Anglers catching steelhead off GH piers

Matt DeYoung • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:48 PM

Local anglers are enjoying plenty of success fishing off the Grand Haven piers.

Most of those fishermen are chasing Skamania steelhead, which began to show up in fine numbers earlier this week.

Live alewives work well, as do cooked shrimp.

Both the north and south piers fill up early each morning as anglers head out to catch these fierce fighters.

The north pier has been the better of the two, and the less crowded.

A few perch are also being caught on the Lake Michigan side of the piers.

On the channel side, there are plenty of big catfish, and even bigger sheepshead, to be found. Alewives, shrimp, and nightcrawlers all work well for these somewhat less desirable but equally entertaining to catch fish.

Here’s a look at other fishing opportunities across West Michigan, with information provided by the Michigan DNR:

Holland: Boat anglers are struggling when fishing in 80 to 150 feet of water. Pier anglers were also struggling.

Grand Haven: Pier anglers continue to catch steelhead when using shrimp under a bobber. Boat anglers are struggling to catch chinook. They are fishing the top 40 feet in 80 to 130 feet of water with blue, green and orange lures. Steelhead were caught near the mouth of the river as well as in waters 200 feet or deeper with lead core in one to three colors. Try orange body baits or super slims.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Continues to produce smallmouth bass. Channel cats are hitting on chicken liver, crawlers, leeches and cut bait. For flatheads, go with live bluegills or suckers. A few pike were caught by those casting body baits, spinners or sucker minnows.

Muskegon River: Is producing trout and bass.

Whitehall: Anglers are running into chinook and coho in 45 to 60 feet of water. Some of the chinook were quite large. Blue flies are working well. Orange and green were the hot colors. Coho were near the top of the water column. Anglers had luck using sliders and copper. Those fishing the channel and off the pier caught catfish on pink crawler harnesses.

White Lake: Panfish were caught on crawlers. Some caught a few perch.

Ludington: Boat anglers heading out twelve miles or more found lake trout and steelhead. Orange, green or yellow spoons were the ticket. Salmon fishing was slow.

Pentwater: Anglers fishing the channel have taken bass and catfish when still-fishing with live bait. In the big lake, look for salmon in 45 to 60 feet of water.

Pentwater Lake: Those fishing off Long Bridge caught some nice panfish.

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