2017-08-17 / Outdoors

Salmon success continues on big lake


OHIO ANGLERS Dave Greer, Erik Grieiffenhagen, Nathan Moore and Chris Moore proudly present their eight-salmon catch last Thursday in Fishtown. The group, which includes three jazz musicians, was fishing with Capt. Jack Duffy of Whitecap Charters. OHIO ANGLERS Dave Greer, Erik Grieiffenhagen, Nathan Moore and Chris Moore proudly present their eight-salmon catch last Thursday in Fishtown. The group, which includes three jazz musicians, was fishing with Capt. Jack Duffy of Whitecap Charters. Kevin Hawkins has been fishing with Carol Dee Capt. Jim Munoz for more than four decades.

Hawkins’ familiarity with the captain paid off last Thursday.

“We got out early. It pays to go out early,” said Hawkins, who was visiting the county from the Detroit area. “Be here and waiting for the captain. He said be here at 6 (a.m.); we were here at 5:10. We were out there and had a fish in the boat before anyone else had left (the harbor) this morning.”

Hawkins and his buddies brought back six king salmon and, as he pointed out, hooked four more.

A few boats over, a group of four Whitecap Charters customers from Yellow Springs, Ohio, had just finished posing with an impressive catch of kings. Among them was a beauty weighing about 19 pounds.


KEVIN HAWKINS and Bart Frisbee, who were visiting from the Detroit area, caught some sizable king salmon in Lake Michigan last Thursday aboard the Carol Dee. KEVIN HAWKINS and Bart Frisbee, who were visiting from the Detroit area, caught some sizable king salmon in Lake Michigan last Thursday aboard the Carol Dee. Similar success stories have become increasingly common among Leelanau County charter customers this summer.

The “Leland” slot in the Department of Natural Resources Weekly Fishing Report included the following notes last Thursday: “A few Chinook along with good numbers of lake trout were caught out on the First Bank. Catch rates for Chinook improved around North Manitou Island for those using spoons and hootchie mama’s with flies. Lake trout were still being caught on spin-glo’s behind a dodger, hootchie or cowbell. Smallmouth were caught in the river.”



ALACIA ACTON and her dad, Capt. Bud Acton, caught a 31-pound, 39-inch king salmon late last month while fishing Lake Michigan near Empire. ALACIA ACTON and her dad, Capt. Bud Acton, caught a 31-pound, 39-inch king salmon late last month while fishing Lake Michigan near Empire.

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