Fishing Reports
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Hello! I hope everyone is enjoying our beautiful early spring weather that's included plenty of white flakes of sunshine and put a mirrored surface on the water that looks strangely like ice. If you do happen to be lucky enough to see ripples on the water there are a few fish in the area that have thawed out enough to want to eat (My son did test the paint job on his Lund a week ago, it passed, as we played ice breaker for other, less committed fisherman that morning). I've fished Port Sheldon each of the last 3 Saturdays and have had just enough action to look forward to the next opportunity. Brown trout and lake trout have been the species we've found and they've shown a predictable preference for baits with orange on them. It's a good thing too as every bait I've put out so far had orange on it. Body baits like Bombers, Reef Runners, Hot'N'Tots and Willies Worm's have all taken shots and I had two hits on an Alfonze Jr. behind a 2 color lead core this past weekend.

Location has been in 12-20 FOW and from in the channel to a mile south of the channel and as much as a half mile north of the bubbler. This past Saturday I was in my kayak so I focused on the area around the bubbler because I'm too old to go much farther than that. I did notice that there was a fair concentration of boats by me early but boats scattered in all directions after an hour or so. I didn't see much activity beyond guys pointing and laughing at the idiot in the kayak trying to paddle and set a lead core at the same time.

Reports from the St. Joe area have convinced me to stay local for the time being. The water was reportedly quite stained and fishing was slow this past weekend although I did hear one report of a guy catching 3 coho. As I had 1 lake trout and 2 browns bite during my 3 hour kayak tour I figure I'll hold off making the drive. For what it's worth the 2 browns, both about 16 - 18" long, are still swimming somewhere near the bubbler as reeling, paddling and netting proved to be too much of a challenge for me this past Saturday as I'd forgotten some of the technique I used to use until it was too late.

I haven't heard anything about action on the piers here in GH and a friend has fished out of Muskegon a couple times lately with no success. The cluster of boats off the Bilmar suggests that the spring perch fishing has started so if it's flat and you enjoy ice fishing you should have a grand old time if you get out there with a bucket of minnows and dress like an Eskimo.

Hope to see you on the pond soon!
Matt

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 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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