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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.
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2018 Ludington Fishing Reports
Pier and shore anglers continue to catch some steelhead along with the occasional coho on real and artificial spawn bags. Those surf-casting used spawn bags on the bottom or were casing small spoons and crank baits.
Steelhead are still being caught off the pier with spawn bags on the bottom. Coho are still down at the park. Catch rates were low but anglers were getting a few with artificial lures.
Had surface waters in the low 50’s. Few were out but when they could pier anglers caught steelhead on spawn.
City workers are starting to pull docks and will be closing the restrooms and the fish cleaning station soon. When the weather allows, steelhead and a small number of coho were caught off both piers by those using spawn.
A good number of coho remain between the foot bridge and the dam. More anglers are starting to catch them using thunder sticks, Cleo’s and spinners.
Surface temperature readings were about 60 degrees but should start to fall by the weekend. Coho continue to be present at the state park. Pier fishing was slow but a couple anglers managed to catch a few coho when casting spinners.
Coho continue to be present at the state park however some anglers had a hard time getting them to hit. A few had success casting wobblers or spinners. The occasional Chinook was taken on spawn.
Surface temperature readings were about 58 degrees. Fishing had been slow with only a small number of Chinook and coho taken by those trolling in the harbor and around the pierheads.
Coho have returned to the State Park and had started to stack up. Catch rates were not very high yet, but a few anglers had success when casting artificial lures.
Some anglers are still doing well when trolling J-plugs.
A few coho were still being caught 40 to 80 feet down in 140 to 200 feet. Spoons were the ticket. Pier fishing remains slow.
Surface water temperatures warmed back up. A good number of coho were caught 30 to 70 feet down in 150 to 200 feet along the shelf. Lake trout and steelhead were also caught. Spoons and meat rigs were the ticket. Pier fishing was slow with only the odd coho taken when casting spoons. Chinook salmon fishing in Pere Marquette Lake has slowed.
Many anglers were still having success and catching Chinook salmon when jigging or trolling.
Surface temperatures were about 72 degrees. The wind and strong thunderstorms have pushed Chinook salmon into Pere Marquette Lake and the river. Those out trolling 70 to 100 feet down in 300 to 400 feet caught coho, steelhead and lake trout on spoons and flies. Pier fishing was slow.
Those jigging and trolling caught salmon however those jigging did best. Pier anglers caught a few when casting spoons.
Chinook salmon were pushed into the harbor and around the pier heads when the water rolled over. Those using spoons and J-plugs did best.
Chinook started to move down this way with surface water temperatures reading at about 75 degrees. Fish were found in 60 to 100 feet of water, 40 to 50 feet down. J-plugs, meat rigs and spoons were most successful. Lake trout, steelhead and small numbers of coho were caught in 150 to 200 feet of water, 50 to 70 feet down. Pier fishing was slow.
Big Chinook salmon 30 pounds or more are still being caught, but the number of fish coming in has slowed. Try meat rigs, flies and j-plugs 40 to 100 feet down in 120 to 300 feet. Pier fishing was slow.
Chinook salmon were still being picked up in the channel and over near the river.
Chinook fishing here continues to get better with a good number of fish 30 pounds plus being caught. Most were 50 to 100 feet down in 130 to 300 feet and hitting on spoons, meat rigs and J-plugs.
Fishing has been good for awhile. The king's this year are in less numbers but very large. We ran out a couple miles north then out 6 miles and set up in 110' of water. Best lures are Dreamweaver 8" chrome killer and showtimes spin doctors with green Dreamweaver meat rigs. Early was slow but we just kept on picking one up every so often. Lie A Lot Charters (800)-850-1978
Those trolling spoons and J-plugs have caught Chinook salmon here and in the channel.
Surface temperatures were up around 70 degrees and more salmon are being caught including one fish just over 34 pounds. Anglers are trolling spoons and meat rigs 30 to 70 feet down in 170 to 300 feet. A small number of steelhead and lake trout were also caught.
Those trolling spoons have caught Chinook.
Had slower fishing but a few lake trout, Chinook or steelhead were taken in 120 to 200 feet with spoons and a flasher fly combo.
Lake trout were caught on spoons and flies in 120 to 250 feet. A small number of Chinook, coho and steelhead have also been caught. Pier fishing was slow.
Surface temperature readings were up near 66 degrees. Pier fishing is slow. Off shore fishing was slow but some had success for Chinook, lake trout and steelhead in 120 to 200 feet when trolling spoons.
Some anglers were still getting small Chinook and brown trout in the basin. Chinook and lake trout were caught in 110 to 200 feet. The numbers were down but some bigger Chinook were caught. Trolling spoons in the morning was best.
Yesterday's Fish on for Freedom was again a great time!!! Thank you veterans for all you do and have done to allow all of us to live free!!!! Fishing was steady, we ended the morning with 12 and threw a few others back!! The afternoon was again steady!! We ended the afternoon with 10 and again released a few small trout!!! This morning fishing was even better with 14 keeper trout and salmon and a few undersized trout released!!!! Big thank you to Captain George Freeman aboard Free style charters for putting this mornings charter together!!! Give us a call at Lie A Lot Charters to book your fishing experience before summer is over (800)-850-1978
Surface temperature readings were up to 60 degrees. The catch rate slowed for those trolling but they were still bringing in some brown trout, steelhead and the occasional salmon. Most fish were caught on spoons 60 to 100 feet down in 130 to 200 feet. Pier fishing was slow.
Had surface water temperatures near 54 degrees. Fishing slowed here also with only a few Chinook along with a couple steelhead and lake trout taken on spoons in 85 to 250 feet. Pier anglers were few. Baitfish are in the harbor and those trolling caught Chinook, brown trout, steelhead and the occasional lake trout.
Surface water temperate readings were at about 51 degrees. Some anglers had success trolling in the harbor. Chinook, browns and steelhead were caught trolling using spoons. Off shore Chinook fishing slowed but many anglers were catching big healthy fish in 130 to 250 foot of water. Steelhead, lake trout and browns also came in at those depths. Spoons were the most successful bait.
Ludington: Surface temperature readings were 50 degrees. Warm temperatures have brought the Chinook salmon in. Anglers were taking limit catches of big healthy fish to the south in 120 to 200 feet or when heading north to Big Sable Point. A small number of lake trout and steelhead were also taken. Most are trolling spoons. Pier fishing was slow.
Surface temperature readings were 42 degrees. Those trolling in 30 to 60 feet caught Chinook and lake trout along with the occasional steelhead or brown trout.
Afternoons, yup.... We offer mornings and afternoons aboard the Lie A Lot!! We set up as we have the last few trips south out of Ludington Pier Heads in 50' of water. The morning rain finally ended but the ensueing fog made seeing shore impossible. Lucky for us the fish didn't mind and we preceeded to catch their 12 trout!!!! Best rigs continue to be a Dreamweaver chrome spin doctor 8" with either blue or yellow spin and glows on or just off bottom!!! Very enjoyable trip guys, hope to see you again!! Give us a call to come enjoy this great early Ludington fishing aboard the Lie A Lot.... (800)-850-1978
Fishing started out fast and they quickly piled up!! Dreamweaver chrome spin doctor and yellow or blue spin and glows dominated the trout this morning. Fished south of the Ludington Pier Heads in 50-60' of water. We caught their trout then I reeled mine in before we started pulling lines and caught and released 6 more!! LieLot Charters.. (800)-850-1978
Pier fishing was slow with only a few brown trout caught. Offshore, fishing started to heat up with a good number of Chinook salmon and lake trout as well as some brown trout caught in 50 to 70 feet. Spoons were the ticket.
Fishing has been very very good out of Ludington!!!! We started the day late setting lines about 9:30 am and back to the dock at 3!! Fishing was best in front of or south of the Ludington Pump Storage plant in 50-60 feet. Best lures were Dreamweaver spin doctor with yellow and another Dreamweaver spin doctor with blue spin and glows. We ran 3,5,and 7 color leadcores but after leaving late missed the king salmon bite. We did though have one on for awhile on a 5 color leadcore with a yeck copperhead. Give us a call at Lie A Lot Charters today to book for spring summer or fall fishing trip. (800)-850-1978
Surface temperatures were up to 46 degrees. Pier fishing was slow with only a couple steelhead and brown trout caught on spawn. Lake trout fishing was really heating up with many boat anglers taking limit catches on spin-glo's in 35 to 55 feet. Chinook, coho and brown trout were also caught on spoons and rapalas. A majority of the Chinook salmon were over 10 pounds.
Surface temperature readings were about 42 degrees. Brown trout and lake trout are being caught in shallow waters 9 to 15 feet deep. Small numbers of brown trout are being caught off the piers. The fish cleaning station and the restrooms are now open.
All the docks are in at the city launch but the fish cleaning station was still closed. Pier anglers caught steelhead and brown trout on spawn. Boat anglers picked up brown trout when trolling rapalas in 9 to 14 feet.
Was producing a few perch.
Surface temperature readings were up to 38 degrees. Few anglers were out but a couple did manage to catch some brown trout when trolling spoons and plugs.
A few hardy anglers trolling or pier fishing caught steelhead and brown trout. Those trolling were in 10 to 20 feet along the beach.
Boat anglers were getting some nice catches of brown trout and a few coho when trolling along the beach in 10 to 15 feet. Pier anglers caught brown trout.
First and foremost, STAY OFF THE ICE
-conditions everywhere are very un-predictable right now
Ice is starting to go down, as of 2/21 there is still 8-10" but thin spots near holes from the run-off after the rain, BE CAUTIOUS. Perch fishing has still been fairly steady with a decent size average as well. Northerns have slowed a little as the water starts to get muddy.
Fair report for Perch over the last few days, Northerns have slowed down considerably.
Fair report for Northerns and Perch have improved a little, ideally things will level back out by the weekend with steady temps over the last few days
Fair report for pike on both sides of the lake. Perch are still a little inconsistent, but if you can find the school it will make for a fair day
Water starting to get cloudy here as well, fair report for Northerns and a spotty report for Perch lately. Ice still 10" on both sides as of 1/24/18
Anglers caught pike on tip-ups with sucker minnows. Some perch were also caught.
Fair report for Northerns, Perch have been semi slow unless you can land right on the school.
7 to 9 inches of ice near Buttersville and Copeyon Park, the barge has been through the shipping lane. Perch fishing has been on and off throughout the week, Northerns have been fairly steady near Buttersville. No reports for people fishing slammers yet.
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Hamlin Lake - Pentwater - Manistee - Ludington - Pere Marquette River