Thursday, July 19, 2018

7/19/2018 Southwest Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

The extremely hot temperatures affected both anglers and fish.  Warm water temperatures are driving the fish to deeper water.  The better fishing has been in the early morning or late evening when the fish come into the shallows to feed.  River and stream fishing has been a challenge due to the lower water levels but bow fishing has been good in these conditions. 

Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joseph:  Still had some boats heading out to target trout and salmon. Anglers were fishing in waters 100 feet and deeper.  A couple steelhead were taken by pier anglers using alewife or shrimp.  Those casting jigs and spoons caught freshwater drum.  

St. Joseph River:  Is producing smallmouth bass.  

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

Branch County:  Largemouth bass were caught in Craig Lake and Randall Lake.  Smallmouth were caught in Union Lake. 

South Haven:  A mixed bag of steelhead, lake trout and the occasional Chinook salmon were caught in 100 feet or so.  Perch fishing was good one day and poor the next.  Most were caught in 15 to 40 feet south of the port.  Pier fishing for steelhead slowed as most anglers were getting freshwater drum when using shrimp.  

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

Grand Haven:  Lake trout are still being caught just off the bottom in 110 to 160 feet on yellow spin-glo’s with chrome flashers.  The salmon and steelhead action is slow but some good size Chinook were caught on spoons 45 to 90 feet down in 100 to 180 feet.  Hot colors were orange, yellow and green.  Pier angles caught freshwater drum when casting silver spoons.  

Grand River at Grand Rapids:  Water levels are low which makes fishing much more difficult. 
Catfish continue to hit on live or cut bait.  Trout fishing will pick up once we get some much needed rain. 

  • 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:  Water levels are down.  Those fishing the 
Portland Dam caught a couple carp on crawlers and smallmouth bass on creek chubs.  Some nice channel cats were caught on crawlers in the area near the Brenke Fish Ladder.  

  • 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:  The salmon and trout action continues to be slow for boat anglers though a few fish were taken 40 to 90 feet down in 110 to 180 feet.  Lake trout were taken on yellow spin-glo’s but the salmon and steelhead were taken on orange or yellow spoons.  Pier fishing was slow.  

Muskegon Lake:  Bass are being caught in the channel.  Those fishing at night have caught a few walleye along the north shore between the State Park and the Bear Lake channel.  Most are trolling husky jerks.  Bluegills were caught near the State Park and a few crappie were taken on minnows near the channel.  Pike can be found throughout the lake.  Try spinners or 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:  Salmon and trout fishing picked up again with fish caught 40 to 70 feet down in 80 to 150 feet between Whitehall and Stony Lake.  Orange and blue spoons worked best.  Lake trout fishing was excellent near the bottom in 100 to 180 feet with spoons, spin-glo’s, flashers and flies.  Pier anglers caught large and smallmouth bass when drifting minnows and crawlers through the channel or casting body baits along the rocks.  Bluegills and rock bass were caught in the channel on dropper-rigs tipped with wax worms.   

White Lake:  Panfish anglers caught bluegills, sunfish, and a few yellow perch on a dropper-rig tipped with red worms or wax worms in eight to 15 feet.  Walleye were also caught when slow trolling a crawler harness along the weed lines.  Bass anglers caught good numbers of large and smallmouth bass in six to 12 feet when casting body baits or jigging soft-plastic worms. 

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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