St. Joseph Area
Salmon fishing is heating up in southern Lake Michigan. Anglers
fishing out of St. Joseph report catching cohos and a few browns in
20 to 40 feet of water. Crankbaits fished behind planer boards or
off downriggers are producing good results. Turkey hunting has been
B.J. Sports, (269) 429-8271.
A mixed bag of panfish is being caught on Gun, Barlow, and Payne
lakes. Early catch-and-release bass fishing also has been good on
most lakes in Barry County. Turkey hunting has been very good. Toms
are gobbling and action has been hot.
Gillett’s Bait and Hardware (269) 672-5371.
Crappie fishing has been excellent on Pine Lake. Minnows and
slider grubs are working the best. Pike fishing has been good on
Gull Lake. Anglers trolling jerkbaits report success. Shiners and
suckers fished under bobbers are taking pike on Scott Lake. Walleye
fishing has been good in the Black and Kalamazoo rivers. Anglers
fishing crankbaits at night report the best results. Bluegills are
hitting black gnats and wax worms fished in 2 to 5 feet of water on
North, Gun, and Austin lakes. Turkey hunting has been pretty
D and R Sports, (269) 372-2277.
Walleye fishing has been good on Lake Macatawa and the Grand and
Kalamazoo rivers. Fish are hitting crawlers and crankbaits.
Crappies and bluegills are hitting minnows and wax worms,
respectively, on Hutchins Lake and Allegan Lake.
Catch-and-immediate-release bass fishing has been good on most
lakes in the area. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits have been producing.
High winds have pretty much grounded Lake Michigan trout and salmon
anglers. Turkey hunting has been slow to get started.
American Tackle Outfitters, (616) 392-6688.