Spring Salmon out of Ludington, MI
Written by Greg Houtteman   
Monday, 31 May 2004 15:32

ImageWell we started spring salmon fishing out of Ludington, MI?(Lake Michigan)? After weekends of bad weather we finally got out.? True to form Saturday (5/29) was decent however we did receive a north blow on Friday night scattering the fish.? After suffering some electronics problems (turned out to be a ground problem) we were fishing blind - no fishfinder.? Had backup electronics for chart plotting and navigation - always handy with the Garmin GPSmap 60C ... and the radio was operational.

Fish were scattered and we setup on a SW troll south of the harber about 3 miles.? We trolled a pattern and started changing up and made several turns ending up on a Northwest troll.? Our first fish was taken at [43deg56.092 N by 86deg34.655 W] in roughly 100 feet of water (no depth sounder).? This fish was taken on

  • Daiwa 47LC w/ 30 Lb. Berkley Big Game
  • Large SlideDiver with Big ring set 90' back
  • Blue-crinkle fly on a Black SpinDoctor
  • Speed 2.5 GPS
  • King salmon 13.2 lbs.


Second fish was taken [43deg55.777 N by 86deg34.619 W] in about 100' of water.? Working a south troll trying to work back and forth across the 34 W line.? The fish was taken on:

  • Daiwa 47LC w/?20 Lb. Berkley Big Game
  • Downrigger down 47' - 30' off the ball
  • Regular ProKing Orange w/ Bumblebee and Holographic back
  • Speed 2.6 GPS
  • King salmon?9.5 lbs.


We worked this depth until we were hungry and went in for lunch - had evening plans so no evening fishing was done.? Reports had the fish setting up on the 37W line directly out of the harbor and south - reports no fish of size but good action.

Sunday awoke to a stiff wind 15 - 25 knots and headed out - straight out of the mouth setting up in the 34's and trying to troll a trailing sea to the northwest.? Seas started the morning at about 4' and appeared to be slacking until the wind built back at started to approach 25+ knots.? We had one fish on a fullcore running Double Orange Crush Dreamweaver magnum but the fish was roughly the size of the lure.? Made the turn as waves built beyond 6' and pulled lines and ran for safe harbor.? Encountered plenty of water over 6' but generally had a good time crusing in at 7 - 10 knots.

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