Fishing Reports


The first big run is on! The first big run is over! Hopefully you were there Tuesday morning to enjoy the phenomenal fishing in the river instead of sitting at a desk like I was. I did get both trips in on Monday and while the lake was not nearly as nice as Tuesday, the fishing was very good and we took two males that were just shy of the 25 lb mark and were 39 and 39-1/4 inches long. Continued north winds, very cold water temps and a little rain the next couple of days will probably trigger another run but as there is no warm water to force a build up of kings, we'll likely see sporadic, small runs happening daily for the next week or so. This set of circumstances is not all bad as it gives you an opportunity to fish even when the lake is rough. The chrome/red head J-Plug has been the hottest ticket for most of the guys but old favorites like the pearl and black dot Tomic's, chrome/orange ladder back Tomic's and the Mongoose and Wonderbread J-plugs are taking their share of fish too. As an added bonus, you may want to drag your favorite walleye bait as a few have been taken while trolling for kings this week. Pier fishing has mirrored the boat fishing with some great catches being taken. If the lake is decent and you want to avoid the crowd, deep water is turning in some fantastic fishing right now. Kings of all sizes along with steelhead, lake trout and a few coho are gorging themselves from 150 - 250 feet of water. Most of the fish are in the top 35 feet of water so target them with divers set between 60 and 90 feet back, lead cores of 1 to 7 colors and keep your downriggers up around 20 - 30 feet. After last nights trip I'm not sure what spoons won't work but a couple were really good. The Fuzzy Bear gold Educator on a diver at 70 feet, the Stingray sized NBK on a 4 color and a Dreamweaver standard size and Super Slim Blue Dolphin on a rigger kept me so busy I barely had time to look up. Jager Bombs, Hello Darlin's, Capt. Gary's and gold Watermelons all took multiple hits too. The best fishing seemed to be when the surface temp reading was between 50 and 51 degrees.

If you like river fishing a short ride north will help you find what you're looking for. You still will want to go at least as far as Pentwater for the better fishing but both the Muskegon and White rivers have some fish in them. If we get much rain out of this next system that will likely improve rapidly. I don't have any reports from the Grand but with as many fish as have come into the river, I have to believe things will be picking up fairly soon barring any sudden warm ups in the weather.

If the weather prevents you from fishing where you want to, remember this time of year is the start of some excellent pike, bass and walleye fishing in the nearby lakes and bayous. 

Bring a radio, listen to your favorite football team (Go Blue!) and enjoy a day on whatever body of water you find yourself fishing.

Matt Whitney


Gary martin
# Gary martin
Friday, September 9, 2011 1:38 AM
Matt what is the surf temp heading to grandhaven in the am any help on locations thanks gary
# awhitney
Monday, September 12, 2011 9:22 AM
Sorry I didn't see the comment earlier and get back to you. I'm sure you know by now that our surface temps have been from 46 to 53 degrees from shore out to 230 ft where it begins to warm up but if not, that's what I found as late as Sunday morning. For the most up to date surface temp near shore, go to as they post the beach water temps daily. As for locations, as we don't have structure the fish tend to hold in general depths of water and not usually in a specific area. Temp breaks are what I'm generally looking for and the current pushes them around enough that the location can change by as much as several miles during a trip so reporting a location usually just means you'll be heading to where they used to be. My general plan is to go the opposite direction of the crowd. In close to shore, stick in and around the muddy river water and start dipping into the river after about 8 am.
Good luck and i hope this helps on your next trip.

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