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Kalamazoo Area Fishing Report

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Weekly Fishing Report - April 12, 2017

By: Jim Hamrick


Spring fishing is ramping up and conditions are improving. On Sunday, my wife and I fished in the afternoon despite the high winds. The first two casts my wife made resulted in a 12” crappie and a 9” bluegill. We ended up taking home a total of nine fish that evening.

On Monday, I landed another half dozen keepers while I was experimenting with some Berkley Gulp Alive minnows. One of the crappies I caught that day measured 13” long.

A few days of sunny, stable weather will have a positive effect on local fishing conditions. My favorite presentation for early season fishing is a torpedo bobber, 18” – 30” 2 lb. fluorocarbon leader, and a GotCha Ice Fly tipped with either a wax worm or spike.

For best results, try fishing warm shallow bays along the shoreline near cover. Lakes to target right now are Cedar Lake, School Section Lake, and Sugarloaf Lake. When the water reaches 55 – 60 degrees switch over to a slider grub to catch larger fish.

Anyone who would like to pass along information to Jim is welcome to do so by e-mailing him at gpjfishingadventures@comcast.net


For more updates on local fishing conditions give us a call at 269-372-2277

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