Lake Michigan Fishing Reports

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Lake Michigan Fishing Report August 2, 2018

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 2nd, 2018
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Fishing has been good for awhile. The king's this year are in less numbers but very large. We ran out a couple miles north then out 6 miles and set up in 110' of water. Best lures are Dreamweaver 8" chrome killer and showtimes spin doctors with green Dreamweaver meat rigs. Early was slow but we just kept on picking one up every so often. Lie A Lot Charters (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report June 23, 2018

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 23rd, 2018
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Yesterday's Fish on for Freedom was again a great time!!! Thank you veterans for all you do and have done to allow all of us to live free!!!! Fishing was steady, we ended the morning with 12 and threw a few others back!! The afternoon was again steady!! We ended the afternoon with 10 and again released a few small trout!!! This morning fishing was even better with 14 keeper trout and salmon and a few undersized trout released!!!! Big thank you to Captain George Freeman aboard Free style charters for putting this mornings charter together!!! Give us a call at Lie A Lot Charters to book your fishing experience before summer is over (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report May 20, 2018

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on May 20th, 2018
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Afternoons, yup.... We offer mornings and afternoons aboard the Lie A Lot!! We set up as we have the last few trips south out of Ludington Pier Heads in 50' of water. The morning rain finally ended but the ensueing fog made seeing shore impossible. Lucky for us the fish didn't mind and we preceeded to catch their 12 trout!!!! Best rigs continue to be a Dreamweaver chrome spin doctor 8" with either blue or yellow spin and glows on or just off bottom!!! Very enjoyable trip guys, hope to see you again!! Give us a call to come enjoy this great early Ludington fishing aboard the Lie A Lot.... (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report May 19, 2018

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on May 19th, 2018
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Fishing started out fast and they quickly piled up!! Dreamweaver chrome spin doctor and yellow or blue spin and glows dominated the trout this morning. Fished south of the Ludington Pier Heads in 50-60' of water. We caught their trout then I reeled mine in before we started pulling lines and caught and released 6 more!! LieLot Charters.. (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report May 16, 2018

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on May 16th, 2018
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Fishing has been very very good out of Ludington!!!! We started the day late setting lines about 9:30 am and back to the dock at 3!! Fishing was best in front of or south of the Ludington Pump Storage plant in 50-60 feet. Best lures were Dreamweaver spin doctor with yellow and another Dreamweaver spin doctor with blue spin and glows. We ran 3,5,and 7 color leadcores but after leaving late missed the king salmon bite. We did though have one on for awhile on a 5 color leadcore with a yeck copperhead. Give us a call at Lie A Lot Charters today to book for spring summer or fall fishing trip. (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report- August 24, 2017

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 24th, 2017
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Fishing was fare to good this morning after the last two days were extremely windy and rough forcing us to cancel four trips the last two days!! This morning the guys from Square Deal Building supplies came aboard the Lie A Lot and the Clockd Out charter boat for a morning adventure. We set up in 100' in front of the pump storage plant. Glow j plug on a 5 color, and 300' copper went early. Later bites Cr on a mag green jeans glow spoon on a 225' copper and mag blue hulk on a 300' copper. The salmon fishing is going to just get better and better into September with a lot of fish still being taken south still to come into the P M river and Manistee rivers (Lie A Lot Charters (800)-850-1979

Lake Michigan Fishing Report- August 22, 2017

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 22nd, 2017
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Set up in front of the pump storage plant in 110' of water. A double glow j plug on a rigger down 60' and on a 300' copper went early. Later bites were a k.g. and green mile meat rig on a low wire out 150' and a 350' copper with a blue bubble fly and spin doctor by Dreamweaver. Fishing again has been spotty with some days being excellent and others a little slower. Lie A Lot Charters (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report- August 17, 2017

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 17th, 2017
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King salmon and coho salmon continue to be very good at times and fare at others. Kevin's girlfriend on a low wire with a big water green mile out 150' and the Dreamweaver Freestyle rig on a high diver out 240' have been the steadiest day to day. Some magnum and regular glow spons on 225' copper and 300' coppers in hulk and green jeans have also been productive early and late. Lie A Lot Charters (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report- August 14, 2017

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 14th, 2017
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There's been some really nice kings around and every morning has produced a few! Set up again in front of the pump storage plant in 100' of water and trolled southwest about 4 miles before turning and heading back from 180' of water. Regular glow spoons in green jeans, blue jeans on coppers as well as a mag glow spoon on a down rigger down 60' were the best. We trolled a little quicker today with the cooler water and spoon program Give us a call soon September is starting to look very good with an absolute "boat load" of future kings to the south yet to arrive!!!! (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report- August 12, 2017

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 12th, 2017
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Another fun trip with plenty of fish to have a great time. Set up to the south in front of the pump storage plant in 80' trolling southwest out to 140' of water before turning and heading back. A set of Dreamweaver ss super bread glow spoons on the out and down down rigger was best. Also good again was the Dreamweaver splatter back j plug on a 225' copper!! Call us today before summer is over to enjoy some of the best fishing Lake Michigan has to offer!!!! (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report- August 10, 2017

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 10th, 2017
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Afternoons like mornings are producing about the exact same catch numbers. Meat was the ticket this afternoon with these young ladies capturing almost all fish pictured. Meat was Kevin's girlfriend on a low dipsey diver out 125' with a big water green mile meat rig. Dreamweaver lures green splatter back has also been good for a fish or two a trip up high on a five color or 7 color!!!! Lie A Lot Charters (800)-850-1978


Lake Michigan Fishing Report- August 07, 2017

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 7th, 2017
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Steady fishing and calm seas along with great company made this trip aboard the Lie A Lot successful and memorable!! J plugs on a down rigger at 65 and on full core and 225' copper worked best early. Later bites came on a green spin doctor by Dreamweaver lures with the freestyle meat rig. Seasons come on fast. Book your charter soon aboard the Lie A Lot!!! (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report- August 06, 2017

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 6th, 2017
After a two day north west car ferry cancelling blow, fishing got scattered and limited in areas. We managed to take a few both morning and afternoon and cancelled two days ago completely!! This morning though, fishing started out a little slow then picked up later. Set up in front of the pump storage plant in 120 and trolled west from there our to 180'. Best baits were yeck lures jarred on a 225' copper, and a double glow plug on a 7 color. We also took a couple on big water Tackles green mile behind Dreamweaver lures k.girlfriend on a low dipsey diver our a hundred. Lie A Lot Charters..... (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report- August 04, 2017

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 4th, 2017
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Fishing has been steady out of Ludington. This morning we set on the bank in 110' of water. Meat was best on high divers out 140' with Dreamweaver chrome killer spin doctor and big water tackle green mile. Also a double glow j plug on a 225' copper went early. Lie a lot Charters (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report- July 31, 2017

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 31st, 2017
King fishing was consistent all morning with a fish coming every so often. Meat was best on dipsey divers after sun up and double glow j plugs shined early. Best meat rigs again were big water Tackles green mile behind a Dreamweaver chrome dolphin spin doctor out 61' on a high diver and a Kevin's girlfriend with a green mile. Extremely heavy box of fish with more to come soon!!!!!! Lie A Lot Charters (231)-233-5176

Lake Michigan Fishing Report- July 29, 2017

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 29th, 2017
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Afternoon fishing in Ludington!! Set up straight out of Ludington pier heads in 40' of water. Best baits were a #3 double glow j plug on a 1 color, a DW blue shorts on a down riggers down 20' and high dipsey diver out 51' with a Dreamweaver Kevin's girlfriend and Big Water Tackles green mile meat rig! Fishing was steady all evening. Only a few openings this year so call Lie A Lot Charters today before summer is over.... (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report - July 27, 2017

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 27th, 2017
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Ludington continues to be your fishing destination while in Michigan!!! We ran south about 5 miles. Fished in 100-150' of water best lures were again yeck lures lightning and jarred on 7 and 10 color lead core. Also productive was our low wires out 120 and 140' with Dreamweaver Kevin's girlfriend and big water tackle green mile as well as a Dreamweaver chrome killer and green mile. Only a couple of dates available in August so book your adventure aboard Lie A Lot Charters today!!!! (231)-233-5176

Lake Michigan Fishing Report -- July 22, 2017

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 22nd, 2017
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Fished south of Ludington in front of power plant in 120-140' of water. 7 color and 225' of copper were best with yeck lures jarred and yeck lures lightning spoons. We started out shallow and only caught a couple before heading out where we took most of our fish. Also productive was a 5 color lead core with a double glow j plug and high dipsey diver out 120' with a Dreamweaver blue jeans glow spoon. Give us a call at Lie A Lot Charters today while the fish is good!!! (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report - July 21, 2017

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 21st, 2017
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Fishing out of Ludington for salmon is in early stages and with that being said, it's going to be a great fall for salmon!!!! Set up south of Ludington in 100' and trolled south west for 3 hrs then trolled back north through the same water!!!! We were constantly busy fighting fish with probably another 12 plus fish hooked and lost. The water is cool so fish has been high in the water column 30-50' down. Best lures continue to be Dreamweaver Kevin's girlfriend with a Dreamweaver pickled sunshine fly on a high dipsey diver out 120 and 150'. Spoons were also very good in that water column!!!! Lie A Lot Charters (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report - July 19, 2017

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 19th, 2017
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Fished north in front of the Ludington State Park. The kings are slowly trickling in with some days being better numbers of fish and some days less fish but bigger in size!! Meat rigs were best on high and low divers. Low divers out 140-160 with Dreamweaver Kevin's girlfriend and big water tackle green mile meat rigs was best. Next best was a chrome killer spin doctor and big water tackle green UV meat rig on a high diver out 200'. The bite has been spread out with fish coming throughout the morning. Book your charter now only a few dates available. Lie A Lot Charters (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report - July 13, 2017

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 13th, 2017
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Family fun aboard the Lie A Lot!! South of Ludington pier heads in 140-180' of water was best. Blue glow Dreamweaver whirly gigs and yellow mountain dew whirly gigs on out and down down riggers were best. High and low dipsey divers with similar whirly gigs just off bottom also took fish. Really nice limit of fish this morning with the largest being a 22# lake trout!! Lie A Lot Charters (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 11, 2017

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 11th, 2017
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Afternoon fishing again today was better than the morning. Fished south out of Ludington pier heads in 125-150' of water. Out and down down riggers were best with Dreamweaver chrome spin doctors and mountain dew Dreamweaver whirly gigs as well as a blue and white Dreamweaver whirly gig. The Lake Trout pictured was a little over 20# and gave the young lady quite a battle! Also good was a low dipsey diver out 440' with a Dreamweaver chrome spin doctor and yellow chrome Dreamweaver whirly gig. Lie A Lot Charters.... (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 7, 2017

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 7th, 2017
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Started out this morning a little north of the Ludington pier heads in 85' and trolled northwest from there out to 200' before turning. Rough seas made fishing quite challenging but fishing continues to be good out of Ludington!! High and low dipsey diver at or near bottom and both out and down down riggers on bottom were best. Best colors continue to be Dreamweaver chrome spin doctors and yellow lightning and blue glow spin and glows or Dreamweaver whirly gigs!! Booking up fast so call Lie A Lot Charters soon for your fishing adventure!! (231)-233-5176

Lake Michigan Fishing Report -- July 3, 2017

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 3rd, 2017
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Fishing continues to be very good with really nice sized fish coming aboard the Lie A Lot!!! A little south of the Ludington pier heads was our starting spot in 120' of water and trolled west from there out to 180'. Dreamweaver chrome spin doctor with blue spin and glows and Dreamweaver chrome spin doctor and yellow lightning spin and glows both behind high dipsey divers out 700'. The water is supposed to stay calm and warm for as far out as forecast goes so book your charter aboard the Lie A Lot soon by calling (231) 233-5176.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report -- July 2, 2017

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 2nd, 2017
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The fish this morning were all real nice fish. Set up again straight out of Ludington in 150 and trolled north from there before turning just short of big point Sable lighthouse in 180' of water. High dipsey divers again were best out 650 and 700' with Dreamweaver chrome spin doctor pulling a green chrome spin and glow with white wings. Other good rigs were the out and down down riggers with a yeck tin can dodger and yellow lightning spin and glow and the other was a Dreamweaver chrome spin doctor with a blue glow spin and glow. Don't miss out on this great fishing!! Call Lie A Lot Charters today before summer is gone. (231) 233-5176

Lake Michigan Fishing Report -- July 1, 2017

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 1st, 2017
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Set up a little north of the Ludington north breakwall in 140' of water and trolled northwest from there out to 240'. The water is very warm so all the fish were down below 120' of water. High dipsey divers out 750 and low dipsey divers out 440' were best with Dreamweaver chrome and blue spin doctor with blue glow and yellow lightning spin and glows behind. We did manage a couple of coho on the chute downright down 127' with a blue bubble spin doctor pulling a pickled sunshine fly!! Book your charter aboard the Lie A Lot soon!! (231) 233-5176

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for June 23, 2017

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 23rd, 2017
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Fish on for Freedom was again a big success! After an hour delay because of lightning and a large front passed through fishing started with a shot gun start at 7am and ended at noon with a lot of American flags and parade of people lined up and down the break wall to welcome the veterans to port!! Fishing was very good aboard the Lie A Lot with 19 fish coming aboard in short order. Book your charter aboard the Lie A Lot before summer is over!! (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for June 16, 2017

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 16th, 2017
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We ran out north to Big Point Sable lighthouse in calm seas. Set up with spoons up high on 7&10 color lead cores as well as a 225 and 300 copper. Our dipsey divers were out 300 and 240 with Dreamweaver chrome spin doctors and green and chartreuse spin and glows. Down riggers took a few as well near bottom with the same spin doctor and yellow and green spin and glows. There's still plenty of fish to have a great time aboard the Lie A Lot!! (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for June 10, 2017

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 10th, 2017
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Fishing is good and day time weather conditions are great with temps in the 70s. We set up straight out of Ludington in 100' of water and trolled south from there. Best lures were Dreamweaver chrome spin doctor with yellow spin and glow on bottom on a high dipsey diver. Also good was a tin can yeck dodger with a lemon lime spin doctor. Book your fishing trip aboard the Lie a Lot before the summer is gone!!! (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for June 4, 2017

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 4th, 2017
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Fishing out of Ludington continues to be good. This 19# king salmon gave Rolando a great battle all the way to the end!! Give us a call at Lie A Lot Charters soon to get in on this early salmon run?!?! (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for August 30, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 30th, 2016
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Another good evening trip aboard the Lie A Lot!!!! Started out in 200' straight out from the Ludington pump storage plant. We fished out there for about 2hrs getting a couple 3yr old salmon. We then trolled ease and caught the big mature kings in 100'. Best lures continue to be big water UV on ice and UV blue meat rigs behind Dreamweaver blue bubble and Kevorkian spin doctors on high dipsey divers out 200 and 220'. Still a few mornings available for the first full week of September!!!! (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for August 20, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 20th, 2016
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After a night of lightning the salmon bite started out slow with only one on a j plug on a 10 color leadcore. But the mid morning bite was hot landing 9 and having over 15 bites! Big water UV on ice behind a Dreamweaver showtime on a 350' copper was best today. Everyday has seen a different hot meat set up so experiment until u get um going. Call lie a lot charters today only a few spots available. (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for August 18, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 18th, 2016
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The kings are turning a little darker but still biting very very good aboard the lie a lot!! J plugs still best early then big water meat rigs in UV on ice, UV blue and black UV worked good near bottom in 100' of water on low dipsey divers behind Dreamweaver 10' spin doctors.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 17, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 17th, 2016
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12 fish boated and over 20 fish on highlighted this morning!! Big water froggy meat rig with Dreamweaver tuxedo continues to be good on a low dipsey diver out 100'. J plugs early on 5 and 10 color leadcores then meat later. Book your trip today aboard the lie a lot!!! (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for August 15, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 15th, 2016
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Salmon fishing has been very very good and steady!! Big water UV on ice meat rigs behind Dreamweaver spin doctors as well as big water green mile meat rigs behind Dreamweaver mtn dew spin doctors were best on high and low dipsey divers out 100 and 150'. Early glow J plugs have been productive. A few afternoons this month are available so call soon to enjoy the great fishing Ludington has to offer!!! Lie A Lot Charters...... (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for August 14, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 14th, 2016
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We set up at the point and stayed close to it in 80-170' of water. Plugs early were best then big water meat rigs behind Dreamwave spin doctors on divers caught all the later fish. The fishing should continue to be very good like it has been throughout august!!

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for August 7, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 7th, 2016
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Fishing in 60' of water off the lighthouse continues to be successful. Dreamweaver spin doctors pulling Dreamweaver green glow flies on dipsey divers has been the best. Call Lie A Lot charters today....(800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for August 3, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 3rd, 2016
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Salmon fishing is as good as ever aboard the Lie A Lot and out of the port of Ludington. Silver horde double glow j plugs and Dreamweaver natural glow j plugs caught most of these 13 caught in 45 minute with so many on (7 at once) and only 2 anglers I had the opportunity to bring a few in myself. Give the Lie A Lot a call today (800)-850-1978!

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for August 1, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 1st, 2016
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Fishing continues to be very good out of Ludington with some real nice kings and a few trout mixed in!! Best baits this morning were a double glow plug on a 225' copper, a blue bubble spin doctor by Dreamweaver with a Dreamweaver pickled sunshine fly on a high diver out 150. Book your charter now aboard the Lie A Lot!! (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 28, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 28th, 2016
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Fishing started out very good! Set up between big point sauble and the sauble river in 130' with spoons on out and down downrigger and Dreamweaver kevin girlfriend spin doctor pulling big water meat rigs green mile on a high and low dipsey divers out 140' and 220 on low and highs. After about an hour of fishing the ladies had enough of the rough seas and we went in!!

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 26, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 26th, 2016
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There some real nice kings around just not an over abundance of them. Set up about a mile north of the sargeant sand mining plant and trolled to the state park bath house and back in 120-130' with meat on dipsey divers and a plug on an out and down down rigger. Had a few others bite and get off. Best was a black tuxedo Dreamweaver spin doctor and big water tackles moo moo meat rig on a low wire diver out 211'. Just a few dates left in august...Give us a call and Lie A Lot charters today!!! (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 19, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 19th, 2016
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Kings are in but spread out with no big piles of bait or cold water to keep them in one spot. These big 16-21# salmon were taken outside the Pere Marquette River on meat rigs and spin doctors. We lost a real big king right before the net that would have been around the 30# class!!! Give Lie A Lot charters a call today to book your early august charter while the kings are around.... (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 14, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 14th, 2016
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Set up in front of the Ludington state park in 125' of water and trolled north past Big Point Sauble. Turned back and ended about the same as we started but brought it back in 160' of water. Big water green mile behind Dreamweaver Kevin's girlfriend on a high diver out 280 was good as well as a chrome Dreamweaver spin doctor with a yellow chrome spin and glow. Still have dates available after this week. Give us a call to reserve your adventure aboard the lie a lot!!! (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 14, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 14th, 2016
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The kings are around but very spotty with some real big ones being taken from time to time. This 23# king came on a 400' copper with blue bubble spin doctor and blue big water cold steel meat rig. We set up in 180' of water in front of Big Point Sauble and trolled north 3 miles before turning back. Also good was a tuxedo spin doctor and big water moo moo meat rig. Give us a call at Lie A Lot dates are filling fast...... (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 7, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 7th, 2016
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Fishing started out very slow this morning. We started out in front of the Ludington pump storage plant in 75' of water targeting lake trout along the bottom and king salmon on planer boards. We caught a few lake trout on dipsey divers with Yeck tin can dodger and Yakima spin and glow in green and yellow with white wings. This nice 20# king came toward the end of our trip on a 225' copper with a Yeck copperhead.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 4, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 4th, 2016
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There's a few salmon around and an absolute ton of bait fish. The lake trout are gorging as well. After a hard couple of north winds the fish are at the pier heads feasting!! Small spoons on down riggers at 20' where best as well as 5 color and 3 color leadcores with small Yeck spoons. Lie A Lot charters!!

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 2, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 2nd, 2016
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Trout fishing continues to be good out of Ludington. We set up a little south of the Ludington break wall and trolled south from there to out front of the pump storage plant in 80-100' of water. Dreamweavers new whirlygig in UV red with UV wings behind a chrome spin doctor on a 400' copper was best. Also productive was a size 0 spin n glow in green and yellow color behind a tin can Yeck dodger behind a high diver out 270'. Call soon to book your summer adventure aboard the Lie A Lot...(800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for June 27, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 27th, 2016
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Fishing was again a mirror image of two days ago. Set up thus morning in front of the consumers pump storage project in 80' of water and trolled south three miles before trolling back north. All down riggers on the bottom along with dipsey divers. Yeck tin can dodgers with green and white wing spin and glows worked best on a high diver.... Lie A Lot charters (800)850-1978 to book your trip for this up coming summer!!!!

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for June 25, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 25th, 2016
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Trout fishing has been fair to very good, depending on the day. We ran way north of Big Point Sauble and trolled north from there in 80-90 feet. Fish came on bottom with green and chartreuse spin and glows behind Yeck tin can and Yeck copper dodgers. Give us a call at (800)-850-1978 for your trip aboard the Lie A Lot!!

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for June 17, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 17th, 2016
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Fishing started out good for the birthday boy with a small king and nice lake trout this morning!!! It though came to an abrupt end with not another bite, where I have been catching a good amount of lake trout the past few weeks. We trolled around for 3 and a half hours without another bite then turned west heading toward a cold pocket of water straight out of the Ludington pier heads in 125 feet of water. We took off all of our trout rigs, sped up and put out all bright colors on two, three and five color leadcores along with high wire divers out 120-140 with Yeck fireball and double orange crush. We had 7 bites out on the cold side boating six before heading in. The Lie A Lot is getting booked up in July and august so call soon to book your adventure at (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for June 3, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 3rd, 2016
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Set up straight out of Ludington pier heads in 90' of water. Trolled south to out front of Ludington pump storage plant in 95-110' of water. Best baits were Yeck gold dodger and green spin and glow on a down rigger on the bottom as well as a tin can Yeck dodger and chartreuse spin and glow on a high wire diver on the bottom. Book your June fishing now Lie A Lot Charters at (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for May 19, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on May 19th, 2016
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Fishing continues to be very good for the lie a lot out of Ludington! Caught there limit of trout, then I reeled a few in too! Set up again a little north of Pentwater pier head in 40-50' of water. Yeck tin can dodger and chartreuse with white wings spin and glow on a high diver at or near bottom was best. This fishing is very very good when u find them you catch them! Book your trip aboard the Lie a Lot today...... (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for May 18, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on May 18th, 2016
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Set up in front of Ludington North Break Wall in 45' of water. Trolled from 45' to 75' with absolutely no success. Pull up our six lines and ran south of Ludington pump storage plant setting up again in 45' of water. The water temperature rose almost 3°, which is why we stop there. Set up with dodgers and peanuts and dodgers and spin and glows at or near bottom. The fish came in within an hour and we came in with mine and Mike's (a customer and fellow boat owner here in Ludington) limit of nice Lake Trout!! Give me a call soon to book your may or June trip today!! (800)-850-1978

Ludington Fishing Report for March 3, 2016

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on March 3rd, 2016
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We are starting to get out fishing aboard small boats!! There isn't a lot of walleye around compared to other areas of Michigan but there's some around the piers and they are big!! Brown trout fishing is slow but getting better daily! The pier fishing has been fair for steelhead. Contact Lie A Lot Charters soon to book your summer fishing excursion!! (800)-850-1978

Ludington Fishing Report for Sept. 1, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on September 1st, 2015
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Fishing continues to be very very good. Plugs on full cores, 225 copper and 300' of copper was good late. Dreamweaver kg spin doctor with big water tackles green mile on 217' high diver and showtime spin doctor with big water tackles blue UV on low diver out 120 were very good all afternoon. Still have labor day morning open and Tuesday morning after open, call soon... Don't miss this great fishing. Capt. Mike. (800)-850-1978

Ludington Fishing Report for August 31, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 31st, 2015
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Fishing aboard the lie a lot continues to be fairly steady with a slower trip mixed in here and there, but even those days big fish are coming aboard!!!!! This morning started out north of Ludington pier heads in 100' of water and trolled north 3 miles before turning and heading back in same depth all morning. The boat traffic is finally light and the fish are more steady on the bite throughout the day! We started out the morning with almost all j plugs on full core, 225 coppers and switched to meat about 9am. That worked well with Dreamweaver kevins girlfriend and big water tackles green mile and Dreamweaver showtime with big water tackles blue UV both on divers out 220' on highs and 140' on lows.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for August 28, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 28th, 2015
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Square deal building supply had a very good morning aboard the lie a lot fishing south of Ludington in 100' to 150' of water. Set up early in 100' with double glow j plugs on down riggers and 20 color leadcore as well ad 200' copper lines. Later in the morning high divers out 200' wkh blue bubble Dreamweaver spin doctor and pickle sunshine fly was good.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for August 26, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 26th, 2015
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Set up in front of pump storage plant and trolled south from there in 100'. High divers out 200' with blue bubble spin doctor and big water tackles blue moo meat rig. Double glow j-plugs on 200' copper and on riggers were good late.

Ludington Fishing Report for August 26, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 26th, 2015
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After the last four days of being dockside due to nasty winds out of the northwest fishing was kind of a real guessing game. Set up north of the Ludington pier heads in 100' and trolled south a few miles then back. Best lures were big water tackles green UV behind Dreamweaver chrome killer on a high diver out 200'. Also 350 copper with Kevin's girlfriend and big water green mile meat rig.

Ludington Fishing Report for August 21, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 21st, 2015
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Fishing this morning was absolutely awesome. Filled the cooler completely full and came back in a bit early. Fished in front of the state park bat house in 100-170' of water. Dreamweaver mtn dew 10' spin doctor with there pickled sunshine fly out 170' and 270' on high divers was best. Early in the morning double glow j plugs down 90' and 100' went well.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for August 18, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 18th, 2015
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There's a common misconception amongst are clients...That afternoons are slower than mornings!? Get my point! Set up north of Big Point Sauble in 200' of water and trolled northwest to 410' before turning back. All the boats are staying from the bath house to the point so that's a good place not to be. 400' copper with 8" kg (Kevin's girlfriend) and big water tackles black UV was best but later on double glow plugs on 225' copper and down riggers at 60', 80, and the center at 110' were all productive. Still have a few afternoons open next week so call soon...Capt. Mike (800) 850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for August 17, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 17th, 2015
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Afternoons continue to be very good with less boat traffic than the mornings. The big fish on the bottom weighed in at 27.2# on the boga grip scale and was an absolute battle to capture. Set up in front of Epworth Heights in 100' of water and trolled north to the state park bath house then turned back. Best lures continue to be big water UV meat rigs being dark green 8" spin doctors by Dreamweaver lure cpany. We had the high divers out 180' and 222' and the low divers out 120' and 140'. J-plugs on 225' copper. 10 color leadcore and 7color leadcore also have been productive as of late.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for August 15, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 15th, 2015
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Salmon fishing continues to be steady if you're the lucky boat any given morning or afternoon. This afternoon we did very well setting up north of the Ludington pier heads and trolling north for 3 miles then back in 12-140' of water. Copper lines dominated with 225 copper, 300 and 400' coppers doing all the catching. Best lured were Dreamweaver spin doctor and big water tackles kg with green mile meat rig and white spin doctor with crush pulling a UV green meat rig.

Ludington Fishing Report for August 13, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 13th, 2015
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Fishing continues to be good the past few days with this mornings catch coming in 110-130' south of the pump storage plant. Double glow plugs on 7 and 10 color leadcore rods were good early. Later bites were 300' and 200' out on wire dipsey divers with Dreamweaver white w/ glow spin doctors, green UV and green mile big water meat rigs. The south troll was much much better than the north troll. We have a couple mornings that opened up recently the 26th and 31st due to cancelations. Talk to you soon ..... Capt. Mike. (800)-850-1978

Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 11, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 11th, 2015
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Fishing has been slow the past week, but the last couple days have shown much improvement!!!! Set up south of the Ludington pump storage plant in 80' of water and trolled southwest out to 120' then turned northeast back into 80'. 7 color leadcore with a double glow Dreamweaver plug and 10 color with a blue magnum glow spoon were good. Early in the morning downriggers down 40' with same double glow plug, 50 with green magnum glow spoon and the center down rigger with white crush glow paddle and fly at 60' went a few times.

Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 4, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 4th, 2015
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Set up back a ways this morning in 00 or a mile south of bath house and turned at big point sauble in 110' of water. Came back south roughly in same depth when not battling with the heavy traffic. A double glow plug was good first thing on a full core and the outside down rigger down 50'. Later on best was a Dreamweaver chrome mtn dew 8" spin doctor with big water tackles UV on ice meat rig.

Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 2, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 2nd, 2015
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Fishing continues to be steady at the big point sauble lighthouse and south to the Ludington state park bath house. Set up in 115' and came back south in 170-200'. Best lures continue to be Kevin's girlfriend 8" spin doctor by Dreamweaver lures with big water tackles green mile meat rigs on a low wire back 120' and on the center rigger down 60'. Also good was a chrome killer spin doctor with big water tackles green UV meat rig on a 300' copper.

Ludington Fishing Report for July 30, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 30th, 2015
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King fishing continues to be hit and miss with this morning being a good one. Set up in front of the bath house (state park) and trolled a mile past big point sauble then turning back south in 140' of water. Low dipsey divers out 125' with blue 8" spin doctor with crush glow tape and a big water blue moo was best early along with a double glow j-plug on a 300' copper. Later on in the morning best was a 300' and 400' copper with chrome killer 8" spin doctor and green glow big water meat rig.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 27, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 27th, 2015
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Afternoons are prosperous too! Set up in front of the Ludington State Park bathhouse and trolled just past Big Point Sauble before turning back south. Started out the afternoon in 180' and ended up in 120' of water. Best lines were high dipsey diver with chrome killer spin doctor by Dreamweaver with big water tackles green UV meat rig. Also 300 and 400' coppers with a green slick spin doctor/green mile big water meat rig and Kevin's girlfriend (also green) and green mile big water meat rig. Only 3 dates left for august so call me soon before I completely fill up! Lie-A-Lot 1(800) 850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 22, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 22nd, 2015
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Fishing was as good as ever this morning with meat rigs by big water tackle in green UV and green mile behind Dreamweaver spin doctors in yellow sparkler and Kevin's girlfriend on 180' out high divers and 110' low divers. Also good was the center downrigger down 80 with green spin doctor with smooth glow tape and purple haze meat rig. We fished a little over an hour and a half for there limit of fish and I also reeled a few in as we pulled lines to head in at 8 am!

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 21, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 21st, 2015
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Fishing is steady with big kings biting early and occasionally later as the morning progresses. Trout also are around near bottom, up high and everywhere in between. Set up in front of Big Point Sauble and stayed near it all morning with lumpy water conditions and cool temps with a stiff breeze blowing out of the north. Cut our trip short this morning but not before boating a nice cooler of kings and a couple lake trout. Fished in 110-150' of water with j-plugs going first and meat rigs continuing to be the best all around lures. High dipsey divers out 170' with chrome killer spin doctor and green mile meat rigs being best combo. Hope to hear from you soon for this awesome king salmon fishing! Lie-a-lot @ (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 19, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 19th, 2015
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Set up at 01 north (front of bathhouse) in 120' of water. Trolled north to 05 north in 120'-140' of water with meat rigs on divers out 120' on low divers and 150' on high diver. Best meat rigs were Kevin's girlfriend (dark green blade smooth glow tape) with big water green mile meat rig and 300' copper with chrome killer spin doctor and big water green UV meat rig. Fishing has been very steady and probably will continue to be from here until spawning time in September!

Ludington Fishing Report for July 10, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 10th, 2015
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Set up south of Ludington in front of pump storage plant again and fished south from there. Slow and steady was the speed and rate of fishing. Best rigs were full core (10 color) with glow spoon in yellow submarine, and Yeck tin can dodger near bottom with a green spin and glow.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 8, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 8th, 2015
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Log run pays off again for the crew aboard the Lie A Lot!!!! Fishing contrary to public opinion continues to b good on lake Michigan for those willing to venture offshore. This afternoon we ran 20miles northwest of Ludington out in over 600' of water. Clean planer boards, one color leadcore, 3 color leadcore and five color leadcore were very productive with Yeck lures fireball and reverse riverside lures!! Book your charter so one as there's only a few dates available for the season...... (800)-850-1978

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 3, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 3rd, 2015
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After fishing lake trout the last two trips we decided to take a long drive this afternoon with the guys from Epworth! Fishing started slow and never was real hot but we did end up with a nice bunch of steelhead, lake trout and a 14lb king salmon. Ran out in front of Manistee were a cold pocket of water had been holding a log of fish. All fish were on the surface rods (1 color, 3color, and free birds) with Yeck fireballs and Dreamweaver super slims in red and orange colors! The drive there is well over an hour each way but lots of fun when you get on the break in temp.

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 1, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 1st, 2015
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Hard north east winds has put cold water on the surface out front making fishing very tough. We set up this morning out in 200' of water in front of the pump storage plant and trolled west for two hours. This proved to be a bad move with no bites and no signs of fish either! Turned east shortly after 9am and went into 100' of water were we saw fish down near the bottom. We reset with Dreamweaver paddles and fly's and some lake trout rigs and managed to put together a real nice box of lake trout. The lake will settle in and fishing will continue to improve. Looking forward to the next week and weeks to come!

Lake Michigan Fishing Report for June 24, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 24th, 2015
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Fishing continues to be good. We have been averaging 10 fish the past week and a half way off shore on surface lines with bright spoons! Set up straight out of the Ludington pump storage plant in 540 feet of water and trolled west from there. Best baits were a yeck fireball on a high line and a one color of leadcore with the same fireball. Book your July trip soon. Dates are going fast...Lie A Lot charters...(800) 850-1978

Ludington Fishing Report for June 14, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 14th, 2015
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Joe and the guys made it up for a beautiful morning of fishing! Lake was flat calm and the big kings were biting early but, the morning bite was short lived. Set up in front of the Sauble river and trolled north past Big Point Sauble Lighthouse then back south in 120-150' of water. Best baits/rigs early were, high wire diver out 200' with showtime spin doctor and green glow Dreamweaver fly. Also good on both low wire divers was tuxedo spin doctor and big water meat rigs moo moo and green mile meat rigs. After the sun came up it was a slow catch rate with fishing coming on 225' copper with regular fuzzy bear modified dolphin and 10 color leadcore with yeck magnum blue dolphin. Fishing's still steady aboard the lie a lot. Give us a call soon (800) 850-1978...Capt. Mike

Ludington Fishing Report for June 10, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 10th, 2015
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Fishing continues to be quite good!!!!! Left the dock at 330 for this afternoon trip and set up north of Ludington waste water treatment facility in 60' and trolled almost to the bathhouse in front of the Sauble River working 60-80 feet of water. Spin doctors by dreamweaver in tuxedo and showtime with fourth of July meat rig and green mile meat rigs both by big water tackle on low divers just off bottom were very good. Also a one color and weighted planer board lines with yeck mixed vegetable and Dreamweaver super slim riverside was going regularly. When u see the bait the fish are around close by! Don't miss out on this June fishery with dates available hope to have you aboard soon! (800)-850-1978

Ludington Fishing Report for June 6, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 6th, 2015
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King fishing continues...Started out front of Ludington pier heads in 120' and trolled southwest to 300' of water in front of the pump storage plant. Fishing was for the most part on the slow side with a fish coming here and there. The warm water has spread out and so have the fish. There's still plenty biting to make the trip a lot of fun! Best baits aboard the Lie-A-Lot were a glow spoon in green jeans color pattern on a 225 copper, big water meat rigs behind Dreamweaver spin doctors on high wire divers out 225' and low wire divers with same meat rigs by big water and Dreamweaver spin doctors. June fishing will continue to get better as the water warms up! Book your trip aboard the Lie-A-Lot soon...

Ludington Fishing Report for June 4, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 4th, 2015
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King fishing continues to be outstanding aboard the Lie A Lot! Set up out front of the Ludington pier head in 125' of water and trolled southwest out to 240' of water. Best lures were the out and down downrigger at 61' with a heck magnum blue dolphin and the center downrigger at 80' with a 10" white crush spin doctor and green glow fly by Dreamweaver lures. Also good was the 225' copper with a glow spoon in yellow tail color pattern and a high wire dipsey diver out 220' with a showtime spin doctor and big water meat rig in moo moo color pattern. The day was over cast which helped to keep the bite going most of the morning. Book your charter aboard the lie a lot soon while these salmon are around

Ludington Fishing Report for June 3, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 3rd, 2015
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Fishing has been pretty slow the last few days after the hard north winds churned the water up. Decided to run way out and south and had some steelhead biting on the surface with yeck fireball being the best on 2 color leadcore lines. We fished out 15 miles for most of our trip in the cold water then came east as the evening came. The warmer inside water was holding a few kings and a couple lake trout. Kings we had on came on a full (10) core with a glow spoon in green jeans. Also a downrigger down 50 with a blue jackall. Congratulations to my crew on their wedding and best wish to the future from the crew and family of Lie-A-Lot charter!

Ludington Fishing Report for May 30, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on May 30th, 2015
This morning started out fast with kings biting low dipsey divers and high divers with black 10" spin doctors and big water meat rigs in froggy and moo moo color. Riggers took a few with the center rigger at 90' with a white crush 10" spin doctor and green mirage fly. Glow spoon magnum blue jeans also at 60' was productive! Get out early as possible the bite is fast and over quickly!!!
Book your June charter now, the kings have arrived!!!!

Ludington Fishing Report for May 29, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on May 29th, 2015
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The spring kings have arrived. There have only been a few small kings caught to this point but this morning we were able to get some very nice kings early.  Set up half way between Ludington and Big Point Sauble lighthouse in 100' of water. Our first lines in were wire divers with Dreamweaver spin doctors and Big water meat rigs. The high divers were out 240' and the low divers were out 140'. Both sides took quite a few fish. The out and down downrigger was at 47' with Yeck magnum blue dolphin and it caught a few and lost a few.
I also had the center downrigger at 91' with a white crush on crush 10" spin doctor and pickled sunshine fly and it two caught a couple fish.  The fishing was very very good early but slowed way down after the morning bite.  June is looking very good with these salmon finally showing up!!!!!!!  Give me a call (800)-850-1978 and book your trip soon for June!!!!

Ludington Fishing Report for May 21, 2015

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on May 21st, 2015
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Spring fishing has started out relatively slow as normal but theres still plenty to have fun catching.Took the boys out on a couple hour evening fishing trip. Set up right out side the south pier and trolled the beach in 9-14 feet of water. Caught one on a rapala in black and silver color on a high line, then caught two more on our way back to the pier heads along the south breakwall. One came on a yeck fireball spoon on a one color and the other came on a a high line with a rapala in perch color.  The kings are on there way looking forward to having you aboard!!!!!!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Sept. 28, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on September 28th, 2014
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Fishing continues to b very, very good in front of Ludington Pump Storage plant! Set up in 80' and trolled south for 4 miles. Caught nice kings inside until that slowed then headed West for jumping, acrobatic steelhead! Best inside was high and low dipsey divers with dreamweaver spin doctors and Big Water Meat rigs. After the morning the meat went as well but, 1, 3, and 7 color leadcores produced best with yeck fireball, pearl w/earrings and Dreamweaver riverside spoons!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Sept. 24, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on September 24th, 2014
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Fishing late season as a norm is good and again no exception to the rule this day! Fished in 80-100' in front of Ludington pump storage. Fish came up high on 3, 5, 7, and 10 color leadcore lines. Best was yeck fireball and pearl with earrings. Had a lot of action all morning trolling a bit faster and turning frequently!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Sept. 14, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on September 14th, 2014
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The winds have subsided for a few days now and the fish have settled in. Fishing started out steady and never stopped. Set up in front of pump storage plant in 120' and trolled southwest to just over 300'. 7 color leadcore and 10 color leadcore were the best with glow spoons and downriggers at 40 and 50' were productive as well. When the weather permits, the fishing will stay this way from here on out as the past 20 years have shown!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Sept. 10, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on September 10th, 2014
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Weather has really played havoc on everyones well planned fishing trips! After days upon days of wind and rain I've started to get out recently. There is a huge plume of cold water out front that is not holding ANY fish! The outside of it though has plenty of fish and bait. The key is getting on them. This day we fished straight out of the Ludington pier heads setting up in 100' and trolled southwest out to 225'. Fish all came in 40'-60' on spoons and a few nibbles on big water meat rigs. Try trolling faster to cover more water until you get over a school, then circle them.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Sept. 6, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on September 6th, 2014
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Set up straight out of Ludington harbor in 150' and trolled West from there. There was a definite thermalcline at 80' that came up to 60' down and thats were the fishing was best. A pair of Dreamweaver blue jeans down 61' was best for coho and big water meat rigs behind DW spin doctors on 300' and 400' coppers was best.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Sept. 3, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on September 3rd, 2014
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As I thought, the fishing is getting significantly better daily! The winds have kept us off the lake for a couple days but even with the blow days fish are plentiful. Ran out of Ludington harbor North West to 59s North and 36 West or 10 miles out and trolled West from there. Big water meat rigs in total kaios and green mile performed well behind a dreamweaver spin doctor in Kevin's girlfriend (the names they give um) and tuxedo on 300' and 400' coppers. Also two downriggers down 70' and 90' were good with the same meat rigs. Book your charter soon, boats going in to storage in less than a month and fishing is good!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Sept. 1, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on September 1st, 2014
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As I have been thinking the fishing continues to get better daily! Fished a little North in 01s North and out 15 miles. Fish came 50-90' down. Plugs early on 225' and 300' coppers were good along with fuzzy bear blue dolphins on downriggers and full cores. After the sun came up all fish came were caught on dreamweaver spin doctors pulling big water meat rigs. Some days still available next week... Call soon.... Capt. Mike

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 29, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 29th, 2014
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Still fishing for the most part straight out of Ludington pier heads away from the giant pack in shallower. Meat rigs by big water continue to out perform all else on dipsey divers and 225' and 300' copper lines. Still have dates available for September when the king salmon fishing will be at its best. Everything is a month late this year and this will make September the month to fish with still little fish in the rivers. Look forward to hearing from you soon.  Capt Mike

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 27, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 27th, 2014
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Started out a little south of Ludington pier heads in 60' and trolled southwest away from the mob of boats. Caught a few right away on a double glow plug down 70' and the center downrigger at 90' with a double glow black spin doctor and moo moo big water meat rig. Later fish came on dipsey divers with dark green 10" spin doctors and green mile meat rigs way out and down deep.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 25, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 25th, 2014
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Set up by the weather bouy or a little North of Ludington pier heads in 80' of water and trolled southwest out to 200' and back northeast in and out all morning. Fish didn't bite early, just picked at them throughout the morning. Best was a blue glow spoon on a 225' copper and a black 10" glow on glow dreamweaver spin doctor pulling a moo moo big water meat rig on the center downrigger down 90'.

Ludington Lake Michigan Fishing Report for August 23, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 23rd, 2014
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Fished up North from Ludington. Set up in 140' and trolled North 7 miles then turned back south tell trip completed. High dipsey divers out 150' and 180' with blue bubble and mtn dew spin doctors with blue moo and moo big water meat rigs were best. Also productive were all glow j plugs and blue dolphins stacked first light.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 21, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 21st, 2014
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This afternoon was a little slower than yesterday but still not bad fishing. Set up in front of epworth or the Lincoln river and fished East and West from 80' out to 150'. Coppers in 300' and 225' with big water meat Riggs have been best. Can't get any moonshine lures to go in two weeks but the fuzzy bear lures have produced fish.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 20, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 20th, 2014
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Afternoon fishing has been much better in all then mornings because very little boat traffic. Set up a little North of Ludington pier heads and trolled North tell ran into all the boats who only know to go from bath house to point. Best baits were riggers Down 60 and 70 with fuzzy bear blue and green dolphin spoons. Also big water meat rigs behind dreamweaver spin doctors on dipsey divers were good during the daytime tough fishing. Again your best bet is troll AWAY from the boats.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 15, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 15th, 2014
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More and more king salmon have continued to trickle in and our piles of salmon in select hot spots have grown. Again the all glow J-plugs and grey ghost j-plugs have been productive out front of Ludington harbor. I have been fishing just outside the mass of boats in 60-90' and will continue to move out as needed.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 13, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 13th, 2014
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Fishing has been very tough with the normal early summer lul accruing now, late summer because of this years long and cold winter. Some of the big salmon are trickling in but the big mass of them are still scattered about throughout the lake. Fished this day and for the last week just outside the Ludington harbor in 30-50'. The morning bite consisted of :-plugs on short cores when able to run them because of overwhelming boat traffic. Meat rigs also on all four dipsey divers have occasionally taken fish.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 11, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 11th, 2014
Fishing had been quite good. The full moon and east winds though the last couple of days has made the fish hard to get to bite and the water extremely cold. I have been fishing out front of Ludington in 30-60' of water and have some successes but not a lot of numbers of fish. The fish we are catching though are large in the 17-25# range. I have been running big water meat rigs and dreamweaver spin doctors on my divers out 60' on highs and 40-50' on the low wire divers. In the mornings i have taken a few fish on my out and down downriggers as well with double glow j plugs made by Luhr Jensen. Don't expect big numbers of fish though with the average catch being only 3-7fish but, they are big fish. Getting a new phone set up now and will stay up with reports now. Good fishing.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 7, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 7th, 2014
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fishing continues with great fishing and even better fishermen!!! Today Owen and Jack battled many large Kings and came out with great stories and even better pictures aboard the Lie-A-Lot. The boat traffic was horrible but I was able to run way North and outside the swarm. Big Water Meat rigs continue to dominate behind Dreamweaver spindoctors. J-plugs by Dreamweaver in Natural Glow as well as a Yellowtail glow spoon went early but after that it was all meat rigs.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 5, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 5th, 2014
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Ran straight out and trolled North around the weather bouy fishing east-west after morning bite. This would not have been possible had I been fished in the mob of boats!!!! Again plugs on 5color and downrigger early were good with meat active during day. Big water meat continues its dominance!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 3, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 3rd, 2014
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The boat traffic is RIDICULOUS, try staying away from the other guy. There are a lot of fish straight out, south, and North of Ludington. I ran in front of manistee this day and trolled back towards Big Point Sauble. Best was J-Plugs on downrigger down 40, on 5 color as well as big water meat rigs behind Dreamweaver spin doctors.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug. 1, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 1st, 2014
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Set up straight out of Ludington in 60' and trolled west out to 180'. Worked a temperature break in 160' - 180'. Best were 1, 3 and 5 color leadcores with yeck fireball and double orange crush. Also productive was 300' copper with meat rigs by big water tackle.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for July 29, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 29th, 2014
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Another good afternoon of fishing aboard the Lie A Lot, set a little North out in 160' and trolled North 5 miles. Turned around a couple times on schools of fish. Best was Dreamweaver Spin Doctors with Big Water Meat rigs on high Report Divers out 130' and the low dipsey divers out 80'. Try trolling a little faster when sun is high with the cooler water.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for July 27, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 27th, 2014
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Left the harbor to the North, ran out past the cold bank of water and set up in 140' of water trolled North 2 miles and spun around coming back two miles. Fish bit low dipsey divers out 80' and high divers out 120' all four divers with big water meat rigs and dreamweaver spin doctors. Also took a steelhead and a coho on 3 and 5 color leadcores pulling yeck fireballs.

Ludington Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 24, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 24th, 2014
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Set up in front of the double river in 120' and trolled North past big point sauble to about 5 miles past point. Caught fish on downrigger down 40' and 50' with glow spoons in bloody nose and yellowtail. Also productive were high divers out 150' and 180' with big water meat rigs behind dreamweaver spin doctors.

Ludington Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 20, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 20th, 2014
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Set up again straight out of Ludington in 350' and trolled west from there. Along with my high stuff we took fish on glow lures on full cores and big water tackles uv in ice meat rigs and mad moo meat rigs!! It seemed the deep stuff was going better on the inside of the break and high lines on the outside!! Book your trip soon because openings are dwindling.

Ludington Lake Michigan Fishing Report for July 18, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 18th, 2014
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With the tournament in full force I went were I thought the least amount of boats would be and it's been paying off. Fished straight out of Ludington harbor in 350'. Best still is top 40' on high divers out 100' (mono) and 1, 2, 3 color leadcores with yeck fireball, dreamweaver ss watermelon and double orange crush.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for July 15, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 15th, 2014
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North winds changed the conditions and proximity of fish. Set up straight out from Ludington pier heads in 100' and trolled out to 150' and back. All jumbo steelhead on the surface. Clean planer boards with Yeck fireball and 3 colors of leadcore with dreamweaver as watermelon were best.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for July 14, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 14th, 2014
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Still fishing out front of pump storage plant 14 miles off shore. Fish came primarily on 1 and 3 color leadcores with yeck fireball. Full core (10 color)) with yeck lightning and a high dipsey diver out 100 with a fireball all were good!!!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for July 12, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 12th, 2014
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Fishing the Southwest, set up 14 miles West of pump storage plant on a southwest heading. All fish came up high on free birds with Yeck pats baits, fireball, and Yeck lightning. Also dreamweaver ss watermelon on 2 color leadcores was productive. Keep your speed up tell you hit a few then back it way off tell you get them in. Good fishing

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for July 10, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 10th, 2014
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Headed out Southwest in front of Pump Storage Plant again. Set up in 175 and trolled SW for 8 miles. Turned straight out in front of Pentwater Lighthouse. Best again was yeck pats bait on a clean planet board and 3 color leadcores with dreamweaver ss double orange crush. All but the one big king bit in the top 25' of water. The big king over 17# was on center downrigger71' with tuxedo spin doctor and big water tackles Moo Moo meat rig! Absolutely awesome fishing as the picture shows.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for July 8, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 8th, 2014
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Set lines in 200' out front of pump storage plant again. There was a great temperature break with seagulls eating off of and the steelhead were as well! Had 4 planet boards out on each side all up high and hit a triple before I couldn't get a dipsey diver or downrigger set. The fishing was steady all evening with 3 lake trout down a little deeper and 14 steelhead all off the surface. Couple of kings as well on dreamweaver blue bubble spin doctors with there dreamweaver pickled sunshine fly. Try trolling fast, I was this evening (3.4mph on top).

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for July 6, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 6th, 2014
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Tried fishing way up North about 8 miles past Big Point Sable and trolled to out front of Manistee. Started out fishing in 2-3' seas and ran in 4-7' seas! Fish catching was spread out throughout the whole trip which was great! And like the south fishing this fishing was also all up high (clean boards, one color leadcores, 3 color leadcores ). The second half of July and all of August are filling up fast so Book soon before no dates are available!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for July 3, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on July 3rd, 2014
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As this year has shown even slower fishing is still pretty darn good!! Set up out deep in front of Pump Storage Plant in 350' and trolled south West back and forth along the temperature break. Best lures continue to be deck pats bait in 44 size on a clean planet board, 1 color with dreamweaver ss watermelon and 3 color with deck fireball! Also a high mono diver out 100' with a regular luhr jensen diver on 3 no ring with deck fireball was productive! The young ladies had a memorable time as well as dad and I watching them reel in some nice steelhead.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for June 26, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 26th, 2014
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Have been fishing south for a while now. Ran out in front of the Ludington Pump Storage plant in 400'of water. Set up deep and ended up pulling all and reseting all high baits in the top 30', The best being a high line with the biggest split shot I had aboard. The lure of choice is a yeck 44" in Pats bait.  The one colors and three colors as well were productive with bright lures in yeck brand and dreamweaver ss in watermelon and sog.(silver orange and green) I pulled my low divers and the shute downrigger because only my planer boards were going.  I let out two high divers ( one on each side) and brought the out and down riggers up and free slid them. That was not the ultimate answer but it did work and all four took bites after that. Have been fishing just about everyday, when weather allows, and am sorry for the lapse in more consist fishing reports. Book Your Charter Soon For JULY And AUGUST or there may not be dates available. Talk to you soon, Capt. MIke

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for June 23, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 23rd, 2014
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June fishing continues to be very, very productive! Started in same place as yesterday (front of Bathhouse Ludington state park). Started in 60' and trolled North to 07.00 all the time in 60-70'. Downriggers 40, 50, 60 with glow spoons, deck lighting and the center bigger at 60 with dreamweaver Carmel dolphins. Best diver was high wire diver with 8" blue bubble spin doctor and dreamweaver pickled sunshine fly.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for June 22, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 22nd, 2014
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Set lines in front of Bathhouse in 60' of water (01) and set a North heading. Fish started biting right away with three riggers and 4 divers we had 2 on. We stayed under 80' all morning and picked away throughout. The early morning bite has been very good but very short lived!! Best baits are glow spoons 40', 47' and 51' stacked 10' apart. Divers also have been productive with blue bubble spin doctors and green glow fly.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for June 21, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 21st, 2014
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Fishing in June continues as normal to be steady and a lot of fun. Set up south of the Ludington harbor and trolled southwest. We set up in 80" and turned in 180' with the southwest more productive than the northeast. The best lures were yeck jarred, yeck wart frog both on 10 color leadcore. Speed at the ball was 2.1 with the colder water the fish seem to prefer the troll a little faster than the fall normal salmon speed of 1.4-1.8. Don't be afraid to put out a few high lines either the one color and two color lead cores with yeck fireballs took a few bites and caught a fish apiece.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for June 20, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 20th, 2014
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Seriously it cant get any better than taking out five people and catching there limit of 25 king salmon! We left the dock at 5am and ran north west to before the bathhouse at the Ludington State Park in 80' of water and started setting um. (00.5 and 32.9) We had three downriggers with yeck jarred yeck lightnings and a wart frog stacked 10' apart. I started letting out my first diver and the out and down 41 down with jarreds fires. We get that in and the other out and down goes at 51 with the lightnings. This continuned for about our first 5 fish then slowed for about a 20 span allowing us to get the dipsey divers and a couple full cores out. The rest of the day was good throughout as the picture shows! Best baits were the yeck lightning and jarreds on downriggers and the absolute best was a Yeck wart frog on a ten color and 225 copper. These fish are absolutely perfect health wise, the meat was firm and there bellys were full of alwives! We saw big balls of bait fish throughout the day as well down by bottom. That is were our bigger kings were coming on the 225 coppers and full cores. The reason these were within 15' of bottom is because we spent our morning in 58- 85' of water! Don't wait to long to book your charter in July or August these fish are Here NOW and as these reports show this fishing continues to be GREAT!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for June 16, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 16th, 2014
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Fishing continues to be just absolutely amazing! Started out so so and ended with a bang. Set up in front of the Ludington State Park bathhouse in 60' of water and fished north up past Big Point Sauble about 2 miles. Downriggers at 40', 50', 60' with yeck lightnings stacked at 40 dreamweaver carmel dolphins stacked at 50 and the center rigger at 60' with moonshine bloody noses. The full cores or 10 colors had Yeck jarred and Yeck lightning and the 225 coppers had meat rigs. I opted out on the 300' copper meat rigs I had been using and went with dreamweaver lemon ice and another carmel dolphin. We trolled north working the shelf on and off from 60' to 150' and hand 10 nibbles on the north troll only boating 4 fish but steady action. We turned around in 05.80 or 2 miles north of Big point Sauble and started our up wind. The upwind seemed to be a lot slower troll, speed wise and fish biting wise! All that time though on the up troll paid off though when we got past the bathhouse in 00s and 85' of water. First both ten colors went simultaneously and as went finished getting those fish in the downriggers started in! From 01.2 to the bottom of the 00 we caught 14 fish in just under 2 hours! The picture is a little blurry but as you can see 20 fish is all the law would allow us to possess!!!! If you have not experienced this May and June fishing you truelly are missing out. Book your June trip soon you will agree THIS IS AWESOME

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for June 14, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 14th, 2014
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Have been fishing regularly and fishing continues to be lights out good! Set up straight out in front of the Ludington Pier Heads in 60' of water with 3 color, 5 color and 10 color leadcores with moonshine glows. Had two out and down riggers with moonshines as well and two low and two high wires with meat rigs out 140 on highs and 100 on lows. The center downrigger was down by bottom with meat as well. The bites started right away and ended right away as well. I heard of boats getting fish in that 60-80 all morning but it wasnt happening for me today. We set our troll on the same southwest I had the past week and instead of turning around I stayed on it for 5 miles far into the cold water (44 degrees). The first out troll produced 4 kings and then things went dead for about an hour. We did the better part of our in troll with no success then when we got back in the 100-80' hit a few small steelhead and a lake trout. We went back on the southwest and when we hit the 33.50 line in about 160' things started really banging. The high leadcores were going well with 3 color fireball and 7color double orange crush both yeck lures. The full cores or 10 colors both went once with a silver streak hot lobster, and yeck mixed vegetable. Notice I did not say moonshines? This is the first time in two weeks they did not want the moonshines. I took them all off and went to brighter baits and that was definately the ticket. Give me a call for this absolutely awesome June Fishing!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for June 10, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 10th, 2014
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The water in front on the Ludington Pier heads seems to get cold in the mid 40s one day and then back up in the 50s the next. As I run out each day i notice this, so today as I left the pier heads I saw again it was in the 50s and saw quite a bit of bait fish. We ran out only just over 2.5 miles and started setting um in 65' of water. I put it out a SW troll and figured if the fish inside didnt go eventually we would be back out to my marks from yesterday were we had success. This worked out very well and with 5 rods in both out and down riggers went with moonshine regular bloody nose on one side and yellow submarines on the other down 41 and 51 stacked 10' apart. We had just netted those and reset and the ten color or full core goes with a green jeans and the other ten as well with a blue jeans we managed to get one of those. The rest of the sw troll went good as well and when we finally turned just before the 35 line and cold water outside of us we had 8 in and lost a few. The in troll back on the same line like normal was not as successful but a few fish were taken and given. The rest of the day was never really any big lulls just a steady bite here and there. The other boat in the group also had success and all went home with quite a bit of meat and great stories to tell. Also a few of my 16 fish today were just under 20# so the big four year olds are starting to move in as well. Still days available in June and as the picture shows the fishing is FINTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for June 9, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 9th, 2014
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The hard North west winds have made Big Point Sauble cold from top to bottom again. I opted to fish to the south were the water was and generally is less affected by these hard northerly winds. Fishing started out pretty good and we were well on our way. I had three downriggers down 60 on the center or chute out and downs were at 40 and 50' with moonshine lures stacked 10 foot apart. One side had yellow submarines and one side stacked with bloody nose all in regular size with the chute having a 10' showtime spin doctor with a moo moo meat rig. Those three took the first 5 fish of the morning. Then came a slow hour, hour and a half were it seemed the fish had vacated the area. I put the boat on a west troll from the 80' we had fished up tell about 8am in front of the Pump storage plant. It wasnt until we dropped in water depth to about 160' of water when we started hitting fish again. Seemed to be an aweful lot of small fish around. We threw a couple hand fulls of small ones back and in the end had to box 6 of um that had been dragging throughout the day. All in all though a very successful trip with only that dead period after the morning bite and the last hour was dead as well. The past two weeks we had been getting steelhead but today those high spoons and free slide downriggers were very unsuccessful for the acrobatic rainbow.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for June 7, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 7th, 2014
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Fishing started out slow today but more than made up for it! Started setting lines in 80' of water in the 00 and 33s or south of the Sauble River outlet. The water was warm about 57 degrees so I figured the fish would be active early. They were not. We put out a 1 color leadcore with a fireball and 3 color with a dreamweaver ss mixed vegetable. The other boards one each side were a full core and a 300 copper all four with moonshine regular blood nose and regular green jeans. The rigger changed throughout the day with meat on the center rigger and divers. We started out with a few bites early and then just went completely silent until we crossed Big Point Sauble and kept working north. After the point was very very good! Best for downriggers was a set of yeck Jarreds stacked ten foot apart down 41'. The 300 coppers were very good as well with Moonshine green jeans on one side and moonshine blue jeans on the other side in regular size. There was quite a bit of current I notice down below and my south troll seemed fast but only showed 2.0 down 40' on my depth raider. Still have many open days in June and fishing is absolutely FANTASTIC! Book your trip soon.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for June 1, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on June 1st, 2014
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Third and final trip for the weekend with good friends Tony Norvell and the trusty family from the Trusty Insurance group out of Ohio. Fishing stated out slow and never really became hot and heavy, just a pick. The lake was a lot rougher than the last two trips the day before and the water was moving. I went back out to the same water we had success in the last two trips and it had not changed. We set up and started catching and loosing fish so I figured we were in good shape. We had steady bites and never any dry spells but the water was getting rougher and moving very fast. I heard a few boats did well..... (After the fact of course) in tighter 100'-120' which is the direction in which we ended up in the end and had about the same action as we had been. The Downriggers again were useless and the meat took a few on the divers as well as a blue bubble 8" spin doctor with a green glow dreamweaver fly behind it on a high wire out 150'. The lows that had been all weekend with meat were out 100' with a heavy dipsey diver. The fishing even though not as productive as the last two trips was still good though and everybody went away happy!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for May 31, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on May 31st, 2014
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Fished again in front of the Ludington Pump Storage plant pretty much the same area as the morning only trolled a little farther to the north stay a little more out front of the Ludington harbor in the 54 line north. The meat rigs on the divers were good again but I did not have a single bite on the downriggers. I sure did though have a pile of spoons stacked up out back on the work tray of tried and true lures that WOULD NOT GO on the downriggers. The best was again the 3 and 7 color lead cores with spoons in fireball red and mixed vegetable by Yeck Lures. The fishing was a little slower than the morning even though we boat more fish the action seemed to be a little lighter. Once again thought the fishing was better more towards daylight hours and as evening wore down the fishing slowed. Maybe try fishing the mid day period......Seemed to be the best time for us.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for May 31, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on May 31st, 2014
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Fishing is still as good as ever. Started out at 5:40am setting lines in front of the Ludington Pump storage plant in 110 feet of water (52.00 south and 32.50 west). Started out the morning with three down riggers, four wire divers and 3 colors of lead on both sides out on planer boards, 7 color after that and inside board being a 10 color or full core. Meat rigs were on all four wire divers and on the center downrigger. The planer boards were rigged with moonshine lures in bloody nose, yellow submarine, and the 3 colors with one side a fireball and one side a mixed vegetable both made by yeck lure company. The best was definately the meat rigs on the divers and the center or shute rigger took a couple. Don't be too concerned with getting our early (which is normal this time of year with the colder water) the fish definately bit betteras the day warmed and the sun rose. There was a 6 degree brake that we fished from the 33 line west to the 35 line westthe water became incresingly colder as we went west. Book your trip now before your date is gone!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for May 11, 2014

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on May 11th, 2014
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Fishing has been very very good for the last few weeks! Just put the boat in Friday and had Joe Yobb come over as he normally does for the first couple trips of the year.  Fishing Started off fast and never really stopped!!!!!  Fished south around the Ludington Pump Storage plant in 7-18ft. of water. Started off with four boards on each side with the three outside running  size 11 floating rapalas and the inside board on both sides was a 2 color leadcore with one having a dreamweaver ss starburst and the other side had a a yech jarred. The best color rapalas were black and gold and rainbow trout pattern. The spoons were as productive as the rapalas though. Also had a diver out on the starboard side for our nineth rod out 20ft. and it did take a couple Lake trout and a Brown trout with a yeck jarred as well. Fishing is well, as I stated in the beginning very very good and these great eating brown trout will not be around later on so book your charter soon!!!!!!!    Capt. Mike

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Sept. 10, 2013

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on September 10th, 2013
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Fished P.M. Lake for the same reason. The most fish have been caught in there. The lake is all mixed up and many fishing out there are either getting skunked or at most 2-3 little fish. Get out early because they shut rite down after that sun comes through.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Sept. 8, 2013

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on September 8th, 2013
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Fishing has been very tough on the big lake and thus I am staying in the channel or in p.m. lake. Fished first light with all Glow j-plugs and meat on the dipsey divers and a 5 color lead core and a 3 color lead core on the sides with plugs as well. The fish bite early and then completely stop biting once the sun rises

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Sept. 6, 2013

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on September 6th, 2013
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Fished out front and in the channel again. Fish bit early on J-plugs and a few later on Meat rigs on Dipsey divers.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Sept. 4, 2013

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on September 4th, 2013
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Fishing was really good early out front of Ludington in 30-40' with J-plugs being the lure of choice on 5 color lead cores and 3 color lead cores. Also had both out and down downriggers go at the same time this morning with plugs. The bite was fast and furious than ended for us as fast as it started. Once again get out very early and be ready!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Sept. 2, 2013

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on September 2nd, 2013
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Fishing continues to be very very good. Fished up north in the same place for the last week actually. Plugs again shined tonight on riggers down 15 and 20 ft. We had a cold wind from the north which pushed the cold water in and the fish are in the top 30 which is the reason why the depths have changed. Plugs were also very good on a 5 color lead core and a 3 color lead core. Dreamweaver is making a lot of different color Jplugs now and have been very successful with there plugs in the green spladder back and the natural glow. Fished over 30-50' of water starting in front of the Sauble River.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug 31, 2013

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 31st, 2013
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Still fishing up north of the Sable River. Started out the afternoon trip were we finished off the morning trip and hit a few at the end. Fished in 80-90' of water and took it north about a mile past Big Point Sauble before we turned. We hit 12 fish mostly on high dipsey divers (wires) with big water meat rigs and Dreamweaver spin doctors. The bad part was we only put 3 in the boat. The south troll was just as productive and again we only put a few of those in. This did though start a very nice pile o fish that only grew dramatically as the even bite start in.  Get out early in the mornings and stay late in the afternoon!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug 29, 2013

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 29th, 2013
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Fishing continues to get nothing but better and better. Set up again to the north in front of Big Point Sable and trolled north about 4 miles from there turning in 07 line in about 100' of water. Full cores (10 colors) with plugs and 225 coppers with plugs were the best. High divers also produced well with big water meat rigs and Dreamweaver 10" Blue bubble spin doctors out 200'.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug 27, 2013

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 27th, 2013
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Again fished up north in 100-150' of water in front of Big Point Sable Lighthouse. Fishing was very good for the first 2 hrs. then slowed down dramatically. My Plugs that had been going for the last week were not as good but did take a few shots. The best was a Kevins girlfriend with a green mile meat rig on my high divers back 200' and the center downrigger down 100' with a 10' tuxedo spin doctor with a moo moo meat rig.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug 25, 2013

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 25th, 2013
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Fishing started out absolutely lights out with 5 on at once 10 minutes after I had everything set up. We started out 1 mile south of the Sauble River and trolled it north in front of Big Point Sable Lighthouse. Started out in 80' and worked it north until we turned in 188' about 3 miles north of Big Point Sable. Plugs shined on 300' coppers and 10 colors of leadcore. Meat rigs behind Dreamweaver spin doctors did take a few on dipsey divers but the plugs took the bulk of the fish. The two biggest fish weighed in at 28.6 and 27.2lbs and were registered with the state as Master Anglers.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug 21, 2013

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 21st, 2013
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Fished south in front of Ludington Pump Storage Plant in 80-120' of water. Again plugs on full cores and a little deeper on 300' coppers was best with the full moon all fish came right at dark.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug 21, 2013

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 21st, 2013
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Fishing was good today around the Indian nets which are out front of the Ludington Pump Storage Plant. Full cores (10 colors) were best with dreamweaver natural glow color and silver horde grey ghost color. Started out in 60ft and fished south to out front of Pentwater and in 90 ft of water

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug 19, 2013

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 19th, 2013
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Again have been fishing North with fewer bites but nice size fish. Dipsey divers were again good as well as 5 and 7 color lead cores with small #3 double glow j plugs. All fish came in first 2 hrs then missed a few after that so, get out early!!!!

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug 17, 2013

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 17th, 2013
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Fished up both in front of Big Point Sable in 70 to 90ft of water. There definitely seems to be less fish but there a whole lot bigger. All meat tonight on dipsey divers with the high divers out 120 and the lows out 70. Full core also lost a few and took one with a number 3 double glow j plug.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug 15, 2013

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 15th, 2013
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Fished South and way out. 22 miles was farthest point away to be exact in 52 South and 52 West( latitude and longitude). Fished the top 50 ft with meat rigs early on divers and the center downrigger and 5, 7, 10 color lead cores with dreamweaver super slim spoons in the starburst and blue dolphin color patterns. Also deck jarred and yeco lighting were good stacked on downriggers.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug 13, 2013

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 13th, 2013
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Fished out front of the Ludington Pier Heads. The North winds blew very hard yesterday and cold water pushed in. The bait is in huge piles in the warm water inside the harbor. Fish came on high and low dipsey divers with big water meat rigs and downriggers at 20 and 15 with j plugs.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug 11, 2013

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 11th, 2013
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Fished up North today in front of big point sauble lighthouse. The whole day was just a slow pick with the last fish coming in at 10:15am. Started out early in 75 ft of water and ended up in almost 200 ft zig zaging out and back in. High and low dipsey divers with big water meat rigs and dreamweaver spin doctors was best for these big kings, with the highs at 200' back and lows back 120'.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug 7, 2013

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 7th, 2013
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Fishing started out good this afternoon, caught all before 7pm. Fished from entrance of Sable River to Big Point Sable in 80-100 ft. Divers out 150 on high wires with meat and 300 ' coppers with meat were most productive.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug 6, 2013

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 6th, 2013
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Fished up north in front of Big Point Sable this morning. Started out in 80 ft. of water with 10 color lead cores and 5 color lead cores with ace high double glow J plugs and moonshines in the sarge and yellow submarine. Dipsey divers were also good with the highs out 120 and the lows out 90 and 100 all with meat rigs. The fish bit real good rite away then completely stopped biting after 9 am.

Lake Michigan Ludington Fishing Report for Aug 5, 2013

Posted for Ludington by Captain Mike Darke of Lie-A-Lot Charters on August 5th, 2013
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Fished out front of Ludington tonight. Fishing was good in about 60-80ft. of water between the Ludington Pump Storage Project and the pier heads. Fished 10 color lead cores with a double glow ace high and the other with a bloody nose moonshine. Fished downriggers at 20 30 40 ft. with spoons on one out and down downrigger a set of moonshine yellow submarines and the center one had a 10" tuxedo with a moo moo meat rig. Divers were also productive with the highs out 120 and the lows out 80.