Fishing Reports

Hello again,

Before I begin the fishing report there is some very important information for anglers fishing out of Grand Haven and Port Sheldon that I'd like to share. For the first time in about 10 years there are trap nets set for Whitefish South of Grand Haven. The nets are in the area roughly due West of the M45 water pumping station stretching from 60 - 90 ft of water. For exact locations on these nets, go to to get the GPS coordinates. This website also gives the coordinates for the nets to the North of Grand Haven.

Now it's back to fishing. After a tough weekend the fishing is heating up again. Plenty of kings were taken yesterday in the 40 - 60 ft depths off of Grand Haven. The popular colors included gold and silver spoons with orange, yellow, green and blue on them. The actual patterns were the green and red Monkey Puke, Blue Dolphins, Mixed Veggies, and Tangerine fished from 15 - 40 feet down. If you're not sure about the spoon pattern, check either the Michigan Stinger or Dreamweaver websites, just type either company into your google search box, and browse through their online catalogs. New baits pop up every day and it's an easy way to keep track of them plus there can be subtle or even substantial variations between different manufacturers baits of the same name. If the weather forecast is close this weekend should provide some excellent fishing but you may want to bring your rain gear.

Bluegill fisherman, as well as those chasing other inland water species, were equally affected by the weather this past weekend. Bluegill fishing in 4 - 6 feet of water in protected areas around marinas provided my son and a friend with a nice catch of 30 large fish and a tasty meal yesterday. The best combination has continued to be a wax worm with a yellow/orange teardrop on light line. The fish required a bit of teasing though as reaching out with a long pole and slowly raising the bait from the bottom to the surface provided steady action. Bait hanging idle under a bobber caught fish but only occasionally. Crappie fishing on local bayous was very good prior to last weekend and should bounce back quickly with a little sunshine and warmer weather.

For additional information click on Fish On Bait and Tackles add and see Capt. Willis' report.

Good luck and watch for net stakes,

Matt Whitney


Mike Lolli
# Mike Lolli
Thursday, May 19, 2011 8:07 AM
Thanks for your fishing and Nets report. We will be in Grand Haven this weekend with the Detroit Area Steelheaders. Is there any more info you would be willing to share about where you fished. North, south, straight out?
Thanks Mike
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Thursday, May 3, 2012 1:43 AM
Thanks for sharing the info, I am gonna come over very soon. Any more details will be useful. Thanks once again for the Nets report.

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