Fishing remains excellent out of Holland. Over the past week we have had to contend with rough water, storms and even a tornado. Despite this, salmon fishing has remained good. At this point warm water has pushed inshore and this has had us fishing depths of 85-110 FOW. This water has been holding all 5 species. We were fortunate enough to hit a grand slam last week with great representatives of each species. Salmon have been nailing our Blood Run wire divers and coppers. The Traxstech ratchetting holders have made a huge difference in getting clients involved in the action. We have had our hands full on a few occasions and these holders make it so much easier to handle a diver getting throttled by a big king. Our high divers have been back 110-130 early and then 160-180 when the sun is high. Lows have been 70-90 early and 110-140 later in the day. We have been pulling Big Weenie meat rigs in White Leroy, JJ Boyfriend, Spotted Dick and Thruster Buster. JJ Boyfriend with a White Leroy rig has been good both on divers and riggers. Speckled Dick has been taking fish on riggers as well.
Long lines have been great. 8/10 colors of Blood Run leadcore paired with Silver Horde Ace High plugs have been good during low light hours. Our 200, 225, 250 coppers have been good with Ace High plugs as well. The plain glows and splatter patterns have been good in low light hours. The new UV versions of these plugs have been producing unexpectedly well once the sun is up. Our new Offshore SST Mag boards have been performing flawlessly in the heavy water. On the 300+ foot coppers I have been running meat. Purple Haze has been good when the sun is out and glows during rough conditions or low light. I hear a shipment of fabled Familiar Bite herring strips and Ace High plugs will be making its way to Lakeshore Outfitters this week. Good Luck this week!
Fishing has been great out of Holland. Mid July brought great lake trout fishing with a few kings showing up. Over the past week the numbers of large king salmon in the Holland area has increased greatly. Catches are now consisting of a mix of kings, lake trout, coho and stealhead. We fished the Big Red Classic over the weekend and experienced tough fishing following a hard east wind. Day 1 we bombed following a weather delay. Day 2 we rebounded greatly and at least were able to finish 9th in the 333. Kings have been hitting Blood Run coppers in 150-400 ft lengths. Plugs have had their days on the higher coppers. Otherwise we have been running a mix of Spin Doctors and Big Weenie meat rigs. Green Dot, Pole Dancer, Jill Billy, Living the Dream and Purple Haze have all been good. Earlier in the week. Silver Streak Mag Blue Mango and Red Mango spoons were good as well. We switched our planer boards over to the new Offshore magnum boards mid week. These boards track way out to the side and do not dive when a 25lb king takes them for a ride. The verdict from the crew was they are a huge upgrade. These paired with our Traxtech arch holders have been deadly. Our Blood Run wire divers have been good as well. These have been out 160-225 on the highs and 100-140 on the lows. We have been pulling the aforementioned meat rigs on these. Our Traxtech riggers have been pulling paddles and taking a mixed bag of fish. Meat has been difficult to find this week. Lakeshore Tackle and Firearms has a great supply of meat rigs and will have a limited supply of Familiar Bite. We have limited dates available in August so book soon.