Saturday, November 9, 2019

11/06/2019 Southwest Lower Peninsula, Michigan DNR Fishing Report

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Rain, snow and extremely cold temperatures have kept most anglers at home. Those braving the elements have caught some walleye on the inland lakes. Pier anglers are getting steelhead, whitefish and the occasional walleye. Check out the waters that hold muskie and northern pike in your area as this is the time of year to catch both species. 

Southwest Lower Peninsula

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

St. Joseph River: There were still a few steelhead moving through the ladders, however steelhead movement declined with the recent drop in water temperatures which were in the middle 40’s. Once that temperature drops below 40 there will be even fewer fish in the ladders.
Note: At any time you can view the Berrien Springs fish ladder cam by go to this link or following their youtube channel. Subscribing to their channel helps fund the fish ladder cam. 

  • For a list of Berrien County Bait Shops: Click Here!
Kalamazoo River: Higher water levels affected steelhead fishing as the fish were harder to land. A decent number of northern pike were being caught in the lower river. Try the shallow bayous and marsh areas.
Image result for spawn rig for steelheadGrand Haven: Had no boat anglers. Pier anglers were still getting a fair number of steelhead when using spawn. Some caught the occasional whitefish on a single egg or wax worms.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Steelhead were caught up near the 6th Street Dam. Most were floating or drifting salmon eggs. Chartreuse was the hot color. Some caught the occasional coho.
Grand River at Lansing: With water levels up and the fast current, few were out. This is a good time to target pike in both the Grand and the Looking Glass 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: Both pier anglers and those surf fishing continue to target steelhead. A few perch and walleye were caught at the mouth of the Muskegon Channel.
Muskegon River: Water levels were high, so most were boat fishing. Levels should come down and the waters should clear up which will help those targeting trout. Most were swinging flies, but a few were using spawn bags, spinners or crank baits. Anglers reported a fair number of fish between the mouth and Croton Dam.

  • 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)

For more bait shops in the southwest lower peninsula follow the links below:
Berrien County Bait Shops: Click Here!
Allegan County Bait Shops: Click Here!
Ingham County Bait Shops: Click Here!
Branch County Bait Shops: Click Here!
Barry County Bait Shops: Click Here!
Kalamazoo County Bait Shops: Click Here!
Kent 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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