Fishing report: Bass season opens on Great Lakes, other waterways

Saturday marks the opening of bass season on the Great Lakes and all inland waters except for Lake St. Clair, St. Clair River and the Detroit River, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Opening day is June 18 on the remaining waterways. The early catch and release season has been very good, so the opener should be strong as well, the department said in its weekly fishing report. SOUTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA St. Joseph: Boats are heading out when they can but the fish are scattered. No word on perch.
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May 27, 2011


South Haven: A few salmon and trout were caught in 30 to 200 feet of water north or south of the river. Boats were looking for perch but none were caught.

Grand Haven: Boat anglers targeting salmon are really struggling as the fish are scattered. Most are fishing in waters 80 to 250 feet deep and running downriggers anywhere between the surface and 100 feet down with spoons. Orange has been used on the surface while blue and green were used in deep water. Pier anglers have caught alewife but nothing else. No perch to report.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Water levels are high but fishing should be good for catfish and the bass opener. Look in the shallow backwaters for bluegill and crappie.

Maple River: Water levels are still high but catfish are still being caught.

Lake Lansing: Bluegill may be on the beds by the weekend. If not, fish a little deeper for bigger fish.

Morrison Lake: Was producing some crappie for those using fathead minnows or wax worms.

Muskegon: Pier anglers are still jigging for walleye. Boat anglers here are also struggling when it comes to salmon as the fish are scattered. No perch to report

Whitehall: Pier anglers have caught a few walleye after dusk when using large soft plastic shad. Not many salmon coming off Lake Michigan. Those trolling are targeting brown trout and lake trout.

To read more of this story, see today's print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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