Area Fishing Report – May 16th, 2018

Written By:  D&R Sports Center May 16, 2018 at 1:15 pm

Walleye fishing has been productive on area rivers as of recently. Anglers fishing on the Kalamazoo River, below the Allegan Dam, have reported good numbers along with solid reports coming from the Grand River as well.

The smallmouth bite is getting better with the water temperature beginning to warm up. Bayous on the Grand River saw some slower fishing, most likely due to the heavy amounts of rain and post spawn activity. The bass that were biting seemed to prefer purple wacky rigged worms.

Steelhead fishing is still productive on the Muskegon River near Newago, but has slowed down in Grand Haven and South Haven.

Big lake fishing is hot right now! There have been many reports of limit catches of big king salmon all up and down Michigan’s west coast. Multiple say that 20 lb. fish are being caught on a consistent basis.

On the lakes around Kalamazoo, most of the panfish are spending time in shallow water. Bluegills were found in 1 to 3 feet of water, most likely getting ready to spawn. Good Catches of bluegills have come from Ackley Lake, Wolf Lake, and Fish Lake.

With warm temperatures over the next couple of days, you plan on the fish activity to increase. Shallow areas will start warming up quickly with air temps being more steadily warm. Panfish and bass should be fairly easy to find in 5 to 10 feet of water with good cover nearby.