Ludington fishing report

   I will be in Ludington most of the next few weeks if you are interested in booking a trip please call me at 231-250-9745. As email access will be very limited. We do have openings.

Contact Info

http://www.hattrickfishing.com
Jon Kolehouse
Phone: 231-250-9745
Email:jkolehouse@sbcglobal.net

Jan 29 2014

Yes its still winter, but now is the time to get things booked for this coming summer. July and August dates go fast,so its never to early to get your favored dates lined up.

Im looking forward to spring in the worst way this year, this winter has been brutal to say the least. Very long, very cold, very boring. Ths is usually my favorite time to fish the rivers for winter Steelhead, but even that has been tough to do with the weather we have had.

So...I have been spending more time thinking about spring and summer fishing on the big water.

2013 provided us with some of the bigest fish we have seen in some time....lets all hope we see some of those bruisers this coming season.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on the water this summer.

Sept 5 2013

I would like to thank everyone that fished with me on the lake this summer,and those that called but could not get a trip with me. Without your continued support I would not be able to do what I love to do for a living.

My season is already over on the big lake, it went way too fast. It was an interesting year for sure with all the big fish around this year,though numbers were down.

On August 23rd the largest king ever boated on the Hattrick came aboard,weighing in at 31 lbs

On Auust 24 the largest Coho ever boated on the Hattrick came aboard,weighing in at 20.68lbs.

Im already looking forward to next year, until then I will be busy guiding clients on the rivers of West Michigan rivers for Salmon and Steelhead. If your looking to get on the rivers please give me a call. For more info you can check out my other web site @ www.riversbendguideservice.com

 

Aug 22 2013

Day off today...

The fishing was gaining momentum through last weekend..then a slight setback, but it looks to be getting back on track now.

There seem to be decent numbers of big Cohos around, a few steelhead and mature Kings as well. The best King bite has been early and late, this could be due to the full moon phase that we are in. It seems that the fish may be feeding through the night.

 

Hot baits have been

Glow plugs early and late.

Flashers and meat are taking the large majority of the kings and cohos after the early bite. I have been running the FB herring strips for the last two years now and they continue to impress me as far as ease of use,product quality and the fact...that the fish love them!

Hot spoons have been mini streaks in mixed veggie,orange crush,lemon ice and dolphins.

Aug 5 2013

Still plenty of openings for summer salmon charters!!!

 

Day off today....

The fishing in Ludington hasnt been as good as last year for sure....but we are still getting into some nice fish this year for sure. The Kings are running on the large size this year. Many fish north of 22 lbs are being caught daily. Some even topping 30 lbs.

There have been fish both north and south as well as way offshore. The best fishing locations have been changing almost every few hours,as the water has been moving all summer due to the constantly changing winds and currents.

Best baits...

Mag silver streak dolphins,grindstone water mellon,chilly willys in green.

Reg silver streak dolphins,yellow tails,orange chilly willys

Stinger new UV blue magic,Salmon viagra,black tuxedo

Glow plugs by Ace high

Spindoctors and meat rigs in various colors, although blues and greens have been the most consistent. Baited with FB herring strips.

July 18 2013

A little time today for a better update....

The best fishing has been offshore quite a ways. It has been mostly a spoon bite. Silver streak minis and reg size spoons, the bait is mostly on the small size. Dbl orange crush,orange crush,fireball,steelie stomper as well as a few of the stinger uv series spoons. Meat rigs fished deeper on long coppers,low divers and chute riggers. White flashers with FB herring strips.

You owe it to yourself to check out the Familiar Bite Herring strips, the best cut bait on the market. Uniform cuts make tuning the bait head simple.

The fishing north on the bank has been better for those looking for bigger kings, but less numbers.

This is tournament weekend, so expect traffic to be higher and info harder to come by.

Still plenty of openings in the coming weeks. Give us a call email or text for more info.

July 15 13

Just a quick update....the fishing has been pretty good as of late. Both north,south and out deep have been producing pretty well. Tons of cohos around,kings and steelhead as well.

Hot setups

White and blue bubble spinnies with FB herring strps on wires and long coppers.

Orange dodgers with small flies

 Typical orange spoons fished high in the water.

We still have openings for this coming weekend....give us a call.

 

 

 

June 28 2013

Finally, we are moving into a summer pattern on the lake....

We have openings this weekend!! Lets go fishing !!

The fishing this week in Ludington has improved!! Not huge catches yet, but decent fishing can be had. The "bank" has been loaded with fish and TONS of bait. Most of the bait has left the harbor and the fish are acting like they are just too full! The fishing should continue to improve as the bait spreads out into the lake.

Mostly Kings and a few coho are being caught. The Adult Kings are running very big !!!

Hottest rigs have been meat rigs,both 8-11 inch flashers, with teaser rigs baited with the Familiar bite herring strips.

June 25 2013

Finally...constant south-southwest winds for several days has warmed out water in Ludington. The fishing is turning on...

The fishing is showing signs of gaining traction as the Kings are moving back in looking to pile on a few more pounds this summer. THere are pockets of fish in the area and the warmer waters are helping to concentrate them even more. Find the bait...the fish are close by. Look for a more normal pattern to set up in the coming days and the fishing should be just fine for now...Hopefully the North winds stay away for a while and let our water set up.

Meat rigs and glow spoons have been the best. Be safe on the water.

 

June 19 2013

Well......I wish I could report that the fishing has gotten better...but..it hasn't.

 The constantly changing winds the last 6 weeks have not let the lake set up. Last week the water was 40 degrees in front of Ludington. Thats about as cold as it usually is in March/April !!!! Arghhh!!!!

There was decent fishing out deep for a few days, but the fish seemed to have scattered there as well...

The forecast is finally going to change in a few days and that should really help. Temps forecasted into the 80's will get things warmed up and the fishing should be fine in a few days. Water temps have warmed up into the upper 40's low 50's. Im really looking forward to the great fishing when it returns...The fish are very nice this year,big fat healthy fish...

Right now the best options are to fish mostly in the top 40 foot. with spoons and run a couple meat rigs down deeper for the Big mature Kings and Lake trout.

The best spoons have been oranges and yellows up high, with more greens and blues down low. White flashers and meat rigs as well as the DW showtime have been the hot flashers on my boat, baited with the Familiar bite herring strips.

June 11 2013

We have openings this weekend!!!! Take your FATHER fishing....Fathers day is this Sunday!!

Finally a nice weekend to get my charters on the lake...The fishing was a little slower than desired but we caught enough fish to keep everyone pretty happy ,combined with a very calm lake, decent temps and plenty of laughs....everyone had a great time.

 Although fish numbers arent what we would like right now...I have had plenty of charters over the years that we have caught more fish....and plenty that have caught less fish.

A good week or two of soilid south to south west winds would really help, the recent pattern has been to get a day or two of south winds followed by several days of north winds...cooling the water and scattering the fish and bait.

The fish were coming 40-80 down on cut bait rigs baited up with the Familiar Bite herring strips. These are by far the most superior herring strips on the market. They are firm and all cut the same, this makes tuning and rigging a breeze.

The new Stinger UV spoons were also good on divers and riggers, glow spoons early and late were good as expected.

Give us a call or fire us an email or text for more info or to set up a trip.

June 10 2013

Finally a nice weekend to get my charters on the lake...The fishing was a little slower than desired but we caught enough fish to keep everyone pretty happy ,combined with a very calm lake, decent temps and plenty of laughs....everyone had a great time.

 Although fish numbers arent what we would like right now...I have had plenty of charters over the years that we have caught more fish....and plent that have caught less fish.

A good week or two of soilid south to south west winds would really help, the recent pattern has been to get a day or two of south winds followed by several days of north winds...cooling the water and scattering the fish and bait.

The fish were coming 40-80 down on cut bait rigs baited up with the Famailar Bite herring strips. These are by far the most superior herring strips on the market. They are firm and all cut the same, this makes tuning and rigging a breeze.

The new Stinger UV spoons were also good on divers and riggers, glow spoons early and late were good as expected.

Give us a call or fire us an email or text for more info or to set up a trip.

May 28 1013

Big Kings...... thats the word on the lake this spring...Got out this past weekend and had a decent morning putting several nice high teens kings,one right at 20 lbs and a decent steelhead in the box. The biggest problem is that our weather patterns have been all mixed up, just when the lake starts setting up and the fish start snappng we have gotten big NORTH blows and this cools the water and scatters the fish.

Remember these early kings are big time eaters...when the water is stabill the baitfish tend to move in and group up more bringing the kings to the dinner table...big winds and strong currents scatter the bait and the predator fish as well... Stable warmer weather with several days of south winds will really help the Ludington area.

Meat rigs,flasher flies and mag glow spoons have been going the best. The fish are scattered top to bottom right now so dont be afraid to drag your stuff right near the bottom.

Lets go fishing !!!!

May 20 2013

KIngs...Kings....Kings !!!!

Finally....our summer fishing is taking off....after some pretty decent Brown trout fishing the last few weeks, we are finally seeing some nice Spring KINGS! There have been a few Lake trout and steelhead around also.

The water is still pretty cold top to bottom,so it pays to spread your presentations around. Meat rigs and flies have been good for the Kings as well as Mag spoons. Body baits on the beach for the Browns.

FYi....there have been many reports from the lake of Kings pushing over 20lbs...could be an interesting summer for sure.

We have openings this week and over the Memorial day weekend...call,text or email for more info.

May 7 2013

The hattirck is in the water and ready to go !!!!

We will begin our fishing for the season later this week,lots of choices right now....shoreline fishing for Brown trout and Lake trout. or offshore for spring Kings ??

Either one is a great choice, recent reports of great action moving its way up the lake shore, the Salmon fishing should really take off this week as calm seas and warmer temps allow the water temps to warm up.

 

Now is a great time to get your fishing plans locked in....looking forward to another great season in Ludington.

April 24 2013

I will be getting the Hattrick ready to splash later this week....can't wait!! Seems like forever since I was on the big water chasing fish !

Its never to early to get your spring and summer fishing trips booked, weekend dates go first, now is the time to make the call and get your days locked in.

Im looking forward to fishing with all my great friends and many new ones this summer.

March 3 2013

Wow...already March !!! This is awesome ! I cant wait to get through these next 60 days and get the big boat in the water and get after some great open water salmon and steelhead.

 Remember that this time of the year I am guideing on the river for Spring run Steelhead. Please check out my web site at www.riversbendguideservice.com for more info.

I am really looking forward to this season on the water and I hope to see all of my great friends and clients aboard the "Hattrick" as well as a bunch of new clients and friends alike.

It is never to early to start thinking about locking in your dates as the great fishing gets started in early May and continues through August.

Call or email for open dates.

Sept 4 2012

A huge thanks goes out to everyone that booked with me this summer, as well as those that called to inquire about a fishing charter. I had  blast on every one of my charters. Without your support I would not be able to do what I love! I hope to see everyone next summer.  Thank you very much!

A bitter sweet end of the big lake season has fallen upon me for 2012. This summer was one for the record books for sure. This summers fishing was incredible. We had fantastic fishing from start to...well almost finish. It seemed that the hot weather finally caught up to us and had an impact on the fishing from mid- August on. High water temps caused the fish to be moody some days and the fishing to be a little more inconsistent.

I learned a couple of lessons this summer for sure...One being...that I would really like to get my clients to take advantage of the good early season fishin next year...I have been in the fishing business going on 21 years and WILL NOT post reports just to boost my bookings. If I report either on my web site or email newsletters that the fishing is great...than it is.

The second thisng I learned was to never take for granted a friendship, as I lost a very good friend this summer to Lake Michigan. The lake can and does get rough, very rough at times and it can and does take lives. I always put my customers safety first priority and hate to cancel trips based on lake conditions, but please believe your captain if he is trying to re-schedule your charter due to lake conditions. Our season on the lake is very short and we need to run every trip we can, but if it isnt safe or I dont think it will be safe then I will not take you on the lake.

Aug 29 2012

Morning charters available Aug 31,September 2

The fishing has picked back up on the lake the last few days.

The bite has been lasting pretty good into the late morning...Having your program set in the right spots when the fish start to bite has been key...Most of the fish are coming 80-150 feet down. Plugs and meat rigs are performing the best.

 

August 21 2012

The fishing has slowed a bit due to the massive current from the south packing in the warm water. The cooler water is in scattered pockets mostly offshore. The fish have been stacked up in the morning and evening but are not feeding like they should be for some reason. Big mature kings are around and can get a little moody. I hope it ends soon.

Plugs early and meat rigs as soon as the fish slow down. I have been running the new Familiar bite herring strips all summer...these are the best strips available hands down.

I just wanted to let everyone know that this Saturday August 25th. we are trying to raise some funds for the widow of a great friend (Raymond "finny" Finholm) that passed away last thursday while fishing on lake michigan. The lake had gotten extremely rough and we think their boat was swamped by a large wave. Both fishermen were lost. Please be careful.

Saturday from 5 am till 11 am we are having an open fishing tournament for largest fish. Entry fee is only $25, but you can give more if you like...the payout will be 10% of the entry fee's collected,going to the boat with the biggest fish.. With 90% going to Finnys wife Shirley. Registration begins after 3 pm on Friday. We strongly suggest everyone patricipates...even charter boats...lets show how much we care for our fellow fishermen and mariners. you may also donate some of all of your fish for the Saturday afternoon fish fry/boil.

Saturday afternoon from 3 pm till 9pm we are also having a fish fry /boil. We are asking for $10 per plate donation. Donations also going to Raymond Finholms wife to cover service costs etc. We are going to have live music, great eats and tons of fun celebrating our beloved great friend "Finny". Stop by !!

Rays Auto Marine

801 S Washington St

Ludington,Mi

49337

Aug 18 2012

Please be safe on the lake,this past Thursday I lost a very good friend to the lake. High winds  can change lake conditions quickly and mother nature can deal a very ugly hand. God bless Raymond "finny" Finholm. You are missed every minute of every day.

The fishing continues to be outstanding!

Big mature kings are here to stay!

Meat rigs with the Familiar bite herring strips on divers and riggers.

Glow plugs, mag glow spoons!!!!

 

 

Aug 5 2012

The fishing in Ludington continues to be good to really good!!!

We do have openings...call soon!!

The big Kings are showing up in better numbers, mixing with a few steelhead,cohos,lakers and the every now and then brown trout. The fishing from here on out should remain great as the big fish are starting to stage for their fall migrations.

Now is the time to hit the lake if you have been waiting. Please call or email for current opening or for more info.. you may also text me @ 231-250-9745

Hot baits have been

Silver streaks in reg / mag yellow tail, hot lobster,green dolphins,blue dolphins,mongoose.

Black rotators with green flies,white rotators with green flies.

Meat rigs with white glow teasers and heads, black mambas with red or glow teasers.

The Familiar bite strips are fooling plenty of kings.

July 26 2012

We have weekend openings !!

The fishing in ludington continues to be great !

 The bigger kings are showing up the last few days with many fish pushing into the upper teens, even low twentys. Good numbers of steelhead a few cohos and browns the last few charters as well.

Hot baits this past week have been

Reg. size silver streak green chilly willy,black chilly willy, sponge bob. Mag silver streak blue/green dolphin,lemon ice

Black flashers with pickled sunshine flies,blue bubble combos when its bright out as well.

Various meatrigs on either black or white flashers with Familiar bite herring strips.

July 22 2012

Awesome fishing...charters available !!

Congrats to team polecat !!! As he won the pro division in the ludington offshore tournament this weekend.  Great to see a ludington boat take it !! Way to go Doug!

Also to team Katchme for its catch of a 24 lb plus brown trout taking biggest fish overall !! Another ludington boat !! Nice job Sean !!

The fishing in ludington continues to be great ! The bigger kings are showing up the last few days with many fish pushing into the upper teens, even low twentys. This past week I has a young (8) yr old catch a 15 lb. steelhead, a few days later a young man landed a 21lb. king. I am sure these kids will never forget these great catches.

Charter trips with kids are one of my favorites, as these kids are forming memories that will last a life time. The smiles,grins and stories these young fisher people are great!

Hot baits this past week have been

Reg. size silver streak green chilly willy,black chilly willy, sponge bob. Mag silver streak blue/green dolphin,lemon ice

Black flashers with pickled sunshine flies

Various meatrigs on either black or white flashers with Familiar bite herring strips.

July 15 2012

Pretty much the same program !

 

The fishing is great, call or email for a day on the water with us.

 

 

July 12 2012

The fishing continues to impress!

The fishing this summer has been unreal most days, with great catches of Kings and steelhead for the most part. A few coho's are also making it into the mix. Morning and afternoon bites have been strong!. The fishing has been good both north and south, as well as straight out.

Give us a call to get a day or two on the water. Morning and afternoon charters available.

Hot baits have been

Mag silver streak's in sponge bob,blue dolphins,lemon ice,hattrick,green chilly willy

Yeck's in lightning,jerid,fireball

Stinger Mag mongoose

Blue bubble flashers and flies, as well as green and white flashers with green flies.

Various meat rigs baited with the new familiar bite herring strips continue to put fish in the box eveey day.

We have charters available this weekend!!

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