Wednesday, August 30, 2023

8/30/23 Southwest Lower Peninsula, Michigan DNR Fishing Report


Southwest Lower Peninsula

Muskegon: Boat anglers found the action to be slow for salmon. Anglers had the most success fishing for salmon 55 to 100 feet in 70 to 130 feet of water. Glow spoons, meat rigs and J-plugs seemed to work the best.

  • 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 reported salmon action as good in 40 to 80 feet of water. Glow or chrome J-plugs worked well, along with white flasher/flies. Pier anglers caught a few salmon while casting spoons in low light conditions.

South Haven: Poor weather limited fishing activity. When boat anglers made it out, the salmon fishing was pretty good. The best fishing was in around 100 feet of water. Anglers did well from 90 to 120 feet of water. Using meat rigs, rotators and flies seemed to catch the most fish. Perch fishing was inconsistent. The beginning of the week, anglers were doing well in 30 feet of water, but they struggled toward the end of the week. Pier fishing was slow for all species except sheepshead. Anglers trolling the Black River for salmon also had a very slow week.  

St. Joseph: Due to poor weather, very few anglers made it out salmon fishing. Boat anglers were targeting 90 to 100 feet of water when they made it out. Perch fishing was also slow due to weather. Pier anglers who targeted trout and salmon had slow fishing. There were a few smallmouth bass and sheepshead caught.

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 

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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