Pier fishing remains slow in Grand Haven

Windy conditions, rain and thunderstorms combined are making it hard for anglers to get out. Those that do are working hard as fishing can be difficult for a couple days after a front passes through.
Anonymous
Aug 3, 2012

Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joseph: Salmon fishing remains good. Anglers should target at least 70 feet or deeper. Perch fishing continues to be slow. Anglers targeting perch should continue to change locations frequently as the fish are scattered.

South Haven: Boat anglers continue to do very well targeting salmon and trout. Spoons work best when starting out in 80 to 90 feet of water. Perch fishing is slow. Those doing the best are constantly moving around and covering a lot of distance.

Kalamazoo River: Has walleye, smallmouth and catfish below the Allegan Dam.

Holland: Is producing a good number of chinook. Anglers are fishing 60 to 65 feet down in 110 to 115 feet of water. Steelhead were caught in 60 to 90 feet.

Grand Haven: Is still producing salmon and trout for those trolling about halfway down in waters up to 120 feet deep either early or later in the evening. With the warm water near shore, pier fishing remains slow.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Boat anglers need to use caution with the low water levels. A good number of flathead and channel cats have been caught on live or cut bait like suckers. Smallmouth bass were hitting top water lures, spinners, crawlers or crayfish in the early morning. Pike fishing was good for those floating suckers. At Millennium Park, the bigger fish were caught 10 to 15 feet down when using leaf worms or wax worms. At Riverside Park, carp were caught on dough baits.

Reeds Lake: Had perch in 10 to 15 feet of water. Bass and pike fishing were good.

Whitehall: Fishing slowed so many were traveling north to Minor Park and Stony Creek. The waters near shore were very warm. The bite was better in the early morning and salmon were caught on anything that glows before daylight. Salmon were also caught 100 feet down in 150 feet of water with blue flies and green flashers or pearl J-plugs. Orange and green were good colors for steelhead.

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Traverse City: Boat anglers in both bays were bringing in chinook and lake trout. Salmon were caught 50 to 80 feet down. Green or white flies or meat rigs worked best. Smallmouth bass fishing was slower, try 40 feet of water or more.

Platte Bay: Fishing has moved three miles out into the West Bay where anglers are fishing about 100 feet down in waters over 100 feet deep. Most are using spoons like Cotton Candy or Easter Egg.

Arcadia: Fishing slowed. With warm water pushed into shore, anglers are fishing about 100 feet down in 150 feet of water straight out. Most are using chrome J-plugs and chrome flasher flies.

Onekama: Had fair to good fishing straight out in 120 to 160 feet of water and north to the golf course in 80 to 120 feet. Use meat rigs after the sun comes up. Green spoons seem to be the favorite.

Portage Lake: Bass can be found near the drop-offs as well as the shoreline and near any structure. The bigger bluegills were caught in the early morning. Surface water temperatures were 73 to 75 degrees.

Lake Cadillac: Continues to produce a good number of crappie for those fishing with slip bobbers on the east side of the lake. Walleye fishing was hit-or-miss for those trolling crawler harnesses or body baits. Bass and pike fishing were good. Try spinners, crank baits, crawlers or leeches.

Lake Mitchell: Is producing crappie, bass pike and the occasional walleye.

Pentwater: Continues to have good fishing. Most were staying close to the port but a few ventured towards Silver Lake. Fish were caught 50 to 70 feet down in 80 to 90 feet of water or try long lines 115 feet down in 150 feet of water.
 

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