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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Rough water fishing in Saugatuck (6/20/2010)
[Saugatuck,MI] The rough water produced a lot of action with many lost fish and broken tackle.
Salmon showing up in Saugatuck (6/12/2010)
[Saugatuck,MI] The bait is starting to show up in 80 foot of water with the game fish staging just out side.
June Doldrums Start Early (6/06/2010)
[Saugatuck,MI] Fishing has slowed as the fish are scattered from 40 to 200 foot of water.
A week of change in Saugatuck (5/30/2010)
[Saugatuck,MI] In one day the fishing went from catching 20 to 30 fish to catching 5 to 12 fish per trip.
Two groups of salmon in Saugatuck (5/24/2010)
[Saugatuck,MI] There are two groups of salmon off of Saugatuck with one group in 100 to 130 foot of water and the other in 160 to 180 foot of water.
Good salmon fishing in Saugatuck (5/16/2010)
[Saugatuck,MI] Good coho and chinook salmon fishing out of Saugatuck in 90 to 100 foot of water.
Salmon are showing up in Saugatuck (5/10/2010)
[Saugatuck,MI] Chinook salmon were taken early in the day and the coho were caught toward the end.
Fish are moving offshore in Saugatuck (5/03/2010)
[Saugatuck,MI] The fishing in the shallow water is slowing and the fish are moving offshore.
Walleye and Brown Trout in Saugatuck (4/27/2010)
[Saugatuck,MI] Fishing continues to be good for Brown Trout in the big lake and walleye in the river.
Start of the 2010 season (4/11/2010)
[Saugatuck,MI] Fishing for brown trout and steelhead have slowed some what, however there are some COHO starting to show up.
Brown Trout Hot (3/09/2010)
[Saugatuck,MI] Brown Trout fishing off the piers and bubbler is as good as it can get.
River Fishing Improving (11/14/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] Some very good steelhead catches are being reported in the Kalamazoo and St. Joe River.
Steelhead in the Kalamazoo (11/06/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] As the Kalamazoo River subsides, the steelhead fishing is improving.
High winds and seas slows fishing (10/12/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] The last two weeks produced some very rough water and high winds and the fish have scattered.
2 and 3 yr. old salmon in Saugatuck (9/28/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] Fishing in the 110 to 140 foot of water produced some very good catches of 2 and 3 yr. old salmon.
Salmon inshore and offshore in Saugatuck (9/20/2009)
[Lake Michigan,MI] There are salmon in front the piers and also in 100 to 140 foot of water.
Spoons for salmon and steelhead in Saugatuck (9/14/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] With a few salmon being caught in front the piers, the main concentration is off shore in 60 to 120 foot of water.
Where are our salmon? (9/07/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] After limit catches Monday in front the piers the run never developes.
Another weekend of wind and rough water (8/30/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] Good fishing during the week but rough water every weekend is becoming the norm.
Good fishing when the wind doesn't blow (8/23/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] Windy conditions kept us off the lake for 3 days however the fishing continues to be very good.
15 Fish in 75 Minutes (8/17/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] Saugatuck is producing some good early morning fishing for chinook salmon and lake trout.
High winds, rough water and more unfishable waters (8/09/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] High winds and seas again caused the cancelation of charters this weekend, however good chinook fishing available.
High Winds and Seas and Big Kings in Saugatuck (8/02/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] High winds and seas limited the fishing, however some very big kings are being caught.
Big Kings Show Up (7/26/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] The kings are beginning to show up and are staging in the 100 foot depth.
Chinook salmon and perch in Saugatuck (7/19/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] Lake trout on the bottom, salmon and steelhead 65 to 80 foot down and perch in 40 foot of water.
Back to lake trout in Saugatuck (7/12/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] Limit catches early in the week with salmon and trout and then mostly lake trout by the end of the week.
Salmon showing up in Saugatuck (7/05/2009)
[Saugatuck,MI] Salmon are beginning to stage in the 100 foot depth that we expected them to do.
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.
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