Fishing Report: Salmon run starts in northern Michigan

Inland lake fishing is still going strong. Stream trout fishing is good however few anglers are taking advantage of it. The salmon runs are just getting started in the northern sections of the Lower Peninsula. No big numbers yet but the fish were starting to move.
Anonymous
Aug 25, 2012

Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joseph: Fishing is slow for all species. Pier fishing is extremely slow. Boat anglers are having a hard time finding salmon and those that did were way out which is too far for most anglers because conditions can change quickly on the Great Lakes. Perch fishing was also slow.

Long Lake: In Portage produced some nice pike up to 35 inches. The bigger bluegills were suspended in 30 feet of water.

Grand Haven: Salmon anglers are doing well in water 120 to 170 feet deep with downriggers at 90 to 150 feet along with green or green and white flies. Pier anglers have caught a couple coho when using alewife. No perch to report.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Is experiencing a big push of steelhead but water levels are still low so boat anglers need to use extreme caution. Most are bouncing spawn bags, casting flies or using half a crawler. Some coho and brown trout have also been caught. Walleye were caught on Hot-n-Tots blue with a red lip or junior thundersticks that glow. Pike were hitting on sucker minnows or big spinners. Silver and gold were good colors. Smallmouth bass are hitting on top water body baits. Big flathead catfish were caught on sucker minnows or cut bait.

Reeds Lake: Perch and bluegills are hitting on shiner minnows or wax worms.

Muskegon: Salmon anglers are fishing 200 to 250 feet of water with downriggers set 140 to 200 feet. Use green or green and white flies as well as white UV paddles.

Muskegon River: Is producing some nice smallmouth bass.

Muskegon Lake: Anglers are starting to troll and jig for chinook salmon but catch rates were hit-or-miss.

Whitehall: Water temperatures warmed again which in turn makes it harder to find fish. A few anchored in 12 to 15 feet of water and were still-fishing with alewife. Others are getting out very early in the morning and fishing in 20 feet of water.

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