EL-LIN Charters - Salmon & Trout Fishing in Ludington Michigan.
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Lake Michigan Salmon Seasons:

May* is a prime smorgasbord month. Browns still patrol the thin water near shore. Lake trout are near shore and dominate the spring catch; 3-15 lbs are common.  Adding in a couple of lean, mean spring chinooks averaging 6 to 15 pounds can make a May charter a day you'll never forget

June is a great time to sample the fantastic lake trout fishing Ludington has to offer. Consistent weather and fishing for lakers averaging 6 to 15 pounds make June the perfect time to plan a family outing. And a fresh lake trout on the grill is some of the best eating to be had. Exciting off-shore fishing for acrobatic steelhead is available in June. These fresh-water tarpon frequent deep-water scumlines and thermal barriers and provide the ultimate in top-water action.  King fishing has also been excellent the first few weeks of June making for a mixed catch.

July is another month in which variety is the name of the game. Chinook salmon are the prime targets and fishing for lake trout remains excellent during July.  Outstanding steelhead action is waiting offshore.

August is KING SALMON Time. Husky chinooks, at their best in terms of fighting ability and weight after a summer of heavy feeding, offer super angling action. These behemoths begin staging on the deep structure the Ludington area is famous for. Dodger fly/squid combos account for many fish in the 12 to 20+ pound range at this time of year. Acrobatic silver or coho salmon also show up in good numbers in the August catch.

September, huge numbers of mature king salmon begin massing off their natal river mouths preparing for their upstream migration. Action can be fast and furious as these trophies prepare to return to the rivers in which many of them were spawned. Some of the biggest fish of the year landed during September.

October means Indian summer, fall colors and fantastic steelhead action. The summer tourist season has ended, but the fishing can be better than ever. Steelhead, commonly referred to as "jumpers" by the charter fleet, are suckers for shallow-set dipsey divers and surface spoons and crankbaits at this time of the year. Boat traffic is at a minimum and you might have the whole lake and the steelhead to yourself.


2021 Trip Rates*:


(MAY LAKE TROUT SPECIAL 5 Hr trip - $600)  6am- 11 am. 

– 7 hours dock to dock (or limit)
1 to 6 persons.

June 1 thru Labor Day
5:30 am – 12:30 pm (or limit catch)

May 1 thru September 1
Hours & rates by special arrangement:
Call the Captain for details.

All trips include all bait and tackle nessecary for your trip. Your catch will be professionally filleted and bagged ready for you to throw on the grill when you get home. Bring a cooler to transport your filets on ice back home.

*$200 deposit required to secure your date. Please contact us to check availability. Make out your check to: EL-Lin Charters. Apple Cash, Venmo and PayPal are also payment options. 

Rates are subject to change: Please call to verify rates.

Captain Dave Even
5248 East Fox Rd.
Hart Mi, 49420

Cell:     734-637-4398
Home: 231-873-2851

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