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Fishing report: Catch rates improve as water warms

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM

St. Joseph: Pier fishing is slow with only catfish and freshwater drum caught. No steelhead to report. One or two fish were caught by those trolling out in deep water. Yellow perch were hitting minnows in 35 feet of water.

South Haven: A few salmon and lake trout were caught in waters 140 feet or deeper. A couple steelhead were caught off the pier. Perch fishing was slow.

Grand Haven: Boat anglers are still taking salmon and lake trout. For perch, head out to deeper water.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Catfish were caught near the Sixth Street Dam when using stink baits. Some big smallmouth bass were caught on spinner baits up toward Ada. Check out the bayous for largemouth bass. Top water lures are the ticket. Those fishing near the mouth caught freshwater drum.

Thornapple River: Is producing a good number of smallmouth bass.

NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Largemouth bass are hitting surface baits. Walleye anglers are drifting or trolling crawler harnesses, rapalas, or Hot-n-Tots. Perch have been caught just off the bottom in deep water. Crappie are suspended during the day so early morning or evenings are best. Bluegills are hitting on wax worms, crickets, leaf worms or flies.

Manistee: Salmon action was slow with only a few fish caught 60 to 120 feet down in waters 100 to 200 feet deep. Steelhead were caught in the top 40 feet when trolling orange spoons. Pier fishing was slow.

Ludington: Steelhead were caught offshore when using orange spoons. Salmon fishing has been slow but a few fish were caught in 100 to 200 feet of water. Try running green spoons or flies 50 to 100 feet down. Pier fishing is slow.

Pere Marquette River: Catch rates were slow due to muddy water. Small brown trout were caught on spinners.

Pentwater: A few chinook salmon were caught about halfway down in waters 100 to 200 feet deep when using blue and green spoons.

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