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Ludington Fishing Report for August 11, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 11th, 2016
Dredging operations here are done. Surface water temperatures were about 70 degrees. Good numbers of chinook along with coho, lake trout or steelhead were caught in 70 to 110 feet. A few walleye were caught off the piers at night.

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Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 10, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on August 10th, 2016
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Great job to Mark and Grant on there fish catching this am! Fish bites came on the atomik white killer spindoctor/yellow meat rig, 5 color lead/#3 splatter back plug, 200 copper/white glow ladder back, rigger down 35 feet with happy meal moonshine magnum spoon.

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Lake Michigan Fishing Report for August 9, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on August 9th, 2016
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Fishing report Tuesday August 9th PM...fishing north, 6 for 9...flurry at dark...150 copper-gold starburst; 300 copper magnum moonshine hotlips, 200 copper with plug white/ladderback, rigger 55 down with mag moonshine happy meal, reg. Moonshine sarge; 45 down with moonshine magnum flounder pounder, low wire- 110' back, 10" Mt. Dew NBK/UV ice meatrig 105 out with showtime/chartreuse moo moo meatrig.

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Lake Michigan Fishing Report for August 9, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on August 9th, 2016
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Fishing report for Tuesday AM August 9th. Fishing is insane at Ludington! We fished north and bites came on: 3, 5, 8 color leadcore with following plugs: white with black ladder back, lucky charm, clown, 100, 150 and 200 coppers with plugs: mother of pearl, green splatter, blue squiggly, riggers at 35 and 45 with raspberry carbon 14 and flounder pounder moonshine, low wire divers out 75, 85, 100, with dreamweaver spindoctors: chrome killer/chartreuse moo moo moo, frog/frog meat rig, high divers at 90, 100, 120, 140, with spindoctors Kevins girl/green mile meatrig, racer frog/sour apple fly.

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Lake Michigan Fishing Report for August 8, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on August 8th, 2016
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Great times this AM with Steve, Lois, Bob, and Genevieva. Thank you for choosing our services! Fishing was fast and furious north of Ludington this AM...we had 20 takers and got 9 to the box.
Bites came on 4, 5, 8 & 10 colors of lead core and 150 copper with following plugs: white with black ladder, green splatter back, blue squiggly, lucky charm, clown, green ladder back, low diver out 80 and 100 with chrome killer spindoctor/chartreuse moo moo meat rig, high diver out 90 and 100 ft with racer frog spindoctor/sour apple fly, showtime spindoctor, white moo moo meatrig, low diver out 80 gt frog spindoctor/frog meat rig, Rigger down 30 with moonshine flounder pounder, and rigger down 35 with carbon 14 moonshine.

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Lake Michigan Fishing Report for August 7, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on August 7th, 2016
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Thank you Steve, Steve, Matt Rachael, and Ray for the great time today! Out of 12 bites they managed 6 fish to the box. We fished north of Ludington today and bites came on 5 color lead core with white ladder back plug, 100 copper with dreamweaver gold starburst, 150 copper with silver green j plug, rigger down 130 with chrome spindoctor/chrome Whirlygig, low wire diver out 110 with showtime spindoctor/chartreuse frog meatrig, low wire out 100 with green sparkler spindoctor/lemon UV ice meatrig, low diver out 50 with mountain dew nbk spindoctor/white moo moo meatrig.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for August 7, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 7th, 2016
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Fishing in 60' of water off the lighthouse continues to be successful. Dreamweaver spin doctors pulling Dreamweaver green glow flies on dipsey divers has been the best. Call Lie A Lot charters today....(800)-850-1978

Ludington Fishing Report for August 4, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on August 4th, 2016
Good numbers of healthy chinook were caught in 100 to 150 feet. Steelhead and coho are also being caught. Lake trout numbers slowed. Some walleye were caught off the piers at night. Dredging should wrap up by the end of this week and will be move to Manistee.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for August 3, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 3rd, 2016
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Salmon fishing is as good as ever aboard the Lie A Lot and out of the port of Ludington. Silver horde double glow j plugs and Dreamweaver natural glow j plugs caught most of these 13 caught in 45 minute with so many on (7 at once) and only 2 anglers I had the opportunity to bring a few in myself. Give the Lie A Lot a call today (800)-850-1978!

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for August 1, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on August 1st, 2016
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Smiling faces for people in happy places.. good fishing! Thank you John, Bill, Diana, Dan, Brenda, and Ventina for an awesome trip. On Monday AM we fished south at little point and the bite was fast at daylight. Nine takers and we managed 5 big kings to the boat. Productive setups: high diver out 150 with dreamweaver showtime spindoctor/chartreuse moo moo meatrig, high back 150 with 8 inch super froggy/frozen froggy meat rig, 300 cooper with a 8 inch chrome killer/green moo 150 copperwhite everglo plug, 250 copper with carbon 14 moonshine spoon, rigger at 65 ft with moonshine Night crawler spoon.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for August 1, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 1st, 2016
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Fishing continues to be very good out of Ludington with some real nice kings and a few trout mixed in!! Best baits this morning were a double glow plug on a 225' copper, a blue bubble spin doctor by Dreamweaver with a Dreamweaver pickled sunshine fly on a high diver out 150. Book your charter now aboard the Lie A Lot!! (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 29, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on July 29th, 2016
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Thank you Zach, Doug, and Josh for a great morning! Fishing was good and we worked 125 to 250 feet of water North of Ludington this AM. 12 bites resulted boating 3 lake trout and 4 kings. Fish liked Moonshine beefeater down 65 on rigger, Dreamweaver 10 in chrome spindoctor/chrome Whirlygig down 120 feet on rigger, dreamweaver 8 in custom uv spotted spindoctor/uv green Whirligig down 150 ft on rigger, Kevins girlfriend spindoctor/green mile meatrig on low wire 130 ft, 5 color lead core with blue squiggly plug, showtime spindoctor/chartreuse frog meatrig on low diver 150 ft, 8 in green spindoctor emerald green bottom/lime green meatrig on high wire diver out 130 ft, 350 copper with 10 in Wonderbread spindoctor/dreamweaver moo moo meatrig.
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Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 28, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 28th, 2016
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Fishing started out very good! Set up between big point sauble and the sauble river in 130' with spoons on out and down downrigger and Dreamweaver kevin girlfriend spin doctor pulling big water meat rigs green mile on a high and low dipsey divers out 140' and 220 on low and highs. After about an hour of fishing the ladies had enough of the rough seas and we went in!!

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 27, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on July 27th, 2016
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Fishing has improved! Thanks to the crew last night, Tim, Jessica, Riley, Brandon, and Tyler for a great time. These battling fishermen boated 2 large Lake Trout and 3 Kings, 18lb, 17lb and 14lb from the seven bites we had. We fished north of Ludington in 140 feet of water to 260 feet of water and bites came on Dreamweaver 10 inch spindoctor/chrome Whirlygig on rigger down 150 ft, rigger down 65 ft with moonshine magnum striptastc spoon, low wire diver out 170 with Dreamweaver 8 in showtime spindoctor/chartreuse frog meatrig, high diver out 180 ft with green dolphin spindoctor/citron fly.
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Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 26, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 26th, 2016
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There some real nice kings around just not an over abundance of them. Set up about a mile north of the sargeant sand mining plant and trolled to the state park bath house and back in 120-130' with meat on dipsey divers and a plug on an out and down down rigger. Had a few others bite and get off. Best was a black tuxedo Dreamweaver spin doctor and big water tackles moo moo meat rig on a low wire diver out 211'. Just a few dates left in august...Give us a call and Lie A Lot charters today!!! (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 25, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on July 25th, 2016
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Thank you Chris, Dennis, Jacob and Matt for joining us today! The waters were rough but this team tougher it out for nine bites resulting in kings 18 and 14 lbs along with a 12.3 lb Steelhead! We had one other big king break off. We fished north of Ludington in 140 feet of water to 250 feet of water. Bites came on Dreamweaver 8 in showtime spindoctor and chartreuse moo moo meatrig on low wire out 170 ft, rigger down 96 with clown flasher/moo moo meatrig, Rigger down 115 with a blue dolphin with gold starburst free slider,
High diver back 270 with green salmon slayer spindoctor/green ice meat rig.
Call today for your fun trip! 517.712.8709

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 22, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on July 22nd, 2016
Thank you Tony, Chris, and Grace for joining us this AM. An awesome family that did a great job on the rods with this 16 and 22 lb king salmon! We fished north of Ludington today in 120 to 160 feet of water. Our bites came on 200 copper with magnum hotlips moonshine spoon, low diver out 160 with Mountain Dew nbk dreamweaver spindoctor/uv ice meatrig. High diver out 200 & 250 with Mountain Dew salmon slayer spindoctor/green mile meatrig. We use Dreamweaver premium meatrig strips.

Call now to reserve your fun fishing trip! 517.712.8709

Ludington Fishing Report for July 21, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 21st, 2016
Surface water temperatures were 62 degrees. Boat anglers have caught chinook salmon in 100 to 150 feet. Some were over 20 pounds. Lake trout numbers slowed but they were still being caught at the same depths. Pier anglers caught the occasional chinook, steelhead and brown trout. Chinook were also caught in Pere Marquette Lake.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 19, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 19th, 2016
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Kings are in but spread out with no big piles of bait or cold water to keep them in one spot. These big 16-21# salmon were taken outside the Pere Marquette River on meat rigs and spin doctors. We lost a real big king right before the net that would have been around the 30# class!!! Give Lie A Lot charters a call today to book your early august charter while the kings are around.... (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 16, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on July 16th, 2016
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Great day on the water Saturday with Kelsey, Brittany, John Paul, and Ken. Thank you for choosing our services! Fishing started slow but picked up after late morning. We fished from north of big point to a little north of harbor in 110 to 165 fow. Fish bites came on 4 color lead core with Dreamweaver SS gold starburst, 200 copper with Dreamweaver Regular Starburst, low wire diver out 200 and 220 with custom dreamweaver spindoctor/uv Whirligig, low wire diver out 240 with chrome/white crush spindoctor/chartreuse Whirligig, chrome spindoctor/chrome Whirligig, 250 copper/kevorkian stinger and Downrigger at 60 ft with black n white spoon.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 15, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on July 15th, 2016
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Today we fished in the Youth Tournament portion of the Ludington Offshore Classic with the Johnson family. Lauren Johnson finessed this 25 lb King Salmon with the coaching help of her brother Hunter! This fish was the heaviest weighed and captured first place. It bit a Black Mamba flasher/KRW strike zone meatrig with Dreamweaver premium meat strip.
We have a few openings over the next few weeks. Call now! 517.712.8709

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 14, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on July 14th, 2016
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We fished in the Ludington Ruboy tournament aboard the Turning Point boat today. Great times with marinas friends and we did capture some nice kings! Our bites came on low wire diver out 180 ft with Dreamweaver kevins girlfriend spindoctor/Diabolical black magic meat rig, 300 copper with Moonshine wonderbread spoon, and High wire diver out 230 ft with blue dot spindoctor/Big Weenie Blue Balls meat rig.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 14, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 14th, 2016
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Set up in front of the Ludington state park in 125' of water and trolled north past Big Point Sauble. Turned back and ended about the same as we started but brought it back in 160' of water. Big water green mile behind Dreamweaver Kevin's girlfriend on a high diver out 280 was good as well as a chrome Dreamweaver spin doctor with a yellow chrome spin and glow. Still have dates available after this week. Give us a call to reserve your adventure aboard the lie a lot!!! (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 14, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 14th, 2016
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The kings are around but very spotty with some real big ones being taken from time to time. This 23# king came on a 400' copper with blue bubble spin doctor and blue big water cold steel meat rig. We set up in 180' of water in front of Big Point Sauble and trolled north 3 miles before turning back. Also good was a tuxedo spin doctor and big water moo moo meat rig. Give us a call at Lie A Lot dates are filling fast...... (800)-850-1978

Ludington Fishing Report for July 14, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 14th, 2016
Had surface water readings about 60 degrees. Lake trout slowed but were still caught in 60 to 100 feet. Chinook and steelhead were caught in 100 to 150 feet.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 7, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 7th, 2016
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Fishing started out very slow this morning. We started out in front of the Ludington pump storage plant in 75' of water targeting lake trout along the bottom and king salmon on planer boards. We caught a few lake trout on dipsey divers with Yeck tin can dodger and Yakima spin and glow in green and yellow with white wings. This nice 20# king came toward the end of our trip on a 225' copper with a Yeck copperhead.

Ludington Fishing Report for July 7, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on July 7th, 2016
Surface water temperatures were about 62 degrees. Dredging continues out near the end of the piers. Those fishing off the piers at night caught a few walleye. Boat anglers continue to catch lake trout in 80 to 150 feet or steelhead and chinook in 80 to 100 feet.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 4, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on July 4th, 2016
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Thank you Kay, Matt, Luce, Charles, and Hays for joining us today. We fished north again and started out with two nice fish and then had to work hard get bites the rest of the trip. We Ended With 4 fish Out Of 8 bites. Bites came on chute rigger down 80, 100, and 125 with a 10 in chrome spindoctor/chrome Whirligig, high diver out 130 with racer frog spindoctor/sour apple fly, and wire with 1 1/2 lb lead ball/fire dot spindoctor/fire dot Whirligig.
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Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 4, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 4th, 2016
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There's a few salmon around and an absolute ton of bait fish. The lake trout are gorging as well. After a hard couple of north winds the fish are at the pier heads feasting!! Small spoons on down riggers at 20' where best as well as 5 color and 3 color leadcores with small Yeck spoons. Lie A Lot charters!!

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 3, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on July 3rd, 2016
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Here fishy fishy...fishing was exciting last night to the north of port. With 8 bites we managed 3 kings and 1 lake trout to the net. A coho and two lake trout escaped us! Two of our kings were 20 lbs.
Fish bit: center chute rigger down 80 and 120 with 10 inch dreamweaver spindoctor and chrome Whirligig, 100 copper with dreamweaver gold starburst spoon, low wire diver with green sparkler spindoctor/uv ice meatrig, high wire out 150 with nbk green spindoctor/green mile meatrig.
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Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 2, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 2nd, 2016
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Trout fishing continues to be good out of Ludington. We set up a little south of the Ludington break wall and trolled south from there to out front of the pump storage plant in 80-100' of water. Dreamweavers new whirlygig in UV red with UV wings behind a chrome spin doctor on a 400' copper was best. Also productive was a size 0 spin n glow in green and yellow color behind a tin can Yeck dodger behind a high diver out 270'. Call soon to book your summer adventure aboard the Lie A Lot...(800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for June 27, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 27th, 2016
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Fishing was again a mirror image of two days ago. Set up thus morning in front of the consumers pump storage project in 80' of water and trolled south three miles before trolling back north. All down riggers on the bottom along with dipsey divers. Yeck tin can dodgers with green and white wing spin and glows worked best on a high diver.... Lie A Lot charters (800)850-1978 to book your trip for this up coming summer!!!!

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for June 25, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 25th, 2016
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Trout fishing has been fair to very good, depending on the day. We ran way north of Big Point Sauble and trolled north from there in 80-90 feet. Fish came on bottom with green and chartreuse spin and glows behind Yeck tin can and Yeck copper dodgers. Give us a call at (800)-850-1978 for your trip aboard the Lie A Lot!!

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for June 25, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on June 25th, 2016
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Great day today on the big lake, thank you Bob, Steve, Fred and Lois! We fished north with no success and then moved south for two hours more of fishing. We ended the trip with a flurry of lake trout 11 bites boated 5 fish and lost 3. Bites came on wire divers with custom spin doctor and Dreamweaver UV Whirligig, lime glo dodger with green spin n glo, white Slick spin doctor with white whirligig, copper dodger and green Spin n glo.

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Lake Michigan Fishing Report for June 18, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on June 18th, 2016
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Today's bite was better! We boated 6 Lake Trout Including this a 14.2 lb 33 incher. Two other fish almost fell captive and one was in the hog class. We fished 45 to 60 feet of water. Bites came on 5 color lead core with Dreamweaver SS Jawbreaker, low wire diver copper dodger/green spin n glo, high diver lime green dodger/green spin n glo, low diver custom dreamweaver spindoctor/UV Whirligig (Whirligigs soon to be released by Team Dreamweaver ).
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Lake Michigan Fishing Report for June 17, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 17th, 2016
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Fishing started out good for the birthday boy with a small king and nice lake trout this morning!!! It though came to an abrupt end with not another bite, where I have been catching a good amount of lake trout the past few weeks. We trolled around for 3 and a half hours without another bite then turned west heading toward a cold pocket of water straight out of the Ludington pier heads in 125 feet of water. We took off all of our trout rigs, sped up and put out all bright colors on two, three and five color leadcores along with high wire divers out 120-140 with Yeck fireball and double orange crush. We had 7 bites out on the cold side boating six before heading in. The Lie A Lot is getting booked up in July and august so call soon to book your adventure at (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for June 17, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on June 17th, 2016
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Thank you Tom, Tom, TJ, and Tricia for joining us on Friday. The bite was slow but for what we lacked in quantity of fish, we gained in quality of fish and companionship! The big fish of the day was a 34 inch, 16 lbs Lake trout (caught on # team dreamweaver new to be released Whirligig ) and Fred's (I mean Tom's ) first Lake Trout. Fish bit on Dreamweaver chrome spindoctor with chrome Whirligig on a 1 lb ball bouncing bottom and a low wire diver with custom spindoctor and UV Whirligig near bottom. We fished 45 feet of water to 105 feet of water.

Ludington Fishing Report for June 16, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on June 16th, 2016
Boat anglers caught a few chinook and lake trout in 100 to 300 feet. Steelhead were caught higher in the water column. Be advised the Copeyon Park fish cooler is not working properly so please dispose of your fish at the Loomis Launch.

Ludington Fishing Report for June 9, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on June 9th, 2016
Baitfish are moving into the channel and Pere Marquette Lake. Boat anglers are getting lake trout, steelhead and chinook in 100 to 300 feet.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for June 8, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on June 8th, 2016
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Thank you to today's clients Patrick, Neil, Robert, and Cathy Lynch for joining us aboard Rodmaster. Today was a chilly 43 degrees with north winds and choppy waves combined with strong currents and cold, fast moving water made fishing tough. We had 9 bites and managed 6 fish to the boat, 4 lake trout and 2 small kings. Bites came on wire divers with chrome 10 inch spindoctor/metallic green spin n glo and copper dodger/kelly green spin n glo, drop weight rig with Clown dodger/orange spin n glo, rigger down 40 ft with blue green nbk 8 inch spindoctor/blue fly, 8 color with Dreamweaver gold starburst,
5 color with Dreamweaver SS scurvy dawg spoon. Call to reserve your fishing trip 517.712.8709

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for June 4, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on June 4th, 2016
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Great Lake Trout action out of Ludington the last few days. This two person trip we were 5 lake trout for 7 including this master angler 21 lb 5 oz monster. We fished 85 to 100 feet of water. Bites came on 5 color lead core with Dreamweaver gold starburst spoon, wire divers with white dodger and orange spin n glo, kelly green dodger with green spin n glo, wire with 1 1/2 lb ball and 10 in white/pearl slick dreamweaver spindoctor/glo orange spin n glo and clown dodger with red spin n glo. Call us for your fun fishing charter trip 517.712.8709
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Lake Michigan Fishing Report for June 3, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 3rd, 2016
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Set up straight out of Ludington pier heads in 90' of water. Trolled south to out front of Ludington pump storage plant in 95-110' of water. Best baits were Yeck gold dodger and green spin and glow on a down rigger on the bottom as well as a tin can Yeck dodger and chartreuse spin and glow on a high wire diver on the bottom. Book your June fishing now Lie A Lot Charters at (800)-850-1978

Ludington Fishing Report for June 2, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on June 2nd, 2016
Good numbers of lake trout along with some smaller brown trout were caught in 60 to 100 feet. Chinook and steelhead were caught in 100 to 300 feet. Walleye were caught in the basin at night.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for May 29, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on May 29th, 2016
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The strong waves the last couple of days have the water mixed up, it is dirty and fish scattered. We started south in 50 feet of water and caught a Master Angler 22 lb Lake Trout on a clown dodger with orange spin n glo bouncing bottom with a drop weight. Marked fish but no other takers until we trolled a few miles north and caught a small king on a high diver out 150 feet with yellow sparkler spindoctor and yellow uv meatrig. We moved out to 140 feet of water and had one bite on a high diver out 130 feet with a dreamweaver Silver starburst resulting in a 16 lb master angler Steelhead.
The water has warmed and will settle in over the next few days for better fishing. Call now for your fishing charter 517.712.8709

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for May 26, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on May 26th, 2016
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Fishing was slower today. Hooked into this nice 15 lb Laker being held by James Eash and had two other bites while fighting this one. Then came the long troll as wind kicked up 3 and 4 foot waves and blew in dense fog. While pulling lines at end of trip we caught another small lake trout and a small king salmon. We fished 35 to 65 feet of water. Bites came on one lb wire drop weight with clown dodger and red spin n glo, wire divers with copper dodger and green frog spin n glo, green on Green dodger with green spin n glo, 100 copper with gold flodger and orange spin n glo, 5 color lead core with dream weaver super slim gobie spoon.
We have an opening for this weekend... call now 5177128709

Ludington Fishing Report for May 26, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 26th, 2016
Good numbers of lake trout were caught in 40 to 70 feet. Small numbers of brown trout, steelhead, and chinook were caught as well. Baitfish are moving into the harbor.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for May 21, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on May 21st, 2016
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The Lake Trout bite is currently insane at Ludington! Another day of 4 man limit in 3 hours. We boated 12 fish out of 17 bites. Fish were biting: copper dodger with orange spin n glo, green on Green dodger with green spin n glow behind wire divers bouncing bottom, white dodger with orange spin n glo behind drop weight bouncing bottom, 8 color lead core with dream weaver super slim gobie spoon, and 200 copper with gold flodger and orange spin n glo. We fished 40 to 60 feet of water.
We have openings this upcoming week and memorial weekend. Rodmaster Fishing Charters LLC
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Lake Michigan Fishing Report for May 20, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on May 20th, 2016
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Fishing is excellent at Ludington! This 4 person limit of Lake Trout was the results of 3 1/2 hours of fishing. We had 24 fish on and boated 15, returning a few for next time. We fished 43 to 60 feet of water. Fish came on wire divers and lead drop bounced on bottom with copper dodger and chartreuse spin n glo, white dodger with orange spin n glo, lime and dark green dodger with green spin n glo, froggie spindoctor with green crinkle fly, gold flodger with orange spin n glo on 200 copper, 8 color lead core with froggie jointed Rapala, and rigger down 34 ft with magnum dreamweaver frog spoon.
Call now to reserve your trip: 517.712.8709
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Lake Michigan Fishing Report for May 19, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on May 19th, 2016
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Fishing continues to be very good for the lie a lot out of Ludington! Caught there limit of trout, then I reeled a few in too! Set up again a little north of Pentwater pier head in 40-50' of water. Yeck tin can dodger and chartreuse with white wings spin and glow on a high diver at or near bottom was best. This fishing is very very good when u find them you catch them! Book your trip aboard the Lie a Lot today...... (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for May 18, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on May 18th, 2016
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Set up in front of Ludington North Break Wall in 45' of water. Trolled from 45' to 75' with absolutely no success. Pull up our six lines and ran south of Ludington pump storage plant setting up again in 45' of water. The water temperature rose almost 3°, which is why we stop there. Set up with dodgers and peanuts and dodgers and spin and glows at or near bottom. The fish came in within an hour and we came in with mine and Mike's (a customer and fellow boat owner here in Ludington) limit of nice Lake Trout!! Give me a call soon to book your may or June trip today!! (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for May 14, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on May 14th, 2016
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Submitted by Captain Joe Marion:

The water was rough and the weather cold but this crew braved out 1 1/2 hours of fishing to boat 4 of 6 Lake Trout they had on. Fish were in the 53s to 54s, 60 feet of water and bites came on: green glow stingray spoon hit 2 fish, copper can with orange yellow spin n glo hit 2 fish and white can with orange spin n glo hit 2. The fish are biting! Contact us now for your fun fishing trip: WWW.RODMASTERFISHING.COM
517.712.8709

Ludington Fishing Report for May 12, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on May 12th, 2016
Had surface temperatures of 49 degrees. The city fish cleaning station is now open. Good numbers of lake trout are still being caught outside the piers. Small numbers of chinook salmon are starting to show up.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for May 8, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on May 8th, 2016
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Fishing is picking up! Even with the strong north winds yesterday, the water warmed a couple degrees and the fish have decided to move in. We marked quite a few fish higher in the water column today along with quite a few bottom huggers. We had nine fish bite and managed three nice Lake trout into the net...14 lbs...12 lbs...and 10lbs. They were biting light...and we know why...the one trout had 16 big gobies in it! Fish bit on jointed froggie Rapala on 8 colors of lead, 200 copper with Kelly green/lime green dodger and Kelly green spin n glow with green squid, copper dodger and green spin n glow on wire diver, lime green dodger and chartreuse/red dots spin n glow off wire diver, and 1 1/2 lb lead ball on wire with white dodger and hot orange spin in glow (dodgers were all bumping bottom). We fished 40 to 60 feet of water.
Call now to book your charter: 517.712.8709

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for May 6, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on May 6th, 2016
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After a heavy blow this week it meant get out and do a little scouting. I ran a solo 3 pole program this am. Fish are scattered making it difficult to locate them. I had 4 bites fishing 40 to 50 feet of water and managed to get this 16.5 lb Lake Trout aboard. This fish and one other bite came on a white dodger with a hot orange spin n glow behind a 1lb ball bouncing bottom. Two other bites were on copper dodger with green spin n glow on a wire diver bouncing bottom. Fishing should improve as we warm up with some south winds. Call today to book your charter 517.712.8709 and check our website for more information www.rodmasterfishing.com.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for April 27, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Gary Smith of Rodmaster Fishing Charters, LLC on April 27th, 2016
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Dusting out cobwebs this AM with a friend on a two hour trip of fishing. We managed 6 bites and boated 3 fish. Released a small Steel head and boxed 2 nice Lake Trout. Two Bites came on rainbow trout Rapala trolled on flat line behind board, two bites on Green Goby Dreamweaver Super Slim on a 2 color lead core and both Lake Trout came on a copper dodger with a large Green spin n glow run off a wire diver near bottom. Book your charter now...the fishing is improving...517.712.8709

Ludington Fishing Report for April 7, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on April 7th, 2016
The bay was ice free. The docks are in but few anglers were out.

Ludington Fishing Report for March 10, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Department of Natural Resources (DNRE) of Michigan on March 10th, 2016
Should have anglers out targeting brown trout if the weather holds.

Ludington Fishing Report for March 3, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on March 3rd, 2016
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We are starting to get out fishing aboard small boats!! There isn't a lot of walleye around compared to other areas of Michigan but there's some around the piers and they are big!! Brown trout fishing is slow but getting better daily! The pier fishing has been fair for steelhead. Contact Lie A Lot Charters soon to book your summer fishing excursion!! (800)-850-1978



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