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Holland Michigan area fishing report for Lake Michigan


Well the 2017 season is over for the Black Pearl this year as we got her pulled and cleaned up for her winter slumber.  There are plenty of fishing opportunities to look forward to in the coming few months in the Holland area.  Lake trout fishing should remain good for the next month or so in the big lake.  There should be more silver fish showing up as well as the lake cools off.  Look for them to show up in waters 150-220+ feet deep.  The bite is typically a spoon bite with standard to mini size Silver Streaks putting in work off Blood Run coppers and core.  The river steelhead bite will also heat up once the leaves fall.  November is usually the start in the Kalamazoo River.  Captain Tony is getting his custom river jet, Fat Sally, all geared up and ready to go this week in fact.  Fall steelhead are an absolute blast and one of the prettiest fish our state has to offer.  Following steelhead fishing we are hoping for a good, safe ice season on our local lake in Holland and Saginaw Bay.  Feel free to call Capt Tony or myself if you have interest in getting out this winter or fall.  Hope everyone has a good Fall and Winter.
Capt. Mark Rapson
Black Pearl Sportfishing
517 449-5543








Holland Report


Fishing remains excellent out of Holland. We are catching a mixture of Kings, CoHo, Lake Trout and Steelhead. Fish can be found in 120-140, 160-180 and out past 200. Traxtech tech riggers 90-120 with Big Weenie meat rigs and paddles are consistent producers. Divers out 240-350 on highs and 170-240 on the lows have been producing too.  Weenie Pole Dancer, Illusion, Thruster Buster, Spotted Dick and Kevin's Girl friend have all been good. Blood Run coppers 250-450 lengths with a mix of plugs, small paddles and Spin Doctors have been good too. Pickled Ken, Pole Dancer and Green Krinkle and any of the Ace High Splatter series plugs have been good.

Capt Mark




Holland Report


Fishing remains excellent out of Holland. Good numbers of coho and king salmon can be found in 120-200 feet of water. Traxtech riggers with Big Weenie meat rigs and paddles down 75-105 feet are taking big kings. Blood Run wire divers with meat rigs and 8" paddles are going 150-220 feet back. 300-450 coppers pulled by Offshore boards are also good with mag Silver Streak spoons, plugs and flasher fly combos. Many big fish are being caught so check your gear thoroughly to avoid break offs.Tony



Report: Holland




Fishing is picking up with calmer weather.  The kings are showing up a little early it seems.  Boats are catching 3-6 quality kings per trip in 130-140 and 180-190 FOW.  200-400 coppers with spoons and meat rigs.  Divers 150-200 back on highs and 120-140 on lows.  Big Weenie pole dancer, green illusion and living the dream have been good.





Weather conditions have been brutal this past week with storms and wind.  Steelhead and a few kings have been in 130-140 fow.  150-300 foot segments of copper with jager bomb, jawbreaker, and mixed veggies have been good.  Outdowns down 45-60 ft with the same spoons are also producing.  Lake trout have been in 90-110 ft near bottom. 

Fishing is picking up out of Holland. Decent fishing for a mix of lake trout, kings, and steelhead in 100-120 fow. Riggers 70 down to bottom. Divers back 200-220 on the highs and 150-190 on the lows have been good. We have been pulling a mix of meat rigs and paddle fly combos. White paddle w Poofster has been good. Big Weenie Pole Dancer has been our best meat rig.
Well it's June and fishing has slowed.  Boats are catching 5-10 fish per trip with a mix of lake trout, kings and steelhead.  120-140 FOW has been producing.  Lakers are coming on Traxstech downriggers fished near bottom with dodgers and spin n glos.  Kings have been coming on our low divers with Big Weenie meat rigs (Purple  Haze) back 150-200.  150-300 ft Blood Run coppers with either mag Silver Streaks or Stinger Stingrays have taken silver fish as well.  Mixed Veggie, Panty Ho, Jordo and Inmate have all been good colors. 
Capt. Mark Rapson
Black Pearl Sportfishing
517 449-5543



Fishing out of Holland has been outstanding.  We have been catching 20-30 fish per trip.  The majority have been kings and coho with a few steelhead and lakers in the mix.  Fishing has been good in the early AM in 90-120 FOW.  After the early bite we have been sliding out to 180-220 and finishing off our limit.  150-300 lengths of copper pulled by Offshore planer boards have shined.  UV Magnum Silver streaks have been good along with Stingray size Stingers.  Downriggers have been best 40-60 down with spoons.  Try a paddle 100-150 down for big kings.  Divers back 120-220 have been pulling meat rigs and spin doctors and flies. Holland Pier has been producing a few nice Steelhead. Bait, get this, large boiled shrimp. Sheephead are being caught by the half dozens on minnows.




Captain Mark Rapson


Black Pearl Sportfishing


517 449-5543







5-15-17 Report:  Good fishing for king salmon is being had in 80-120 fow out of Holland.  The deeper water in 120-140 has a mix of coho and kings.  Outside that closer to 200 fow the coho fishing is outstanding.  Stingray and Magnum Silver Streaks in UVs, oranges and greens have been best.  Flasher flies and meat are taking a bigger kings.


Well the spring bite for Coho is rolling out of the port of Holland Michigan! Coho are being caught in 180-220 FOW. Downrigger set between 50-140 down are producing well. 3-7 coloors of leadcore are going great as well. If you are running copper for the deeper fish then 200-450 copper has been the best. Mini streaks in orange patters and glows have been the best, 00 dodgers and flies are also doing very well. Lake trout and a few kings are starting to show up in 60-80 FOW. Good Luck!

If you are looking to book a charter, check out my friend Mark Rapson on Black Pearl Sportfishing 517-449-5543.

Look at this nice bunch of fish Mark & Friends caught!


The coho are starting to bite offshore. The browns are in the shallows but the winds have dirtied the shorelines up so bad they simply are not fishable. Give it a week



Pier fisherman are starting to do well on the steelhead that are exiting the rivers after the spring spawn. Spawn and spoons are both producing well.



Waiting for the start of open water trolling and by the looks of the 15 day forecast it won't be long till we start fishing the sand for Brown Trout. Captain Don will be checking in with you all soon! The crappie should be in and around the docks in the marina's soon and the browns and coho are going to be going any day!



Well we are waiting on safe ice on Lake Macatawa. As soon as we are sure of the conditions we will start reporting. The Spring big lake fishing usually starts in March depending on the weather. We are looking forward to another great year out on Lake Michigan.


October 28,2016. There is still some good fishing right now out on Lake Michigan. Try for steelhead in 70-270 feet of water this time of year. Run Silver streak minis on flat lines and short coppers and troll fast to cover more water to find the active pods of fish. There are also some good kings still to be had in 130-180. We are done for the year and will resume reports again in late March or early April.



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