Fishing Report

Perch fishing hot off Grand Haven
May 9, 2014

Another week of roller coaster temperatures and windy conditions has hampered fishing. Inland lake fishing is slow due to the cooler water temperatures.

Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joseph: The weather has made fishing a challenge. Pier fishing was slow however boat anglers had better luck. Anglers have caught a mixed bag of chinook, coho and brown trout on small spoons in 40 to 60 feet.

South Haven: Both boat and piers anglers reported tough fishing conditions. A few salmon were caught in 20 feet and lake trout in 60 feet.

Grand Haven: A few chinook salmon and some brown trout have showed up. Fish were caught off downriggers set 24 feet down in 30 to 45 feet. Some are using planer boards to fish the top water. Pier anglers are casting spoons for brown trout but some are also using alewife. Perch fishing was good along the holes south of the southern pier in 60 feet. Minnows, spikes and wigglers are all working. Night fishing for walleye was very slow off the piers.

Reeds Lake: Is producing some crappie, bluegill and perch.

Grand River in Grand Rapids: Is still producing some steelhead and the occasional walleye. A good number of smallmouth bass have been caught and released. Catfish action is picking up. Flatheads are hitting on live suckers or a crawler and leech combo. Channel cats are hitting on cut bait, crawlers or chicken liver. Crappie fishing was good.

Grand River closer to Lansing: Has a good number of steelhead at Moore's Park. They are slow to bite so try spawn and flies under a bobber. Channel catfish are also hitting on live bait, crawlers and spawn. Those near the Brenke fish ladder are catching lots of pike on shiners. A few walleye along with occasional steelhead were also caught.

Maple River: Is producing catfish and suckers.

Muskegon: Boat anglers are trolling the basin and around the piers for chinook, brown trout and walleye. Pier fishing was slow. The Cottage Grove boat launch was still closed.

Muskegon River: Water temperatures were in the upper 40's. The river is still producing steelhead including some fresh fish.

Whitehall: Pier anglers are still catching brown trout when still-fishing with spawn. Some have caught fresh steelhead. Catch rates for walleye were slow but a few were caught from the piers and the channel when casting lures.

Northwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

Charlevoix: Had no boats out. The docks are in at the Ferry Beach launch, but no boats on Lake Charlevoix yet. A few anglers were fishing the Medusa Cement Plant slip, but nothing was caught. Others were fishing the channel during the day but no fish were caught. Look for walleye in the channel at night.

Petoskey: The docks are in at the launch site however there were still some large pieces of ice floating around in Little Traverse Bay. The end of the pier was still covered with deep snow and ice.

Bear River: Is running high and fast. A couple steelhead were caught near the dam but no big numbers yet.

Harbor Springs: The boat launch is currently being dredged.

Traverse City: The East Bay was producing some lake trout and cisco for those jigging. In the West Bay, lake trout and cisco were caught by those jigging in 60 to 150 feet of water. Lake trout and steelhead were taken on spawn or lures near the mouth of the Boardman.

Elk River: Catch rates were slow with only a couple steelhead caught on spawn bags or a jig and wax worms.

Boardman River: Steelhead fishing was slow with a few fish caught on spawn or wax worms. Anglers will also find walleye, suckers, northern pike, and smallmouth bass.

Platte Bay: Those trolling are seeing some of the best brown trout action they have seen in years. Most are using black and chrome rapalas.

Platte River: Rain increased water levels and water temperatures. Steelhead fishing is very good and fresh fish are on the gravel. Most are using orange fly eggs. In Honor, the water was high but clear. Those fishing at South Street caught suckers on worms. Anglers have seen some nice brown trout and steelhead. Water levels were high and temperatures were at 44 degrees at the M-22 Bridge. Anglers are catching walleye on plastic baits. Look for fish between the outlet of Platte Lake and Loon Lake. A good number of suckers can be found in the holes down near the mouth. They will take an egg sucking leech or anything you put in front of them.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Are producing some walleye, pike and bullhead. Bluegill and crappie are slow.

Manistee: Brown trout fishing has been excellent for boat and pier anglers. Some early chinook salmon are also starting to show up. Boat anglers are trolling small spoons or body baits and pier anglers are using spawn.

Manistee River: Steelhead fishing continues to be strong at Tippy Dam. The cold spring has really prolonged the run. Brown trout and a few walleye have also been caught. Try spoons, crank baits, flies or spawn.

Ludington: Has good brown trout fishing near shore. Boat anglers are trolling body baits in natural color patterns. Pier fishing was slower.

Pere Marquette River: Still has very good steelhead fishing.

Pentwater: Pier anglers were still catching some brown trout and the occasional steelhead on spawn. A few walleye were taken from the piers and the channels. Pier anglers also caught a good number of sizable large and smallmouth bass. Those casting caught pike. Catfish are starting to bite.


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