Local Sports Journal
Manistee: Salmon fishing is slowly picking up with a few fish taken 50 to 110 feet down in 100 to 160 feet of water. Glow spoons were best in the morning but switch to green and orange later in the day. Green meat rigs and flies have worked deeper in the water column.
Ludington: Salmon fishing here has been somewhat difficult but catch rates are improving. Try 40 to 100 feet down in 120 to 240 feet of water with orange spoons and green flies. Lake trout were caught by those bouncing cowbells or dodgers off the bottom.
Pentwater: Anglers caught primarily lake trout but rumor has it Chinook were caught. With warm water in the channel, the only species caught were freshwater drum and the occasional catfish.
Whitehall: Catch rates were slow. Some reported fish in 120 to 200 feet of water however baitfish could also be found. Anglers might want to try using cut bait. Not much for pier anglers besides catfish and freshwater drum. Water temperatures are just too warm.
White Lake: Continues to produce a good number of bass. Hot colors were green, white and gold.
Grand Haven: Some are targeting lake trout but those heading south towards Port Sheldon did better. Pier anglers are struggling to get steelhead and perch.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Is producing smallmouth bass and the occasional walleye. Those fishing with live or cut bait are taking channel cats and flathead cats.
Port Sheldon: Those fishing 40 to 120 feet down in 220 to 250 feet of water did well for Chinook and steelhead. Try orange, blue and green spoons. Those using 150, 225 and 300 coppers worked well as did the 10 color lead core.
Holland: Those fishing south of the port caught more fish than those heading straight out. Try 30 to 85 feet down in 160 to 180 feet of water with spoons, spinnies and flies. Good colors were orange, blue and green. Pier anglers were struggling to catch steelhead or perch.
Kalamazoo River: Had shore and boat anglers. A nice pike was caught above the Marshall Dam.
South Haven: Perch fishing was pretty good. Anglers should try drifting if the wind allows and target 30 to 40 feet. Salmon action was slower with only a few fish caught in 130 feet of water.