It has been hard for me to adjust to the Lake Michigan fishing after spending most of the month of June catching Lake Erie's non-stop, fantastic Walleye. However I have been back now for two weeks and have slowed down to meet the slower pace Lake Michigan fishing, and waiting for the bigger Kings to get here.

Over the past two weeks I have experienced some real good, big Steel Head fishing with the biggest one weighing in at just over 15.5 pounds. I have also been catching a few bigger but many smaller Kings and Coho Salmon. Starting this week I have noticed an increase in bigger King Salmon and even some real nice Coho's in the 6-8 pound class being caught. Yesterday I fished out of Holland, starting at about 6:45 in 50 feet of water and fished on a 240 degree direction and ended up having 6 fish on and landing four solid Salmon from 8-15 pounds. By 10 Am the shallow bite up to 120 feet of water was over, but there were a few fishermen catching fish in the 150-210 foot depths latter in the morning.

All of our catch was caught on three presentations. One fish was caught on Dipsy Divers with the big ring and wire line out 120-150 feet. One nice 8 pound Coho was caught on fire line Dipsy, 225 feet back on #3. One fish was caught on a rigger 55 feet down on a DW blue dolphin spoon. One fish was caught on 10 colors of lead on a magnum blue dolphin spoon. All Dipsy fish hit spinnies and flies. One Salmon was caught on a Mountain Do Spinney with a green glow fly and the other on the blue bubble reg.

Speed was a factor and I was moving at 3.0 at the ball, and an equal number of fish were caught on both sides of the boat on many tight turns through out the morning. Early in the morning the salmon were caught near bottom on Dipsy Divers near bottom and latter in the morning the fish moved up and were caught 40-55 feet down on the Riggers and Lead core line. Now is the hour for all good fishermen to get out there as the fishing should only get better as the water warms.

Bob Mackie

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About The Author: Captain Bob Mackie

Company: Fishhawk Charters

Area Reporting: Great Lakes Michigan

Bio: I have two passions in life, to live a life acceptable to God and fish. Growing up on the Grand River in Grand Ledge, MI, I fished every day I could and never quit fishing and will always fish as long as I am physically able to do so. Over the years I have fished most of the small lakes of Michigan for pan fish and Walleyes, and for the past 40 years have fish the major Great Lakes in summer and the small inland lakes in winter. I retired from the automobile business in 2000 and have been chartering for the past seven year. While I spend most of my time on Lake Michigan, my fishing passion is Walleye fishing. So as the Salmon and Steelhead fishing cools down in June on Lake Michigan, I fish Lake Erie for Walleyes during that time. For years I have fished out of a 3100 Tiara and have taken 4-6 person charters from April-September. It has always been hard for me to charge the full price of a charter when there was less than 4 people on the boat. However, with the expense of the Tiara I had no choice. So I have I sold the Tiara and purchased the Fishawk II, a 2350 Pursuit. By lowering my expense I can offer the same comfort, safety, and service at a much lower price. In addition I can now trailer my boat and not be restricted to one port, where my boat is slipped, rather the fish are biting in that area or not.

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