Thursday, July 5, 2018

7/04/2018 Southwest Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joseph:  Anglers caught a few Chinook and lake trout in 100 feet.  There is some good coho fishing however the fish were out very deep.  Perch fishing was decent north and south of the piers in 25 feet.  Pier anglers are catching lots of drum and catfish.  Steelhead fishing slowed with the increased water temperatures. 

St. Joseph River:  Watch for strong east winds that bring in cold water and move steelhead up into the fish ladder at Berrien Springs.  

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

Grand River at Grand Rapids:  Anglers have caught some good size flathead catfish on big minnows, bluegills or cut bait.  

  • 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:  The smallmouth action slowed at the North Lansing Dam however anglers have done well for smallmouth and channel cats at the Portland Dam.  Others caught carp and bowfin along the river.  

  • 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)

Muskegon Lake:  Fishing continues even in the heat.  The walleye bite was a bit slower but anglers were catching bass and panfish.  The better bass fishing was early morning or late evening off the State Park, in the channel and around any structure with live or artificial baits.  Bluegills were in the shallows however some of the bigger fish were out in deeper water and hitting on leeches.  

  • 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)

Muskegon River:  A couple walleye were caught up near Croton Dam even though water levels were a bit low.  Those fishing Hardy Dam Pond caught a couple walleye, large and smallmouth bass.      

Whitehall:  Boats trolling 40 to 90 feet down in 130 to 240 feet between Meinert Park and Stony Lake caught lake trout, steelhead, and Chinook salmon on blue or green spoons and meat-rigs.  Pier anglers caught largemouth bass and freshwater drum on jigs tipped with soft plastics or the occasional steelhead while casting spoons or still-fishing with frozen shrimp and alewife.  

White Lake:  Bass anglers had success in six to 15 feet when casting body baits, jigs tipped with minnows or crayfish imitations along the bottom. Panfish anglers caught good numbers of bluegills and pumpkinseed sunfish in three to 10 feet when drifting red worms or wax 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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