Thursday, August 16, 2018

8/16/2018 Southwest Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Southwest Lower Peninsula

Overall: Salmon fishing along very southern portion of Lake Michigan has been slow all summer and the usual increase in fish that happens in August doesn’t seem to be happening.   

St. Joseph:  Boat anglers caught lots of lake trout on spin-glo’s in 100 feet.  There were reports of salmon caught in very, very deep water.  Perch fishing was slow as the fish were scattered.  Try 25 to 65 feet.  Slow steelhead fishing was reported by pier anglers.  Those using crawlers caught freshwater drum and catfish. 

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:  A decent number of lake trout were caught with spin-glo’s or cowbells near the bottom in 70 to 100 feet.  Perch fishing was fair as the fish were scattered.  A few nice catches were taken in 40 to 60 feet.  Pier anglers caught freshwater drum.  

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

Grand Haven:  Boat anglers were catching a mixed bag of trout and salmon 60 to 140 feet down in 140 to 220 feet.  Lake trout were caught on the bottom with yellow or green spin-glo’s.  Salmon were hitting on green meat rigs, white flies and orange spoons.  Pier anglers caught freshwater drum on gizzard shad.  

Grand River at Grand Rapids:  Anglers have caught smallmouth bass on live worms and leeches as well as artificial baits.  Panfish can be found in the shaded areas.  The steelhead action has been extremely slow. 

Grand River at Lansing:  Smallmouth bass, bullhead and channel cats were caught near the Smithville Dam in Eaton Rapids.  Rain on Thursday should help improve the bite.  Water levels at the North Lansing Dam are low.    

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:  Boats continue to catch decent numbers of lake trout along the bottom in 120 to 180 feet.  Salmon numbers are slowly picking up with the best action 55 to 120 feet down in 120 to 200 feet with orange spoons or green, yellow and white meat rigs. Pier anglers caught a few large and smallmouth bass.    

Muskegon Lake:  Anglers were still getting some walleye between the state park and the Bear Lake Channel in 15 to 18 feet.  A few were also taken in the channel leading out to the big lake.  Bass have been caught in the channel with blade baits and jigging spoons.  Bluegills were just off the weed beds in eight to 10 feet on the north end.  

  • 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:  Water levels are low and water temperatures continue to climb into the 70’s.  Anglers are still getting a few smallmouth bass or panfish here and there. Hardy Dam Pond was producing bluegills, largemouth bass and a few walleyes.  

Whitehall:  Boats trolling 40 to 80 feet down in 80 to 150 feet caught mature Chinook salmon, lake trout and the occasional steelhead in the early morning.  Flies and meat rigs were producing Chinook while spin-glo’s near the bottom attracted lake trout.  Pier anglers caught good numbers of large and smallmouth bass when casting or drifting live bait on both sides of the piers.

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 not 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!

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