Below is the weekly fishing report for May 17, for the Southwest Lower Peninsula. For other areas in Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/dnr and click on “weekly fishing report” on the left hand side.
Good numbers of crappie have been caught on the inland lakes. Bluegills should be on the beds soon. Northern pike are being caught in the rivers. Lots of bass are being caught and released.
Saugatuck: Salmon fishing was slow. Pier anglers caught freshwater drum. Try crawlers on the bottom.
Holland: Pier fishing for salmon has slowed but boat anglers continue to catch a good number of fish in waters 120 feet or deeper. The fish were scattered. White perch action was slow.
Grand Haven: Boat anglers are targeting 130 to 230 feet of water for salmon. Set downriggers 60 to 140 feet down or divers 200 to 275 feet back with green and blue magnum spoons or white spin/fly combos.
Grand River at Lansing: Is producing catfish along with a few pike and walleye. Those fishing over near Portland did well for catfish. Bass fishing has been good along the entire river.
Lake Lansing: Is producing bass and a few pike.
Michigan Center Lake: In Jackson County is producing largemouth bass and panfish.
Coldwater Lake: In Branch County is producing good numbers of large crappie.
Duck Lake: In Calhoun County is producing bass and pike. Some nice crappie were also caught.
Prairie Lake: Also in Calhoun County is producing crappie, bass and pike.
Morrison Lake: Bluegills were starting to show up on the beds.
Sessions Lake: Is producing bluegill and crappie on spec minnows.
Muskegon: Salmon fishing slowed but should pick back up. Anglers are using downriggers 60 to 140 feet down in 135 to 230 feet of water. Try green or blue magnum spoons or spin/fly combos. No perch to report.
Whitehall: Had good salmon fishing in 150 feet of water and the fish were right on the bottom. Pink and blue were hot colors. Alewife have moved into the channel. Pier anglers caught chinook, coho and brown trout on stick baits or Cleo’s that glow.