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 The Kings are coming! The Kings are coming and we're  happy to be back on the water fishing for them. The strong North winds this past week cooled the water and scattered the fish, but mature Kings were still caught in water depths ranging from the piers to 130 feet. Fish were caught from 10 to 60 feet down on a variety of lures. Bright spoons such as the Red and Orange Pepper Dreamweavers and the Jawbreaker Stinger worked well. With the cold water, short lead cores of 2 to 5 colors were effective. Some fish were also taken on plugs and meat rigs. If you prefer Steelhead, try fishing the river water near the pierheads early in the day. Fish the top 15 feet with oranges and pinks and don't be afraid to pick up your speed to 3.5 mph or more. Lake Trout remain active near bottom in 100 to 140 feet of water and can be caught on the usual 8 inch Spin Doctors and Spin-n-Glows or Whirligigs. The changing water temperatures this past week point out the importance of being aware of changes. Temperatures dropped almost 20 degrees in one day! The Grand Haven Steelheaders website provides links to local buoys which can provide important information on currents and temperatures both on the surface and at various depths. Good Fishing, Rich

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 Recent strong North winds and persistent East winds have cooled the water near shore. The result has been very good fishing off Grand Haven. Summer Steelhead have begun to move into the waters around the piers. Try spoons in bright orange or pink cast off the piers or trolled in the top 25 feet of water. Plan on lots of excitement as these hard fighting, high jumping silver beauties present a special challenge. Even seasoned experts feel fortunate to land half of the Steelhead hooked. If you prefer salmon, Kings are still available starting in 70 feet and continuing out to 180. Most have been coming in the top 50 feet on spoons. Our best was a downrigger 40 down with the Dreamweaver "Hello Darlin" and 7 and 10 color lead cores with the UV Mixed Veggie and the UV Capt. Gary. Lake Trout are also being caught near bottom with the usual combinations of Spin Doctors and Whirligigs. This is "Free Fishing" weekend and licenses are not required. It's a great opportunity to introduce someone to our sport. Consider taking a veteran fishing - it will be a great experience for both of you. Good Fishing, Rich

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 While action has slowed somewhat, fishing off Grand Haven remains very good. Most of the action has come off shore in depths ranging from about 120 feet to as far West as you want to travel. Lake Trout are hitting near bottom on downriggers and wire divers. The lures of choice include the usual combinations of Spin Doctors or small paddles pulling Spin-n-glows or Whirligigs in greens and yellows. Coho action has slowed although a few large fish (up to 12 pounds) have been taken. For Kings, Dreamweaver paddles and flies fished deep continue to take large, mature fish. Our best continues to be a blue edge paddle and a blue bubble fly fished 97 feet down on a downrigger. This rig has consistently taken large fish for us during the past two weeks. Bright UV spoons like the Mixed Veggie, Captain Gary's and Yaeger Bomb have worked well on coppers and divers set from 120 to 200 back. There is still a lot vegetation floating in the Lake from recent flooding rains-check lines frequently. None of our local fish seem to be interested in a salad! Good fishing, Rich

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 In spite of visibility problems because of dense fog, fishing off Grand Haven this past week has been very productive. While I have heard reports of some fish in shallow water, most action has been offshore in 120 to 200 feet of water. Limit catches of Kings and Cohoes have been quite common with all age classes of Kings being caught. Paddles and flies in blue and white combinations have been very productive fished deep on downriggers or divers. Try fishing them from 65 feet down to 100 or more. Blue or various Moonglow spoons are effective on dark or foggy days fished on lead core or copper. Bright patterns such as Mixed Veggie UV or Captain Gary's UV work best on bright days. Our best action came on Paddles down 80 feet or more, riggers with spoons for 45 to 65 feet down and 7 colors of lead with a Stinger Jordo. Please consider releasing smaller Kings when possible, they are the future of our fishery. Good Fishing, Rich

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 While the Queen has been busy in England, the King has finally arrived in the waters off Grand Haven. Warming water temperatures have brought a mixed bag of Chinook (alias King) and Coho Salmon along with a few Steelhead. While Lake Trout remain available near bottom in 180 to 220 foot depths, fishermen have begun to target the long-awaited "silver fish". These fish are scattered throughout the water column in 70 to 160 feet of water. White paddles with Poofster or Oceana flies fished 70 to 115 down have taken Kings and spoons in greens and blues have been successful at mid depths. Orange seems to work best in the top 25 feet. Best depths for us ranged from 15 to 97 feet down. Some very large fish up to 26 pounds have been taken. Be sure to spool fresh line as these Spring Kings are serious fighters. Be aware of numerous floating logs and other hazards after recent flooding rains. Recent East winds have cooled the action, but warming waters should provide increased action. Good fishing! Rich

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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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 Fishing off Grand Haven remains good with a mixed bag of Kings, Coho, Steelhead, Lake Trout and even a few Browns. Erratic winds have kept the fish on the move searching for temperature and bait. Most anglers have been starting their search in 80 FOW and then moving out if necessary.  130 FOW seems to be a good second target. Most fish have been coming between 40 and 80 feet down. Meat rigs in UV, blue and green shades have all been good producers on riggers, divers and coppers from 150 to 450. Spoons have also produced well with Moonshine spoons like the Flounder Pounder working well in early and late hours and blues and greens in mid day. Try a variety until you hit on that day's hot lure. My granddaughter saved a slow day for us by suggesting a DW Pink Panties on the 300 copper. Check your lines for nicks and abrasions as there are some big fish around and break-offs are making busy brisk at Fish On Bait and Tackle

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Grand Haven:  Boat anglers are catching a mix of salmon and trout 30 to 80 feet down in 60 to 150 feet with a variety of meat rigs, flies, spoons and plugs.  Meat rigs in green or yellow work along with green, blue, orange and yellow spoons.  Pier anglers were still finding a couple steelhead with shrimp.

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 Fishing off Grand Haven continues to provide a mixed bag of Kings, Coho, Steelhead and Lake Trout. Most action has come from 80 to 140 FOW from 40 feet down to the bottom. Some very healthy Kings and Cohoes have shown up with at least one fish topping 25 pounds. Meat rigs on divers, 225 and 300 coppers have been very productive. Colors have been mostly whites, yellows and greens. Spoons in oranges on higher lines and greens down deeper have also taken fish. Glow spoons such as 

 

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Grand Haven: Boat anglers caught a mix of trout and salmon 30 to 90 feet down in 80 to 200 feet with green, orange or pink spoons. Green or yellow meat rigs were better in deeper waters. 

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 Grand Haven:  Salmon and trout action is picking up. Boat anglers caught salmon on green or yellow meat rigs 50 to 90 feet down in 100 to 180 feet.  Steelhead were also caught.  Lake trout were taken in the bottom 20 feet with green or yellow spin-glo’s.  Pier action for steelhead and yellow perch was slow. 

 

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Grand Haven:  Salmon and trout action picked up. Lake trout were caught while targeting the bottom 15 feet in 110 to 180 feet below water. Yellow, green or blue spin-glo’s worked best. Chinook were caught 60 to 150 feet 

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Grand Haven:  Salmon and trout action continues to be slow.  A few salmon and steelhead were caught 35 to 120 feet down in 100 to 200 feet.  A couple 

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Grand Haven:  A few salmon and steelhead were caught 35 to 90 feet down in 100 to 200 feet and lake trout were taken in the bottom 15 feet of waters 150 to 200 feet deep. Try dodgers with yellow or green spin-glo’s. Pier anglers using alewife or casting spoons caught freshwater drum. 

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Grand Haven:  Boat anglers reported slow catch rates for trout and salmon with only a couple fish taken 50 to 150 feet down in 90 to 180 feet on white flashers with green or white flies and orange or green spoons.  Pier anglers caught a couple steelhead on shrimp.  Freshwater drum were taken on alewife or spoons.   

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Grand Haven:  Boat anglers reported fair salmon action with fish caught 30 to 120 feet down in 100 to 200 feet with bright colored spoons and a white flasher/fly combo.  Pier anglers caught the odd steelhead with shrimp.

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 Fishing remains very good off Grand Haven.  Fishing has slowed in the muddy water although some fish continue to be taken on brightly colored and UV spoons in the standard Stinger and Super Slim Dreamweaver sizes. Many of these Kings are 

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 Fishing remains very good off Grand Haven with Cohoes and some smaller Kings available offshore in 150 to 200 FOW. The top 40 seems to produce best. 

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 Weather permitting, trolling off Grand Haven has been fairly productive.  Coho are available with a few Kings in 190 to 220 FOW.  The top 40 feet is producing Cohoes on bright body baits and

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Grand Haven:  Pier anglers and those surfcasting have caught steelhead on spawn.  Some have caught a few Menominee whitefish when still-fishing with a minnow

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Grand Haven:  When the weather allowed, steelhead and young salmon were caught 20 to 100 feet down in 120 to 180 feet.  Orange spoons have done well along with white paddles and white flies.  Pier and shore fishing were slow with only a couple steelhead taken on salmon spawn.  The south pier is closed to the public and will reopen the summer of 2017.

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Grand Haven: Trout and young salmon have been caught from the surface to 80 feet down in 80 to 140 feet. Orange and green spoons worked best. Lake trout have been caught on yellow spin-glo’s. Pier anglers have not caught any salmon or steelhead. Those using minnows caught channel cats and freshwater drum.

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Grand Haven:  Boat anglers are catching trout and young salmon 30 to 80 feet down in 60 to 110 feet with green, orange or blue spoons.  Pier fishing was slow with only a few catfish and freshwater drum taken on minnows.  The south pier is closed to the public until the summer of 2017. 

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Grand Haven:  Those targeting lake trout did well along the bottom 15 feet in waters 80 to 120 feet deep with dodgers and green or yellow spin-glo’s.  A couple salmon and steelhead were caught 50 to 100 feet down in 80 to 140 feet with orange or green spoons along with white flashers and green flies.  Pier fishing was slow with only a couple coho or channel cats taken on minnows and spawn.

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Grand Haven:  Salmon and trout have been caught 50 to 150 feet down in 100 to 200 feet with orange and green spoons and flies.  Pier fishing was slow.

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Grand Haven:  Boat anglers found trout and salmon 35 to 100 feet down in 80 to 180 feet with orange, blue and green spoons as well as white or green flies.  Pier anglers caught coho on glow spoons or live bait. 

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Grand Haven:  Boat anglers caught salmon when trolling the channel and out in front of the piers.  Most were taken 25 to 65 feet down in 110 to 180 feet with orange, green and blue spoons.  Pier anglers caught salmon and a couple steelhead when casting spoons or still-fishing with alewives.  


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Grand Haven:  Pier anglers caught freshwater drum and channel cats on minnows.  Removal of the catwalk on the south pier has begun and the pier was not accessible.  Boat anglers found salmon 50 to 120 feet down in 100 to 180 feet with glow plugs, meat rigs and flies.  

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Grand Haven:  Boat anglers are catching salmon 50 to 120 feet down in 100 to 150 feet with green or yellow glow plugs with red, yellow and green meat rigs.  Pier anglers caught catfish 

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Grand Haven:  Decent numbers of salmon have been caught 35 to 90 feet down in 80 to 130 feet.  A variety of colors in meat rigs, glow plugs and flies have been working well.

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 The past week has provided very good fishing off Grand Haven for mature Kings and Cohoes as well as Steelhead.  While cold water provided opportunities close to shore in 40 to 60 fow, increasing south winds have warmed the water and pushed the fish and the bait further out.  White fishscale or wonderbread paddles with white or glow blue flies have been consistent producers off  riggers and divers.  Plugs in glow, white or chrome/red head have also taken fish.  Late week provided action on spoons as well, 

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Grand Haven:  Salmon were caught in 35 to 75 feet.  Glow spoons and plugs are working well along with red or green meat rigs.  A couple salmon and steelhead were caught off the piers when using alewives early or late.  

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 In spite of increases in boating activity because of the Coast Guard Festival, fishing remains good off Grand Haven.  Both mature and immature Chinooks and Cohoes are being caught in 30 to 60 fow under low light conditions.  White glow plugs in pearl, black dot, double glow and Wonderbread patterns seem

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Grand Haven:  Salmon and trout were caught 30 to 100 feet down in 40 to 130 feet.  Glow spoons and plugs worked well in low light conditions.  Green, yellow, and red meat rigs 

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Grand Haven:  Boat anglers were starting to see an increase in the number of Chinook salmon.  Most were caught 60 to 120 feet down in 90 to 160 feet with green or white flies and meat rigs.  Pier anglers caught freshwater drum on minnows. 

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 Mature kings have finally started to arrive.  Best for us was 80 to 130 fow.  While not hot and heavy, all our fish ran from 17 to 20 pounds.  While some fish have been taken early in the A.M. as shallow as 70 fow, the bite there has been short-lived.  Meat rigs on divers, spinnies or paddles and flies as 

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Grand Haven:  Steelhead were caught on alewife and shrimp however the action has slowed for pier anglers.  Boat anglers are catching a mixed bag of trout and salmon in 120 to 180 feet when 

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Grand Haven:  Boat anglers trolling orange spoons or body baits near the piers caught steelhead and the occasional Chinook.  A few Chinook were caught out in 100 feet.  Pier anglers are catching 

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 Grand Haven:  Decent numbers of steelhead are being caught off the piers.  Anglers are using alewife and shrimp or casting orange spoons.  Boats trolling near the end of the piers caught steelhead on orange 

 

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Grand Haven:  Boats trolling near the piersheads caught steelhead on orange spoons or body baits.  Those heading offshore found trout and salmon in 150 to 210 feet.  Orange spoons and white flies worked well.  Pier anglers are catching steelhead on shrimp and a few 

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Grand Haven:  Trout and salmon have been caught 35 to 150 feet down in 150 to 250 feet when trolling green flies and orange spoons.  Pier anglers are 

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 While big fish have been hard to find, 2 to 5 pound Kings and Cohos can be found from 80 fow out to 300 plus.  Most have been caught in the top 50 feet with Lake Trout being taken at greater depths.  Red, orange and pink spoons are working.  For us, small spoons, Super Slims or Stingers worked best.  For Lake Trout, white flies and the usual Trash Can and Spin and Glows take fish near the bottom.  A reminder: Chinook (King) salmon with a missing adipose fin contain a coded wire micro chip in the snout.  The MDNR would like us to turn in the snouts of these fish for research purposes.  In light of the declining Chinook fishery, this has become more important than ever.  To help make this more convenient, the MDNR has now located a small freezer at Chinook Pier so that we can deposit the snouts there.  Bags and identification forms will also be available there.  Lets all do our part to preserve this valuable fishery.  Rich

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Grand Haven:  Boats have been catching Chinook and steelhead in 120 to 220 feet.  Orange or green spoons along with white flies were the ticket.  Pier anglers caught a couple steelhead on shrimp. 

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Southerly winds have warmed the water off Grand Haven and this should begin to concentrate the fish. While a few Kings have been caught in the mud, most action has been offshore. Coho and some Kings can be found in 260 fow in the top 40 feet, We also observed increasing numbers of fish in 90 to 120 fow. While not

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Grand Haven: Boat anglers found coho 35 to 120 feet down in 170 to 220 feet. Orange spoons worked best up high in the water column. Those trolling near the piers caught the occasional Chinook. A few perch were caught in

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Grand Haven: Coho were caught 25 to 150 feet down in 160 to 260 feet. Bright colored spoons are working well in the upper water column. Those trolling near the pierheads are finding coho, Chinook and a few brown trout. Pier fishing was slow.
Muskegon: Boats are catching

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Grand Haven: Coho were caught on bright colored spoons and flasher/fly combos 50 to 150 feet down in 180 to 260 feet. Those trolling near the pier heads found a mix of coho, Chinook and brown trout. Boat anglers reported the yellow perch action as hit-or-miss. Pier fishing was slow

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Spring is finally here and it's time to get out on the Lake! Perch fishing has been very good in 60 fow south of the piers. Salmon have been following the baitfish and are hitting various spoons in 30 to 70 fow straight out of the harbor and south. Lead cores

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Grand Haven: Anglers trolling the shoreline for brown trout and pier anglers fishing for steelhead and brown trout reported slow catch rates. Boat anglers targeting yellow perch reported fair catches. The best baits were wigglers and minnows.


Muskegon: Boat anglers trolling for brown trout along the shoreline reported slow catch rates. Pier fishing was also slow.

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Grand Haven:  The nearshore water clarity was poor.  Pier fishing is slow for steelhead and brown trout.  Windy conditions have prevented boats from trolling the shoreline. All the docks are in at the Harbor Island boat launch.

Muskegon:  A couple steelhead were caught by pier anglers using spawn. 

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Grand Haven:  Pier and boat anglers reported slow action for steelhead and brown trout.  Nearshore water clarity is poor due to recent rains. 

Muskegon:  Pier anglers caught steelhead and brown trout on spawn.

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Grand Haven:  When they can get out, boat anglers are targeting steelhead and brown trout near the pier and along the shoreline.  

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 Grand Haven:  Boats trolling in front of the piers caught coho and a few Chinook on glow plugs and orange spoons.  Pier anglers 

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Grand Haven:  Chinook salmon were found 80 to 140 feet down in 100 to 150 feet.  Green or white flies worked well and glow plugs 

 

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Grand Haven:  Boats were finding salmon 40 to 100 feet down in 70 to 120 feet.  Glow plugs, green or white meat rigs, and green flies were taking fish.  Pier anglers are catching the occasional steelhead on shrimp.

 

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 Grand Haven:  Has not changed.  Boat anglers have caught salmon and trout 40 to 100 feet down in 70 to 140 

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 With warming surface temperature, fish are finally beginning to concentrate in the cooler depths. This past week, the temperature break has been around 65 feet down in 80 to 120 fow.  While some Steelhead remain available nearer the surface and also in  140 to 180 fow, 

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Grand Haven:  Windy weather has turned the water continuously so water temperatures were consistent throughout the water column.  Water in the 40’s brought a large number of steelhead close to shore.  

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Grand Haven---Anglers are fishing 85-130 FOW. Kings are biting meat rigs in the colors of blue and purple in the morning and green and yellow later on divers and 300 coppers. 

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Because of fog, storms, and wind my port have had very little fishing pressure, especially Muskegon.  In fact, I don't have a report for Muskegon.
Grand Haven--130-200FOW 30-90ft down.

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Salmon fishing is good, but difficult because fish factors are changing daily.  Water temperatures seem 

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 While cold water and strong winds continue to be an issue, there are good fish to be caught when Mother Nature cooperates.  The best action this past week has been in 80 to 170 fow. Location from north 

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 Grand Haven--Salmon anglers are fishing 80-110FOW.   Divers are  back 100 and 150 with meat rigs.  Coppers are 100-225 with orange spoons.  Meat 

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Again another slow report for both ports. Water is cold so few fish are around and if around the fish are scattered.
Grand Haven/Muskegon-- 

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 Fishing off Grand Haven has begun to improve. While cold water temps have kept the fish scattered and on the move,

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Fishing pressure at Grand Haven/Muskegon has been slow because of weather and few salmon around.
G.Haven/Muskegon--Salmon anglers are fishing pier heads out to 130'. 50-70 FOW seems 

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 Fishing has slowed at both ports because few fish seem to be around, water is still cold, and also fishing pressure has been slow because of weather.

Grand Haven--Pier anglers are using spawn 

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 Grand Haven—Pier angling has slowed for steelhead and browns.  Anglers are using spawn and casting spoons as means to try and catch steelhead and browns.

Perch fishing is getting better, 

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 Amanda’s reports are based on talking to anglers at the launch site, and the north and south piers in Grand Haven

 

Grand Haven and Muskegon----Pier anglers are doing well catching steelhead and browns.  Spawn is the bait of choice. 

Boat anglers are having success trolling the shoreline for browns, steelhead, coho, and small kings.  2,3,5 colors of lead core and short coppers have all taken fish.  Baits have been 

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 Grand Haven:  Pier and shore anglers are both taking steelhead and brown trout.  Steelhead are hitting on fresh spawn and brown trout on orange body baits.

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 This will be my last fishing report for the season.
Still my report is very slim, but steelhead fishing in G.Haven has been better the last couple of days.
Pier and shore anglers in G.Haven have had luck catching steelhead.  They have been using spawn, but yesterday an angler did catch a steelhead with shrimp. Menominee has been hit and miss off the piers and I have not heard of any whitefish

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 My report is very slim again for G.Haven/Muskegon.  I do not have boat info from either port.  So, only pier info.  Anglers are fishing both north and south piers in G.Haven for steelhead.  Very few steelhead have been caught.  Spawn is the bait of 

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 A slim report from me again for G.Haven/Muskegon.  I don't have any boat info from either port.
Pier fisherman in G. Haven have been catching a very few steelhead using spawn as bait.  Gizzard shad are around, so those could be used for bait, but usually not the bait of choice.
Anglers have just started to fish the pier in Muskegon.  Also using spawn as bait.  But, I haven't heard of any steelhead or kings being caught yet.
I don't have any Muskegon or Grand river info either.

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Grand Haven/Muskegon---Salmon are scattered because of the water temps.  Some kings and cohos are being caught while trolling around the pie rheads and in the basin at Muskegon.  Most anglers seems to be having better luck out deeper.  90-120 and then 150-200+.  The only consistency seems that fish are caught in the 30-45 down depth.  Anglers are using J-plugs around the  pier heads in colors of green, yellow, and chrome.  Out deeper spoons, spinnies/flies, and meat rigs have been working.  Green spoons and flies with white or UV spinnies and meat rigs are working best.
 
Pier fishing at both ports is slow.  Anglers are using spawn, alewives, and casting spoons. 
 
Anglers are still trolling or jigging in Muskegon lake, but that is slow too.

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 Grand Haven/Muskegon-- Anglers are fishing in 40-80 FOW and 25-80 ft down in the morning and then the fish seem to move out to 70-80 FOW water later in the day.  The spawning kings are starting to stage and Cohos are mixed in the group.  

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The good news is that the past week has provided us with our best fishing since 2012. Mostly Kings in the 8 to 18 pound range have provided the action and there has been plenty of that.  A few Cohoes, Lake Trout and Steelhead have added to the fun.  Green Spin Doctors like the Fat Nancy, Live Wire and Seneca Special with green flies like Pickled Sunshine, Green Bubbles and Seaweed have all been very effective.

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 Hello,

So you want to go fishing eh? Good news for you! Right now you can chase perch, steelhead and a few kings near the piers fishing with plenty of orange near the surface and a few plugs like the chrome/red headed J-plug. Minnows, wax worms and shrimp chunks for the perch. Fishing inside has been better for the guys fishing f

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 Grand Haven:  Boat anglers are catching salmon 40 to 85 feet down in 80 to 130 feet. Steelhead were caught on orange spoons in the top 30 feet. Salmon were caught on blue and green spoons and flies or white paddles, spinnies and flies. Yellow, blue green or purple meat rigs also caught fish. Pier fishing slowed as water temperatures were back up to 65 degrees or more.

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Grand Haven---Anglers are fishing 140-240 FOW and 20-80 ft down. Gold spoons with orange and yellow have been the best. Blue paddles with a blue or white fly 50-70ft down have also worked well.

 

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 Because of inconsistent reports and to save fuel, we opted to fish the muddy and stained water in close.  Temps were cold and baitfish were plentiful.  Thursday provided Steelhead and Kings and a lone Brown on 3 to 7 color lead cores with bright spoons with spots. Riggers set 24 and 30 took hits as well.  DW spoons i

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Grand Haven---Anglers are fishing 75-175 FOW and running baits from the surface down to 70 ft.  Spoons are still taking most fish and colors are orange, blue, and green.  Spinnie bites have came on a white spinnie with green fly.  Meat rigs that are yellow have caught fish too.

 

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Recent strong north winds have brought cold water close to shore.  Surface temps are in the 50's with the temps in the low 40's only 20 feet down.  The result has been that fish have scattered but the good news is that while numbers have generally not increased, the quality of the fish caught has.  Kings to 22 pounds and Steelhead to 14 pounds have been caught. Fish have been caught from 30 fow 

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 This report might be changing quickly, since with the cool weather and strong north wind the water is cooling and fish are on the move.
 
Grand Haven/Muskegon---Anglers were fishing 120-150 FOW and running baits on the surface down to 90 ft.
Fish are starting to be caught more on paddles.  Paddles are white and the best fly is blue.  Spoon colors are blue and gold.
 

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 Grand Haven and Muskegon have similar reports this week.   Anglers have been fishing 110-165 FOW and down depth is 45 ft-120 ft.  Spoons still work well in mostly blue patterns.  White paddles also have started to catch fish. Meat rigs that are blue in color have worked on dipsy rods.

 Grand Haven-Has been very slow on the pier.  Guys have been casting for large and smallmouth bass.  Bait has been hard to come by.

 

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04

 

Hello,

Can you believe it's already the Fourth of July? I can because just like last year the changing weather is keeping the fireworks on Dewey Hill instead of of on the back decks of the fishing boats! Today was the beast opportunity to get out after some pretty windy weather and the catches were skinny. I spoke with guys that fished from 70 - 240 FOW and the story was the same, slow.

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Grand Haven and Muskegon have slowed for salmon fishing and the fog, weather, and wind has made fishing very difficult

 

Grand Haven---Salmon anglers have been fishing 85-110 FOW and 40-90 ft down.  Spoons are still the main bait of choice in colors of blues and yellows. 

The commercial fishing nets located between

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Grand Haven and Muskegon are similar again.  Water depth is 80-100 and down depth is 50-70.  The Duck Lake area by Muskegon is holding salmon there.  Mini and regular spoons that are blue and green in color have been catching fish.  Spinnie/fly bites have been few.

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 Grand Haven and Muskegon are similar again.  Salmon angling is starting to slow though.
 
Grand Haven----180-220 FOW and 20-60 ft down.  75-300 ft of copper and 3-10 colors of lead have caught fish.  Still a spoon mini and regular spoon bite.  Colors are orange and UV patterns of orange, blue, and yellow.  A few spinnie/fly bites.

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Recent winds have brought very cold water to the nearshore.  Alewives have gathered for the pre-spawn near the harbor.  The result has been that Kings and Steelhead have followed and are biting in the warmer waters.  30 to 50 FOW seems to be best.  Small silver/orange and gold/orange spoons fished 12 to 24 feet down on riggers, 45 to 50 back on divers and on2,3 and 4 color lead cores have all taken fish.  Darker spoons or glow patterns such as JJ McMuffin, Hello Darlin' and Thriller have produced well in low light conditions.  A few fish have been taken on bright spinnies and flies as well.  Fish can also be found in 80 to 120 FOW, but are more scattered.  Bright spoons like the Veggies seem to work best here.  What I believe to be schools of perch were also marked south of the harbor in 35 to 45 FOW.

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Grand Haven---Water has cooled and salmon are now around the pierheads. Top water to 40ft down has caught fish.  Small spoons and some spinnie/flies have been working.  Orange has been the best color.
Pier anglers are able to catch alewives again, but fish were caught JUST outside of the reach of the anglers.
No perch info.
 

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Grand Haven---Salmon fishing is good here right now.  Kings and steelhead are out in 80-140FOW with steelhead being out deeper.  Baits should be ran from 20-80ft down.  Spoons, spinnie/flies, and some meat rigs have all taken fish.  Colors are orange high, blue, green, and a mixed veggie color.

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Grand Haven—Salmon anglers have been fishing 120-160FOW. Baits are being ran 25-50ft down.  225 coppers and 3 to 12 colors of leadcore have all caught fish. Spoons in mini and regular sizes and mostly oranges, bright greens, and spoons that have UV are working too.

Perch fishing has really slowed

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Grand Haven---King fishing is really heating up here. Anglers have been fishing 30-70FOW with the best depth being 40-55FOW.  3 colors of lead down to 43ft on riggers has been the depth range that has caught fish.  Anglers have been working the Grand River mudline and  the clean water just outside the mudline.  Spoons are baits of choice in mini and regular sizes.  Orange, gold, mixed veggie, and UV baits are all working.
 

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Grand Haven:  Boat anglers have their choice between salmon or perch. For salmon, most are trolling in waters out to 60 feet deep however 35 to 45 feet seems to produce the most fish when using 3, 5 and 7 color lead core. Set downriggers 20 to 35 feet with orange and gold spoons. Perch anglers are still taking fish in the 60 foot hole just south of the south pier. Try minnows, spikes or wigglers. Pier fishing was slow for those casting spoons

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08

Grand Haven---A few kings have shown up along with browns.  Anglers have been fishing 8-60 FOW with 30-45 FOW being the best depth.  24ft down on riggers has caught fish. Anglers are fishing right out of Grand Haven. Anglers are also using planner boards to fish the top water.  Anglers are using their favorite spring baits.
Perch fishing is good in 60 FOW in the holes south of the south pier. 

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Ice has finally left around piers at both Grand Haven and Muskegon.  Pier fishing is very slow.   In Grand Haven a VERY few browns have been caught.  Both steelhead and browns have been caught in Muskegon, but VERY few here too.  Anglers are using spawn as bait.
 
1 charter boat caught 1 brown while trolling the channel and around the pierheads.
 
The Cottage Grove boat launch in Muskegon is closed due to dredging.
 
 

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Grand Haven---Ice is still on the piers, so anglers should use caution.  Ice in the lake has been out to the lighthouse on the north and south side pier, so fishing has been difficult.  But, a VERY FEW browns have been caught. Pier anglers are using spawn.  Boat anglers are able to troll the channel and around the pier heads.  Boat anglers are using planer boards with spring color baits.

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This will be my last fishing report.
 
Anglers have been fishing the piers in Grand Haven/Holland for steelhead, white fish, and Menominee.  The water is not quite cold enough, but getting close.  All three fish species have been caught, but few numbers and not everyday.
Spawn is the bait of choice.
 
Amanda

 

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Fishing in Holland/Grand Haven has been terribly slow.  Wind and weather, along with no fish around has not helped my the fishing report.

 

I talked to 1 guy out of Holland Sunday and he fished 80-170FOW

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It is a slim report again this week. The following is based on discussions with the anglers that have gone out.

Water was still warm at both ports of Grand Haven/Holland over the weekend. 

Boat anglers have been fishing 100-160 FOW and it seemed that 120-150 was best. 

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Grand Haven and Holland are similar again

 

Salmon anglers in boats are fishing 100 feet of water off the pierheads “if” the water rolled and flipped yesterday with the wind and waves.  If, water didn’t flip stick to 100FOW 85-90 on the riggers and 300-400ft coppers.  It is a spoon bite and colors are spring colors yellow/blue, mixed veggie, oranges and a few glow spoons too.

 

Pier fishing has been very slow for steelhead so far, but guys are trying casting and spawn.

 

No perch.

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10

Grand Haven and Holland are similar again

 

Salmon anglers in boats are fishing 100 feet of water off the pierheads “if” the water rolled and flipped yesterday with the wind and waves.  If, water didn’t flip stick to 100FOW 85-90 on the riggers and 300-400ft coppers.  It is a spoon bite and colors are spring colors yellow/blue, mixed veggie, oranges and a few glow spoons too.

 

Pier fishing has been very slow for steelhead so far, but guys are trying casting and spawn.

 

No perch.

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03

Finally, a more positive report

 

Grand Haven/Holland---Salmon anglers are fishing 50-250 FOW with the most productive water being 100'.  Downrigger depth is 30'-90'.  Spoons and body baits have been working.  Out deeper it seems that darker colors were working better.  Purple/black.  In closer it was orange and orange/green.

Some mature fish are still being caught out there.

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Another terribly slow report.  Grand Haven/Holland have similar reports again

 

Grand Haven--Pier anglers have been trying for salmon using spoons, spawn, or alewives if around.  Spoons are most productive in an orange, red, or glow.

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Grand Haven/Holland have the same fishing report and the report is SLOW!
 
Salmon anglers have been trolling the channels at both port with chrome and redhead plugs, green plugs, white pearl with colored or black dots.
 
Pier anglers have been using spawn, alewives, and spoons to catch salmon.
 
I know that boats have gone offshore to find steelhead or young salmon and struggled too.

 

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I am sorry to say that my report for both Grand Haven/ Holland is extremely SLOW.
 
Salmon anglers have been fishing the channel with plugs.  White, pearl, silver with green or red, and the white with multi color dots have all taken fish.

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Hello,

Holy big fish Batman! Week after week fish over 20 lbs continue to land in coolers at a pace that I haven't seen since the 80's. My sons were running the boat the other morning when a real trophy showed up that topped the 30 lb mark for us for the first time in over 15 years!

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Grand Haven----Salmon anglers are fishing 85-115 FOW and 60-95 down on the riggers.  White glow plugs, white paddles with a mirage fly and green and yellow spoons are working best.
 

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Holland/Port Sheldon and Grand Haven have similar reports--Salmon anglers are catching salmon in 50-130 FOW and 40-70 ft down on riggers. Fish are high as 5 color lead and 150 coppers are working well.

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I am sure that with this north wind that we have been having that the cold water has blown around the pierheads, so this report may be a little off.
 

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Grand Haven---Salmon anglers are fishing 80-120FOW and 160-200FOW and 50-80ft down. Coppers 225, 300, and 450.

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Grand Haven and Holland have similar reports this week.
Salmon anglers have been fishing 80-200ft or water and 55-80ft down.  

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Grand Haven---Salmon anglers are fishing 160-210 FOW and downrigger depth is 30ft-bottom. 150, 300, 450 coppers all have been producing.

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Holland--Anglers who fished south of Holland had better luck over the weekend, than those that fished straight out of Holland. Best water was 160-180 and 30-85ft down. No one color or bait was better than any other. So, spoons and spinnies/flies worked. Colors were orange, blue, and green.

 

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Grand Haven-Salmon anglers are targeting steelhead, since kings are still scarce. FOW is 200-240 and the top portion of the water column. Spoons that are orange are working best.
 

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This is a short fish report. Boat anglers that are trying for salmon are REALLY struggling and word has spread, so NOT much salmon fishing, so no info for boat angling. Sorry.
 

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Grand Haven--Pier anglers are doing well on steelhead using shrimp and a bobber.
Boat anglers are struggling to catch kings in 80'-130' of water and top-40' down.

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Grand Haven -  Boat anglers are having a tough time fishing for salmon, but fishing 80-120' and 20 - the bottom on the riggers.
Lure colors are gold, green, and blue. A few UV paddles and flies in the same colors the spoons.

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Boat anglers are fishing 160-300', but most productive water has been 180'-220'. Salmon and steelhead have been coming 40'-80' down, but some kings have been caught below 100'.

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Grand Haven and Holland have similar reports again. Boat anglers are fishing 110-200 ft. But, best water has been 150-180 ft. With fishing depth is top 85'.


 

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Holland, Port Sheldon, and Grand Haven have similar fishing reports for boating anglers.

 

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Fishing report from Amanda Butt, MDNR Fisheries Division
Salmon fishing is starting to pick up in Grand Haven. 75-100ft of water has produced kings.

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Salmon (Kings and Cohos) are just starting to show up in Holland and Grand Haven for boat anglers. Report is the same for both locations.

Water depth is 40-150 with 80-120 being the best. Salmon are high in the water as small leadcores are working best.

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I am very sorry to say that I have a very sad report for both Holland and Grand Haven. I have interviewed both pier and boat anglers and no salmon or trout were caught.
Pier anglers at both ports are still fishing with spawn for steelhead and browns.
Boat anglers are trolling 20-75' with some even going out to 120'. Clean water was found at 75' and deeper.
There is 1 launch ramp that has been put in at Harbor Island boat launch in Grand Haven.

 

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The dirty water and debris from the rivers and lakes has really made fishing hard for both boat anglers and pier fishermen. 

 

Grand Haven—Anglers are using spawn to fish for browns, steelhead, and whitefish. All have been caught, but in VERY few numbers.

No boat info.

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Note of Imterest: Dredging of the Harbor Island boat launch in GH is scheduled to begin this coming week.  That should allow normal use once the river recedes. 

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Grand Haven---Weather and waves have kept lake anglers to a minimum. In fact, I have not interviewed a boat. Pier anglers are doing ok. Steelhead, browns, and just recently a few whitefish. All have been caught using spawn.

Holland/Port Sheldon--A few boats have gotten out to troll the shoreline. Steelhead and browns have been caught, but mostly browns. Orange and gold body baits or spoons (same color) have worked. 30-40' of water out of Port Sheldon.Pier fisherman have been struggling using spawn.
The water is still very low at the Port Sheldon launch. The mouth of Pigeon Lake is being dredged and making the water very muddy out to 40'.

 

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Holland--The ice is still on the south pier, but melting with the warmer weather. When the lake is calm anglers have trolled close to shore for browns and been successful. Browns have also been caught out of Port Sheldon trolling too. Body baits with orange and yellow have worked.
Grand Haven--Both piers are hit and miss days for steelhead and browns. Shore anglers have had luck too, but hard to find the troughs with the low water. Spawn and skein have been working. Boat anglers have had some luck with browns and stealhead trolling the shoreline. Using planer boards and body baits in orange and yellow.
Caution---water levels at ramps are VERY low!!

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Grand Haven: Is producing some steelhead for pier anglers.

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Grand Haven:  Pier anglers were catching the occasional steelhead. The activity was light and very weather dependent. 

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Grand Haven:  Pier anglers were catching the occasional steelhead. The activity was light and very weather dependent.

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Grand Haven: Freezing spray has ice coated the piers

Grand River at Lansing: Catch rates slowed with the colder temperatures. Wait for the next warm up to target the dam in North Lansing and Moore’s Park.

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This will be my final report as my last day of actual creel is today, but a great year of fishing!
Grand Haven---Pier anglers are catching a few steelhead, whitefish, and Menominee on both piers. Still fishing with spawn is the method. Each day is different and it is very hit and miss with fish.
Muskegon---Pier anglers are fishing for steelhead off the south pier. I have not talked to an angler who has had luck catching one yet. I had 1 boat angler and they fished 40-100ft and in the "top water" caught 1 steelhead trolling a regular size orange/gold spoon.
BTW---Last Thursday morning a 5 ft sturgeon was caught off the north pier in G.Haven. The angler was still fishing with spawn for steelhead. The sturgeon was netted and released.
Amanda
 

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Again, another sad fishing report for my ports. Anglers getting out on Lk. Michigan has almost been impossible with the weather and wind.

Grand Haven--Pier anglers have been catching a few whitefish and steelhead when using spawn.

 Muskegon---No info.

Amanda
 

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Salmon fishing at Muskegon and G.Haven is terribly slow.
Grand Haven---Water depth is 150-210 and downrigger depth is 80-150. Lures are UV paddles and flies.
Pier anglers are still casting spoons, but also using spawn and alewives. Kings, cohos, and steelhead have all been caught, but very limited numbers.
Muskegon---Water depth is 100-300 and downrigger depth is 100-200. Wire dipseys are 300-360ft out. White paddles with a UV blue fly. Spoons colors are mixed veggie, blue dolphin, and green dolphin. No pier info. Anglers are trolling Muskegon Lake too, but that is terribly slow too.

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This fishing report is very sad. The weather and waves has made salmon fishing in Lk. Michigan almost impossible.
So, I don't have a report again for Muskegon. ALL 3 days that I was in Muskegon were "Blow Days".
Grand Haven---Pier anglers have been having limited luck casting spoons for kings, Cohos, and a few steelhead. Spoon colors are orange or yellow.
Amanda
 

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Grand Haven--Salmon anglers are fishing 160-220 and 95-150 down on the riggers. 300ft and longer copper lines. White paddles with blue and green flies have been working on the downriggers. On the coppers, mag spoons in the colors of blue/yellow and green/yellow. Spinnies and paddles are also working on the copper lines and fly colors are blue and green.
Pier fishing is terrible, since water is so warm. A couple guys were trying for channel cats.
No perch.

 

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For the ports of Grand Haven and Muskegon
 
As of yet, both ports have not had a huge run of salmon. Seems like fish are just trickling in.

Grand Haven---Salmon anglers are fishing 100-150ft and downrigger is 30-60 down. White paddles and blue fies down deep, while blue and orange spoons on shallow copper and leadcores. White paddles are also being ran on divers. Some boats are also fishing the pierheads and they are trolling J-plugs in the colors of white, pearl and yellows.
I'm not sure about pier fishing, since I have been in Muskegon these last 2 days, but I would assume that fish are being caught if the anglers can get bait.

Muskegon--Salmon anglers also have gone deep ( same as GH) and caught steelhead out there. Anglers are also trolling the pierheads and channel using J-Plugs or Atomics in the colors of white, pearl, and a "Wonderbread" pattern. Pier anglers are casting orange spoons or jigging and catching salmon. Anglers are also jigging for salmon in Muskegon Lake and doing well by the sand docks.

 


 

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 This is current through 8/30 Fishing off Grand Haven has slowed but there are still good fish to be caught.  Water temps which are warm at the surface and very cold below 65 feet have left a very narrow band of good temps for salmon.  Try fishing from 55 feet down to 75 feet in 75 to 110 feet of water.  Paddles on the riggers, mostly greens and whites with the Poofster, Pickled Sunshine and other green flies have been effective.  Green spinnies and glow spoons on divers have also been hit.  Our best results have come on glow, Wonderbread, and green J-Plugs and Dreamweaver plugs fished off the 150 and 225 coppers and full lead cores.  Rich

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 Grand Haven--salmon anglers are doing well in water 120-170 and 90-150 on the downriggers. 280 and 300 on wire divers and 400, 450, and 600 copper. UV paddles in white. Flies are green, green/white.
Pier anglers are catching a VERY limited number of Cohos when using alewives.  No perch.
 

 Muskegon--salmon anglers are fishing 120-250 with the best water being 200-250. Downrigger depth is 140-200 and again UV paddles in white and flies are green, green and white.
Anglers are starting to troll and jig for kings in Muskegon Lk. Some days kings are caught and others NO kings. This is very hit and miss.
No perch.

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Tuesday and Wednesday morning.  Did well both days, 5 for 7 and 7 for 10.  All but 2 were mature Kings, 12 to 17 pounds.  Paddles on the riggers, blue early, then green and white later, 85 to 120 down.  Spinnies and green flies on the wire divers, 180 to 220 back and small J-Plugs, green and pearl on the 300 and 450 coppers.  We caught fish from 80 feet out to 200 with bigger fish in the 80 to 120 depth range. 

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Grand Haven:  Boaters are catching salmon in 150 to 200 feet of water with down riggers set at 50 to 113 feet and wire driver rods set at 160 to 180 feet. The baits working best are UV paddles, blue and green flies and spoons (orange higher in the water and blues or greens deeper). Pier anglers are seeing Chinook, Coho and steelhead when using alewives. Some perch are being caught around the pier heads.

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08/07/2012 am

The morning fishing was once again very hot.  The bite started as soon as the first rod went down.  We only had two on the boat this morning but our six rods ended up going 10 for 19 by 8:00am.  Riggers again with paddles and flies and wire divers with meat rigs.  We did run a 225 copper with a plug which took a fish.  When the chute rigger started firing, we changed the 225 copper to a 400 copper with a paddle with success.  We set at 85 fow and trolled to 155 fow.  The rest of our fish were between 125-140, but we seemed to be deeper than the rest of the pack.

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8/7/2012 AM
It is nice to fish two days in a row when the conditions are similar.  We used our knowledge from the day before and left the dock a few minutes earlier.  With the south and west winds, we decided to set up a bit deeper.  We were able to get 7 lines in the water before the fire drill began.  It was almost to the exact minute when it began the previous morning.  The temp break seemed to move down another 10 feet so we concentrated on 75-105 feet in the water column and stayed on a west troll until we hit 205 fow. We concentrated on 140-200 for the rest of the day.  The program was almost identical to the day before, except for the large king that managed to take out 4 lines as the sun was coming up.  No gear was lost, but 4 lines were out of the action during the power hour.  Blue chrome paddle, UV fish scale paddle and rubber poopster fly, Uv glow paddle and liquid sunshine fly on the riggers.  Meat rig on the wire diver and 400 copper again picked away at the fish.  We only took one bite in the 9 o clock hour but made a few small adjustments and crossed our finger while we waited, picking up our last 4 fish for a three man limit during the next hour.  Although I threw my favorites out there, once again we only took one of our bites on a 8 inch sp dr and fly.  With the fading moon and the warm water, things may change, but the good news is that we marked fish from 75 out to 205 early and consisantly from 150-200 later in the day.

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8/6/12 AM
It seems like you need to leave the dock early to set lines.  Once the fish start biting, it may only last for a while and if your lines are not set, you may not get them in the water.  We set in at 75 fow and spent the remainder of the day between 105 and 135 fow ( we were probably inside of everyone else).  Paddles on the riggers (65, 80, 95) took half of our bites.  A wire diver at180 early and 290 later with a meat rig was a consistant rod all day.  With the warm water we only ran 225, 300, and 400 coppers.  We could not buy a bite on a spin doctor and fly, but meat rigs and a plug on the 225 saved the day.  We did not run many spoons, but  a modified scally blue dolphin on a slider and a Uv spoon with a green tape and a glow cup on a 225 copper did get a few rips. 

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For Grand Haven – anglers have been successful fishing 90 – 100 feet of water, running lures 50 to 80 feet down.
Green spinnies with green flies or green and white flies have been successful.
 
For Muskegon – anglers have been fishing the 70 to 120 depths, running their lures down 40 feet to the bottom.
Full cores have been taking fish.  Spoons – orange, blue, silver or blue and silver.

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