Catfish are really hitting well after dark on the Kalamazoo River and the St. Joe River. Cut bait, suckers and shiners are taking channel catfish and flatheads One angler this week landed a 40-pound, 6-ounce flathead that measured 45 inches in length. That giant took a nightcrawler for bait on the St. Joe River.
Reports from Lake Michigan say perch fishing has slowed down. Anglers are doing better south of St. Joe, but South Haven has been spotty. The best depths have been from 24 to 38 feet of water.
Boats trolling out of South Haven are taking some steelhead in 85 to 100 feet of water. Gotcha Flies and Stinger Spoons are taking some of those fish. Anglers trolling with meat rigs are taking some salmon out in 120 to 150 feet of water
Hemlock Lake and Little Paw Paw Lake have been giving up some rainbow trout action. Most anglers fish them at night with crawlers and red worms in about 35 feet of water. One trout fisherman on Little Paw Paw caught four of them while trolling small Rapalas during the day. One of those measured 18 inches.
Some bluegill fishermen say it's slowed down for them, and most 'gills have moved to deeper water. Good lakes to try have been Duck Lake, Lake Cora, Muskrat Lake, Lake of the Woods, Three Mile Lake and Big Lake.
The best bass fishing spots lately have been Austin Lake, Gull Lake, Crooked Lake, Scott Lake, Bankson Lake and in the Kalamazoo River from Comstock up to the Morrow Pond Dam. Top bass baits have been LiveTarget Crankbaits, Venom Tubes, RoboWorms on drop shot rigs, Hula Poppers and wacky worm setups.
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