Thursday, September 13, 2018

9/13/2018 Southwest Lower Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Southwest Lower Peninsula

To access the original Michigan DNR fishing Report: Click Here!

St. Joseph:  Boat and pier anglers reported slow catch rates. No perch to report.

St. Joseph River:  A good number of steelhead, coho and Chinook salmon were moving through the Berrien Springs fish ladder at the beginning of the week. While there were some Chinook, most were coho and steelhead.

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 Boat anglers continue to catch lake trout in 80 feet. Those targeting the pierheads are beginning to catch a few salmon however fishing was slow. Pier anglers caught the occasional salmon on spoons. The perch were scattered but anglers were getting a few when drifting.

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

Black River:  A few salmon were starting to move up into the river. Boat anglers caught a couple Chinook when trolling.

Calhoun County:  Some good size bluegills were caught in Duck Lake.

Grand Haven:  Boat anglers caught a few salmon from the pierheads out to about 50 feet with glow or pearl plugs. Pier anglers caught a few coho on glow spoons. 

Grand River at Grand Rapids:  The rain and cooler temperatures pushed a few more fish up into the river. Anglers were getting Chinook and some steelhead up near the Sixth Street Dam. Most were using a variety including spawn, spinners, thundersticks, Cleo’s and flies.

Grand River at Lansing:  A few walleye were caught. Try the usual spots such as near the dams. Anglers should find smallmouth bass and catfish. Check out the shallows and weed beds for pike. 

  • 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)

Morrison Lake:  Was producing bluegills and a small number of 10-inch crappie.

Muskegon:  The salmon action was slow for boat anglers. A few fish were caught from the channel out to about 60 feet with chrome or glow plugs. Pier fishing was slow.

Muskegon Lake Strong winds had stirred up the lake and fishing was slow. Some perch were found near the Black Buoy which is southeast of the Bear Lake Channel. Those jigging a Swedish pimple near the channel leading to Lake Michigan caught a few salmon in the early morning or late evening. Those casting Cleo’s off the pier also caught a few fish. 

  • 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 Chinook, coho and lake trout were caught 50 to 80 feet down in 150 to 200 feet when trolling J-plugs, flies and green or red spoons. Pier anglers casting spoons in the early morning or late evening caught the occasional salmon. 

White River:  Anglers casting body baits or spinners in the early morning caught the occasional Chinook salmon in the lower stretches.

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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