Fishing Reports

Entries for August 2017


 Fishing off Grand Haven remains very good with a mixed bag of Kings, Coho, Steelhead and Lake Trout. The only problem is that the fish are well offshore and very deep making access somewhat difficult for the small boat angler.  Water temperatures remain very warm reaching 70 degrees down 80 feet or more. Most fish have been taken from the cooler water with only a few out of temperature. White paddles, both slick and scaly, and Poofster and Oceana flies have been excellent producers. Green Spin Doctors with green flies like Pickled Sunshine and meat rigs in white, UV and green have also taken fish. Fish riggers deep, 80 feet down to the bottom, divers back 180 to 240 set on 1 1/2 and coppers from 300 to 450 or more. 120 FOW or deeper has been most productive. The good news is there appears to be lots of baitfish and the fish are running large. This will be my last report for 2017. DNR reports will continue and listen to WGHN - FM for daily reports from Capt. Willis Kerridge at 7:20 and 8:20 AM and 3:20 PM. Good fishing! Rich Wilson

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Grand Haven:  Boat anglers caught Chinook, coho, steelhead, and lake trout 70 to 150 feet down in 140 to 210 feet.  Green, orange and blue spoons along with yellow and green meat rigs were the ticket

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 Fishing off Grand Haven has been a changing proposition from day to day as water temperatures have changed frequently. A temperature probe has been very helpful in dealing with current and temperature changes. As the week progressed, warming water has pushed the fish further offshore with most fish coming in 110 to 160 FOW by week's end.  It remains to be seen what Friday's big blow will mean. Check the Muskegon and Port Sheldon buoy reports on this website for temperature changes. While Kings have been caught from 30 to 110 feet down, 50 to 80 feet down with Spin Doctors and flies and meat rigs have been most successful. Some nice Steelhead have also been taken on orange and red spoons in the top 40 feet. Fish appear well-fed and healthy with both Kings and Lake Trout of more than 25 pounds taken this past week. Rich Wilson

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Grand Haven:  Boat anglers continue to catch Chinook, coho, steelhead and lake trout 30 to 80 feet down in 70 to 140 feet with green, orange and blue spoons or green and yellow meat rigs.  Pier anglers caught steelhead on shrimp and alewife or a few perch on minnows

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