Anglers trolling for salmon out of St. Joe on Lake Michigan are doing very well out in 150 to 190 feet of water. Kings, coho and steelhead are all out there and they are full of alewives. Gotcha Flies are taking fish, along with meat rigs. Good colors have been Blue Bubbler, Green Mirage, Terminator and Blue Mirage.
South Haven has trollers finding fish as well. Depths of 80 to 150 feet of water have been productive there. J-Plugs and flies are working well.
The perch report for the big lake has been spotty but may improve before long. A few fish are being caught in South Haven in front of Deer Lick Creek, in 25 to 38 feet of water.
There have been some good reports lately of local lakes giving up some nice bluegill. Pleasant Lake, School Section Lake, Portage Lake, Little Paw Paw Lake and Cedar Lake are all good spots to try.
There have been some crappie fishermen landing fish this week. Bankson Lake, Rupert Lake, and Sherman Lake have been good in the evenings. Minnows and Slider Grubs in 14 to 18 feet of water around weed beds have been working.
Three lakes this week all gave up 5-pound bass - Sunset Lake, Lake Cora and Gull Lake. Other good bass fishing lakes lately have been Brandywine Lake (where a 6-pound, 2-ounce largemouth was caught and released), West Lake, Barton Lake, Saddle Bag Lake, Big Fish Lake and the Kalamazoo River.
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