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Kalamazoo Area Fishing Report

Weekly Fishing Report - April 28, 2016

Bluegill and crappie fishing has been good this past week. Gills are hitting flies in 2-4 ft. of water over dark bottomed areas. Black gnats and poppers cast behind a torpedo bubble have been working the best. Crappies are hitting slider grubs in 8-10 ft. of water just off the weed edges. Portage Lake, Pine Lake, Eagle Lake, Corey Lake and Crooked Lake have been good spots to try.

Bass fishing has been good as well. Keitech swimbaits, jerkbaits and jigs have been productive. Lakes with the most activity have been Gull Lake, Baseline Lake, Gun Lake and Pine Lake.

Steelhead activity is slowing down in the Kalamazoo and St. Joe river systems. Suckers have moved in and are taking over most the water. A few steelhead are still around but most are heading back to the big lake.

Lake Michigan anglers have been catching cohos and browns out of St. Joe in 20ft. of water or less. Orange or Orange/Gold Brad’s Thin Fish behind planer boards have been the best set-ups. It’s lake trout city at South Haven right now. Those fish are hanging out everywhere from 10-120 ft. of water eating just about anything. Spoons, Flasher/Flies and Thin Fish have been working well. No reports of early King’s yet.

This weekend is walleye, pike and trout opener. Conditions look promising. Jerkbaits and slow trolling with crawler harnesses should produce for the marble-eyes. Spoons, spinnerbaits and a wiggly minnow may entice a northern if that's what your're after.

Stream conditions look good for the trout opener. Stoneflies, caddis and a few Hendrickson’s have already started hatching and should be going strong for the dry fly anglers. Streamers and assorted nymphs will work if no hatch materializes.

D&R Sport Center's Big Fish Contest starts this Saturday April 30th. For more information on how to register your catch Click Here.

For more updates on local fishing conditions give us a call at 269-372-2277.  D&R Sports Center is open seven days a week.  Click here for directions and store hours.


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