DNR Fishing report through July 8

From DNR reports

The weather remains pretty much the same as last week with high water levels and windy weather around most of the state. Michigan-DNR-logo

Although the wet weather has slowed the fish catch in some areas, others are having good luck. A drier forecast is just around the corner for the 4th.

Muskegon Lake:  More kings have started to show up.  The majority of catches before have been lake trout. Anglers are fishing in 100 to 160 feet of water and 50 to 90 feet down for kings.  Steelhead are being caught in the top 40 feet of water with orange spoons.

Grand Haven:  Pier fishing has been fair.  Fishers have been catching large alewives and a few perch.

Whitehall:  Essentially no action in Whitehall.  Look for salmon and trout in the 100 foot range.  Yellow and green lures may work well.  No pier action to speak of.

Ludington:  Good numbers of steelhead have been caught offshore on the temperature breaks. Orange spoons have worked well. Boats targeting salmon have found the action to be slow with a few caught in 100 to 250 feet of water.

Pentwater:  Anglers are catching salmon, steelhead, and lake trout in 90 feet of water surrounding Little Sable Point. Anglers are travelling several miles off shore to fish for lake trout. Pier anglers caught sheepshead and large and smallmouth bass.

Manistee: Boats going offshore looking for the temperature breaks are doing well on steelhead along with a few lake trout.  Orange, chartreuse, and purple spoons have worked best in the top 25 feet of water.  A few salmon have been caught in 100 to 200 feet of water. Meat rigs have been working deeper in the water column.

South Haven:  Perch fishing has been very slow.  The few fish being caught were in 20 feet of water.   Salmon fishing is very spotty.  The fish seem to be scattered from 50 to well beyond 100 feet of water.  Meat rigs seem to be catching most of the fish.  Pier anglers are catching an occasional steelhead.   Shrimp fished under a bobber is the most productive method.

Grand River at Grand Rapids:  Water levels are still well above normal.  Fishermen are mainly catching carp especially on shredded wheat and corn. Channel and flathead catfish are being caught regularly on worms and bluegill. Some long nose gar also being caught. Plenty of bluegill and pumpkinseed sunfish being caught off the wall using worms.

Grand River at Lansing:   Fishing is quiet along the Grand River in Lansing.  Those that are venturing out are catching rockbass and smallmouth bass. Pike fishing has been hit-or-miss.  Catfish has been good however.

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