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Grand Haven a salmon hot spot

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:04 AM

St. Joseph: Surface water temperatures were still in the low 80’s. Pier fishing for steelhead and perch was slow. When the lake cools, steelhead will start to show up.

South Haven: Also had slow fishing as most anglers were not able to get out on windy days. Before the storms, catch rates were decent for trout and salmon when trolling in 100 feet of water.

Grand Haven: Had very good fishing. Water depths are changing daily, but fish were found 30 to 80 feet down in 70 to 100 feet of water. Green and blue spoons worked well; however, spinnies also caught fish. Fly colors are white and a green “pickle” color. A limited number of perch were caught. Pier anglers caught steelhead on shrimp and orange spoons.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Reported a good run of steelhead, brown trout, chinook and the occasional coho. Those fishing up near the dam are using yarn, flies, spinners and Hot-n-Tots, and crawlers. Pike are hitting on spinners, spoons and suckers while catfish prefer crawlers, cut bait or suckers. Those trolling between the dam and the mouth are using thundersticks and body baits.

Muskegon: Salmon anglers are having a great time catching fish from the piers out to 120 feet of water. The hot spot was 90 feet of water with downriggers set at 50 feet when using green and blue spoons or spinnies.

Muskegon Lake: Boat anglers trolling have caught a couple chinook salmon.


Petoskey: Salmon fishing was slow as the fish are scattered. Lake trout were hitting spoons 110 to 120 feet down in 120 to 160 feet of water.

Bear River: Is starting to see a few early salmon show up.

Charlevoix: Salmon fishing was hit-or-miss with some boats catching fish while others were not so lucky.

Traverse City: Fishing has picked up as both bays are now producing salmon for those trolling green and blue spoons with spinnies. Lake trout fishing in the East Bay is heating up for those trolling or jigging Swedish pimples.

Frankfort: Anglers are landing some large chinook between the Herring Hole and the Point. Several fish were in the 20 to 25 pound range. Fish the top 40 feet in waters 60 to 90 feet deep with two colors of lead topped with spoons and flies. Meat rigs are working very well in the morning but use glow spoons between 5 and 6am. Pier activity is increasing with the late night anglers.

Onekama: Those trolling the Shelf to the golf course have caught good numbers of fish using meat rigs in the morning. Bump your speed down after the sun comes up.

Portage Lake: Good numbers of bluegill and other panfish are being caught on worms. Perch moved out deeper and the bass are holding tight to the drops.

Manistee: Salmon have been caught all the way out to 120 feet of water. Glow plugs and spoons were best in the early morning or cut bait once the sun comes up. Pier anglers caught chinook in the early morning when casting glow spoons.

Ludington: Boats heading out to 100 feet of water have caught salmon. Glow plugs caught fish in the harbor and around the piers. Pier anglers casting spoons caught the occasional salmon.

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