Fishing Reports
04

Hello,

Mom says it's ok for me to speak again because I finally have something nice to say! Decent numbers of fish have finally moved into the Grand Haven area and I can pack my "Top 10 reasons they're not biting" list away for the rest of the season. The fish aren't jumping in the boat yet but several double digit catches have been taken in the last week and the buckets have included kings of all sizes, small cohos, nice steelhead and plenty of lake trout. Due to the warm weather and currents, the location has changed almost daily but a good starting place would be just inside of 100 fow and go west from there until you find fish. Most of the action has taken place from 40 - 100' down on downriggers and on copper lines from 250 - 450' in length. My high divers worked early in the week set 140' back on 3 and took some nice steelhead there. My best baits on the higher lines have been the standard sized Stingers and Super Slims in the Orange Killer, Freakin' Veggies, Jager Bomb and Orange Fireball patterns and down deep the Hello Darlin and Green Mongoose have worked well. On days when you can slow down your trolling speed, send a couple Trash Can Dodger and P-nut combos down into the 90 - 100' range and you'll probably find an eager trout in the 4 - 6 lb range ready to go to your house for dinner. Another good spoon for me was the Smashmouth regular sized Dreamweaver spoon on the 250 Copper. Active fish were in pockets early this week so when I hit fish I was able to effectively work a spot rather than a depth or direction. That condition should improve as more fish arrive but you might want to mark spots where you hit and give them a second try before moving on.

The warm weather has not done anything to help the guys on the pier as water temps in the 60's are making any fish in the area a bit sluggish. The mild weather and continued southerly winds probably won't help this situation anytime soon. The rain this weekend should help the guys fishing the rivers for adult fish. Finding fish hasn't been much of a problem but getting fish to grab something in slow, clear water that have been seeing lots of people has proved rather challenging for the guys I've talked to.

Inland fishing should start picking up with the shorter days allowing bayou temps to fall into the range that makes bluegills and perch hungry. Given the crowds on local bridges the fish know it's fall even with the warm days. I'd probably try to get out early in the morning though as high sun and mid 70's temps aren't really what these fish are expecting. Stick to a few of your summer tactics until the weather changes and you'll probably do a little better than most.

Have a great weekend,

Matt

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