Thursday, August 17, 2023

8/17/23 Southwest Lower Peninsula, Michigan DNR Fishing Report


Southwest Lower Peninsula

South Haven: Boat anglers had another successful week of fishing. Salmon and trout were caught in 80 to 100 feet of water. Rotators and flies along with meat rigs were performing very well. Perch anglers had some decent catches. The most productive depth was around 30 feet of water. Pier fishing was a little slow for all species. 

St. Joseph: Perch were caught in 35 feet of water. Most of the fishing pressure was south of the piers. Salmon anglers had rough conditions. There were some trout caught and a few salmon inside of 80 feet of water. Pier fishing was also compromised by the rough waves. Fishing for all species was 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 

Muskegon: Boat anglers were catching a good mix of Chinook and coho salmon 30 to 80 down in 50 to 120 feet of water. Glow plugs and glow spoons have performed well.

  • 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)

Grand Haven: Boat anglers were finding the salmon to be scattered but good catches were reported. The best action was 40 to 90 down in 70 to 150 feet of water. Pier anglers who were casting spoons found the freshwater drum and salmon bite to be slow. Glow spoons and plugs worked well. The best bites occurred in the early morning and late evenings.

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!
Montcalm 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! 
Kalamazoo County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Oceana County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Ottawa County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Van Buren County Public Lakes: Click Here!
Barry County Public Lakes: Click Here!

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