Friday, August 28, 2020

8/26/20 Southwest Lower Peninsula, Michigan DNR Fishing Report

Southwest Lower Peninsula

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

St. Joseph: Perch fishing was slow, as the fish were scattered in 25 to 60 feet. Boat anglers targeting salmon had fair catch rates with Chinook, coho and lake trout caught in 115 feet or so. Pier anglers caught freshwater drum and a few catfish. The water warmed up, so steelhead fishing was very slow. 

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. 

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 HavenPerch fishing was inconsistent, as some anglers had nice catches while many others had very few. Most were fishing to the south in 40 to 55 feet. Salmon fishing was decent; however, the fish were scattered in 80 to well beyond 120 feet. Pier fishing was slow for all species as the water warmed back up. 

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

Kalamazoo River: Had fair to good bass fishing in the early morning when working the shoreline and weed beds.   

Lake Macatawa: The DNR boat launch remains closed due to high water.

Port Sheldon: Salmon action slowed, but fish were still being found in 80 to 160 feet when trolling green flies and meat rigs 55 to 100 feet down. Glow spoons and plugs produced a few salmon in low-light conditions.

Grand HavenPier fishing was slow. The Harbor Island boat launch remains closed due to high water. 

Grand River near Grand Rapids: Bass anglers continue to find a few fish near the weeds and docks when using crawlers, plastics or spinners. Catfish were found early or late with crawlers, cut bait and stink baits. Closer to the big lake, fishing was slow in Sterns Bayou and Petty’s Bayou. 

  • 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 near Lansing: Smallmouth bass were still being caught near the dams.  Channel cats were caught throughout the evening or early morning when using cut bait or minnows. Panfish were caught on crawlers, minnows and leeches. 

  • 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)

Wamplers Lake: In Jackson county was producing some panfish. 

Maple River: Had very good fishing. Anglers had success on a wide variety of fish, including bluegills, catfish, bass and pike.

Muskegon: Catch rates slowed; however, boat anglers were still seeing a mix of salmon and steelhead. The salmon were scattered 45 to 100 feet down in 80 to 240 feet and hitting glow spoons, plugs and green meat rigs. Steelhead were hitting orange and green spoons. 

  • 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: Fishing has been up and down due to the weather. Most anglers were catching smallmouth bass and various panfish. Perch and pike fishing picked up along the river. Trout fishing was slow on the Little Muskegon due to water levels.

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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