50' on the low wire divers. In the mornings i have taken a few fish on my out and down downriggers as well with double glow j plugs made by Luhr Jensen. Don't expect big numbers of fish though with the average catch being only 3-7fish but, they are big fish. Getting a new phone set up now and will stay up with reports now. Good fishing.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 7, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 7th, 2014
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fishing continues with great fishing and even better fishermen!!! Today Owen and Jack battled many large Kings and came out with great stories and even better pictures aboard the Lie-A-Lot. The boat traffic was horrible but I was able to run way North and outside the swarm. Big Water Meat rigs continue to dominate behind Dreamweaver spindoctors. J-plugs by Dreamweaver in Natural Glow as well as a Yellowtail glow spoon went early but after that it was all meat rigs.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 7, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 7th, 2014
Anglers found trout and salmon in 70 to 160 feet. Out deeper, try the top 80 feet with green or blue spoons and purple or blue meat rigs. Pier anglers said the perch action was slow.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 5, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 5th, 2014
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Ran straight out and trolled North around the weather bouy fishing east-west after morning bite. This would not have been possible had I been fished in the mob of boats!!!! Again plugs on 5color and downrigger early were good with meat active during day. Big water meat continues its dominance!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 3, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 3rd, 2014
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The boat traffic is RIDICULOUS, try staying away from the other guy. There are a lot of fish straight out, south, and North of Ludington. I ran in front of manistee this day and trolled back towards Big Point Sauble. Best was J-Plugs on downrigger down 40, on 5 color as well as big water meat rigs behind Dreamweaver spin doctors.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 1, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 1st, 2014
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Set up straight out of Ludington in 60' and trolled west out to 180'. Worked a temperature break in 160' - 180'. Best were 1, 3 and 5 color leadcores with yeck fireball and double orange crush. Also productive was 300' copper with meat rigs by big water tackle.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for July 31, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 31st, 2014
Those trolling found trout and salmon 20 to 80 feet down in 100 to 200 feet with orange, green or blue spoons and purple meat rigs.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for July 29, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 29th, 2014
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Another good afternoon of fishing aboard the Lie A Lot, set a little North out in 160' and trolled North 5 miles. Turned around a couple times on schools of fish. Best was Dreamweaver Spin Doctors with Big Water Meat rigs on high Report Divers out 130' and the low dipsey divers out 80'. Try trolling a little faster when sun is high with the cooler water.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for July 27, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 27th, 2014
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Left the harbor to the North, ran out past the cold bank of water and set up in 140' of water trolled North 2 miles and spun around coming back two miles. Fish bit low dipsey divers out 80' and high divers out 120' all four divers with big water meat rigs and dreamweaver spin doctors. Also took a steelhead and a coho on 3 and 5 color leadcores pulling yeck fireballs.

Ludington Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 24, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 24th, 2014
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Set up in front of the double river in 120' and trolled North past big point sauble to about 5 miles past point. Caught fish on downrigger down 40' and 50' with glow spoons in bloody nose and yellowtail. Also productive were high divers out 150' and 180' with big water meat rigs behind dreamweaver spin doctors.

Ludington Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 20, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 20th, 2014
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Set up again straight out of Ludington in 350' and trolled west from there. Along with my high stuff we took fish on glow lures on full cores and big water tackles uv in ice meat rigs and mad moo meat rigs!! It seemed the deep stuff was going better on the inside of the break and high lines on the outside!! Book your trip soon because openings are dwindling.

Ludington Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 18, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 18th, 2014
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With the tournament in full force I went were I thought the least amount of boats would be and it's been paying off. Fished straight out of Ludington harbor in 350'. Best still is top 40' on high divers out 100' (mono) and 1, 2, 3 color leadcores with yeck fireball, dreamweaver ss watermelon and double orange crush.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for July 18, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 18th, 2014
Boat anglers are finding trout and salmon 40 to 90 feet down in 100 to 200 feet. Good numbers of steelhead and lake trout were caught by those using orange, yellow and pink spoons.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for July 15, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 15th, 2014
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North winds changed the conditions and proximity of fish. Set up straight out from Ludington pier heads in 100' and trolled out to 150' and back. All jumbo steelhead on the surface. Clean planer boards with Yeck fireball and 3 colors of leadcore with dreamweaver as watermelon were best.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for July 14, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 14th, 2014
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Still fishing out front of pump storage plant 14 miles off shore. Fish came primarily on 1 and 3 color leadcores with yeck fireball. Full core (10 color)) with yeck lightning and a high dipsey diver out 100 with a fireball all were good!!!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for July 12, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 12th, 2014
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Fishing the Southwest, set up 14 miles West of pump storage plant on a southwest heading. All fish came up high on free birds with Yeck pats baits, fireball, and Yeck lightning. Also dreamweaver ss watermelon on 2 color leadcores was productive. Keep your speed up tell you hit a few then back it way off tell you get them in. Good fishing

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for July 10, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 10th, 2014
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Headed out Southwest in front of Pump Storage Plant again. Set up in 175 and trolled SW for 8 miles. Turned straight out in front of Pentwater Lighthouse. Best again was yeck pats bait on a clean planet board and 3 color leadcores with dreamweaver ss double orange crush. All but the one big king bit in the top 25' of water. The big king over 17# was on center downrigger71' with tuxedo spin doctor and big water tackles Moo Moo meat rig! Absolutely awesome fishing as the picture shows.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for July 8, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 8th, 2014
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Set lines in 200' out front of pump storage plant again. There was a great temperature break with seagulls eating off of and the steelhead were as well! Had 4 planet boards out on each side all up high and hit a triple before I couldn't get a dipsey diver or downrigger set. The fishing was steady all evening with 3 lake trout down a little deeper and 14 steelhead all off the surface. Couple of kings as well on dreamweaver blue bubble spin doctors with there dreamweaver pickled sunshine fly. Try trolling fast, I was this evening (3.4mph on top).

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for July 6, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 6th, 2014
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Tried fishing way up North about 8 miles past Big Point Sable and trolled to out front of Manistee. Started out fishing in 2-3' seas and ran in 4-7' seas! Fish catching was spread out throughout the whole trip which was great! And like the south fishing this fishing was also all up high (clean boards, one color leadcores, 3 color leadcores ). The second half of July and all of August are filling up fast so Book soon before no dates are available!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for July 3, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 3rd, 2014
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As this year has shown even slower fishing is still pretty darn good!! Set up out deep in front of Pump Storage Plant in 350' and trolled south West back and forth along the temperature break. Best lures continue to be deck pats bait in 44 size on a clean planet board, 1 color with dreamweaver ss watermelon and 3 color with deck fireball! Also a high mono diver out 100' with a regular luhr jensen diver on 3 no ring with deck fireball was productive! The young ladies had a memorable time as well as dad and I watching them reel in some nice steelhead.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for July 2, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 2nd, 2014
Boats are catching some Salmon 30 to 80 feet down in 80 to 180 feet of water. Anglers going offshore looking for the temperature break were finding decent number of Steelhead. Bright colored spoons were working well for the offshore anglers. Pier fishing is slow.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for June 26, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 26th, 2014
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Have been fishing south for a while now. Ran out in front of the Ludington Pump Storage plant in 400'of water. Set up deep and ended up pulling all and reseting all high baits in the top 30', The best being a high line with the biggest split shot I had aboard. The lure of choice is a yeck 44" in Pats bait.  The one colors and three colors as well were productive with bright lures in yeck brand and dreamweaver ss in watermelon and sog.(silver orange and green) I pulled my low divers and the shute downrigger because only my planer boards were going.  I let out two high divers ( one on each side) and brought the out and down riggers up and free slid them. That was not the ultimate answer but it did work and all four took bites after that. Have been fishing just about everyday, when weather allows, and am sorry for the lapse in more consist fishing reports. Book Your Charter Soon For JULY And AUGUST or there may not be dates available. Talk to you soon, Capt. MIke

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for June 26, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on June 26th, 2014
Salmon and steelhead are being caught 20 to 80 feet down in 80 to 160 feet with orange and blue spoons or green and blue meat rigs. Pier fishing is slow.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for June 23, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 23rd, 2014
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June fishing continues to be very, very productive! Started in same place as yesterday (front of Bathhouse Ludington state park). Started in 60' and trolled North to 07.00 all the time in 60-70'. Downriggers 40, 50, 60 with glow spoons, deck lighting and the center bigger at 60 with dreamweaver Carmel dolphins. Best diver was high wire diver with 8" blue bubble spin doctor and dreamweaver pickled sunshine fly.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for June 22, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 22nd, 2014
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Set lines in front of Bathhouse in 60' of water (01) and set a North heading. Fish started biting right away with three riggers and 4 divers we had 2 on. We stayed under 80' all morning and picked away throughout. The early morning bite has been very good but very short lived!! Best baits are glow spoons 40', 47' and 51' stacked 10' apart. Divers also have been productive with blue bubble spin doctors and green glow fly.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for June 21, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 21st, 2014
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Fishing in June continues as normal to be steady and a lot of fun. Set up south of the Ludington harbor and trolled southwest. We set up in 80" and turned in 180' with the southwest more productive than the northeast. The best lures were yeck jarred, yeck wart frog both on 10 color leadcore. Speed at the ball was 2.1 with the colder water the fish seem to prefer the troll a little faster than the fall normal salmon speed of 1.4-1.8. Don't be afraid to put out a few high lines either the one color and two color lead cores with yeck fireballs took a few bites and caught a fish apiece.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for June 20, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 20th, 2014
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Seriously it cant get any better than taking out five people and catching there limit of 25 king salmon! We left the dock at 5am and ran north west to before the bathhouse at the Ludington State Park in 80' of water and started setting um. (00.5 and 32.9) We had three downriggers with yeck jarred yeck lightnings and a wart frog stacked 10' apart. I started letting out my first diver and the out and down 41 down with jarreds fires. We get that in and the other out and down goes at 51 with the lightnings. This continuned for about our first 5 fish then slowed for about a 20 span allowing us to get the dipsey divers and a couple full cores out. The rest of the day was good throughout as the picture shows! Best baits were the yeck lightning and jarreds on downriggers and the absolute best was a Yeck wart frog on a ten color and 225 copper. These fish are absolutely perfect health wise, the meat was firm and there bellys were full of alwives! We saw big balls of bait fish throughout the day as well down by bottom. That is were our bigger kings were coming on the 225 coppers and full cores. The reason these were within 15' of bottom is because we spent our morning in 58- 85' of water! Don't wait to long to book your charter in July or August these fish are Here NOW and as these reports show this fishing continues to be GREAT!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for June 19, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on June 19th, 2014
Boat anglers are getting trout and salmon 20 to 70 feet down in 60 to 160 feet. Most are using orange, green or blue spoons.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for June 16, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 16th, 2014
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Fishing continues to be just absolutely amazing! Started out so so and ended with a bang. Set up in front of the Ludington State Park bathhouse in 60' of water and fished north up past Big Point Sauble about 2 miles. Downriggers at 40', 50', 60' with yeck lightnings stacked at 40 dreamweaver carmel dolphins stacked at 50 and the center rigger at 60' with moonshine bloody noses. The full cores or 10 colors had Yeck jarred and Yeck lightning and the 225 coppers had meat rigs. I opted out on the 300' copper meat rigs I had been using and went with dreamweaver lemon ice and another carmel dolphin. We trolled north working the shelf on and off from 60' to 150' and hand 10 nibbles on the north troll only boating 4 fish but steady action. We turned around in 05.80 or 2 miles north of Big point Sauble and started our up wind. The upwind seemed to be a lot slower troll, speed wise and fish biting wise! All that time though on the up troll paid off though when we got past the bathhouse in 00s and 85' of water. First both ten colors went simultaneously and as went finished getting those fish in the downriggers started in! From 01.2 to the bottom of the 00 we caught 14 fish in just under 2 hours! The picture is a little blurry but as you can see 20 fish is all the law would allow us to possess!!!! If you have not experienced this May and June fishing you truelly are missing out. Book your June trip soon you will agree THIS IS AWESOME

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for June 14, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 14th, 2014
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Have been fishing regularly and fishing continues to be lights out good! Set up straight out in front of the Ludington Pier Heads in 60' of water with 3 color, 5 color and 10 color leadcores with moonshine glows. Had two out and down riggers with moonshines as well and two low and two high wires with meat rigs out 140 on highs and 100 on lows. The center downrigger was down by bottom with meat as well. The bites started right away and ended right away as well. I heard of boats getting fish in that 60-80 all morning but it wasnt happening for me today. We set our troll on the same southwest I had the past week and instead of turning around I stayed on it for 5 miles far into the cold water (44 degrees). The first out troll produced 4 kings and then things went dead for about an hour. We did the better part of our in troll with no success then when we got back in the 100-80' hit a few small steelhead and a lake trout. We went back on the southwest and when we hit the 33.50 line in about 160' things started really banging. The high leadcores were going well with 3 color fireball and 7color double orange crush both yeck lures. The full cores or 10 colors both went once with a silver streak hot lobster, and yeck mixed vegetable. Notice I did not say moonshines? This is the first time in two weeks they did not want the moonshines. I took them all off and went to brighter baits and that was definately the ticket. Give me a call for this absolutely awesome June Fishing!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for June 12, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on June 12th, 2014
Trout and salmon are being caught in waters 50 to 150 feet deep. Most of the fish are coming in the top 60 feet and hitting on bright colored spoons. A few were also taken on purple or red meat rigs.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for June 10, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 10th, 2014
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The water in front on the Ludington Pier heads seems to get cold in the mid 40s one day and then back up in the 50s the next. As I run out each day i notice this, so today as I left the pier heads I saw again it was in the 50s and saw quite a bit of bait fish. We ran out only just over 2.5 miles and started setting um in 65' of water. I put it out a SW troll and figured if the fish inside didnt go eventually we would be back out to my marks from yesterday were we had success. This worked out very well and with 5 rods in both out and down riggers went with moonshine regular bloody nose on one side and yellow submarines on the other down 41 and 51 stacked 10' apart. We had just netted those and reset and the ten color or full core goes with a green jeans and the other ten as well with a blue jeans we managed to get one of those. The rest of the sw troll went good as well and when we finally turned just before the 35 line and cold water outside of us we had 8 in and lost a few. The in troll back on the same line like normal was not as successful but a few fish were taken and given. The rest of the day was never really any big lulls just a steady bite here and there. The other boat in the group also had success and all went home with quite a bit of meat and great stories to tell. Also a few of my 16 fish today were just under 20# so the big four year olds are starting to move in as well. Still days available in June and as the picture shows the fishing is FINTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for June 9, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 9th, 2014
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The hard North west winds have made Big Point Sauble cold from top to bottom again. I opted to fish to the south were the water was and generally is less affected by these hard northerly winds. Fishing started out pretty good and we were well on our way. I had three downriggers down 60 on the center or chute out and downs were at 40 and 50' with moonshine lures stacked 10 foot apart. One side had yellow submarines and one side stacked with bloody nose all in regular size with the chute having a 10' showtime spin doctor with a moo moo meat rig. Those three took the first 5 fish of the morning. Then came a slow hour, hour and a half were it seemed the fish had vacated the area. I put the boat on a west troll from the 80' we had fished up tell about 8am in front of the Pump storage plant. It wasnt until we dropped in water depth to about 160' of water when we started hitting fish again. Seemed to be an aweful lot of small fish around. We threw a couple hand fulls of small ones back and in the end had to box 6 of um that had been dragging throughout the day. All in all though a very successful trip with only that dead period after the morning bite and the last hour was dead as well. The past two weeks we had been getting steelhead but today those high spoons and free slide downriggers were very unsuccessful for the acrobatic rainbow.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for June 7, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 7th, 2014
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Fishing started out slow today but more than made up for it! Started setting lines in 80' of water in the 00 and 33s or south of the Sauble River outlet. The water was warm about 57 degrees so I figured the fish would be active early. They were not. We put out a 1 color leadcore with a fireball and 3 color with a dreamweaver ss mixed vegetable. The other boards one each side were a full core and a 300 copper all four with moonshine regular blood nose and regular green jeans. The rigger changed throughout the day with meat on the center rigger and divers. We started out with a few bites early and then just went completely silent until we crossed Big Point Sauble and kept working north. After the point was very very good! Best for downriggers was a set of yeck Jarreds stacked ten foot apart down 41'. The 300 coppers were very good as well with Moonshine green jeans on one side and moonshine blue jeans on the other side in regular size. There was quite a bit of current I notice down below and my south troll seemed fast but only showed 2.0 down 40' on my depth raider. Still have many open days in June and fishing is absolutely FANTASTIC! Book your trip soon.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for June 5, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on June 5th, 2014
Chinook salmon and steelhead have been caught in the top 60 feet of waters 80 to 180 feet deep. Orange and green spoons work best.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for June 1, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 1st, 2014
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Third and final trip for the weekend with good friends Tony Norvell and the trusty family from the Trusty Insurance group out of Ohio. Fishing stated out slow and never really became hot and heavy, just a pick. The lake was a lot rougher than the last two trips the day before and the water was moving. I went back out to the same water we had success in the last two trips and it had not changed. We set up and started catching and loosing fish so I figured we were in good shape. We had steady bites and never any dry spells but the water was getting rougher and moving very fast. I heard a few boats did well..... (After the fact of course) in tighter 100'-120' which is the direction in which we ended up in the end and had about the same action as we had been. The Downriggers again were useless and the meat took a few on the divers as well as a blue bubble 8" spin doctor with a green glow dreamweaver fly behind it on a high wire out 150'. The lows that had been all weekend with meat were out 100' with a heavy dipsey diver. The fishing even though not as productive as the last two trips was still good though and everybody went away happy!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for May 31, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on May 31st, 2014
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Fished again in front of the Ludington Pump Storage plant pretty much the same area as the morning only trolled a little farther to the north stay a little more out front of the Ludington harbor in the 54 line north. The meat rigs on the divers were good again but I did not have a single bite on the downriggers. I sure did though have a pile of spoons stacked up out back on the work tray of tried and true lures that WOULD NOT GO on the downriggers. The best was again the 3 and 7 color lead cores with spoons in fireball red and mixed vegetable by Yeck Lures. The fishing was a little slower than the morning even though we boat more fish the action seemed to be a little lighter. Once again thought the fishing was better more towards daylight hours and as evening wore down the fishing slowed. Maybe try fishing the mid day period......Seemed to be the best time for us.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for May 31, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on May 31st, 2014
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Fishing is still as good as ever. Started out at 5:40am setting lines in front of the Ludington Pump storage plant in 110 feet of water (52.00 south and 32.50 west). Started out the morning with three down riggers, four wire divers and 3 colors of lead on both sides out on planer boards, 7 color after that and inside board being a 10 color or full core. Meat rigs were on all four wire divers and on the center downrigger. The planer boards were rigged with moonshine lures in bloody nose, yellow submarine, and the 3 colors with one side a fireball and one side a mixed vegetable both made by yeck lure company. The best was definately the meat rigs on the divers and the center or shute rigger took a couple. Don't be too concerned with getting our early (which is normal this time of year with the colder water) the fish definately bit betteras the day warmed and the sun rose. There was a 6 degree brake that we fished from the 33 line west to the 35 line westthe water became incresingly colder as we went west. Book your trip now before your date is gone!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for May 15, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 15th, 2014
Those trolling along the shoreline caught brown trout on orange spoons or black and silver body baits. Pier fishing was slow.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for May 11, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on May 11th, 2014
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Fishing has been very very good for the last few weeks! Just put the boat in Friday and had Joe Yobb come over as he normally does for the first couple trips of the year.  Fishing Started off fast and never really stopped!!!!!  Fished south around the Ludington Pump Storage plant in 7-18ft. of water. Started off with four boards on each side with the three outside running  size 11 floating rapalas and the inside board on both sides was a 2 color leadcore with one having a dreamweaver ss starburst and the other side had a a yech jarred. The best color rapalas were black and gold and rainbow trout pattern. The spoons were as productive as the rapalas though. Also had a diver out on the starboard side for our nineth rod out 20ft. and it did take a couple Lake trout and a Brown trout with a yeck jarred as well. Fishing is well, as I stated in the beginning very very good and these great eating brown trout will not be around later on so book your charter soon!!!!!!!    Capt. Mike

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for May 8, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 8th, 2014
Has good brown trout fishing near shore. Boat anglers are trolling body baits in natural color patterns. Pier fishing was slower.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for May 1, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 1st, 2014
Has good brown trout fishing near shore. Boat and pier anglers have caught them. A few chinook salmon have started to show up.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for April 24, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on April 24th, 2014
Is also producing brown trout for those trolling orange spoons or body baits. Pier anglers are getting a few brown trout when using spawn.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for April 10, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on April 10th, 2014
A few anglers were finally able to access the piers but no fish were caught. The ice has started to clear up in the harbor and one boat was attempting to head out.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for April 3, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on April 3rd, 2014
It is going to be while before boats will be able to launch. The entire basin is still frozen solid.

Ludington Ice Fishing Report for Feb 6, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Advantage Marketing Staff on February 6th, 2014
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Tim Large of Ludington was fishing on Pere Marquette Lake Saturday morning when he caught this 18-pound, 40-inch northern pike. The fish had reeled off 30 yards of line when he set the hook and immediately realized he had a big one. The fish qualifies for Michigan DNR Master Angler status. Large said he was using a dead smelt for bait.

Ludington Ice Fishing Report for Jan 30, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on January 30th, 2014
The U.S. Coast Guard is warning anglers and other recreational users to use extreme caution due to ice breaking operations. They will be making two trips and stopping at Ludington's Occidental Chemical Facility. Officials say ice fishermen should remove their ice shanties and equipment from these areas. Recreational users should plan their activities carefully and avoid the shipping channels.



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