From DNR reports
DNR fishing guide, July 24
Muskegon Lake: Walleye anglers were taking decent catches when trolling. Try 10 to 15 feet around Strawberry Island which is just west of Hartshorn Marina with small rapalas, crank baits or Hot-n-Tots. Anglers caught bluegill, crappie and catfish.
Muskegon River: Those fly fishing have done well for steelhead and brown trout. Anglers continue to do well for smallmouth bass when casting artificial crawlers, crayfish and leeches. Some caught the occasional pike.
Grand Haven: Foggy conditions have been a problem for boat anglers. Those able to get out were fishing 20 to 80 feet down in 140 to 240 feet when using gold spoons with orange and yellow. Blue paddles with a blue or white fly 50 to 70 feet down also caught fish. Perch anglers found fish in 20 to 30 feet when using minnows or spikes. Pier anglers were catching steelhead on shrimp.
North and Southwest
Onekama: Is producing a few chinook in the top 80 feet of waters 120 to 180 feet deep. They are using slims or small spoons in green, orange or blue. Good numbers of lake trout are still coming from the “Barrel” when bouncing lures off the bottom.
Manistee: With cooler water in the area, those trolling closer to shore may find some chinook and steelhead. Those heading out found trout and salmon 30 to 80 feet down in 80 to 160 feet. Try green or purple meat rigs with glow spoons.
Manistee River: Has fair to good summer run steelhead action just below Tippy Dam. Those fly fishing have caught some nice fish. Bass fishing was good.
Ludington: Those trolling found trout and salmon 20 to 80 feet down in 100 to 200 feet with orange, green or blue spoons and purple meat rigs.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Continues to produce some nice catfish for those using suckers, bluegills or fresh cut bait. Smallmouth bass are hitting on tube baits, crank baits, spinners, crawlers and leeches. Summer steelhead can still be found up near the dam.
Grand River at Lansing: Is producing smallmouth bass and catfish. Try minnows and leeches.
Morrison Lake: Continues to produce crappie just as it has all summer. Try the east or west end with minnows. Anglers have caught bluegill along with some nice largemouth bass.
South Haven: Few anglers were out. A couple steelhead were caught but overall pressure was low with the cold water temperatures. Most of the fishing was inside 30 feet of water south of the port. Perch fishing was slow.
St. Joseph: Pier anglers were doing very well for steelhead with most of fish caught on shrimp under a bobber. If the cold water stays around the piers, fishing should continue to be good. Boat anglers found fishing a little more difficult. Those fishing near the piers caught a couple steelhead on spoons. Lake trout and salmon were in 80 to 100 feet. Perch fishing slowed with the colder water temperatures but should resume if the water warms back up. Try 30 feet of water south of the port.
St. Joseph River: No word on trout but those night fishing have done very well for channel and flathead catfish. Anglers are using crawlers, bluegills and cut bait.