From the Helm . . .
Reviewing and looking over this summer’s fishing statewide, our members have had a great season. The Walleye on Lake Erie and Saginaw Bay was red hot with many Captains getting their boat/ customer limits on these fish in several hours or less. Lake Trout fishing remained steady all summer and overall Captains fishing for them had nice catches. From Frankfort south to other ports along the coastline, King fishing was very good and these fish ran huge in size again this season. At my home port of Frankfort just about every active charter operation had a least one 30 lb. or more brought over the side of their boat. Some had several this big caught on their boats. Ports south of mine, Manistee, Ludington, Grand Haven and others south had outstanding catches of huge king salmon. Ludington reports from Capt. Chucks tackle shop…over 70 King Salmon were weighed in 30 lbs. and above.
So with all these huge salmon around and I, myself saw huge pods of baitfish on my charters daily as well as other captains talking about the huge bait numbers to me this season, many of our members and myself included feel the time is right to increase king salmon plants again. This summer I have never seen so many pods of baitfish on my Ray marine graph. I had baitfish in 35 ft. of water and out in 500 ft. of water, bait pods so large my graph would lose bottom to heavy concentrations of baitfish. Let us hope we can move ahead with more kings in the next several years.
Something that has come to my attention and would like to pass this along to our members. Several weeks ago, the Coast Guard ticketed a local charter operation out of my port for children not wearing life jackets. They apparently were underage. Federal law states that children under the age of 13 must wear life jackets. Exceptions to this law are if the underage children are below the deck or in an enclosed cabin and if the boat is not underway… so this law has some gray areas but the best advice has underage children wearing life jackets. I ask the parents if the children are under age to bring some that fit their children.
In closing this Cannonball President’s report I hope to see everyone at our fall banquet and Saturday fisheries workshop meetings at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City this coming October. We have lots of important info to our members. This your time to directly talk with MDNR fisheries people and express your concerns over our state’s fisheries.
Captain Eric Andersen – President MCBA