While fishing can be mysteriously unpredictable at times, our guests have reeled in some quality fish resulting in mouth-watering tastiness on the grill! The Spring Coho Salmon and King Salmon flurry didn’t last as long as previous years, but the catch rates were great! From the beginning of May to the first week of June we had an overall range of 8-20 fish per trip. When the Coho are feeding like crazy, they make up the big numbers in quantity. When the spring Kings set in they provide the brute quality of the catch. Typically we start off the season fishing shallow water, but not the case this time around. We found ourselves fishing in 180 to 300 foot of water. We targeted fish in the top 40 foot as well as 150 foot down in the water column.
From June to July the fishing required deeper water fishing as well. Some days we were fishing as far out as 300 foot of water. Although the fishing had its inconsistencies from day to day, we tapped into the Kings, Coho and Steelhead. Lake Trout were more prevelant from mid-June through the end of our fishing season.
LATE SUMMER/FALL 2017
From July through September, the bigger adult King Salmon have started to trickle in. Along with the Kings(also called Chinook Salmon), bigger Steelhead and Lake Trout are striking our lines with the summer feeding. Lake Trout are always more prevalent in the middle summer months and there are some “hogs” out there ranging from 8-20 pounds.
Our highly revered Steelhead, also known as a hybrid of Rainbow Trout made their first run into shallower waters and into the river at the beginning of July. There were also a few King Salmon mixed in. We had a hard blowing East wind which "flipped" the lake and brought cold water near our shore line. Generally speaking, these fish prefer water temps ranging from 44 to 54 degree water. Cold water plus bait fish usually equals great fishing. Pier head fishing can be a bit chaotic with all of the other boats, but it is quite thrilling! They are still out there and we are still hooking up with these unpredictable, sky-rocketing, line peeling fish!
The season is not over yet and we expect to see even bigger King Salmon as they are always feeding and growing bigger. Steelhead and Lake Trout also await our tasty bait to strike upon. We love our fishing and we love our clients. We do our very best to provide an unforgettable experience and develop a personal relationship with everyone that steps aboard Big Bird Fishing Charters. Thanks to our regulars, thanks to our first-timers, and thanks to our future guests!
Capt. Jim and Capt. Eric
As of 2013,we introduce the second generation, son of "Big Bird", Eric Conder "Little Bird". Eric has been fishing with Big Bird Charters since childhood, obtained his Captains License and is now back in full swing with the family business. To learn more check out our About Us page.
Big Bird Charters
143 Anchors Way Slip 94
Saint Joseph, MI 49085
Phone: Capt. Jim 269-470-4149
Capt. Eric 269-243-0633