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14
Hello,

After a tough week that saw a lot of fishing and minimal catching, things are starting to improve just in time for Salmon Festival. Over the past week and half we've had some minor runs in the river that gave us decent opportunities to catch a few big kings, a couple boats even finding fish that topped the 30 lb mark, but for the most part catches ranged from 2 - 7 fish with a mixture of lake trout, kings and cohos depending on where you set your lines. If you're fishing the big fish tournament tomorrow I suspect there will still be a few kings around and it'll likely take a fish pushing 20 lbs to win. Those kings are widely scattered from the river out to about 150 FOW water and have a lot of space between them. If you stay in close the hot baits have been the Grinch and Chrome/Red Headed JPlugs and the Pearl/Black Dot Tomic. Most of the action has been on the #3 JPlug sized baits but I took several nice fish on #4's also so don't be afraid to try out the big bait, big fish theory. Kings in deeper water have shown no real preference for a particular bait with both spoons and Paddle/Fly combo's working. Plugs in deep water have not been very effective for anyone I've spoken to this fall.

Now, if you're just going fishing and not trying to win a contest, I'd suggest starting out around 100 FOW and going west to as far as 300 FOW. A nice mix of Steelhead, Coho and Lake Trout have been caught the last few days fishing throughout that range. The fish have been the most active in the 40 to 80 foot down range but hugging bottom is still producing a few trout. At the higher end of that range patterns like the Red Pepper, Orange Pepper, 3 Days at Sea, Sexy Veggies and UV Capt. Gary in Super Slim Dreamweaver and standard sized Stingers have been the best. As you move lower in the water column spoons with a little more blue and 8" Spin Dr.'s and Paddles have been the ticket. Attractors in the Green Jeans, Yellow Jeans, White Fish Scale and White with Blue Bubble patterns have been good. Flies to pull behind the attractor have mostly been some shade of green like the Hypnotist, Pickled Sunshine, Illusion or Green Crinkle.

While it may not be a "fill the freezer" kind of weekend coming up it should at least provide you with a couple of good meals and get you ready for the next couple weeks. The arrival of a few steelhead is usually a sign that better fishing is ahead and with all the baitfish around I'm hoping we see some younger salmon start to show up over the next week or so. With that in mind, the forecast this weekend says the weather is going to be way too nice to spend your time indoors waiting for kick off. Go for the trifecta of awesome this weekend! Fish in the morning, a nap in the early afternoon followed by fish for dinner washed down by something ice cold and watching your favorite college football team in the late afternoon! I'm sure your other half will support this plan as well! Mine wouldn't as she's allergic to fish (maybe football too) and Sunday is our anniversary (I remembered!), but yours probably will. If she doesn't please don't tell her it was all my idea.

Good luck,
Matt

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13
Hello!

The weather has been all over lately with hot and cool days but overall the fishing has remained very good for this time of year. Double digit catches that include a healthy dose of lake trout with a few salmon and steelhead mixed in are fairly common with more salmon and steelhead being caught on morning trips. Kings up to 27 lbs have been caught in the past week and that's creating a lot of speculation about how many big kings over 30 lbs will be caught over the next couple of months. The fishing from the end of July and during the month of August are likely to generate some pretty exciting stories!

The cold water that arrived after Tuesdays blow seemed to scatter some of the smaller trout and catch numbers dipped a little but size increased. The 110 - 140 FOW range has continued to be the most active area to fish but fish have been taken from 70 - 190 FOW. Most of the trout continue to come from the bottom 20 foot of the water column, the steelhead are mostly being taken from offerings in the 30 - 60 foot range and kings have been found throughout that range. White with UV Crush tape on an 8" Dreamweaver Paddle with what was once a shiny chrome Whirly Gig, but is now a chewed up mess of chrome and white plastic, has been the hot ticket on my center downrigger for 3 weeks. I've been running this combo about 5' behind the ball on calm days and 10' - 15' on bouncier days. The conditions have not made much of a difference as it's been equally as productive on sunny days as it has been during cloudy periods. The 8" Yellow Bikini Bottom Paddle with a chrome and yellow spotted Whirly Gig has been another go to bait on a wire diver fished suspended about 10 to 15' off of bottom. This rig has been good for both kings and trout. My leader length from the paddle to the Whirly Gig is about 20 inches on my center rigger and 45 inches on the wire diver set up. I've had days where the fish have favored one over the other but generally they both create a fair amount of action.

Copper lines have had some pretty good days recently as well. My most consistent has been a 325 with the Gold Watermelon Stinger blade. Right behind that has been a 270 with a Stingray UV Michigan Dolphin and up high on a 150 copper the Capt Gary Dreamweaver has taken a number of kings and Steelhead. Another pattern that has worked well on my higher coppers has been the Wrecking Ball in both the SuperSlim and standard sized Dreamweaver spoons. Jager Bombs, NBK's and UV Mixed Veggies have all taken fish for me recently too. Meat rigs have worked sporadically but I haven't heard of anyone consistently taking fish on them yet. Warmer water creating a deeper thermo, in my experience, would help.

Pier fisherman have not had the success that one would suspect lately given the water temps and time of the year. My personal theory is that someone sent an email to the Skamania strain of steelhead and explained just how much it would cost to raise several thousand kids so they're boycotting the spawning run this summer. We've been finding fair numbers offshore and they seem to be pretty content to stay there. Getting them to accept a boat ride up the river as our guest has not even been possible without a pretty spirited battle. I haven't heard if this is the case up and down the coast but I suspect the cold weather we had in April may have as much to do with their late arrival as the eye opening email they received but only time will tell.

Good luck,
Matt

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29
Hello,

This June is going to go down as one of the best in recent memory! Lake trout are taking up most of the space in fisherman's coolers right now but a few kings and steelhead are still hanging around to make things exciting. Not much has changed in regards to locations or baits over the past few weeks with 8" Chrome Spin Dr's and Paddles with yellow or green spots and a similarly decorated Whirly Gig or Spin'N'Glo trailing it taking the lions share of the trout. A notable pattern that has emerged lately though is the that the larger trout have been suspended 10-30 foot off bottom so if you want to clean fewer fish and have more on the table raise your rigs up a bit.

Salmon and steelhead continue to be caught from 30-70 foot down on a variety of spoons, the silver Jager Bomb on an 8 color lead core rig has worked well for a friend. My suggestion for the guy that isn't interested in fishing lake trout would be to get on the water with lines in by 5 am, load up with some glow spoons and a couple meat rigs and fish the 80-120 FOW range. A trip offshore may be worth a shot too but I haven't heard of anyone leaving fish to find them lately. I did receive a hot tip on steelhead. A couple of cold beverages loosened up a fisherman's lips enough to get him to admit to catching some nice steelhead this past week in 30 - 40 FOW. He had the place to himself as most of us were a couple miles west of him. I haven't heard much from the pier crowd and I haven't seen any fish being taken as I've traveled through the channel but it makes sense that they'd be there. The warm weather that has arrived might change things up a bit but with the thermocline still high you should be able to stay inside of 50 FOW this weekend and find some chrome bullets willing to hit the brightest orange/chrome spoons, orange/gold spoons and red/black spoons and Thin Fins you own. You may have to tangle with the occasional drum or catfish but it's worth a shot.

My last bit of advice, it's going to be dangerously hot for doing any kind of yard work this weekend so you can tell your wife that it's in the best interest of your health to go fishing! See ya out there!

Matt

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22
Hello,

The fun continues! Excellent numbers of trout and the occasional king or steelhead are still be caught here in Grand Haven. Not much has changed this past week as the fish continue to hold in waters from 70 - 160 feet deep. 8" Spin Dr's and Paddles continue to take trout when fished within 10' of bottom on downriggers and wire diver rigs. The kings and the steelhead have been the most active in the 40 - 65 foot down range and are hitting a variety of spoons. My best this week, just like last, were the Dreamweaver Flea For All, Capt. Gary and Mixed Veggies in the SuperSlim, standard and magnum sizes. Coppers from 225 to 450' in length took a mixed bag of fish, my 450's took some of my larger kings and even a pair of steelhead down deep. Gold and orange and the watermelon patterns were my choices for the long coppers.

Looking ahead to the next few days I would expect the pattern to continue to hold but look for steelhead to show up around the piers. The cold water is only 30' from the surface now so I have to believe there will be some shallow water opportunities for these silver acrobats. Troll fast with plenty of smaller orange spoons and red/black Thin Fins and you'll know fairly quick if they've showed up. Short lead cores of 1 to 5 colors in length are usually the most effective rigs but traffic on weekends can make those a bit challenging. Dipsies and running long leads of your downriggers are a solid plan B if Sea Doo's start using your planer boards for a slalom course.

Good luck and go fishing! Summer will actually show up for good one of these days and slow this fun down!

Matt

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08
Hello!

Well now that the tournament is over the fishing has improved! Good numbers of nice sized lake trout are holding near bottom in the 80 - 120 FOW depths and kings are following bait in as close as the cold water will let them. An added bonus this year is that some nice steelhead are showing up although they're not concentrated around slicks as much as we'd like them to be.

If you're looking for some great eating the trout are actively hitting small and large Spin Dr.'s and Paddles with Whirly Gigs and Spin'N'Glo's behind them fished near bottom. My best combo has been a chrome attractor with crushed UV tape and yellow spots and chrome Whirly with the same spots. On calmer days I like to fish it within 10' of the ball and I drop it back 5-15' on rougher days. My best speed has been between 2.3 and 2.7 MPH SOG. Something to keep in mind is that the water is warming and changing fast right now. Currents will often dictate the best troll direction so if you're seeing fish but action is slow, change your direction! I fished for less than 2 hours the other night and while everything looked good on my north troll at 2.3 to 2.5 mph we never had a bite until turning back around to the south. Without touching the throttle on a completely calm night my SOG increased to 2.7 mhp and we hit 8 fish in the next half hour. Some of the trout are quite small too so if things are slow check your lines to make sure you're not taking a little guy for a ride.

The kings inside have been from 30' down to the bottom and have hit any number of different spoons. Capt Gary, Hello Darlin, Fireball, UV Mixed Veggie and Green Jeans have all been great patterns depending on the sky conditions. Most of the action inside has been on Super slim sized Dreamweavers while fish in deeper water seem to be more inclined to go after the mag versions of the same patterns. If getting away from the crowd is part of your plan I'd suggest starting in at least 170 FOW and angling out to well over 250 until you find fish. Big steelhead are also floating around in all depths so keep some bright orange baits riding a little higher up and you may be able to add a fish or two to your cooler. Coho are getting a little harder to find as is normal in June but they too will be happy to grab something above the target range for kings. Recently the 40 to 80 foot down depths have been productive out in the deeper water. don't hesitate to send something way down if you're marking near bottom. Big kings are still being taken near bottom out deep as they're still searching for mature, spawning sized alewives.

For those staying a little closer to home the panfishing has been very good but you'll have to do a little sorting to go home with a heavy stringer. Deeper water around pilings and docks are producing nice catches of bluegill especially on light tackle early in the morning. Tear drops tipped with a wax worm are hard to beat on calm morning in any of the local bayous.

In any case the weather has finally turned, again, and it looks like summer may stick around. Get out and enjoy it while you can, the fish are waiting for you!

Good luck,
Matt

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25
Hello!

Spring has finally arrived and so have the kings! The fishing heated up even faster than the air with limit catches made up of king and coho salmon this week. Each day has been a little different as the fish continue to move but starting out your morning in 80 FOW and working out until your arms are tired seems to be a pretty good plan each morning. You'll find fish throughout the water column but if you have baits in the top 30 feet you'll want to make them bigger baits like the standard size Dreamweaver spoons as there is sizeable population of 10 - 13" king salmon up there feeding on anything shorter than they are. I have had good success on nice coho and big kings on a 75' copper rig with a UV Dreamweaver Wrecking Ball this week. That same pattern on both silver and gold Super Slim blades have been excellent on braided line divers fished 150 - 175' back. Coppers from 150 - 300' long have all been producing this week but the bite has been good enough on down riggers that if you don't feel like doing a lot of reeling you're in luck, you can leave those rigs in the rod rack.

The fly bite has been picking up all week as many of the bigger salmon have moved deeper and riggers fished from 60 - 120' and combos paired with the weather have been very productive. The 11" White Paddle has been a steady producer with the Poofster, Illusion and Oceana flies being the most consistent but fog and rain have meant that you'll want to have the Blue Bubble, Pickled Sunshine and other glow flies handy. We've been running our combos about 30' behind the ball and focusing on a trolling speed in the 2.4 - 2.7 mph range (SOG). Spoons are also taking their fair share of fish. It's been hard to beat the Blue and Green Jean patterns in low light with the Jager Bomb (gold and silver), Flea For All, Ali Gator, NBK and Capt. Gary patterns picking away at fish during the rest of the day. As I mentioned earlier we've been running the larger versions of most of these spoons to try and limit the number of small kings we catch but fishing deeper seems to be having the same effect.

If you're heading out during the late afternoon, the fishing is good but it hasn't been quite as fast the morning. Expect to head out further to find active fish as it seems like the fish inside are asleep on the couch after a thanksgiving meal. You'll still find some nice kings out in water over 200 feet deep but you'll also find a few more coho. I personally don't mind this as coho are delicious but if you're looking for a bruiser, kings up to 29 lbs have been reported over the last couple weeks, they seem to be hanging a little closer to shore. Don't shy away from dragging some large plugs to try and target a trophy but don't be surprised if a 3 lb coho winds up eating that too.

Good luck and get out there! As they say "It don't get no better than this!".

P.S. The bluegill are biting too!

Matt

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20
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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02
Well it's been an interesting month since the last report. The water got cold, then warm, then cold again and the fishing followed suit with sporadic success.

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12

Here we go again. The NW wind did a job on things Tuesday and the water is cold in front. The cold water has brought the baitfish and decent numbers of our favorite predators in close to shore along with it.

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31

Theres still plenty of space between fish out there but with the help of the warm water the search is a little easier. 

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11

A quick check of the buoy in Port Sheldon shows the bottom has warmed up over 12 degrees in the last 5 days and the fishing has warmed up with it.

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12

This past Saturday though we kicked off our season with our first trip and it was reasonably good

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12

If you happen to see my wife around town, tell her I was right! The fact that it was about the run (I predicted it would happen now) and nothing that she cares about doesn't matter, I just want it to go on record that it happened.

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29

The recent warm weather has made for some pretty decent fishing out on the Big Lake. Catches have still varied widely but empty coolers have been rare even for the guys that don't get out very often.

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20

After the rain and wind this week, a few boats have been out and found fish stretched out from 120 - 240 FOW

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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.

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13

Are you ready for some fishing? Hope so because the Salmon Festival is this weekend!

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27

Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water another cold front arrives. The recent north winds chilled the water and messed up the swimming but didn't take the fun out of the good fishing we've been enjoying lately.

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23

Holland/Port Sheldon---Salmon anglers have been having good luck fishing water 120-170 with best water being 120-140.

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29

Fishing has been slow to fair on the lake this week but a couple of patterns have emerged.

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14

Fishing on Lake Michigan is not bad for mid-June. It's actually about normal for this time of year but the lake trout have been hiding and salmon over 3 lbs have been in pretty short supply.

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24

A quick update to yesterday's report. The strong north winds have done their job and swung the current around 180 degrees.

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11

It's seems Mother Nature wanted us fisherman to be with our mothers or wives this weekend. Thankfully though the weather held out earlier this week and there was some very good fishing to be had ahead of this cold front.

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07

Hello again!

It’s been a long winter and a unique spring (that's the nicest thing I can think of to say about this spring up until about a week ago).

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14

Salmon anglers out of G.Haven/Muskegon have been doing well, since the water has cooled again.

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13

 Fishing has been great this week!

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06

A short update for the Big Lake boat anglers. Last night we found some really nice kings with a few steelhead from 170 - 190 feet of water

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03

Salmon fishing has been great at both G.Haven and Muskegon.

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13

Grand Haven - Salmon anglers are fishing 110-170 and downrigger depth is 30 - bottom.

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24

Salmon Fishing at Grand Haven and Muskegon has slowed from week to week. Anglers are finding more fish north of Muskegon.

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23

The roller coaster weather pattern lately has made the fishing a bit more challenging lately. This past weekend provided lots of opportunities to catch up on your rest if you weren't lucky enough to find a pocket of fish and stick with them.

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18

On Lake Michigan, fishing is definitely slowing down but there are still plenty of fish out there waiting for you. Catches the last few days have ranged from 5 to 15 fish among the group of guys I talk to.

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16

Salmon fishing at both ports has really slowed with number of fish being caught

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08

Anglers are still doing well in the 150-250 water and downrigger depth has not changed.

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08

Grand Haven--Salmon anglers are still having good luck with kings and Cohos. Water depth is 150-220 with 200 being the best. Downrigger depth is 85-155. Divers are back 200-250ft. White paddles with blue or green flies. Blue spoons regular size.
 

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08

...the fishing is still excellent. Even better though is that people fishing from the pier with ale wives are able to enjoy the fishing too as abundant baitfish around the piers have pulled hungry salmon in towards shore over the last week.

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06

If you're boats all set to go, GO! The kings are here already and limits are being taken off of Grand Haven right now.

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04

Hello again!

I hope you've had an enjoyable winter and you're as anxious for spring as I am!

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28

It's been a while but I didn't think you wanted to hear about how every time I wanted to go fishing the weather wouldn't cooperate and I wound up chasing ducks or deer instead.

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31

 Grand Haven/Muskegon-At both ports stealhead are being caught off the pier. It is still "hit and miss" and spawn is working best.
 

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26

Grand Haven-Boat anglers when the weather has allowed have been fishing from 100-200', but the best water depth has been150'. Anglers are still catching kings, but they have been deep in the water column.

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11

Grand Haven and Muskegon have the same report for salmon anglers---Anglers have been fishing waters from 150'-300', but the best water seems to be 200'-260' and downrigger depth is 20'-70'.

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10

Don't miss the next few days! Fishing has remained excellent and you can't beat the incredible weather we have right now. We had another great evening last night as we had over 25 hits and landed 17 fish on a 4 hour charter.

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06

Grand Haven---The water is very muddy from the waves on Friday still, so boat anglers are having to go out past the muddy water. Water depth is 160'-260' and downrigger depth is 40'-20'.

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03

While last weeks wild weather certainly changed the water conditions, it did nothing to slow down the fishing.

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28

For those that have been fortunate enough to get out lately the fishing has been excellent. Less than ideal water temperatures in the mid 60's have forced us to fish deeper down than we'd like but it's not slowed the fish down a bit.

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27

Grand Haven/Muskegon----Salmon anglers at both ports are fishing water 80'-150' and downrigger depth is 80'-150'.

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12

Grand Haven--Salmon anglers have been fishing the Grand River channel and all the way out to 300'.

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08

The first big run is on! The first big run is over! Hopefully you were there Tuesday morning to enjoy the phenominal fishing in the river instead of sitting at a desk like I was.

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02

Get on the water Saturday as it looks like the best opportunity of the weekend for decent water conditions and good fishing (although you may have to dodge a few lightning bolts in the morning).

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01

Grand Haven--Boat anglers have been having great success fishing for salmon. The majority of the catch are kings and Cohos.

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19

I'm glad I'm writing a report and not a forecast. I thought I'd better offer a short update as the water warmed up off of Grand Haven and the fish moved again.

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18

Fishing out of Grand Haven right now is GREAT! Boats are coming in with good numbers for fish and good size also.
 

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17

It's a great time to be fishing in this area of the lake! Plenty of action and some very big fish, 20 - 25 lbs, have been the rule for the past 5 or 6 days now. 

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05

Just a quick update before the weekend. Fish yesterday and this morning were pretty evenly divided between the 45 and 130 ft depths. There is a lot of bait in the stained shallow waters with plenty of big fish keeping a close eye on them.

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03

Grand Haven---Water is very warm and fishing is still tough for salmon anglers, but best water depth is 70'-130' and downrigger depth is 30'-90' down.

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29

Here we go again. The fish are moving in every direction this week and keeping up with them has been tricky. Early this week fishing slowed down but fair catches were had in the 100 - 130 foot depth range fishing from 50 ft to bottom on the usual assortment of baits.

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25

Grand Haven---Boat anglers are starting to struggle catching salmon and trout. Water is getting warm and fish are on the move. Water depth is 110'-140' and downrigger depth is 40'-100'.

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25

Fishing remained fair to good during this latest stretch of hot weather. We have a good thermo present with cool water still present from 50' on down and decent numbers of fish can be found in a wide area feeding close to this depth.

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23

Grand Haven--Boat anglers having been catching salmon in 40'-130' and 220'-240'. Downrigger depth for the deeper water is 45'-85'. 10 & 13 colors of leadcore and 150-300 of copper have also been working.

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20

Grand Haven/Muskegon---Fishing is tough as the fish are scattered, but if the angler can find them, chinook, coho, Lake Trout, and steelhead have all been caught.

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19

They're biting everywhere right now! The flies have bitten my ankles, arms, knees... Actually that's a pretty good summation of the fishing too as this morning saw fair catches of fish in the depth ranges of 30 - 65 , 130 - 170 and also from 200 - 230 feet of water.

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15

The information contained in this report is good for about 30 minutes, then it'll blow up. The storm early this week that was followed by some decent north and east winds really shook things up.

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01

Fishing was pretty decent most of this week with a few double digit catches brought to the dock...

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30

Grand Haven---Pier fishing has really slowed to snail pace and nonexistent. Anglers have been trying for steelhead and perch. Pier anglers are using shrimp on a bobber and alewives (if they can still be caught)...
 

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23

G.Haven--Pier anglers have been having "hit and miss" times catching perch and steelhead.

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20

Fishing on the lake was a bit slow this weekend. Catches ranged from 0 to 10 fish in the group of anglers I talk with regularly...

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17

Fishing out of Grand Haven is still going very well for this time of year. The weather is continuing to provide challenging conditions on a daily basis but when you find fish they have been reasonably willing to bite...

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14

Remember how I mentioned the fish could easily move out or head for the beach after the east winds late last week? They landed in 60 - 80 feet of water and I didn't.

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10

G.Haven---Pier anglers are still catching alewives in cast nets,but no salmon or steelhead are around the piers to catch. What is being caught is sheephead. One angler the other day caught 52 sheephead!
 

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27

Here's a last minute update for the weekend. The salmon fishing is as good as it gets right now!

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The kings have moved back into the stained water in front of Grand Haven the past couple of days...

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23

My fishing started Friday morning in 30 feet of water North of the piers. I spotted a few fish and a school of bait just as we were finishing getting set and we took a double right off the bat...

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23

I have sorry reports for both G.Haven and Muskegon--Boat anglers for salmon are REALLY struggling...

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18

Grand Haven--Pier fishing has really slowed, but anglers are starting to be able to catch alewives in their cast nets and use them for bait...

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18

 For the first time in about 10 years there are trap nets set for Whitefish South of Grand Haven...

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12

I have some more first hand fishing information fresh from Lake Michigan for you. Fishing is slowly but steadily improving. I ran my first official charter of the season last night. We had a four hour trip from 4 to 8PM and picked up 6 nice kings and 1 small steelhead...

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09

Grand Haven--Pier angling is very slow. Anglers are still trying for browns, steelhead, and walleye, but not having much luck...

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08

Happy Mothers Day to any mothers that might be reading this and consider it a reminder to my fellow fisherman if that may have slipped your mind...

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04

The past weekend and the last few days at least gave us a little break from the rain and clouds but it looks like we have more coming with 8 of the next 10 days showing at least fair chances of rain in the forecast...

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04

G.Haven--Pier fishing has slowed to a crawl, but regulars are still using spawn and gobies to catch browns and walleyes.
 Boat anglers are trolling along the shoreline for browns...

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27

Ok, fishing news from the ports of Grand Haven and Muskegon...

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24

This weekend was dry and warm enough to help me get back outside after being sent into hibernation by the snow early last week that followed my warm vacation. Here is what I found out...

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19

Now that I've returned from sunny, warm Florida where the fish are biting, I'll update you on what I've heard from local fisherman over the last couple of days...

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11

G.Haven---Pier anglers are still catching browns, stealhead, and the occasional coho, but action is very slow some days and good others...

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06

Amanda's report pretty well sums up what's been happening on the piers lately. I spoke with a couple of guys that fished both the Grand Haven and Muskegon piers this last weekend...

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06

Grand Haven/Muskegon--- Pier action has been good some days and then terrible the next, but anglers are trying.

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01

After several days of excellent reports from the St. Joe area my son took the kayak and headed south today. He was rewarded with several nice cohos...

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28

The cold weather the last few days has definitely slowed things down on Lake Michigan with pier and boat success dropping off

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21

I've got good news to report. The nice weather we saw this past Saturday allowed me to launch my kayak and paddle around the sandbars. I managed to catch and release a nice 8lb lake trout...

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17

I still don't have first hand information but I've received word from several reliable sources that people with fresh steelhead spawn are doing very well from the piers in Grand Haven.

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