Holland Michigan area lake preview
|Holland Michigan area fishing report for Lake Michigan|
We'll all be happy that some cooler weather is here. This is the flat out best time to get out and fish for "near shore" lakers out of Holland. This fishery has been awesome all season long. I just got off the water a couple days ago and just creamed them. 3 fish in the 15# class and this 22# tanker. We fished two miles out and south of the pier head. Starting in 115 and slowly went to 125' and zig zagging between those depths. Trolling 2.2 mph and setting out a spread of 2 riggers just off bottom and 2 low divers and 2 high divers. These were also bumping bottom. Ran them out on wire 375-575 depending on the dipsy setting. 8" spin doctors and the trusty spin n glows were great. Teals or blues worked good. This bite is going to be strong for a while so get out and have some fun!
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.
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
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.
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.