Friday, June 22, 2018

6/21/2018 Southwest Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joseph:  Good numbers of coho and lake trout were taken by those trolling spoons in the top 40 of waters 120 feet deep.  A couple anglers reported decent perch fishing south of the piers in 40 feet.  Pier anglers reported slow steelhead action however they were catching good numbers of catfish and freshwater drum on crawlers. 

St. Joseph River:  The summer steelhead run has been slow. Beginning in late May, American Electric Power had to lower water levels on Lake Chapin to facilitate repairs to the Berrien Springs Dam. The low water levels have made it more challenging for steelhead and other species to swim up the fish ladder. If all goes as planned, water levels in Lake Chapin and in the Berrien Springs Dam fish ladder should return to normal around June 25.  Some have caught a few walleye.  

Nearby Bait Shops Include: 
Fishin Hole (269) 982-3474
Tackle Haven (269) 925-0341
Great Lakes Tackle  (269) 208-6178
Fishing Hole 2 (269) 468-7522

South Haven:  Lake trout and the occasional coho were caught by those trolling spoons or spin-glo’s in 100 feet.  Pier fishing was slow for steelhead but lots of freshwater drum were caught.  Perch fishing was slow.  

  • For more public lakes to fish in Van Buren County: Click Here! 

Kalamazoo River:  Several anglers have caught pike and panfish.  Catfish anglers are doing well below the Allegan Dam.

Grand Haven:  Anglers are catching a mixed bag of salmon and trout in 90 to 160 feet.  Lake trout were hitting on silver and yellow or silver and blue spin-glo within five feet of the bottom.  Salmon and steelhead were hitting on green and blue spoons 35 to 80 feet down.  Pier fishing for steelhead was slow.  

Grand River at Grand Rapids:  Some nice bluegills have been caught in the bayous including Bruce, Lloyds and Petty Bayou near Spring Lake.   

  • For a more accurate report on the Grand River at Grand Rapids I suggest reaching out to the people at Al & Bob's SportsPhone: (616-281-0777)

Grand River at Lansing:  Was producing limited catches of panfish and a few catfish.

  • For a more accurate report on the Grand River at Lansing I suggest reaching out to the people at Grand River Bait & TacklePhone: (517-482-4461)


Clinton County:  A few small bluegills and some bass have been caught on various lakes in the area.    

  • For more public lakes to fish in Clinton County: Click Here! 

Jackson County:  Those fishing the inland lakes were getting bluegills, bass, a few crappie and pike.  

  • For more public lakes to fish in Jackson County: Click Here! 

Muskegon:  Had fair salmon and trout action 30 to 80 feet down in 80 to 160 feet with green and orange spoons and green flies.  Pier anglers caught freshwater drum with spoons and body baits.    

Muskegon Lake Bluegills are being caught but most were small.  Those trolling crawlers and leeches in the channel caught smallmouth bass, catfish, freshwater drum and the odd walleye.  Some pike were caught on the east side when trolling crank baits.  

  • For a more accurate report on the Muskegon Lake & the Muskegon River I suggest reaching out to the people at Snug Harbor OutfittersPhone: (231-719-0759)

Whitehall:  Boats trolling in 90 to 150 feet near Stony Lake caught steelhead on orange spoons in the top 50 feet and Chinook salmon on green or blue spoons and meat rigs 30 to 70 feet down.  Pier anglers caught the occasional steelhead in the morning when casting spoons or still-fishing with alewives. 

White Lake:  Anglers caught a good number of bluegills and sunfish in four to 10 feet when drifting red worms under a bobber.   

For more bait shops in the southwest lower peninsula follow the links below:

Kalamazoo County Bait Shops: Click Here!
Berrien County Bait Shops: Click Here!
Allegan County Bait Shops: Click Here!

Ingham County Bait Shops: Click Here!

Your area may be listed within this fishing report so below is a list of links to pages in Southwest Michigan to help guide you to public lakes in your county.

Allegan County Public Lakes: Click Here!

Barry County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Calhoun County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Cass County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Clinton County Public Lakes: Click Here! 
Jackson County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Kalamazoo Public Lakes: Click Here! 
St. Joseph County Public Lakes: Click Here!

Van Buren County Public Lakes: Click Here!

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