A couple of inland lake perch fisherman found found some good ones this week out on Bankson Lake. They were fishing in 18 to 23 feet of water using minnows and they boated a dozen perch running from 10 to 12 inches. They also hooked into a big mushy that fought for 15 minutes before it broke off in the weeds. The anglers got a good look at the fish and said it was at least 45 to 50 inches long!
Lake Michigan perch fisherman are still doing pretty good in St. Joe and South Haven. The water is in the 70's now and the fish have been in 22 to 35 feet of water.
Boats trolling out of St. Joe and South Haven are finding some silver fish in 90 to 140 feet of water. Some king salmon that have been caught are running 15 to 18 pounds and the steelhead are averaging 6 to 10 pounds. Spin Doctors and flies are taking those steelhead and meat rigs along with magnum spoons are working well on the kings.
Bass fishing reports from many of our area bodies of water say overcast days and evenings have been the best times to go. Craw fish pattern crankbaits, white spinner baits, weed less frogs, wacky worm set ups, tubes, and Berkley Power Worms are taking some bass up to 6 pounds.
Like the bass anglers, bluegill fisherman are doing better on overcast days too. Best reports this week have been from: Barton Lake, North Lake, Swan Lake, Gravel Lake, Little Sugarloaf Lake, Asylum Lake, Eagle Lake - Bloomingdale, and Little Paw Paw Lake. Angler out on Little Paw Paw Lake say they are also getting a few perch mixed in with the gills.
River fisherman in the St. Joe and Kalamazoo rivers are getting some good walleyes on Storm Thunder Sticks and Reef Runners. Night time river anglers are finding fair numbers of catfish as well. There was a 10 pound channel cat landed this week and a 21 pound flathead landed as well.
D&R Sports Center's Big Fish Contest in running now until September 5th. To view the latest standings and for more information on the contest click here.