Fishing Reports by Captain Ron Westrate

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Company: CoHooker Charter Fishing Service

Area Reporting: Lake Michigan, Port of Saugatuck

Bio: CoHooker Charter Fishing Service is operated by a father and son team and has been in business for 33 years out of the Port of Saugatuck. We operate a 29 foot Luhrs Tournamenet that is insured licensed and fully equipped with the latest in electronics and fishing gear. We serve as prostaff for Scotty downriggers, Pro Troll Falshers, G flies and Raider lures.

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Silver Fish and perch showing up in Saugatuck (6/28/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] A thermocline is forming and the silver fish are starting to stage at that depth.
11 in. Hot Chip for Lake Trout (6/23/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] Flashers and flies on the bottom produced some good catches of lake trout.
Bottom Bumping 11 in Hot Chip (6/14/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] Drop the downriggers to the bottom with large flashers and flies.
Cold water scatters the salmon (6/07/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] Stong east winds forced the warm water out and the lake has cooled scattering the salmon.
Strong east winds cools water and fishing in Saugatuck (5/31/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] A week of strong east wind cooled the water and scattered the fish from 70 to 200 foot of water.
Kings, steelhead and lake trout in Saugatuck (5/25/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] Fish salmon in the 120 foot range early and then 200 + feet late in the week.
Big May Chinook Salmon (5/17/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] Another week of very good chinook salmon with some coho and lake trout and steelhead thrown in.
Big Chinook, Lake Trout, Coho and Steelhead out of Saugatuck (5/11/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] Spring fishing is producing some very large chinook salmon and coho.
15+ pound Kings and limit perch catches. (5/04/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] King salmon have finally showed up in this area and there are reports of limit catches of perch.
Walleye and lake trout (4/27/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] Walleye season opens and the water on the big lake continues to warm, producing some nice lake trout catches.
Perch fishing between the piers (4/21/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] Cold water continues to slow the fishing in the lake, however the perch are biting off the piers.
Lake Trout Return and Cold Water (4/16/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] With the season closed for lake trout, all the trout most be returned in our 38 degree water.
Kalamazoo River Steelhead (11/12/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] The river fishing is starting to pick up with 2 to 7 steelhead per trip.
Good Fishing Off shore (10/20/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] Fishing continues to be slow in the River however there is some fairly good fishing off shore.
Warm water, deep water fishing (9/29/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] Continued warm water, means that we have to go deep and fish deep to get the salmon.
11 inch E Chip for Salmon (9/21/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] Deep water fishing with flashers and flies produce some nice salmon and lake trout.
Fish deep in the warm water (9/14/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] Warm water and dredging of the harbor forced boats to fish deep water.
Salmon run and dredging (9/07/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] Just as the cold water started the salmon run, the government decided to dredge the harbor.
Every day a different depth (9/01/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] With the warm water moving in the fish have scattered from the shore to 240 foot of water.
Fishing can't get better than this. (8/24/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] Fishing is excellent from 100 to 200 foot of water with limit catches.
Plugs shallow, flashers and flies deep (8/17/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] Fishing shallow water early in the week and deep water as the water warmed up.
Salmon, wind and water spouts (8/10/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] Nice weather and good fishing early in the week and then wind and high waves late in the week.
Salmon on flashers and flies (8/03/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] The best method continues to be flashers and flies in 100 to 130 foot of water.
Salmon on plugs in Saugatuck (7/27/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] Salmon in the shallower water are hitting silver horde plugs.
Dive Bomb the Salmon (7/20/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] Get down to 70 foot by adding a dive bomb to your copper line and allow 3oo foot of copper to reach the depths of 450 foot of copper.
Perch show up at Saugatuck (7/13/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] Chinook salmon and lake trout are being caught in 100 to 180 foot of water and perch are showing up in 30 to 40 foot of water.
Fun?? With The Spiney Water Flea (7/07/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] Fishing was made a little more difficult with the need to clean the fleas off the lines.
Inconsistent catches (6/30/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] The fish are set up in 100 foot of water, however the fishing is inconsistent.
100 FOW Fish At Last (6/22/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] Fish are beginning to show up in the 100 to 140 foot range.
June doldrums (6/16/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] The fishing has slowed as the water temperature is the same from top to bottom.
Fish high one day-deep the next. (6/09/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] The fishing pattern changed from one day to the next with fish hitting deep one day and then shallow the next.
Fishing worth the long run (6/01/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] The fishing is very good with 12 to 20 fish per boat after a run to 200 foot.
Spoons high and flashers and flies deep (5/25/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] Fishing produced very nice catches by fishing spoons in the top 40 foot and flashers and lies down to the bottom.
Deep water fishing in Saugatuck (5/13/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] The water is the same temp from top to bottom and the fish are deep in the column.
Best Lake Trout Catch in Years (5/05/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] Lake trout caught deep and salmon and steelhead caught shallow.
Lake Trout Throw Back (4/28/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] Fishing is mainly lake trout which must be returned to the water.
Fish Shallow for Brown Trout (4/21/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] 5 to 25 foot of water is producing well for Browns and Coho.
Fish inside the bar (4/14/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] Fish the shallow water for the brown trout and around the piers for lake trout.
Fishing warms up in Saugatuck (4/08/2008)
[Saugatuck,MI] As the water warms, the fishing improves on the Kalamazoo and in Lake Michigan.
End of River Charter for the Year (10/26/2007)
[Saugatuck,MI] Few fish are being caught in deeper water and in the river.
Run slows in Saugatuck (9/27/2007)
[Saugatuck,MI] The chinook run has slowed with warm water and south winds.
Cold water produces salmon at Saugatuck piers (9/18/2007)
[Saugatuck,MI] Cold water produces schools of salmon at the piers
Warm water still produces Salmon in Saugatuck (9/09/2007)
[Saugatuck,MI] Water warms up and fish move out to deeper water.
Water temp changes daily in Saugtuck (9/03/2007)
[Saugatuck,MI] Water changes in temperature just about every day.
They're Baaack!! (8/26/2007)
[Saugatuck,MI] Chinook Salmon stagging off of Saugatuck.
Inconsistent conditions produce consistent fish (8/19/2007)
[Saugatuck,MI] Varied conditions are still producing some very nice fish.
Fish humble fishermen in Saugatuck (8/13/2007)
[Saugatuck,MI] Fishing goes for fast and furious to slow and difficult.
Another week of adult salmon (8/05/2007)
[Saugatuck,MI] The chinook salmon continues to stage offshore Saugatuck.
20 Fish in Two Hours in Saugatuck (7/29/2007)
[Saugatuck,MI] Salmon are on the feed off of Saugatuck.
Limit Catches of Salmon in Saugatuck (7/23/2007)
[Saugatuck,MI] Salmon move into shallow water as the lake cools down.
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