March 11, 2014
NEW LOOK--SAME REPORT!!
Had to change web manager this year because the old one retired. The new set-up will be much easier to see and use on the modern day smart phones and pads etc. I can now change the site and give up to date info from the lake over my phone--even I moved into the 21st century!!
What can we expect from this years fishery? There is good news despite the cold winter, snow and ice. The water levels are going to rise. Nutrients are going to flush into the lake providing food for the diatoms, copepods, food for the bait fish. The core temp of the lake finally cooled off from the previous couple years of warm winters. This will help setup offshore temp breaks, scum lines and down themp thermoclines. These will help concentrate fish and help us pick places to fish, instead of just having the same surface temps from Michigan to Wisconsin. If you fish walleye in Saginaw Bay cooler temps will keep bait and big fish from going out to deep and colder water.
We are currently updating the fishing report website. Fishing season is creeping up quickly and it is time to look at equipment and think about updates to your boat, etc.
I will be at Bass Pro, March 1st and 2nd and March 6th and 9th. I will also be giving seminars March 1st and 2nd at 5 pm on Salmon trolling tactics.
Do not be afraid to ask questions about trolling for Walleye because tactics can be very similar!
Already looking forward to fishing next year. This year was filled with many ups and downs due to inconsistent winds and abnormal N-NE-E-SE winds, starting in April and continuing through mid-August messing up thermals and water temps.
To sum up this fishing season on Lake Michigan I don't want to use the term tough, more accurate would be North East Winds!! When winds control water temps and current, the lack of consistent SW winds never set the water up and the warmest water in the lake was 20+ miles out, this reflected in the number of fish caught. Bonus for the year was the quality of the fish we captured. Big Steelhead, Coho and giant Kings made up the catch. I didn't lose many baits from break offs this year but did go through a lot of hooks and split rings. Hooks especially did not take much more than 5 or 6 big kings before bad things started to happen. There has been a lot of guessing what the fishing will be like next year with the lack of smaller Kings being caught and the reduction of plants by the DNR. Hard to say with the lake temps not setting up well, maybe we did not have access to most of the fish. The DNR with the cooperation of MSU puts on Sea Grant Seminars that anyone is able to attend. These are great sources of information and put on throughout the state and if you are really interested in the future of our fishing try to attend one of these seminars.
Saginaw Bay experienced the same wind problems that Lake Michigan did creating very muddy and rough water into the 2nd week of June and some tough fishing days. Then we had the best fishing seen in the Bay in over 15 years. Fishing was fast and the quality of the fish was way up without many junk fish like Sheep head and White Bass. The expectations for the Bay next year is for more of the same great fishing.
May fishing was fair to good towards Memorial Day. Already big Kings were showing up to give us a taste of what was to come.
June 1st was fantastic and the 2nd the wind blew from the N-NE for the next 2 weeks shutting down fishing to the end of the month.
June/July Sainaw Bay
Typical fishing in June and July on Saginaw Bay, just solid good fishing!! more expected next year!!
July we had some great fishing offshore, mixed bag of Kings, Coho, Steelies and Trout
Contact Captain Glen Buehner Ludington Charter Service If you want to send information for the fishing report.