Harbor Beach MI Fishing Report 9-1-2009

09_01_09Lake Trout fishing is settling back in again, try fishing straight out and North of the harbor.  Fishing 80 to 100 feet of water first thing in the morning, then move out to 105 to 130 feet of water try using the dull silver Dodgers with the green body, white wing spin and glows fishing close to the bottom.  Also try yellow, gold, orange with yellow and black or green colors for best results.  If the fishing is slow try using some plain spoons off the downriggers and speed up some, the copper with orange and black, gold, and green colors have still been working best.

Steelhead action has been good but with the winds they might be a little shy for a day or two.  Find those color lines and you should do good, continue to troll those bright color pinks, yellows, and orange lures for best results back 150 feet off the Offshore Boards, downriggers, or dipseys.  Remember if they are on a slow bite, try speeding up more than usually, it usually works!  Top 50 to 60 feet of water has been best.

You might want to try for some Salmon in closer to shore first thing in the morning, you might even try along the wall or even inside the harbor this time of year, then move out to the deeper water after the sun gets up.  When fishing in close put down those J-Plugs or some body baits.  Try some Spin Doctors and Action Flys and magnum size spoons off the downriggers or try the Dipsey Divers back 25 to40 feet, move the dipseys to deeper depth as you move out to the deeper water.  Try black with glow ovals, gold colors, or the green or blue alewive colors.
Walleye fishing was picking up but will be scattered for a couple days due to the winds, try fishing straight out front and North of the harbor with the crawler harness and hot and tots, and small to medium size spoons.  I would start trolling in 25 or 30 feet of water and work out to the deeper waters of 60 to 100 feet.  They have been setting in the upper sections of water first thing in the morning and lower as the sun comes up.  Long lines or the ten color lead lines have still been working best.  Best colors continue to be the copper, orange, green, and yellow colors straight or with small blades in front.

Bass fishing is still very good casting around the weed beds inside the harbor and close to shore North and South of the harbor.

Perch fishing is scattered again, try South of the harbor by the cemetery or Wagner Park, the walkway at the swim beach and by the lighthouse, try fishing the 30 to 60 feet of water areas as well using minnows.

Keep those lines tight!
Captains Ken and Janice Deaton
J-Lyn Charters
Harbor Beach MI