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Port of Holland MI - Dock Report

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Holland Dock Reporter: Brad Keen, Bud Lawson
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Aug 11th 2015 - We fished out Holland yesterday caught 4 three steelhead ,1 salmon 2 came on green J plugs 2 on mag prow king in chartreuse ,not bad for middle of the day fishing ,fished around 100 feet of water the fish came on 200 copper and a full core lead ,

 

Aug 8th 2015 - Best day in a long time, set lines around 90' dipzy back 150', downriggers 75' down, 300 copper on boards 6 rods was all we could handle only missed one hit, all fish came on big paddles and spin doctors with white being the best color. We caught fish on every rod. The lake was a little choppy and could only troll north, at one point we pulled the lines and ran back south to start over in the 90' range, we stayed in the 90' to 100.

Holland Fishing Report 8-11-2015, caught one king salmon and three steelhead.

Holland Fishing Report 8-8-2015, best fishing day in a long time.

Holland Fishing Report 8-8-2015, very nice king salmon.

July 26th 2015 -Muck Boy Report - What a great morning on Lake Michigan the weather couldn't have been better. With a light north breeze and temperatures promising to be near 90. We started to set our first lines at 6:30am and before we got the third line down the center downrigger that I had set to 62 feet down with a Mag Dreamweaver Glow Frog, started to bounce and when released the fish on the other end finally realized it was hooked. Giving our seven year old crew member a nice fight which he handled like a pro. Our secod fish came about an hour later and the five year old crew member was up, this fish came on a half core rigged with a Mountain Dew Spin Doctor and a Catch a Bunch Mirage Fly.

Note: Those we talked to at the cleaning station, had set lines a good half hour or more before us and both boated four fish each before the fish shut down. Meat riggs seem to be the setup that worked best. The predawn bite for kings is setting up. So we will be on the water before dawn on our next trip.

July 18th 2015 -Muck Boy Report - Went straight out this morning and started setting up in 75fow. The bite was slow, with boats fishing from 60 to 150fow both north and south. We finally took a very nice king in 125fow off a dipsey set 150 back, rigged with a White with blue tape Spin Doctor and a Big Weenie Proctologist Fly. As we were getting the fish in we noticed the storm we had been watching on the radar was picking up steam, so we took in the rest of your gear and headed in. We just finished cleaning the fish when the storm hit. Plenty of wind and rain.

July 18th 2015 - Bud's Report - I have been fishing off the piers for the last week and a half with another fisherman and we have caught 44, using shrimp on a bobber and Alwifes on the bottm.

Holland Fishing Report 7-19-2015, Fishing for Summer Run Steelhead (Skamania) off the Lake Michigan Piers.

Holland Fishing Report 7-19-2015 took one nice king salmon before the storm chased us off the water.

Holland Fishing Report 7-19-2015 A view of the storm that chased us off the water.

July 3rd 2015 -Muck Boy Report - Even though we have been out twice before this, this is the first time we went fishing, one time we were just testing the boat and got out late and a couple of weeks ago we didn't get out till 10:30am and wanting take a couple of the younger ones out for a late morning boat ride but soon after we had got the lines set a haevy fog moved in.

Today we got off to a better start, having all six lines set by 6:30am, a little south of the pier in 60-fow. We took a 5lb steelhead in 115-fow and a small king in 130-fow on a Mag Dreamweaver Glow Frog spoon down 38 feet, off the same downrigger, our other fish was a small lake trout witch we sent back to grow up, it came on a 300 copper set with a White Spin Doctor and a Big Weenie trolling fly called Dirty Dingus, not listed on their website?

The fish are scattederd and ours came in 115 to 140 fow, even though we marked a lot of small fish in 60-fow early they wouldn't go. Note: there is a lot of cottonwood fuss in the water and while trolling it gets all over the lines so much so it was easier to cut the swivels off, strip the fuss off the end and then re-tie. Really think this has a negitive effect on how your lines and lures run. So pull them up and clean this stuff off every once in awhile.

Holland Fishing Report 6-21-2015, Big Red Heading out at 10:30am.

Holland Fishing Report 6-21-2015, Big Red coming in at 12:30pm
Holland Fishing Report 7-3-2015 great morning to be on the water.

May 15th 2015 - Bud's Report -We caught 3 nice kings and 1 lake trout fished down toward Saugatuck in 60' to 100' of water. Dream Weaver double orange crush spoon was good on five color lead core, and blue spinny with blue fly on a diver 100' back, we marked lots of fish.
Holland Fishing Report May 15th 2015.

Nice King Salmon caught on Lake Michigan near Holland Michigan.
Aug 20th 2014 - Bud's Report -Fishing is good - We took 12 salmon from 7 to 9:30am - all our fish came on spinny's with flies, green was our best color, all fish came between 50' up to 70' down in 130' of water.

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Aug 15th 2014 - Bud's Report - Fished south of the pier in 80 to 110 feet of water. Took 4 kings, with 200 copper with green and white ladder back DW being our best setup. Also took one on slide diver 90' back set on 3 with a Silver Hord plug.
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Week of July 28th 2014 - Bud's Report - On Wednesday July 30th Bud reported - The fish are all over, water is cold and we fished in 200 feet but other boats did very well in 80' to 160' top 60' three and five color lead has been good, the kings have come in force. I was beginning to think they were not coming. I feel much better now. We took four.

Aug 2nd - Muck Boy Report -The crew went out in the early afternoon and we started out in 125 FOW north of the pier head. Our first king came in 170 FOW on a free slider, Silver Streak Standard size Blue Chilly Willie spoon with the main line down 55 feet. An hour later we took a lake trout feet again off a free slider, Silver Streak Standard size Green Dolphin. As we were trolling back to the pier head around 7:00pm we hooked a king on a full core set up with a White Spin Doctor that we call oil slick and a Big Weenie Proctologist Fly, In 160 FOW. We had a Quick trip with good success. Note: for the first couple of hours from 4:30 to 6:30 pm we marked very few fish on the graph but as we were picking up after netting the last fish the screen on the graph was full of hooks in 140 fow.

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Nice Fish On Wed


Bud's Hot Lure


Muck Boys Saturday's Kings
July 17th 2014 - Bud's Report - Holland South Pier - The summer run steelhead were biting on shrimp this morning and I took three nice fish! The water cooled off and the bait fish moved in !!!
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June -16th - 2014- Bud's Report - Steelhead fishing off the north Holland pier - I got one and broke one off this morning on shrimp !
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May 25th 2014 - Muck Boy Report -The crew took our shake down tip this morning and the weather was fantastic no wind and waves to deal with and the boat and gear all preformed with out and issues.

We had two of the young fellas with us this morning to enjoy the day and they had a great time going one for three taking an eight pound king, on a blue green mag spoon behind a dipsey set 140 feet out. All the fish came when we in 130 to 140 feet of water south of the pier about half way between here and Saugatuck.

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Aug - 2013 - Muck Boy Report - We have finally been able to get after the salmon - and the action has been fair for the crew.

8-10-13 -
Fishing was a little slow for most on but from the reliable reports on the water those running 300 copper and setup with a Moonshine Double Trouble were doing well. There was also one boat at the fish cleaning station with six fish, the said they got most of them on a blue spoon but did not know the name. We ended up one for 3, the fish we took came on a chrome with green back J-Plug behind a full lead core.

8-17-13
Today was a better day - went northwest out from the pier head to 140 feet of water, headed south and set the riggers down around 60 feet, our 20 plus king came off a downrigger with a Chrome Red Faced J-Plug set at 61 feet down. Took two others one smaller king a mono dipsey set back 175 with a White Spin Doctor and a Big Weenie Proctologist Fly. The last fish was steelhead off a full core with on chrome and green J-plug.
8-24-13

Today was another good day - went straight out to 100 foot of water before setting up - our best fishing came between 115 and 130 feet of water with the downriggers being set down around 60 feet. We took our first fish ( 4lb King) off a rigger set 58 ft down on a Moonshine Double Trouble. the next fish ( 21 + lb King) came off a full core setup with a White Spin Doctor and a Big Weenie Proctologist Fly. The last fish about ( 5 lb )steelhead came off a full core on a Magnum Green spoon with yellow dots - but we can't remember the name. While we were bring this is in we hooked a screamer on a mono-dipsey set 185 back on White Spin Doctor and fly combo and it was set on spooling us when a split ring of a swivel snap broke. I have reeled on a lot of Kings and I think this one might have been a monster but we will never know. This is the time of year when the big Kings will put your equipment to the test.

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Holland Fishing Report 8/10/2013



Holland Fishing Report 8/24/2013
Aug- 15th - 2013 Fish have been caught in 90 to 120 feet of water with 250 or 300 copper with plugs and divers with meat rigs. Hot colors were glow, white, green or yellow. Boat anglers caught a few perch in 30 to 60 feet.
 

July -8th - 2013 - Bud's Report - Fishing was good this morning, we were 8 for 11, our best bait was a small orange doggger with a peanut fly in blue accounting for 6 fish 5 coho and 1 steel head one king on big green paddle tipped with a green fly, best depth was 115' set about 40' down.

July -7th - 2013 - Bud's Report - The fishing seems to be picking up, we went 7 for 9 this morning fishing in 95 to 130 feet of water with lines set in the top 40 feet. Best bait was a green and orange Dream Weaver medium size.

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Holland Fishing Report 7/8/2013

Holland Fishing Report 7/7/2013

Holland Fishing Report 7/8/2013

July -1st - 2013 - Bud's Report - Summer run Steelhead are moving in, I went 2 for 5 this morning fishing from the south Pier. Just shrimp on a floater I got another this morning, the lake has rolled over it was 49 degrees this morning along shore. Lots of bait around piers.
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June -10th - 2013 - Bud's Report - Went out of Holland Thursday and went 9 for 13 and 4 for 4 Sat out of Port Sheldon, most fishing was done in 80 to 100 feet of water fishing from top to bottom no special color, green and yellow was probably the best.
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Holland Fishing Report 6/11/2013

May -27th 2013 - Muck Boy Report -
We finally got out for the first time this morning. The boat ran well after a long winters nap and we are ready for the season. For our first trip this year we brought along a couple of the youngest crew members and they had a great time for the most part, but when the fishing slowed downed they did get a little bored - thank goodness for smart phones and games.
We went 4 for 4, 2 Coho's, 1 King, and 1 Lake Trout. We did not find a consistant set up, taking all 4 on different sep-ups, 3 on spoons off the riggers from 15 to 60 feet down and 1 on a dipsy set 110 feet back, our best depth was 125 to 140 feet of water. Of course the most fun was when the oldest of the young crew members got to reel in his first salmon. He did say it was a little harder than the pan fish he has been practicing on.

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Holland Fishing Report  Sunday 5-26- 2013
May -17th - 2013 - Bud's Report - Went 10 for 10 yesterday, 5 coho, 4 kings and a steelhead . Three came on big green paddle 130 feet down, 1 on a green ace high, 1 on a red thin fin black strips on 2 colors lead best depth was 150 to 160 feet of water, most came above 30 feet, good day to be out.
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Holland Fishing Report  2013
Holland Fishing Report  2013
Sept-3rd -2012 - Bud's Report - Fished south of the pier in 70' to 85' and went 5 for 6. The fish came on side divers with green J-plugs 150' back and down riggers 45' to 75' down, blue spinny took a nice lake trout and the other hits were on a green spoon. We came in at 10 a.m. it was nice getting out for a while.
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Salmon Fishing Holland Michigan

Salmon Fishing Holland Michigan
Aug-25th -2012 - Bud's Report - Fished from 7 to 10 am. in 100' of water 85' to bottom with big white paddle and and flies and went 4 for 7, the fish were biting in the morning. Also heard from a friend at 8 am. At the time he was hooked up to his 7th in 110' off Port Sheldon fishing near bottom with the big white paddle.
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Salmon Fishing Holland Michigan
Aug-15th -2012 - Bud's Report - Not as good as it was a couple of weeks ago, but I am not complaining we went 5 for 8 in 180' to 210' any where from 45' down to 110' 4 nice kings and a laker , Kevorkian D.W. on a full core took 3 and 2 on slide diver back 150' D.W. green and orange the laker was on a blue spinny and no see'em fly we started at 6:45 and quit at 11Am. great day to be out with a friend , the lake has warmed up a lot .
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Salmon Fishing Holland Michigan

Salmon Fishing Holland Michigan
Holland Aug -12th-2012 - Muck Boy Report - After a strong blow the last few days we seen an opportunity to get out this morning for a few hours to chase down some of those 4 year old kings. We hit the water well before day break, setting lines with glow plugs as soon as we broke the pier head and set course south. We marked plenty of fish but had no takers in the 20 to 30 foot of water range. We trolled south and north of the pier heads and our best depth was 55 feet and we managed to go 1 for 2 losing a 20lb+ fish about 10 foot from the net. The fish we took came on a Dreamweaver Glow Frog mag spoon down 38 feet and the one we lost came on a small Silver Horde #000541 down 41 feet, and that was it. Hope to be back on the water next weekend.
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Salmon Fishing Holland Michigan
Aug-2nd -2012 - Bud's Report - We caught 13 this evening best bait was big white paddle 90' to 100' down on riggers in 125 to 150' of water 4 came on 450' copper and big white paddle, the fish are starting to turn color.
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Salmon Fishing Holland Michigan
Salmon Fishing Holland Michigan
Holland July-29th -2012 - Muck Boy Report "It's still an early bite!" and we are stuck on 3, 3 fish a trip that is. We started setting setting lines before 6am and had the 2 larger fish in the picture in the boat before 7am and the little fella came at about 8am.

Everything came off white Spin Doctors, blue and double pearl glow were the best tapes with various flies set down any were from 64 to 80 feet, between 100 and 165 fow, straight out from the pier heads.
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Holland July-21st -2012 - Muck Boy Report "It's an early bite!" That was the consensus at the cleaning station today. Everyone basically had the same story, the bite was fast and furious from the time lines were set until about 7am and then the bites were few and far between.

Luckily our lines were set by 6:30 and we went 3 for 4, 3 kings and a lake trout. We were is 80 fow, the first and largest king came on a
Dreamweaver Magnum spoon green glow frog off a rigger set 45 ft down, the second king came on a mono dipsey with a blue fish catcher and a white fly set 140' back and the lake trout came off the same setup as the first king. The one that got away was on a Dreamweaver Magnum spoon glow Firefly. Fished until 10:30 when, fighting the building waves and the lack of a bite seemed to be the best thing to do.

There's always next weekend.
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Salmon Fishing Holland Michigan

Holland July-14 & 15th -2012 - Muck Boy Report Back after the big ones this weekend. Started out Saturday morning a little north of the pier in 60 fow and found our best bite at 80', set lines down any where from 42 to 46'. Took a real nice king (about 18#) on a wire line dipsey setup with a Dreamweaver Firefly magnum spoon - 150' back. Took another king on the same lure down 44' off one of the center riggers. Took a steelhead on a dipsey set 180' back on a Magnum Bloody Nose. The other steelhead came on a free slider standard brass spoon with orange tape with the main line down 44'. For the day we went 4 for 7 and we had to leave the water by 10am for some family activities.

On Sunday we had hoped for the same great weather as there was on Saturday, but this was not to be. When we hit the lake there was a good 2' foot chop and we headed out to 70 FOW. Took our first king on a Firefly magnum spoon down 44' and no sooner had we cleaned the deck after that fight and the other center rigger went off and we took a larger king on a Silver Streak Hot Lobster down 46'. By this time there were 3 foot waves and on to many occasions at least a 4' roller. Time to go!

All and all a Good Weekend, wish we could have fished longer. The fish are here and its time to get out and catch a few, when the waves permit.

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Salmon Fishing Holland Michigan

Salmon Fishing Holland Michigan

Jul -10th - 2012 -Bud's Report - The lake has cooled off and the steelhead are around the piers. The boat fishermen are doing real well in about 100' anywhere from 30' down to the bottom they are hitting spinys, spoons on a variety of colors. I don't remember fishing any better in my life get out if you can.
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Steelhead Fishing Holland Michigan
Jul -6th - 2012 -- Bud's Report - Took my grandsons and their dad out this afternoon and went 11 for 20 some came 80' to 120' down in 125' to 155'. Most came on spinnys and flies green - blue - white almost anything you put down, a bloody nose Dreamweaver, was hot on the slider and dipseys set on 3 200' out with spin doctors. A great time was had by all.
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Salmon Fishing Holland Michigan
Jul -5th - 2012 - Bud's Report - Started fishing around 6am. Fished in 60 to 80 FOW 40 to 50 feet down and went 10 for 15 by 8 am. Moonshine and Dreamweaver spoons bloody nose glo were the hot baits for us today.
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Salmon Fishing Holland Michigan
Jul -2nd - 2012 - Bud's Report - Fished this AM. went 9 for 12 in 90 to 135' of water 50' to 65' down purple Dreamweaver was the best color.
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Salmon Fishing Holland Michigan
June-30th-2012 - Bud's Report - The summer steelhead run has been going for about 3 weeks. I went 2 times this week, using shrimp off of bobbers. Lots of fun I have broke off 6 or seven times, as steelhead do a lot of jumping. Monday we were 5 for 12 and Friday 6 for 11. I also hear that boats are also doing well
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Summer Steelhead Fishing Holland Michigan

Holland May-27th-12 - Muck Boy Report - Our plan was to fish both Saturday and Sunday but the early morning rains on Saturday dampened those plans. We did find out that some fished, but from the looks of the radar we decided we would be better yo catch up on some chores that were also on the agenda for the weekend.

We did get out Sunday and found the fish to be scattered and tight lipped, at least for us. We started fishing in 80 feet of water straight out and during our search worked out as far as 130 feet, looking for those active fish. The only fish we managed to pick up was a nice 8 lb king in 85 feet of water 38 foot down on a Silver Streak, standard size Blue Chilly Willy spoon, while we were trolling into 50 feet to see if there was some active fish in close. We did mark some good fish but had no takers.

Take a look at the picture to the right, of a jumbo perch that a fellow fisherman brought into the Macatawa cleaning station. They had been fishing south down by Saugatuck and took a nice mess including this 14 1/4 inch jumbo. Thanks Guys

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Salmon Fishing Holland Michigan

Perch Fishing Hollland Michigan

May-24th-2012 - Bud's Report - Started in about 80 foot of water and our first fish came on a white paddle 70 feet down in 85 feet of water. We picked up 6 more as we went out to 160 feet of water, 2 were steelhead 1 lake trout and the rest were kings most came on spoons with lemon ice and blue dolphin being the best.
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Salmon Fishing Holland Michigan

May-17th-2012 - Bud's Report - Fishing was very good this morning as we went 9 for 10 in 85 to 95 south of the piers. All the fish but 1 came in the top 50 foot of water, 1 on a blue spiny and fly and 3 on a bloody nose DW and a couple on mixed veggies, it was a really a great day to be out
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Salmon Fishing Holland Michigan
Salmon Fishing Holland Michigan
Holland May-5th-12 - Muck Boy Report - Took our Lake Michigan shake down cruise this morning. The weather was questionable when we left the launch with 2 to 4 foot waves predicted but the waves never got over 2 feet, it did rain a bit and a larger front that moved across the lake pushed a lot of boats off the lake at 10:00 am, including us. The boat ran great and there was only a couple of house keeping items we had to fix. Fishing was a litlle slow for us until 9:30 am when we boated 3 fish within 20 minutes. They all came in about 120 feet of water on riggers, the first was an 8 lb king on a standard Blue Dolphin spoon down 72 feet, the 6 lb king came on a magnum Green Chilly Willy down 90 feet and a small coho came on a free slider with the main line down 90 feet on a brass and orange taped standard spoon. The real story is we should have stayed at the pier head, the boats that fished there, trolling back and forth, did real well, one boat had 10 fish and another had 7 and some of the kings were close to 20 lbs and most were taken on spoons.
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Salmon Fishing Holland Michigan