Holland Area Fishing Report: July 2014

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Fishing has been fair for kings out of Holland. Fish have been scattered from the pier heads out to 250 feet of water because of the cold water so far this summer. Where the fish have been setting up has to do with which way the winds have been blowing and which way the currents have been moving. Our best luck has been early in the mornings, 110 to 150 feet of water, on the top 50 feet. Best sets have been 3, 5, and 7’s for your lead core and 75 to 200 on the coppers. Riggers have been the best 35 to 50 feet down. Best colors have been yellow tux UV in the stingers and lemon berry in the silver streaks. Dream Weaver Super Slims have also been hot on the high lead cores, and Hello Darlin’ and Blue Dolphins have been good on 200 coppers.

The fly bite has been slow, but a few fish are still coming on flies with either big paddles or 8 inch Spin Doctors. Meat also has been taking some fish on most days if the kings are around. If not, it is spoons high and fast. For July, we will see the waters start to warm up, and the fish starting to stack up on the thermoclines. Spinnys, paddles, and meat rigs should all start to pick up and don’t forget moonshine spoons in the morning. These spoons are very effective early in the morning and also deep in the water column.

Perch fishing has still been slow with some fish coming off the pier heads. The bite has been slow there, because of all of the alewives that are moving in to spawn. Keep hoping for the waters to set up, and we should be able to beat up on the kings and perch.