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Kalamazoo Area Fishing Report

Weekly Fishing Report - July 18, 2014

More good perch reports are coming from South Haven and St. Joe, when the weather cooperates. Anglers have been getting good numbers of perch in the 10-13 inch range, south of the St. Joe pier in 28 to 35 feet of water. In South Haven fishing has been good south of the pier out in front of the dunes down to the power plant, in 27 to 40 feet of water. Gotcha Perch Rigs are working great.

Boats trolling on Lake Michigan near South Haven say salmon fishing is a bit slow. In 100 to 140 feet of water a few kings are being caught on Glow Spoons and flies. Fair numbers of lake trout are out there too.

A couple of steelhead were caught this week at the Allegan Dam in the Kalamazoo River. A few walleye were also landed. Nighttime at the dam has been great for catfish. A 32-pounder was boated a few days ago, along with lots of 4 to 10 pounders.

Anglers looking for some northern pike are having luck out on Long Lake, Scott Lake, Gourdneck Lake, West Lake, Gull Lake, and Deep Lake. Rapala Husky Jerks, Mepps spinners, Bomber Long A’s and sucker minnows are catching pike.

Fishermen out on Little Paw Paw Lake are getting some rainbow trout in the evening along with some bluegills. Other good ‘gill lakes have been Barton Lake, Pleasant Lake, Portage Lake, Reynolds Lake, Lake Brownwood and Sherman Lake. The Bo’s Bluegill Buster trolling harness has been very effective for hunting those big bluegills suspended over deeper water.

Crappie fishermen are getting some fish out on Pine Lake and Sherman Lake. Some of those specks are in the 14-inch range.

Reminder: D&R Sports Center’s Big Fish Contest ends August 31st. Each entry has a chance at a $100 D&R Gift Card!  Check out D&R Sports Center’s Big Fish Contest standings on our website. Click here for details.

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