Barton Lake gave up a big crappie this week. The 2 pound 14 ouncer was almost 16 inches long and was caught using a Slider Grub. Portage Lake has also been a good spot for crappies as well.
Night fisherman are getting some rainbow trout out on Little Paw Paw Lake using night crawlers and red worms. There was an 18 incher landed out there this week.
Still no great reports from South Haven on the perch fishing. One angler searched for six hours last week and only caught one fish! Stay tuned, they'll show up soon.
Salmon Fisherman trolling out of South Haven and St. Joe are not getting very good numbers of fish. Most of the fish around here are hitting meat rigs and flies. 100 to 130 feet of water have been the most productive depths. Reports from Grand Haven say that the salmon fishing is better. Anglers there are getting 6 to 10 fish a trip in 125 feet of water.
Reports from bluegill fisherman the week say the hot spots have been: Fish Lake, Lake Cora, Huzzy Lake, Campbell Lake, North Lake, Gun Lake, and Baseline Lake. Most of theses fish are hanging out in deeper water near weed edges and drop-offs.
Pike anglers that are trolling spoons on Gull Lake are getting good results. A 14 pounder was landed out there earlier this week.
Local river reports say that the water is high, which is no surprise. Conditions are tough but there are still a few catfish being caught below the Allegan Dam on the Kalamazoo River. Cut bait and shiners have been the go to baits this week.
Bass fishing has been picking up lately and anglers are starting to find more active fish. Try Bankson Lake, Gull Lake, Pine Lake, Austin Lake, Lake Allegan, Clear Lake, and Big Lake. There was a 6 pounder caught out on Clear Lake this past week. Strike King Crank Baits, Booyah Spinner Baits, Berkley Power Worms, and Yamamoto Grubs have been the best baits to try.
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.