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Southwest Lower Peninsula Fishing Report

St. Joseph: Salmon anglers are catching a mixed bag in 80 feet which seemed to be the most consistent. Some going well past 120 feet caught some coho. Spoons, meat rigs and flies were the ticket. Perch fishing continues to improve though the fish seem to be scattered and were caught in 25 to 55 feet. Pier fishing was slow.

St. Joseph River: Had good numbers of steelhead up at the Berrien Springs Dam but fishing pressure was very low.

South Haven: Salmon fishing was inconsistent but a few fish were taken on spoons in 100 to 140 feet. Perch fishing was spotty as the fish were scattered in 20 to 60 feet. Of those caught, most were taken south of the piers.

Grand Haven: Boat anglers caught chinook, coho, steelhead, and lake trout 70 to 150 feet down in 140 to 210 feet. Green, orange and blue spoons along with yellow and green meat rigs were the ticket. Pier anglers caught freshwater drum on spoons.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: A few limit catches of walleye were taken downstream of Johnson Park which is west of Grand Rapids. Some nice catfish were also caught. Bluegills have been caught and a few pike were taken here and there.

Grand River at Lansing: The big story is the very good smallmouth bass fishing. Water levels were back up just a bit and fish are being caught just about everywhere with live bait. A few scattered pike were also been caught.

Muskegon: Those trolling found a mix of salmon and trout 60 to 140 feet down in 140 to 220 feet. They were using orange and green spoons and yellow, green and black meat rigs with green or white flies. Pier fishing was slow.

Whitehall: Anglers trolling 35 to 70 feet down in 65 to 150 feet caught chinook, coho, steelhead and lake trout with green or blue spoons, green plugs and flies as well as meat rigs. A couple chinook were caught by pier anglers casting spoons. Those casting body baits in the channel caught smallmouth and the occasional walleye.


Fishing reports courtesy of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources


NOTE TO ANGLERS: This report is intended to give anglers an idea of fishing conditions around the state. The updates come from a combination of creel clerks and other DNR staff around the state and reflect past fishing conditions over the last seven days. Due to the nature of the Great Lakes, fishing conditions on them can change daily if not hourly based on wind and rain events.

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