FILTER LUDINGTON FISHING REPORTS:
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.
ALL AREA FISHING REPORTS:
Hamlin Lake - Pentwater - Manistee - Ludington - Pere Marquette River
2013 Ludington Fishing Reports
Salmon and trout fishing were slow. Try the top 50 feet in 60 to 150 feet with orange spoons. Pier fishing was slow but those surfcasting at the State Park caught a few fish.
Boat anglers caught salmon and steelhead 40 to 80 feet down in 300 to 400 feet of water. Orange and green spoons were the ticket. Pier anglers casting glow plugs caught a few fish.
Fished P.M. Lake for the same reason. The most fish have been caught in there. The lake is all mixed up and many fishing out there are either getting skunked or at most 2-3 little fish. Get out early because they shut rite down after that sun comes through.
Fishing has been very tough on the big lake and thus I am staying in the channel or in p.m. lake. Fished first light with all Glow j-plugs and meat on the dipsey divers and a 5 color lead core and a 3 color lead core on the sides with plugs as well. The fish bite early and then completely stop biting once the sun rises
Fished out front and in the channel again. Fish bit early on J-plugs and a few later on Meat rigs on Dipsey divers.
Salmon were caught inside the piers and out to 50 feet of water in the early morning. Chrome plugs worked best. Pier anglers caught a few chinook when casting spoons.
Fishing was really good early out front of Ludington in 30-40' with J-plugs being the lure of choice on 5 color lead cores and 3 color lead cores. Also had both out and down downriggers go at the same time this morning with plugs. The bite was fast and furious than ended for us as fast as it started. Once again get out very early and be ready!
Fishing continues to be very very good. Fished up north in the same place for the last week actually. Plugs again shined tonight on riggers down 15 and 20 ft. We had a cold wind from the north which pushed the cold water in and the fish are in the top 30 which is the reason why the depths have changed. Plugs were also very good on a 5 color lead core and a 3 color lead core. Dreamweaver is making a lot of different color Jplugs now and have been very successful with there plugs in the green spladder back and the natural glow. Fished over 30-50' of water starting in front of the Sauble River.
Still fishing up north of the Sable River. Started out the afternoon trip were we finished off the morning trip and hit a few at the end. Fished in 80-90' of water and took it north about a mile past Big Point Sauble before we turned. We hit 12 fish mostly on high dipsey divers (wires) with big water meat rigs and Dreamweaver spin doctors. The bad part was we only put 3 in the boat. The south troll was just as productive and again we only put a few of those in. This did though start a very nice pile o fish that only grew dramatically as the even bite start in. Get out early in the mornings and stay late in the afternoon!
Fishing continues to get nothing but better and better. Set up again to the north in front of Big Point Sable and trolled north about 4 miles from there turning in 07 line in about 100' of water. Full cores (10 colors) with plugs and 225 coppers with plugs were the best. High divers also produced well with big water meat rigs and Dreamweaver 10" Blue bubble spin doctors out 200'.
Salmon are 40 to 90 feet down in 80 to 160 feet of water. Spoons, plugs and meat rigs are all taking fish. Pier and harbor fishing was slow.
Again fished up north in 100-150' of water in front of Big Point Sable Lighthouse. Fishing was very good for the first 2 hrs. then slowed down dramatically. My Plugs that had been going for the last week were not as good but did take a few shots. The best was a Kevins girlfriend with a green mile meat rig on my high divers back 200' and the center downrigger down 100' with a 10' tuxedo spin doctor with a moo moo meat rig.
Fishing started out absolutely lights out with 5 on at once 10 minutes after I had everything set up. We started out 1 mile south of the Sauble River and trolled it north in front of Big Point Sable Lighthouse. Started out in 80' and worked it north until we turned in 188' about 3 miles north of Big Point Sable. Plugs shined on 300' coppers and 10 colors of leadcore. Meat rigs behind Dreamweaver spin doctors did take a few on dipsey divers but the plugs took the bulk of the fish. The two biggest fish weighed in at 28.6 and 27.2lbs and were registered with the state as Master Anglers.
The fish are scattered. Salmon can be found anywhere from 45 to 80 feet down in 50 to 300 feet. Try glow spoons and plugs or red and green meat rigs. Pier anglers caught the occasional salmon or freshwater drum when casting spoons.
Fished south in front of Ludington Pump Storage Plant in 80-120' of water. Again plugs on full cores and a little deeper on 300' coppers was best with the full moon all fish came right at dark.
Fishing was good today around the Indian nets which are out front of the Ludington Pump Storage Plant. Full cores (10 colors) were best with dreamweaver natural glow color and silver horde grey ghost color. Started out in 60ft and fished south to out front of Pentwater and in 90 ft of water
Again have been fishing North with fewer bites but nice size fish. Dipsey divers were again good as well as 5 and 7 color lead cores with small #3 double glow j plugs. All fish came in first 2 hrs then missed a few after that so, get out early!!!!
Fished up both in front of Big Point Sable in 70 to 90ft of water. There definitely seems to be less fish but there a whole lot bigger. All meat tonight on dipsey divers with the high divers out 120 and the lows out 70. Full core also lost a few and took one with a number 3 double glow j plug.
Fished South and way out. 22 miles was farthest point away to be exact in 52 South and 52 West( latitude and longitude). Fished the top 50 ft with meat rigs early on divers and the center downrigger and 5, 7, 10 color lead cores with dreamweaver super slim spoons in the starburst and blue dolphin color patterns. Also deck jarred and yeco lighting were good stacked on downriggers.
Trout and salmon were caught anywhere from 60 to 400 feet of water. Early morning was best. Coho and steelhead were taken on glow spoons, plugs or meat rigs. Good colors were green and orange, black and white or red. Freshwater drum were caught but pier fishing is slow.
Fished out front of the Ludington Pier Heads. The North winds blew very hard yesterday and cold water pushed in. The bait is in huge piles in the warm water inside the harbor. Fish came on high and low dipsey divers with big water meat rigs and downriggers at 20 and 15 with j plugs.
Fished up North today in front of big point sauble lighthouse. The whole day was just a slow pick with the last fish coming in at 10:15am. Started out early in 75 ft of water and ended up in almost 200 ft zig zaging out and back in. High and low dipsey divers with big water meat rigs and dreamweaver spin doctors was best for these big kings, with the highs at 200' back and lows back 120'.
Catch rates were hit-or-miss. Salmon were found 20 to 70 feet down in 50 to 120 feet. Try running glow plugs and spoons in the early morning. As the sun comes up, switch to orange or green spoons with green flies. Pier anglers caught freshwater drum.
Fishing started out good this afternoon, caught all before 7pm. Fished from entrance of Sable River to Big Point Sable in 80-100 ft. Divers out 150 on high wires with meat and 300 ' coppers with meat were most productive.
Fished up north in front of Big Point Sable this morning. Started out in 80 ft. of water with 10 color lead cores and 5 color lead cores with ace high double glow J plugs and moonshines in the sarge and yellow submarine. Dipsey divers were also good with the highs out 120 and the lows out 90 and 100 all with meat rigs. The fish bit real good rite away then completely stopped biting after 9 am.
Fished out front of Ludington tonight. Fishing was good in about 60-80ft. of water between the Ludington Pump Storage Project and the pier heads. Fished 10 color lead cores with a double glow ace high and the other with a bloody nose moonshine. Fished downriggers at 20 30 40 ft. with spoons on one out and down downrigger a set of moonshine yellow submarines and the center one had a 10" tuxedo with a moo moo meat rig. Divers were also productive with the highs out 120 and the lows out 80.
Again ran south in front of the Ludington Pump Storage plant and about 15 miles off shore. The program was the same as yesterday (top 60ft.) and the fishing was a bit better with the anglers on board boating most of the fish that bit. Don't be afraid to kick the speed up with all the steelhead and coho but the kings seem to bit on the slow side of the boat on turn.
Cruised southwest out of the pier heads this morning. Started fishing about the 39.50s and straight out of the project. Fished were coming on five color lead cores with yeck fireballs and 7 color leadcores with yeck jarreds. Downriggers were set at 41 47 and 57 down with yeck jarreds, lightnings and a set of moonshines all glow colored. High divers went a few times out 110 also with big water tackle meat rigs and Dreamweaver spin doctors.
Ran southwest out of Ludington this morning. Started fishing in front of the Ludington Pump storage plant about 15 miles straight out front of the facility. Fished the top 40ft. of water out there. It was a whole lot of fun with the steelhead (rainbow trout) jumping around the crazy coho spin there heads off. Fished mostly Yeck lures in the fireball and double orange crush variety. Also good were dreamweaver ss lures and more yeck lures in the lightning and jarred color. It was a vary long ride out to get um and back but well worth the gas money!
Salmon have been caught 20 to 60 feet down in 40 to 100 feet of water. Most are using glow plugs or green, orange and glow spoons.
Fished out front of Ludington pier heads tonight. We hit a whole bunch of 2 and 3 yr old salmon during the day keeping everyone interested and doing some catching. Fishing lines included 3 downriggers down 17 20 and 15ft. 4 dipsey divers with the highs out 60 and the lows out 40. meat rigs from big water tackle on the divers behind dreamweaver spin doctors and j-plugs and moonshine spoons on the downriggers. Later in the evening the big kings started biting and boy was that a whole lot of fun. Lost 4 or 5 of those but caught a couple around 20lbs!
Fished out front of Ludington. Hit these real nice kings every half hour on a chrome with a red head J-plug on an out and down downrigger down 17ft and a lure Jensen glow with black ladder back j-plug on the other out and down. Hit one on a 10' black DW spin doctor and Big water tackle moo moo meat rig. Also caught one on a high mono diver out 60' with a 10' mountain dew spin doctor with a blue moo meat rig from big water tackle. There getting bigger and bigger every trip!!!!!!! Small one was 19.5lbs and big one was 24.8lbs
Fishing was a bit slow today. The winds had blown and scattered the fish again. Fished straight out of Ludington in about 200' of water and trolled south west from there. Missed a few on top and caught a few on five color lead cores and a downrigger at 40' down with yeck lightning spoon on the main line and yeck jarred on the stack, ten foot about the ball. The water is still mixing and will settle down soon for the kings arrival!!!!!
Fished south and out again today after yesterdays successful run. Started in the 55s and 36s. and trolled out to the 42 line. Fishing started out vary slow for us, we slowly picked at um all day and had another 10 bites or so. Steelhead were again biting on five color leadcores and 7 color leadcores. Riggers took a few but the seaflees were so bad the only way we could reel them in was if I kept cleaning them off every 15 minutes or so. Yeck fireballs on 5 color, Yeck lightning on 7s. Yeck jarreds and lightnings were my best downrigger at 41ft down.
Real good fishing this morning. Motored out south west of the Ludington channel about 12 miles. Started in the 3700 west line and 5250south line and headed out and south from there. The steelhead were feeding in the top 30ft. of water and coho were from there down to about 50ft. Best was an out and down downrigger set at 41 with a pair of Yeck lures called jarreds. Also a pair of 5 color lead cores went frequently with fireball on one side and double orange crush on the other. Big water meat rigs on high diver took fish out 120 with uv red meat rig on one behind a dreamweaver spin doctor (chrome with glow on back) and the other side, high diver, was a uv blue with blue bubble. Had to really bump up the speed which didn't seem to affect my meat rigs any. It seemed we got more bites going faster but more escaped after biting also.
The seas this morning were in one word rough. We only had one troll to start out in the morning in the 4-6ft. waves and that was with the waves to the north. They cancelled the ladies tournament and the kids as well and only two other charters went out besides myself. The fishing wasn't all that bad though. We set um up in the 00s or south of the Sable River a few miles in about 150ft. of water in the 34,00 line and trolled north with as much of a west as the waves would allow for comfortability reasons. The whole way to the north we just got one here and one there. They were all big beautiful steelhead jumping and pulling trying to elude us!!!!!!! We had 10bites from the 00s to the time we turned in 06.50 or about 3miles north of Big Sable Point in about 400ft. of water when we turned. The south troll was a rough ride and the fish didn't seem to want to bite on it. About the time we started to pull though we hit a few just north of Big Sable Point in 350ft. of water which were coho only allowing us to boat 1 of them. The crew again were happy to be aboard and were a hardy bunch. Only a few dates left for the last week of July as well as only a few dates left for the whole month of August so drop me a line and get on the book for an adventure of a lifetime aboard the Lie-A-Lot.
Light numbers of chinook were caught 50 to 100 feet down in 120 to 180 feet when trolling glow spoons or green meat rigs and flies. Those heading out deeper caught steelhead and coho when trolling orange spoons 30 to 60 feet down.
Fishing started out tougher today. We set lines in front of the Sable River in 01s in about 200ft. of water and trolled north. We only had two bites when we reached Big Sable Point, both of which got away. I put the boat on a west troll and we headed out. We hit a triple when we crossed over the 35 line in about 350ft. of water getting all of them. We just continued with that troll the rest of the day, going west and east off of the point. The steelhead were biting again on top unlike the past 3 days, which was exciting. A yeck fireball was the bait of choice on a five color lead core. Also productive was a 300 copper with a bloody nose regular size moonshine. Our two out and down, downriggers were also productive with yeck jarreds and yeck lightning lures.
Fishing was tough today--we headed way out and south. For the last week we had been going north in front of the Big Sable Point Lighthouse and had limited success on some days and very good on others. We decided because alot of others had been catching in the 54s and 40s to the 44s west to give it a try. The family had a good time even though only a few fish were captured and a few eluded us. The weather was very nice with completely calm seas and I'm sure this did not help us any either, but it was a beautiful day on the lake!
Fishing was good today. We fished again up north along the bank (Big Point Sable). We cruised out to the 34.00 line west and the 01.50 line north out in about 180ft of water. Set our lines which included two high dipsey diver lines out 180 with glow spin doctors and big water meat rigs. Low dipsey divers were also spin doctors in the 10" variety with big water meat rigs. We had a 10" black and glow spin doctor on the middle downrigger with a moo moo big water meat rig, and yeck jarred and yeck double orange crush spoons stacked on both outside downriggers. Our planer boards were 5 color lead cores 10 color lead cores and 300 coppers on both sides with bright colored spoons. We trolled to the north west until we turned in 06.00 and the 38.50s. The coho were biting and letting go so the action was pretty hot with about half of the fish that bit actually coming to the net and cooler. The book is getting very full with a few time frames still open in the next two weeks I look forward to hearing from you to book your adventure aboard the LIE A LOT!
Salmon fishing here has been somewhat difficult but catch rates are improving. Try 40 to 100 feet down in 120 to 240 feet of water with orange spoons and green flies. Lake trout were caught by those bouncing cowbells or dodgers off the bottom.
Fishing started out slow this morning. We started out again in 100ft. of water just south of Big Point Sable and trolled about 2 miles past the point north. We had all of our lines in and where ready for action when the big one hit on the center rigger at 80ft. down. The down rigger had a 10” tuxedo spin doctor with a big water tackle moo moo meat rig. The fish ran almost all line out of the reel before the young man could turn him around and pull him in. I noticed why when I saw the beautiful 27# king salmon behind the boat. We continued on north and about a half mile past the point, boated the 15# lake trout on a tin can dodger and chartreuse spin and glow on the bottom. We then boated a nice king salmon and hit another on our turn these biting on a full core with a mini spin doctor in blue bubble color (blue and glow) with a blue and glow Dreamweaver fly. The second one came on a 400’ copper with a blue bubble 8” spin doctor and cold steel meat rig. The south troll was less productive only taking one coho. They had enough fish to eat so we headed in. The fish sure are bigger this year. Maybe a few less, but that fish made me a believer. There definitely getting bigger!
Fishing again was good. Started just south of the bathhouse in front of the Sable River. Started the morning out with all meat rigs and caught a few kings rite off the bat. Fishing slowed down and I put a dodger and spin and glow on the bottom for Lake Trout. This worked well all day long. We trolled north to about a mile and a half past Big Point Sable, then turned around and trolled back to our starting point which was 00.50 south (south of Sable river) and back to the point. We stayed all day in about 100-125ft. of water. The one coho came on a full core (10 colors) with a mini spin doctor and green seaweed fly. I still have Thursday and Sunday available in the mornings, hope to here from you soon.
Saturday morning started out a bit tougher than yesterday. We did not have any fish or bites on our whole first past from the mouth of the Sable river to Big Point Sable. As we started out turn though about 8a.m. the fish got more active and the we battled a couple of very nice kings. The first one in the boat weighed in at 23.5# and as soon as we netted that one on a 300’ copper line with a cold steel meat rig and blue bubble meat rig and let in back out, it went again. This time it was a 20# king that battled all the way to the end. Around down rigger cables and eventually we captured it. The lake tout soon followed. We caught most of them towards the bottom in 120’ of water on the meat rigs and a tin can dodger and chartreuse spin and glow on the corner down rigger. The family had an great time and cant wait to do it again. I have a few days open next week and the fishing is really starting to heat up. Give me a call and enjoy an adventure aboard the Lie-A-Lot.
Fished Saturday morning up North in front of Big Point Sable. The salmon had been hard to find but, have in the last few days shown up! Took all our fish in 110-130ft. of water. Started out early running meat rigs on our divers and on the center downrigger. These caught the bigger fish early, then slowed down. As the sun came up the planer boards went out up high in the water column and produced a few nice Rainbow trout (steelhead). We also dropped our dipsy divers back and put the center meat rig down deeper and caught the Laker trout. The family had a great trip aboard the Lie-A-Lot! Hope to hear from you soon to get in on these big Salmon. The two big ones weighed in at just over 20# and 21#
Fishing in the afternoon was a bit slower than the morning. We were still able to catch some real nice fish including these 20# king salmon. We fished again in front of Big Point Sable as we had done in the morning in the same 110-130 of water. The fish we were marking were down on the bottom because the south winds were pushing the warm water in. The same meat rigs stayed on the high and low dipsey divers and the center downrigger. It was a little bit rougher this evening and the higher steelhead were not active. We set up about 01 and 32.50 and took it north just past the 04s (past Big Point Sable) and turned around and trolled back to the 00s. The guys have been coming back a few years now and very much enjoyed the battle that ensued with these big kings!
Boat anglers have found the salmon and trout bite tough. Some fish have been caught 40 to 100 feet down in 110 to 240 feet of water. Try running blue and green spoons along with meat rigs down deeper.
Salmon fishing continues to be slow. A few trout and salmon were taken 45 to 120 feet down in 80 to 180 feet of water. Most are using orange or green spoons with meat rigs.
Boat anglers heading out twelve miles or more found lake trout and steelhead. Orange, green or yellow spoons were the ticket. Salmon fishing was slow.
Had slow catch rates. A few salmon were caught 45 to 150 feet down in 80 to 225 feet of water with orange or green spoons and meat rigs.
Salmon action has been hit-or-miss. Fish were caught 60 to 120 feet down in 120 to 140 feet of water with meat rigs or green and orange spoons.
Boat anglers are picking up a few salmon 75 to 150 feet down in 150 to 250 feet of water. Meat rigs have worked well along with orange or blue spoons.
The fish cleaning station is now open at the Loomis Street Launch. Boat anglers were catching salmon 80 to 200 feet down in 200 to 300 feet of water. Try blue or green meat rigs. Not much in the way of brown trout action.
Took out an always welcomed friend Joe Yob from Florida. Fishing was good today. Fished in front of Big Point Sauble in 220ft. out to 280ft. Fish were biting primarily down deep, 120down and 170down were best with big water meat rigs. Best were the uv on ice behind a dreamweaver blue bubble spin doctor. We did though catch the two smaller salmon on a five color lead core with a yeck jarred. GREAT to see the kings have arrived. These fish fought to the very end, jumping, swimming around downriggers behind the boat, It was a very enjoyable time out on the water. Book your charter soon don't miss out on this hot spring, early summer fishing!!!!
Reported slow brown trout action. Only a few fish were taken by those trolling around the piers with silver and black body baits or bright colored spoons.
Brown trout action continues to be slow for boat and pier anglers. A few have been caught on black and silver body baits and orange spoons.
Those trolling body baits in the harbor and along the shoreline have caught a few lake trout and brown trout. Hot colors were black and gold or black and silver. Pier fishing was slow.
Has one dock in at the Loomis Street launch. Pier anglers using spawn are catching light numbers of steelhead and brown trout. Those out trolling found brown trout along the shoreline and around the piers. Try orange, blue or yellow body baits.
Pier anglers caught steelhead on spawn bags. Boat anglers caught steelhead and a few brown trout when trolling around the piers with small body baits.
Fishing was good again today. Fished in southern Ludington, Scottville area on St. Marys Lake. Plastics again out fished any and all other offerings. Blue glow head #5 size with a pink nuggy tail was very good, as was a chartreuse glow head with a red nuggy tail. Took a summer charter guest out on the ice, had a great time. Joe Yob made the trip up and enjoyed taking home the catch of 50 crappie. Booking a lot of charters lately for the up coming summer as well, so hope to here from you soon to reserve your date!!!!!!!!!
Well Spring is here and thus the Great Lakes are starting to produce Fish!!!!!!!! The boats are not in yet. The boat launches are plugged with ice still, but the area breakwalls are starting to produce beautiful Brown Trout and Steelhead! My cousin (Gary Olson) fished yesterday out of Ludington on the south breakwall and did very well. He and his fishing partner were able to land 5 Brown trout and 2 Steelhead (Rainbow Trout). The winds where right and the warm river water had blown around the breakwall giving them ideal fishing conditions. This does happen quite often and depending on which way the warm water is traveling either breakwall can be very good fishing! So get your gear ready pack a sandwich Spring has sprung!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Hamlin Lake - Pentwater - Manistee - Ludington - Pere Marquette River