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Fishing Report

Contributed • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:54 PM

With storms, a strong cold front and northwest winds, fishing was not off to a good start this week. Some rivers were high and muddy. Though it may feel like fall, the calendar says it is still summer so fishing should pick back up.

Southwest Lower Peninsula

South Haven: Few anglers were out. A couple steelhead were caught but overall pressure was low with the cold water temperatures. Most of the fishing was inside 30 feet of water south of the port. Perch fishing was slow.

Grand Haven: Foggy conditions have been a problem for boat anglers. Those able to get out were fishing 20 to 80 feet down in 140 to 240 feet when using gold spoons with orange and yellow. Blue paddles with a blue or white fly 50 to 70 feet down also caught fish. Perch anglers found fish in 20 to 30 feet when using minnows or spikes. Pier anglers were catching steelhead on shrimp.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Continues to produce some nice catfish for those using suckers, bluegills or fresh cut bait. Smallmouth bass are hitting on tube baits, crank baits, spinners, crawlers and leeches. Summer steelhead can still be found up near the dam.

Muskegon Lake: Walleye anglers were taking decent catches when trolling. Try 10 to 15 feet around Strawberry Island, which is just west of Hartshorn Marina with small Rapalas, crank baits or Hot-n-Tots. Anglers caught bluegill, crappie and catfish.

Muskegon River: Those fly fishing have done well for steelhead and brown trout. Anglers continue to do well for smallmouth bass when casting artificial crawlers, crayfish and leeches. Some caught the occasional pike.

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Platte Bay: Boat anglers are still catching lake trout straight out in 80 feet. Chinook have started to show up in the West Bay.

Frankfort: Water temperatures are still below normal but chinook have been caught when trolling 40 to 90 feet down in 120 to 250 feet. Mixed colors of blue and orange worked best. A few chinook were reported in the harbor between the piers. Those trolling north to the point caught good numbers of lake trout when bouncing the bottom in 60 to 100 feet with spin-glows and cowbells.

Onekama: Is producing a few chinook in the top 80 feet of waters 120 to 180 feet deep. They are using slims or small spoons in green, orange or blue. Good numbers of lake trout are still coming from the "Barrel" when bouncing lures off the bottom.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers are working the drop-offs and near structure. The bite was a little slower with the cooler weather. Panfish activity was good in the early morning but slowed during the day.

Lakes Cadillac & Mitchell: With the weather all over the place, so are the fish. Anglers will need to be patient until they find a school of fish. Both lakes had fair to good bass fishing for those using artificial worms, crawlers or leeches. Pike have been caught when trolling or casting along the weed beds. Those looking for panfish have caught crappie and bluegills.

Manistee: With cooler water in the area, those trolling closer to shore may find some chinook and steelhead. Those heading out found trout and salmon 30 to 80 feet down in 80 to 160 feet. Try green or purple meat rigs with glow spoons.

Manistee River: Has fair to good summer run steelhead action just below Tippy Dam. Those fly fishing have caught some nice fish. Bass fishing was good.

Ludington: Those trolling found trout and salmon 20 to 80 feet down in 100 to 200 feet with orange, green or blue spoons and purple meat rigs.

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