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Port of St. Joseph MI - Dock Report

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Apr 12th 2014 - Catching Coho! Boats are catching Coho Salmon in lake MI along the shore line in depths of water 10-15 feet. Coho are mainly biting body baits such as Thin Fish, Hot N Tots, Rapalas and such with Orange being the best color. There have been fishermen launching on the river to target steelhead and the pier fishermen have been catching mostly coho and a few steelhead and few whitefish. It is still very early in the season so there will be lots of fish to harvest in the upcoming months. Fishing reports have been decent up towards Berrien Springs with the Steelhead fishing being good.  
Apr 2nd 2014 - The St Joseph River is fishable as well as the piers out on the lake. There have been fishermen launching on the river to target steelhead and the pier fishermen have been catching mostly coho and a few steelhead and few whitefish. It is still very early in the season so there will be lots of fish to harvest in the upcoming months. Fishing reports have been decent up towards Berrien Springs with the Steelhead fishing being good.  
Mar 20th 2014 - The St Joseph River has opened and there is good water flow streaming out towards the lake. There have been fishermen launching on the river to target steelhead, but yet to make it out to the Lake since there is plenty of Ice still on Lake Michigan. Fishing reports have been decent up towards Berrien Springs with the Steelhead fishing being good. River fishing is OK and plenty of Small Mouth have been caught and released along with Catfish and Walleye has been good so far this year.  
Sept-27th-2013 -FALL FISHING has arrived. The best fishing has been either off the Pier in the river casting and trolling for the Salmon in front of the river mouth. Pier fishermen are also catching Kings, Coho and Steelhead casting spoons and spinners. Perch fishing is slowing down a bit but on nice days the boats are still getting out in the depths of 25-45 feet of water depending on the water temp. Kings and Coho have been reported in the river and the fishing will only get better on the lower end. Reports at the Berrien Springs Dam are favorable.  
Sept-6th-2013 - Fishing is Good and Kings have showed up in front of the piers with the cooler winds which blew in. Boats are trolling in front of the river mouth on out picking up the fall salmon. Pier fishermen are also catching Kings, Coho and Steelhead casting spoons and spinners. Perfish fishing has been GREAT these past 3 weeks and some good catches are still being reported in the depths of 25-45 feet of water depending on the water temp. Salmon and Coho have been reported in the river and the fishing will only get better on the lower end. Reports of the Berrien Springs Dam are favorable. Start gearing up for fall fishing and check out our selection of hot n tots, wobble glows and corky's. There are big fish out there to be caught this year so get your gear ready.
 
Aug- 15th - 2013 - Perch fishing is good and remains good through today. There are Big Kings still out there to be caught and the numbers are a bit slim but the quality of fish is key. For instance a 25# 8z King was weighed in last month. A few Steelhead are being caught out front of the pier heads and the fish will likely finish their summer run up the St Joe River soon. Salmon and Coho are being caught in 80 feet of water on out deeper to 150 feet. Perch fishing has been good in the shallower depths around 25 to 40 feet. We anticipate the perch bite to remain thru the end of august. Salmon are mostly being caught trolling wire dipsy divers, copper or leadcore behind planer boards and a few fish are being taken on downriggers. Also meat rigs or cut bait rigs have been very productive and seem to be catching the bigger Kings. Pier fishing has been slowing down and hopefully when the water cools a bit there will be some nice salmon and steelhead to be caught. Start gearing up for fall fishing and check out our selection of hot n tots, wobble glows and corky's.
 
July- 31st - 2013 - We have weighed some big fish this year. For instance a 25# 8z King was weighed in last month. Good Steelhead fishing reported this past week just out front of the pier heads and the fish will likely make their summer run up the St Joe River. Salmon and Coho are being caught in 60 feet of water on out deeper to 150 feet. Perch fishing has been good in the shallower depths around 25 to 40 feet. We anticipate the perch bite to remain thru the end of august. Salmon are mostly being caught trolling wire dipsy divers, copper or leadcore behind planer boards and a few fish are being taken on downriggers. Also meat rigs or cut bait rigs have been very productive and seem to be catching the bigger Kings. Pier fishing remains good and reports of walleye and a Skamania Steelhead have been caught. Start gearing up for fall fishing and check out our selection of hot n tots, wobble glows and corky's.

River fishing is OK and plenty of Small Mouth have been caught and released along with Catfish and Walleye has been good so far this year.

 
June-24th- 2013 - Fishing remains fair to good and the bite seems to be from 60 feet of water on out deeper to 150 feet. Salmon, Coho, Lake Trout. Steelhead are are starting to show up at the pier heads for the summer run but it is just starting. Perch are also starting to moving in to shallower depths around 25 to 40 feet. We anticipate the perch bite to start becoming good any day now. Salmon are mostly being caught trolling wire dipsy divers, copper or leadcore behind planer boards and a few fish are being taken on downriggers. Also meat rigs or cut bait rigs have been very productive and seem to be catching the bigger Kings. Pier fishing remains good and reports of walleye and a Skamania Steelhead have been caught.  
May-23rd-2013 -Fishing remains fair to good and the bite seems to be from 60 feet of water on out deeper. Salmon, Coho, Lake Trout and Steelhead are being caught in those depths. Mostly trolling spoons from 20-40 feet down and either leadcore with planer boards or flat lines. Also meat rigs or cut bait rigs have been very productive and seem to be catching the bigger Kings. Pier fishing remains good and reports of walleye and a couple Steelhead have been caught. Perch have been reported this week out on the lake in about 40 feet of water. I think the Perch May be moving in and it is Now time to get the minnow buckets out.
River fishing is OK and plenty of Small Mouth have been caught and released along with Catfish and a few Walleye.
 
May-13th-2013 -Fish seem to be scattered all over the lake and the bite is sporadic. Salmon, Coho, Lake Trout and Steelhead are being caught anwhere from 40 to 250 feet of water. Mostly trolling spoons from 20-40 feet down and either leadcore with planer boards or flat lines. Baits or crank baits and Orange seems to be the best color. Pier fishermen have been doing good as well using spawn and catching a few coho, Brown Trout and Whitefish. Give us a call or stop by the store for a more up to date report.

River fishing is OK and plenty of Small Mouth have been caught and released along with Catfish and a few Walleye. River Boats have been targeting Steelhead in the St Joseph River but the spring run is nearing an end. Also fish are being caught off the piers using Spawn. River conditions are very low so it is a bit difficult finding the holes and navigating. Take Caution when venturing up river.


 
May-1st-2013 - After a LULL in the fishing these past few weeks there seems to be some momentum towards a better bite. Salmon, Coho, Lake Trout and Steelhead are being caught from 40 to 100 feet of water. Baits or crank baits and Orange seems to be the best color. Pier fishermen have been doing good as well using spawn and catching a few coho, Brown Trout and Whitefish.

River Boats have been targeting Steelhead in the St Joseph River and have been fishing anywhere from the train bridge in St Joe up to the Berrien Springs Dam.

 
Apr-10th-2013 - Boats have been getting on the Lake fishing and they are catching Coho's and Brown Trout in the shallow waters (20 feet of water) trolling stick baits or crank baits and Orange seems to be the best color. Pier fishermen have been doing good as well using spawn and catching a few coho, Brown Trout and Whitefish. Give us a call or stop by the store for a more up to date report.

River Boats have been targeting Steelhead in the St Joseph River and have been fishing anywhere from the train bridge in St Joe up to the Berrien Springs Dam. Also fish are being caught off the piers using Spawn.

 
Apr-3rd-2013 - Boats have been getting on the Lake fishing and it seems to be a slow start but will only get better. Coho and Brown Trout are being caught in the shallow waters (20 feet of water) trolling stick baits or crank baits and Orange seems to be the best color. Pier fishermen have been doing good as well using spawn and catching a few coho, Brown Trout and Whitefish.

River Boats have been targeting Steelhead in the St Joseph River and have been fishing anywhere from the train bridge in St Joe up to the Berrien Springs Dam. Also fish are being caught off the piers using Spawn. River conditions are very low so it is a bit difficult finding the holes and navigating. Take Caution when venturing up river.

 
Nov -7th - 2012 - Anglers have started to catch Steelhead off the Piers along with Whitefish. Steelhead are being caught on Fresh Spawn and also while casting Spoons or Spinners. That time of year has arrived when fall fishing has begun to kick off with some good fishing to be had on the Piers in St Joseph. White Fish are also being caught off the piers and are mostly being caught on single Egg Spawn. Wax Worms seem to work as well.

River Boats have been targeting the Steelhead in the St Joseph River and the fishing is OK at the moment but will only get better as we approach December. Also a few have been caught off the piers using Spawn. River conditions are very low so it is a bit difficult finding the holes and navigating. Take Caution when venturing up river.

 
Sept -27th - 2012 - Salmon are finally showing up in the river and out in front of the piers. I would say at the moment River fishing has been more successful than fishing the lake. In addition to the salmon being caught, there are Coho's and Steelhead in the river as well. Methods being used are casting plugs or spinners from shore or in the boats plugs and jigging spoons are working the best.

Don't give up on the Perch fishing since I believe it is not done yet. Unfortunately, the wind and the waves have moved the perch back out to the deeper depths but we anticipate them to venture back in closer when the lake settles. Minnows are the prefered bait of choice.

Salmon fishing in the lake is fair and the fish seem to be holding in the deeper depths. A few salmon have been caught in close but most seem to remain out in the depths of 100 to 160 feet of water. Best baits to use in 160 feet are Flasher and Fly Combinations or Flasher and meat rigs fishing 60 feet on down to the bottom. Spoons are working also and the magnum spoons seem to be producing the best. Spoon colors with Yellow and silver have been productive. Green fly's are also good.

Anglers have been catching some fish off the piers either casting spoons or Oslo spinners and using frozen shrimp or Night Crawlers. Also guys are drifting the St Joseph river targeting a few walleyes using night crawlers and smallmouth bass fishing has been good.
 
Sept -18th - 2012 - Salmon are finally showing up in the river and out in front of the piers. I would say at the moment River fishing has been most successful this past week.

Perch fishing has been good this past week. Perch have moved in closer from out in the deeper depths between 28 and 40 feet of water. Anglers have been catching good numbers of perch using minnows. We anticipate the fishing to remain the same as long as there are no major water temperature adjustments in the near future.

Salmon fishing is still fair and they seem to be holding in the deeper depths. A few salmon have been caught in close but most seem to remain out in the depths of 100 to 160 feet of water. Best baits to use in 160 feet are Flasher and Fly Combinations or Flasher and meat rigs fishing 60 feet on down to the bottom. Spoons are working also and the magnum spoons seem to be producing the best. Spoon colors with Yellow and silver have been productive. Green fly's are also good.


Anglers have been catching a few fish off the piers either casting spoons or using frozen shrimp or Night Crawlers. Have only heard of small numbers of salmon caught off the pier but some are trickling into the river as the river bank fishermen have reported. Also guys are drifting the St Joseph river targeting a few walleyes using night crawlers and smallmouth bass fishing has been good.

 
Sept -7th - 2012 -Perch fishing has been good this past week. Perch have moved in closer from out in the deeper depths between 28 and 40 feet of water. Anglers have been catching good numbers of perch using minnows. We anticipate the fishing to remain the same as long as there are no major water temperature adjustments in the near future.

Salmon fishing is still fair and they seem to be holding in the deeper depths. A few salmon have been caught in close but most seem to remain out in the depths of 100 to 160 feet of water. Best baits to use in 160 feet are Flasher and Fly Combinations or Flasher and meat rigs fishing 60 feet on down to the bottom. Spoons are working also and the magnum spoons seem to be producing the best. Spoon colors with Yellow and silver have been productive. Green fly's are also good.

Anglers have been catching a few fish off the piers either casting spoons or using frozen shrimp or Night Crawlers. Have only heard of small numbers of salmon caught off the pier but some are trickling into the river as the river bank fishermen have reported. Also guys are drifting the St Joseph river targeting a few walleyes using night crawlers and smallmouth bass fishing has been good.

 
Aug -28th - 2012 - After having a few discussions with some of my loyal customers and visitors of this here page I have decided it was time to furnish my fellow fishing friends with some up to date fishing news and reports. As we all know the fishing here in St Joseph and Benton Harbor has its ups and downs from time to time. We all seem to recall how it use to have been at certains times of the year and when we approach the end of August on our calendars we feel a sense of urgency. We know that it is time to get out our heavy tackle if we plan to fish the river or the pier or grab the box of J-Plugs and Thundersticks for trolling the lake in anticipation of another Fall King Salmon Run. For some reason good ole Mother Nature is not cooperating and she feels that summer should probably be longer this year. Which leads to the thousand dollar question, Where are the FISH?

Salmon fishing is fair and and they are being caught in the depths of 100 to 160 feet of water. Not many fish are being caught in close between 60 and 80 feet of water but it doesn't hurt to scan those depths. Best baits to use in 160 feet are Flasher and Fly Combinations or Flasher and meat rigs fishing 60 feet on down to the bottom. Spoons are working also and the magnum spoons seem to be producing the best. Spoon colors with Yellow and silver have been productive. Green fly's are also good.

Perch fishing has been slow and varies from day to day. Perch are being caught in variable depths depending on the water temps and depths mostly from 45 to 60 feet of water using MINNOWS. I don't know why the Perch are out deeper but that is where they are being found.

Anglers have been catching a few fish off the piers either casting spoons or using frozen shrimp or Night Crawlers. Also guys are drifting the St Joseph river targeting a few walleyes using night crawlers.

 
Aug -12th - 2012 -It has been a slow start for the month of August but there are high hopes and good predictions that this fall will be some great fishing ahead of us. Salmon fishing at the moment is fair and most of the fish are being caught in the 80 to 120 feet of water. There are still fish being caught in close in the depths of 60 to 80 feet of water but not as many at the moment until the water cools down. Perch fishing has been slow and varies from day to day. Perch are being caught in variable depths depending on the water temps and depths mostly from 30 to 40 feet of water using MINNOWS.

Anglers have been catching a few fish off the piers either casting spoons or using frozen shrimp or Night Crawlers. Also guys are drifting the St Joseph river targeting a few walleyes using night crawlers.

 
Jul -11th - 2012 - This summer has been very good for the Perch fishermen. They are reporting very good catches. Salmon fishing remains Very Good here on Lake Michigan. The fishing is most productive in the depths from 60 to 120 feet of water. There are still fish being caught in close in the depths of 60 to 80 feet of water since the water temps are still somewhat cooler. Summer run Steelhead has been good and are still being caught off the pier and out front in 40 to 60 feet of water but they are slowing down a bit. Perch are being caught in variable depths depending on the water temps. Some very nice catches of Perch have been reported. Anglers have been catching the Perch in 25 to 40 feet of water using MINNOWS.

Anglers have been catching the Summer Run Steelhead off the piers either casting spoons or using frozen shrimp or Night Crawlers. Also guys are drifting the St Joseph river targeting a few walleyes using night crawlers.

 
Jul -2nd - 2012 - Perch Fishing is GOOD out of St Joseph as well as Steelhead.

Summer Run Steelhead are being caught off the pier and Perch fishermen are reporting very good catches. Salmon Fishing remains Very Good here on Lake Michigan. The fishing remains productive in the depths from 60 to 120 feet of water. There are still fish being caught in close in the depths of 60 to 80 feet of water since the water temps are still somewhat cooler. Summer run Steelhead has been good and are being caught off the pier and out front in 40 to 60 feet of water. Perch fishing has progressed and has gotten much better the past few weeks and will vary in depths being fished depending on the water temps. Some very nice catches of Perch have been reported. Anglers have been catching the Perch in 25 to 40 feet of water using MINNOWS.

Anglers have been catching the Summer Run Steelhead off the piers either casting spoons or using frozen shrimp or Night Crawlers. Also guys are drifting the St Joseph river targeting a few walleyes using night crawlers.

 
Jun -17th - 2012 - Fishing is GOOD out of St Joseph! Perch and Steelhead are biting and Salmon Fishing remains Very Good, also the Summer Run Steelhead are starting to show up. The fishing remains productive in the depths from 60 to 120 feet of water. There are still fish being caught in close in the depths of 60 to 80 feet of water since the water temps are still somewhat cooler. Summer run Steelhead has been good and are being caught off the pier and out front in 40 to 60 feet of water. Perch fishing has progressed and has gotten much better the past few weeks and will vary in depths being fished depending on the water temps. Some very nice catches of Perch have been reported. Anglers have been catching the Perch in 25 to 40 feet of water using MINNOWS. Anglers have been catching a few Summer Run Steelhead off the piers either casting spoons or using frozen shrimp or Night Crawlers. Also guys are drifting the St Joseph river targeting a few walleyes using night crawlers.

 
Jun -5th - 2012 - Salmon Fishing remains Very Good here on Lake Michigan and also the Summer Run Steelhead are starting to show up. The fishing remains productive in the depths from 60 to 120 feet of water. There are still fish being caught in close in the depths of 60 to 80 feet of water since the water temps are still somewhat cooler. Summer run Steelhead are also being caught off the pier and out front in 40 to 60 feet of water. Perch fishing is also starting to come around and fishermen are catching a few.

Anglers have been recently out searching for the Perch but I have not heard any good reports. The Perch should be showing up any day and I would suggest doing some perching on warm and sunny days with a light southerly wind. Also guys are drifting the St Joseph river targeting a few walleyes using night crawlers. Pier Fishing has been a bit slow but the Best fishing seems to happen when the cooler water is in close.

 
May-27th-12 -Salmon Fishing remains Very Good here on Lake Michigan. The Best Catches have been in the deeper depths from 80 to 200 feet of water with 140-180 feet producing the Best from 80 on down to the bottom. There are still fish being caught in close in the depths of 80 - 120 feet of water.

Anglers have been recently out searching for the Perch but I have not heard any good reports. The Perch should be showing up any day and I would suggest doing some perching on warm and sunny days with a light southerly wind. Also guys are drifting the St Joseph river targeting a few walleyes using night crawlers. Pier Fishing has been a bit slow but the Best fishing seems to happen when the cooler water is in close.

 
Apr -16th - 2012 - What a Fantastic Weekend of Salmon Fishing here on Lake Michigan out of St Joseph. Friday and Saturday were very good with most of the boats catching limits. Fishing still remains good but it seems the fish are scattered all over the Lake and Best Catches have been in the deeper depths. Kings and Cohos are being caught anwhere from 60 to 200 feet of water with 150-170 feet producing the Best and down near the bottom 50 feet. There are still fish being caught in close in the mud line and in front of the piers. It is nice to see the Spring Kings show up and we hope for the fishing to stay consistent during the month of April.

 
Apr -12th - 2012 - Fishing still remains good but it seems the fish are scattered all over the Lake. Kings and Cohos are being caught anwhere from 60 to 150 feet of water. The best catches the past week has been out in the deeper depths but there are still fish being caught in close in the mud line out in front of the piers. It is nice to see the Spring Kings show up and we hope for the fishing to stay consistent during the month of April.

Pier fishing has been a bit slow but occassionally they are catching the Spring Coho, Brown Trout, Steelhead and also still some White Fish. Best fishing seems to happen when the cooler water is in close.
 
Mar -31st - 2012 - Fishing the past two days has been good. Kings and Cohos are being caught in any where from 40 to 80 feet of water. Fish the past few weeks have been out in the deeper depths but with the weather change and the offshore winds they have moved in considerably closer. It is nice to see the Spring Kings show up and we hope for the fishing to hold in tight the next few weeks. Pier fishermen are doing fair catching the Spring Coho, Brown Trout, Steelhead and also still some White Fish. Best fishing seems to happen when the cooler water is in close.  
Mar -6th - 2012 - Fishing has begun early this year 2012. No Ice on the Lake or River and boats and pier anglers are able to get out and have started to catch some Coho, Brown Trout, Steelhead and also a few White Fish.  
Sept-13-11 - Salmon fishing has been VERY GOOD! Kings are also starting to run the river and anglers are catching them off the piers as well. Boats are catching the KINGS best in about 70 FOW on out to 110 Feet. So far this year the Biggest King we have weighed in was a 29# 14z Fish caught on a Spinny and Fly by a Local Charter. The Perch fishing has slowed down a bit and it seems the Perch have moved out into the deeper depths around 45 to 60 feet of water. Salmon and Steelhead are being caught anywhere from 90' of water out to 120' straigt out or a bit North of the Harbor. When the cooler water temps are in close, the Salmon and Steelhead are as well. Thin Fins, Hot N Tots and also spoons are the lures of choice for the Steelhead. Lake Trout are being caught all over. Salmon are biting on spoons, Spinny's and Fly's and also Herring Strips. Glow spoon Colors have been good early morning or on overcast days and spoon sizes ranging from regular to magnum. Green or Aqua Flys behind a Tin Can Dodger or Spinny has been very good as well. Also Herring Strips behind flashers are catching the Kings. Lake Trout are being caught on Spin N Glos behind Dodgers and also Green Fly's. Pier fishing has been picking up and anglers are mostly casting spoons and spinners. A few Steelhead are reportedly being caught in the St Joe and Paw Paw rivers and also a Kings and Cohos have been good. Anglers are using Oslo Spinners, Rapalas, and some spoons and Hot N Tots on the Salmon and Coho. For the Steelhead Spawn, Hot N Tots or casting Oslos are best. A Few Walleyes are being caught in the St Joseph River on Night Crawlers.

 
Sept -1st - 2011 Salmon fishing has been VERY GOOD! Kings are biting very well and there are some Big and Healthy ones out there this year. Been quite a few years since we have had this good of a Salmon Run. Boats are catching the KINGS in about 60 FOW on out to 120 Feet. So far this year the Biggest King we have weighed in was a 29# 14z Fish caught on a Spinny and Fly by a Local Charter. The Perch fishing has slowed down a bit and it seems the Perch have mooved out into the deeper depths around 45 to 50 feet of water. We are looking forward to a couple more weeks of Excellent Fishing so there is still time left to get on the water and catch that Trophy Salmon. Salmon and Steelhead are being caught anywhere from 90' of water out to 120' straigt out or a bit North of the Harbor. When the cooler water temps are in close, the Salmon and Steelhead are as well. Thin Fins, Hot N Tots and also spoons are the lures of choice for the Steelhead. Lake Trout are being caught all over. Salmon are biting on spoons, Flasher and Fly's and also Herring Strips. Glow spoon Colors have been good early morning or on overcast days and spoon sizes ranging from regular to magnum. Green or Aqua Flys behind a Tin Can Dodger or Spinny has been very good as well. Also Herring Strips behind flashers are catching the Kings. Lake Trout are being caught on Spin N Glos behind Dodgers and also Green Fly's.Pier fishing has been a bit slow but it could heat up any day. There have still been Steelhead reportedly caught in the St Joe and Paw Paw rivers and also a few Kings and Cohos starting to trickle in. Anglers are using Spawn, Hot N Tots or casting Oslos or orange casting spoon to catch steelhead. A Few Walleyes are being caught in the St Joseph River on Night Crawlers.

 
Aug 21st-2011 - Salmon fishing has been VERY GOOD! Weighed in a BIG King salmon today caught by a local charter boat. King weighed in at 29# 14oz. Biggest king we have weighed here in quite a few years. The Perch fishing has slowed down a bit with the variances in water temperature but anglers are catching a few in the deeper depths. Not much time left this summer so I suggest getting the boat ready and head on over for some Excellent Salmon Fishing. Salmon and Steelhead are being caught anywhere from 90' of water out to 120' straigt out or a bit North of the Harbor. When the cooler water temps are in close, the Salmon and Steelhead are as well. Thin Fins, Hot N Tots and also spoons are the lures of choice for the Steelhead. Lake Trout are being caught all over. Salmon are biting on spoons, Flasher and Fly's and also Herring Strips. Glow spoon Colors have been good early morning or on overcast days and spoon sizes ranging from regular to magnum. Green or Aqua Flys behind a Tin Can Dodger or Spinny has been very good as well. Also Herring Strips behind flashers are catching the Kings. Lake Trout are being caught on Spin N Glos behind Dodgers and also Green Fly's. Pier fishing has been a bit slow and baits of choice for the anglers are frozen shrimp or an orange casting spoon to catch steelhead. A few Perch have also been caught off the pier on minnows. Perch Fishing out in the lake has been ranging from 30-50 feet of water depending on the lake temps. Perch have been caught both north and south of the pier. Few Walleyes are being caught in the St Joseph River on Night Crawlers.

 
Aug 16th-2011 - Salmon fishing has been very good. We have weighed in some Monster Kings so far this year and we are hoping for the fishing to continue on through the remainder of the season. The Perch fishing has slowed down a bit with the variances in water temperature but with the upcoming week being a stable weather pattern the Perch'n will only get better. It is time to hook up the boat and venture on the Lake for some HOT summer fishing. Water temps have dropped the past few days and the Salmon Fishing this past weekend has been very GOOD! Summer Steelhead are being caught as well, in front of the pier on out to 80 foot. Summer Run Steelhead are being caught on anything red or orange. When the cooler water temps are in close in turn are the Steelhead. Thin Fins, Hot N Tots and also spoons are the lures of choice for the Steelhead. Lake Trout are being caught all over. Salmon are biting on spoons, Flasher and Fly's and also Herring Strips. Best Depths of water for Salmon is 60 to 120 FOW In the deeper depths ranging 200 plus FOW, 3-color or 5-color leadcore setups are taking Steelhead and spoons or flys on riggers or dipsys are catching Kings. Also in the 200 foot range three hundred feet of 45 pound copper is productive. Glow spoon Colors have been good early morning or on overcast days and spoon sizes ranging from regular to magnum. Green or Aqua Flys behind a Tin Can Dodger or Spinny has been very good as well. Also Herring Strips behind flashers are catching the Kings. Lake Trout are being caught on Spin N Glos behind Dodgers.

Pier fishermen are using frozen shrimp or an orange casting spoon to catch the steelhead. A few Perch have also been caught off the pier on minnows. Perch Fishing out in the lake has been Very GOOD ranging from 18 to 30 feet of water depending on the lake temps. Perch have been caught both north and south of the pier. Few Walleyes are being caught in the St Joseph River on Night Crawlers.

 
Aug 8th-2011 - PERCH FISHING has been FANTASTIC this past month. Salmon & Steelhead fishing has been good as well. It is time to hook up the boat and venture on the Lake for some HOT summer fishing. Water temps have dropped the past few days and the Salmon Fishing this past weekend has been very GOOD! Summer Steelhead are being caught as well, in front of the pier on out to 80 foot. Summer Run Steelhead are being caught on anything red or orange. When the cooler water temps are in close in turn are the Steelhead. Thin Fins, Hot N Tots and also spoons are the lures of choice for the Steelhead. Lake Trout are being caught all over. Salmon are biting on spoons, Flasher and Fly's and also Herring Strips. Best Depths of water for Salmon is 60 to 120 FOW In the deeper depths ranging 200 plus FOW, 3-color or 5-color leadcore setups are taking Steelhead and spoons or flys on riggers or dipsys are catching Kings. Also in the 200 foot range three hundred feet of 45 pound copper is productive. Glow spoon Colors have been good early morning or on overcast days and spoon sizes ranging from regular to magnum. Green or Aqua Flys behind a Tin Can Dodger or Spinny has been very good as well. Also Herring Strips behind flashers are catching the Kings. Lake Trout are being caught on Spin N Glos behind Dodgers.

Pier fishermen are using frozen shrimp or an orange casting spoon to catch the steelhead. A few Perch have also been caught off the pier on minnows. Perch Fishing out in the lake has been Very GOOD ranging from 18 to 30 feet of water depending on the lake temps. Perch have been caught both north and south of the pier. Few Walleyes are being caught in the St Joseph River on Night Crawlers.

 
Aug 2nd-2011 - PERCH FISHING remains GREAT! Perch are still biting and nice limit catches have been taken on Minnows as bait. Steelhead and Salmon fishing has been good as well. It is time to hook up the boat and venture on the Lake for some HOT summer fishing.

This week we have weighed in 3 very nice size Brown Trout varying in weight from 12 to 17 pounds. Seems the Browns have been caught in the shallower depths on Orange Spoons while fishing for the Steelhead. Salmon fishermen have been fishing various depths from 100 to 200 feet of water and beyond. Summer Steelhead are being caught in front of the pier on out to 80 foot. Summer Run Steelhead are being caught on anything red or orange. When the cooler water temps are in close in turn are the Steelhead. Thin Fins, Hot N Tots and also spoons are the lures of choice for the Steelhead. Lake Trout are being caught all over. Spoons are still productive and also flasher fly combinations. Cut Bait rigs are working well behind flashers as well. In the deeper depths ranging 200 plus FOW, 3-color or 5-color leadcore setups are taking Steelhead and spoons or flys on riggers or dipsys are catching Kings. Also in the 200 foot range three hundred feet of 45 pound copper is productive.

Glow spoon Colors have been good early morning or on overcast days and spoon sizes ranging from regular to magnum. Green or Aqua Flys behind a Tin Can Dodger or Spinny has been very good as well. Also Herring Strips behind flashers are catching the Kings. Lake Trout are being caught on Spin N Glos behind Dodgers.

 
July 26th-2011 - PERCH FISHING is VERY GOOD! Perch are still biting and nice limit catches have been taken on Minnows as bait. Steelhead and Salmon fishing has been good as well. It is time to hook up the boat and venture on the Lake for some HOT summer fishing. This week we have weighed in 3 very nice size Brown Trout varying in weight from 12 to 17 pounds. Seems the Browns have been caught in the shallower depths on Orange Spoons while fishing for the Steelhead. Salmon fishermen have been fishing various depths from 100 to 200 feet of water and beyond. Summer Steelhead are being caught in front of the pier on out to 80 foot. Summer Run Steelhead are being caught on anything red or orange. When the cooler water temps are in close in turn are the Steelhead. Thin Fins, Hot N Tots and also spoons are the lures of choice for the Steelhead. Lake Trout are being caught all over. Spoons are still productive and also flasher fly combinations. Cut Bait rigs are working well behind flashers as well. In the deeper depths ranging 200 plus FOW, 3-color or 5-color leadcore setups are taking Steelhead and spoons or flys on riggers or dipsys are catching Kings. Also in the 200 foot range three hundred feet of 45 pound copper is productive. Glow spoon Colors have been good early morning or on overcast days and spoon sizes ranging from regular to magnum. Green or Aqua Flys behind a Tin Can Dodger or Spinny has been very good as well. Also Herring Strips behind flashers are catching the Kings. Lake Trout are being caught on Spin N Glos behind Dodgers.

 
July 19th-2011 - PERCH FISHING is VERY GOOD! Steelhead and Salmon fishing has been good as well. It is time to hook up the boat and venture on the Lake for some HOT summer fishing.

Salmon fishermen have been fishing various depths from 100 to 200 feet of water and beyond. Summer Steelhead are being caught in front of the pier on out to 80 foot. Summer Run Steelhead are being caught on anything red or orange. Thin Fins, Hot N Tots and also spoons are the lures of choice for the Steelhead. Lake Trout are being caught all over. Spoons are still productive and also flasher fly combinations. Cut Bait rigs are working well behind flashers as well. In the deeper depths ranging 200 plus FOW, 3-color or 5-color leadcore setups are taking Steelhead and spoons or flys on riggers or dipsys are catching Kings. Also in the 200 foot range three hundred feet of 45 pound copper is productive.

Glow spoon Colors have been good early morning or on overcast days and spoon sizes ranging from regular to magnum. Green or Aqua Flys behind a Tin Can Dodger or Spinny has been very good as well. Also Herring Strips behind flashers are catching the Kings. Lake Trout are being caught on Spin N Glos behind Dodgers

 
July 13th-2011 - Summer is upon us and Perch fishing is GOOD. Steelhead and Salmon fishing has been FAIR and will hopefully be getting better. It is time to hook up the boat and venture on the Lake for some summer fishing.

Salmon fishermen have been fishing various depths from 70 to 120 feet of water and also further out in the 200 plus range. Summer Steelhead have been caught in front of the pier on out to 80 foot. Lake Trout are being caught all over. Spoons are still productive and also flasher fly combinations. Cut Bait rigs are working well behind flashers as well. In the deeper depths ranging 200 plus FOW, 3-color or 5-color leadcore setups are taking Steelhead and spoons or flys on riggers or dipsys are catching Kings. Also in the 200 foot range three hundred feet of 45 pound copper is productive.

Glow spoon Colors have been good early morning or on overcast days and spoon sizes ranging from regular to magnum. Green or Aqua Flys behind a Tin Can Dodger or Spinny has been very good as well. Also Herring Strips behind flashers are catching the Kings. Lake Trout are being caught on Spin N Glos behind Dodgers.

Pier fishing has been OK with quite a few Steelhead being caught using frozen shrimp or an orange casting spoon. Perch Fishing is GOOD ranging from 30 to 40 feet of water and south of the pier has been best. Few Walleyes are being caught in the St Joseph River on Night Crawlers.

 
July 6th-2011 - 4th of JULY weekend has quickly arrived and finally the Perch are moving in to the shallower waters and some good catches have been taken this week. Steelhead and Salmon fishing has been FAIR and will hopefully be getting better. It is time to hook up the boat and venture on the Lake for some summer fishing.
Salmon fishermen have been fishing various depths from 70 to 120 feet of water and also further out in the 200 plus range. Summer Steelhead have been caught in front of the pier on out to 80 foot. Lake Trout are being caught all over. Spoons are still productive and also flasher fly combinations. Cut Bait rigs are working well behind flashers as well. In the deeper depths ranging 200 plus FOW, 3-color or 5-color leadcore setups are taking Steelhead and spoons or flys on riggers or dipsys are catching Kings. Also in the 200 foot range three hundred feet of 45 pound copper is productive.
Glow spoon Colors have been good early morning or on overcast days and spoon sizes ranging from regular to magnum. Green or Aqua Flys behind a Tin Can Dodger or Spinny has been very good as well. Also Herring Strips behind flashers are catching the Kings. Lake Trout are being caught on Spin N Glos behind Dodgers.
Pier fishing has been OK with quite a few Steelhead being caught using frozen shrimp or an orange casting spoon. Perch Fishing is GOOD ranging from 30 to 40 feet of water and south of the pier has been best. Few Walleyes are being caught in the St Joseph River on Night Crawlers.

 
June 22th-2011 -Not a whole lot is going on right now out on the Big Lake or else this fishing report would have been updated much sooner. Not sure where all the fish have gone but boats are still catching the Salmon, Lake Trout and Steelhead. It takes a bit more work along with more searching and trolling. Best depths seem to change daily with fish being taken in the 60 to 80 feet range while fishing the bottom 30 feet or deeper depths of 200 - 275 feet fishing the top 50 or 120 to 160 feet about 100 feet down. Directions out of the pier heads doesn't seem to matter much whether it is north, south or west. Spoons are still productive and also flasher fly combinations. Cut Bait rigs are working well behind flashers as well. In the deeper depths ranging 200 plus FOW, 3-color or 5-color leadcore setups are taking Steelhead and spoons or flys on riggers or dipsys are catching Kings.

Glow spoon Colors have been good early morning or on overcast days and spoon sizes ranging from regular to magnum. Green or Aqua Flys behind a Tin Can Dodger or Spinny has been very good as well. Also Herring Strips behind flashers are catching the Kings. Lake Trout are being caught on Spin N Glos behind Dodgers.

 
June 12th-2011 - Fishing is gradually getting better each day and fish have been moving in a bit closer with the cooler temperatures. Salmon and Lake Trout along with a Steelhead mixed in have been caught fishing depths of water 60 to 80 feet. Either straight out from the pier heads to a bit North seem to be producing the best catches. Most fish are being caught in the bottom third of the water column or figure 40' on down to the bottom. Spoons are being trolled along with flasher fly combinations. Also Cut Bait rigs are working well behind flashers. In the deeper depths ranging 200 plus FOW, 3-color or 5-color leadcore setups are taking Steelhead and spoons or flys on riggers or dipseys are catching Kings.

Best spoon Colors have been Blue Veggies, Yellow Killer, Red Gander Glo, and Chilly Goose. Green or Aqua Flys with a Tin Can Dodger or Spinny has been very good as well. Also Herring Strips behind flashers are catching the Kings.

Pier fishing remains slow with a few Steelhead reported using frozen shrimp. Skamania action should be starting soon. Walleyes have been caught in the St Joseph River on Night Crawlers and also only a few Perch but still not many have been Caught in the Lake in the 50 to 60 foot depths.

 
June 2nd-2011 - Fishing remains GOOD and there are mixed boxes being caught, but mostly Salmon and mainly it is depending on the Depths of water being fished and the lures being used. The best catches have been taken in the deeper depths ranging from 120 to 180 feet of water. Nice Fish and lots of marks on the graph are occuring in the 60 to 90 feet of water. Spoons are the most common type of bait being trolled but flasher fly combinations are very productive. In the deeper depths, 3-color or 5-color leadcore setups are taking Steelhead and spoons or flys on riggers or dipseys are catching Kings. Best spoon Color patterns this past week have been Blue Veggies, Yellow Killer, Red Gander Glo, and Chilly Goose. Green or Aqua Flys with a Tin Can Dodger or Spinny has been very good as well. Also Herring Strips behind flashers are catching the Kings.

 
May 11th -2011 - Fishing seems to be holding strong with nice catches of Kings and Lake Trout mostly. Every so often a Brown or a Steelhead are thrown into the box. Most fish are being caught in the 45-70 feet of water range at variable depths. Spoons seem to be the bait of choice at the moment ranging from small spoons up to magnums. Smaller spoons are a bit more productive though. Best spoon Color patterns this past week has been blue and chartruese or Kevorkian (Purple) or Blue Veggie and also Black Fin Tuna. Orange with gold combinations have been working good as well.  
May 4th -2011 - Fishing remains productive for the Spring Kings..... Although Mother Nature has not been fully cooperating with variable Wind directions mixed in with frequent rains, fishing still seems to be holding strong. The Kings and Coho are still biting and we are hopefully back to catching limits of Spring Fish. All we can hope for is fair weather consisting of light winds and calm seas. Most productive baits trolling have been Spoons along with various stick baits such as Jointed Rapalas (J11), Husky Jerks, Bombers, Brad's Thin Fish, ThunderSticks, Thin Fins, Hot N Tots. Also small Flashers/Dodgers and Peanut flies are productive as well as regular trolling spoons and smaller such as walleye size. Best Color patterns this past week since the lake has been stirred up and the water has been murky has been gold plated or copper plated trolling spoons. Orange with gold combinations have been working the best. For those of you who wish to catch a mixed box the Lake Trout seem to be biting as well. Along with a few Steelhead in the lake and now and then a Brown.

 
Apr 26th -2011 - Coho's are still biting but lets face it... Spring Kings are NOW being caught! Winds have been blowing and rain has falling and it seems that we have been deprived of a full week of fishing. BUT, Fish still seem to be biting and we are hopefully back to catching limits of Spring Fish. All we can hope for is fair weather and light winds and calm seas. Most productive baits trolling have been Spoons and also stick baits such as Jointed Rapalas (J11), Husky Jerks, Bombers, Brad's Thin Fish, ThunderSticks, Thin Fins, Hot N Tots and any other form of body or stick bait. Also small Flashers/Dodgers and Peanut flies are productive as well as regular trolling spoons and smaller such as walleye size. Best Color patterns have been assorted from Orange to Chartruese to Red. Bright colors have been working the best. Also anglers are catching a few Steelhead in the lake and now and then a Brown or Lake Trout.

 
Apr 12th 2011 - Fishing is EXCELLENT! It has been about a month now and Fishing is still FANTASTIC! All we can hope for is fair weather and light winds and fishing will hopefully remain good. What a way to kick off the Spring Fishing season here out of St Joseph and Benton Harbor. Fishermen are still taking limit catches of Coho Salmon trolling on the lake. A few coho's have been caught off the piers but not as many as the past weeks. Coho's have been caught in the shallow waters of 20-35 feet of water both North and South of the piers. Most productive baits trolling have been Jointed Rapalas J11 gold and organge, Brad's Thin Fish, ThunderSticks, Thin Fins, Hot N Tots and any other form of body or stick bait. Also small Flashers/Dodgers and Peanut flies are productive as well as regular trolling spoons and smaller such as walleye size. Best Color patterns have been assorted from Orange to Chartruese to Red. Bright colors have been working the best. Also anglers are catching a few Spring Kings and a few Steelhead in the lake and now and then a Brown or Lake Trout. Off the pier this 17lb 8oz Brown Trout which was caught off the South Pier in St Joe using a minnow. Best Baits being used are Spawn (chunk and bags), Night Crawlers as well as casting Cleos or Oslo Spinners (orange or Pink). Single eggs are also working for the whitefissh. Fishing reports of River fishing on the St Joseph River are somewhat favorable. Steelhead are being caught on Spawn from the stretches of Napier Bridge onwards UP River towards the DAM. Anglers are also using spinners and Wobble Glo or Corky's off the shore by the Dam.

 
Apr 5th 2011 - COHO MANIA! Fishing is FANTASTIC! What a way to kick off the Spring Fishing season here out of St Joseph and Benton Harbor. Fishermen are taking limit catches of Coho Salmon off both the piers and also trolling the lake.

Coho's have been caught in the shallow waters of 10-35 feet of water both North and South of the piers.

Most productive baits trolling have been Jointed Rapalas J11 gold and organge, Brad's Thin Fish, ThunderSticks, Thin Fins, Hot N Tots and any other form of body or stick bait. Preferably a bait that rattles or makes some sort of noise swimming thru the water.

Most all stick baits will work and also a small flasher/fly combo is good or even some small spoons. Also anglers are catching Coho and a few Steelhead off the piers in St Joseph and early this week we weighed in a 17lb 8oz Brown Trout which was caught off a minnow. Best Baits being used are Spawn (chunk and bags), Night Crawlers as well as casting Cleos or Oslo Spinners (orange or Pink). Single eggs are also working for the whitefissh. Limit catches of Coho are being caught both in the boat and off the pier. Fishing reports of River fishing on the St Joseph River are somewhat favorable. Steelhead are being caught on Spawn from the stretches of Napier Bridge onwards UP River towards the DAM. Anglers are also using spinners and Wobble Glo or Corky's off the shore by the Dam.

 
Mar 30th 2011 - From Field Reporter Bud Report -We went out of St. Joe this morning and caught 15 coho. Most fish came on Storm Thin Fins, it looks like we are in for some good fishing in close until the water gets too warm, all fish came in water from 10 feet to 25 feet.
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Mar 29nd 2011 - Fishing is still GREAT! What a great now 2-WEEKs of coho fishing we have had both off the piers and trolling in close. Coho's have been caught in the shallow waters of 5-20 feet of water south of the piers.Most productive baits trolling have been Jointed Rapalas J11, Brad's Thin Fish, ThunderSticks and Thin Fins. Most all stick baits will work and also a small flasher/fly combo is good or even some small spoons. Also anglers are catching Coho and a few Steelhead off the piers in St Joseph and early this week we weighed in a 17lb 8oz Brown Trout which was caught off a minnow. Best Baits being used are Spawn (chunk and bags), Night Crawlers as well as casting cleos and single eggs are also working for the whitefissh. Limit catches of Coho are being caught both in the boat and off the pier. Fishing reports of River fishing on the St Joseph River are somewhat favorable. Steelhead are being caught on Spawn from the stretches of Napier Bridge onwards UP River towards the DAM. Anglers are also using spinners and Wobble Glo or Corky's off the shore by the Dam.

 
Mar 22nd 2011 - Boats are now getting on the water and targeting Coho Salmon. WOW! What a great 2 days of coho fishing we have had both off the piers and trolling in close. Coho's have been caught in the shallow waters of 5-20 feet of water south of the piers. Most productive baits trolling have been Jointed Rapalas J11, Brad's Thin Fish, ThunderSticks and Thin Fins. Most all stick baits will work. Also anglers are catching Coho and a few Steelhead off the piers in St Joseph. Best Bait being used is Spawn (chunk and bags) and single eggs are also working for the whitefish. Limit catches of Coho are being caught both in the boat and off the pier. Fishing reports of River fishing on the St Joseph River are somewhat favorable. Steelhead are being caught on Spawn from the stretches of Napier Bridge onwards UP River towards the DAM. Anglers are also using spinners and Wobble Glo or Corky's off the shore by the Dam.

 
Feb 17th -2011 - Pier Fishing this fall/winter has been good and also the Steelhead Fishing in the St Joseph River has been very GOOD.

Anglers are catching Whitefish along with Steelhead off the Piers.

Spawn is the best bait of choice but casting spoons are work as well.

River fishing for Steelhead is good and fish are being caught on spawn mostly but lures are being used as well. Lower stretches of the St Joe have been productive from the Napier Bridge on UP River. River is very low so it takes caution when navigating.

 
Dec 30th 2010 - River levels are almost back to normal. Decent catches of steelhead are being taken, using spawn or running crank baits. As of this report, there are still several boat launches open and very few ice flows. Some ice is beginning to develop along the shoreline, the river remains very fishable for both boat and shore anglers.
 
Dec 9th 2010 - Pier Fishing this fall/winter has been good and also the Steelhead Fishing in the St Joseph River has been very GOOD. Anglers are catching Whitefish along with Steelhead off the Piers. Spawn is the best bait of choice but casting spoons are work as well. River fishing for Steelhead is good and fish are being caught on spawn mostly but lures are being used as well. Lower stretches of the St Joe have been productive from the Napier Bridge on UP River. River is very low so it takes caution when navigating  
Nov 14th 2010 - Pier Fishing this past week has been good and also the Steelhead Fishing in the St Joseph River is GOOD. Anglers are catching Whitefish along with Steelhead and also a few Lake Trout off the Piers. Spawn is the best bait of choice but casting spoons are working as well. Kings (2-3 year olds) have been caught out in the lake in depths ranging from 80 to 200 feet of water but that will be coming to an end soon with the weather patterns changing. Mostly downriggers fishing close to the bottom with ranges from 40' on down. Spoons are the best bait of choice. River fishing for Steelhead is good and fish are being caught on spawn mostly and some lures being used as well. Perch Fishing is a bit slow and it appears the Perch are deep in depths of 55-70 feet of water but the Perch season is nearing an end soon as well. I would suggest that the best place to fish at the moment would be off the Pier for both Steelhead and Whitefish. Spawn is the most common bait being used but guys are casting KO Wobblers and Cleos for the Steelhead.  
Nov 4th 2010 - Fishing is picking up off the piers here in St Joseph. Anglers are starting to catch Whitefish along with a few Steelhead. Also Kings (2-3 year olds) are still being caught out in the lake in depths ranging from 80 to 200 feet of water. Mostly downriggers fishing close to the bottom with ranges from 40' on down. Spoons are the best bait of choice. River fishing for Steelhead and Salmon has been slow by both boats and shore fishermen. Perch Fishing is a bit slow and it appears the Perch are deep in depths of 55-70 feet of water. I would suggest that the best place to fish at the moment would be off the Pier. Spawn is the most common bait being used but guys are casting KO Wobblers and Cleos for the Steelhead.  
Oct -27th -2010 - This may sound strange, but Fishing has been very good on Lake Michigan. Great Catches of Kings (2-3 year olds) being caught in the 120 to 200 feet depths of water. Mostly downriggers fishing 100' on down. Spoons are the best catching method. River fishing for Salmon has been slow by both boats and shore fisherman. Perch Fishing is a bit slow and it appears the Perch are deep in depths of 55-70 feet of water. River Fishermen are Casting Oslos and also Hot N Tots and other stick baits and catching some. Boats in the river are Jigging Hopkins Spoons or Trolling Hot N Tots and catching Salmon.  
Oct -7th -2010 - Fishing is still slow on Lake Michigan with a few Salmon and Perch out there to be caught with cooperation from Mother Nature. River Fishing for Salmon has been fair and both boats and shore fisherman are catching them. Boats that are catching the salmon have been out in the deeper depths of water ranging from 100 to 150 feet of water. Out in the deeper depths Flasher Fly Combos and also Cut Bait Rigs, and Spoons are working well. Plugs have been productive as well for the Kings, Blue Spatter, Green Spatter, Wonderbread, Mother of Pearl are a few of the popular choices. Perch Fishing is a bit slow at the moment but as soon as the lake settles it should pick up for the next month. Pier Fishermen have been catching Salmon (Chinook and Coho Both) casting Spoons mostly. KO Wobblers and Cleos seem to be doing well. River Fishermen are Casting Oslos and also Hot N Tots and other stick baits and catching some. Boats in the river are Jigging Hopkins Spoons or Trolling Hot N Tots and catching Salmon.  
Sept -28th -2010 - Fishing has slowed down considerably on Lake Michigan but there are still Salmon and Perch out there to be caught with cooperation from Mother Nature. Boats that are catching the salmon have been out in the deeper depths of water ranging from 100 to 150 feet of water. Out in the deeper depths Flasher Fly Combos and also Cut Bait Rigs, and Spoons are working well. Plugs have been productive as well for the Kings, Blue Spatter, Green Spatter, Wonderbread, Mother of Pearl are a few of the popular choices. Perch Fishing is a bit slow at the moment but as soon as the lake settles it should pick up for the next month. Pier Fishermen have been catching Salmon (Chinook and Coho Both) casting Spoons mostly. KO Wobblers and Cleos seem to be doing well. River Fishermen are Casting Oslos and also Hot N Tots and other stick baits and catching some. Boats in the river are Jigging Hopkins Spoons or Trolling Hot N Tots and catching Salmon.  
Sept -12th -2010 - Fall Fishing seems to be approaching quickly with the Salmon bite having begun off the Pier and also in the River. Fishing on the Big Lake has been slowed a bit with all the wind and wave conditions. Boats that are catching the salmon have been out in the deeper depths of water ranging from 120 to 200 feet of water. Lake Trout are also being taken out in the deeper depths. In close lures of choice are J-Plugs as well as other Plug Baits. Out in the deeper depths Flasher Fly Combos and also Cut Bait Rigs, and Spoons are working well. All seem to be working well trolling on leadcore or copper setups, Dipsey Divers and also Downriggers. Perch Fishing is a bit slow at the moment but as soon as the lake settles it should pick up for the next month. Plugs have been productive as well for the Kings, Blue Spatter, Green Spatter, Wonderbread, Mother of Pearl are a few of the popular choices. Pier Fishermen have been catching Salmon (Chinook and Coho Both) casting Spoons mostly. KO Wobblers and Cleos seem to be doing well. River Fishermen are Casting Oslos and also Hot N Tots and other stick baits and catching some. Boats in the river are Jigging Hopkins Spoons or Trolling Hot N Tots and catching Salmon.  
Aug -30th -2010 - Best Fishing at the moment seems to be the PERCH FISHING. The Salmon bite has slowed a bit but should be picking back up any day now. The big fish seem to be scattered all over the lake. Boats are reporting catches of Kings in close in the 40 to 60 foot depths but the catches are not consistent. Lake Trout are being taken anywhere from 60 - 100 feet of water during both the early morning and also the evening bite. In close lures of choice are J-Plugs as well as other Plug Baits. Out in the deeper depths Flasher Fly Combos and also Cut Bait Rigs, and Spoons are working well. All seem to be working well trolling on leadcore or copper setups, Dipsey Divers and also Downriggers. Perch Fishing is good as well in both directions of the piers from 25 - 40 feet of water. Perch Fishermen have even reported catching nice size perch and getting limit catches using minnows. The Best Salmon Bite is Early in the day till about 9am. There is also a Good Evening Bite as well. The Best spoon colors have been NBK (Natural Born Killer), Mixed Veggies, Stinger Dolphins w/Red Tip, Blue Gander Glo, and UM Frog Glow. Plugs have been productive as well for the Kings, Blue Spatter, Green Spatter, Wonderbread, Mother of Pearl are a few of the popular choices. Flasher-Fly combos seem to be doing BEST!  
Aug -15th -2010 - King's and Steelhead Caught off the pier this week of 8/23. FISHING is still GOOD out of Benton Harbor-St Joseph. With the change in water temps the past few days the Kings, Coho's and Steelhead moved in closer to the piers and the Fishermen had a good day and a half of catches. Boats also reported Good catches of Kings in close in the 40 to 60 foot depths. Lake Trout are being taken anywhere from 60 - 100 feet of water during both the early morning and also the evening bite. Boats are still catching nice boxes of 3-4 year old KINGS that are getting ready for the Fall Run. In close lures of choice are J-Plugs as well as other Plug Baits. Out in the deeper depths Flasher Fly Combos and also Cut Bait Rigs, and Spoons are working well. All seem to be working well trolling on leadcore or copper setups, Dipsey Divers and also Downriggers. Perch Fishing is good as well in both directions of the piers from 25 - 40 feet of water. Perch Fishermen have even reported catching nice size perch and getting limit catches using minnows. The Best Salmon Bite is Early in the day till about 9am. There is also a Good Evening Bite as well. The Best spoon colors have been NBK (Natural Born Killer), Mixed Veggies, Stinger Dolphins w/Red Tip, Blue Gander Glo, and UM Frog Glow. Plugs have been productive as well for the Kings, Blue Spatter, Green Spatter, Wonderbread, Mother of Pearl are a few of the popular choices. Flasher-Fly combos seem to be doing BEST!
 
Aug -15th -2010 - FISHING is still GOOD out of Benton Harbor-St Joseph. Good catches of Kings and Lake Trout and also Steelhead are being taken anywhere from 40 - 100 feet of water during both the early morning and also the evening bite. Boats are still catching nice boxes of 3-4 year old KINGS that are getting ready for the Fall Run. It doesn't seem to matter what choice of lures to run since they seem to be biting on all combinations ranging from Flasher/Fly, Flasher/Cut Bait, Plugs, and Spoons. All seem to be working well trolling on leadcore or copper setups, Dipsey Divers and also Downriggers. Perch Fishing is good as well in both directions of the piers from 25 - 40 feet of water. Perch Fishermen have even reported catching nice size perch and getting limit catches using minnows. The Best Salmon Bite is Early in the day till about 9am. There is also a Good Evening Bite as well. The Best spoon colors have been NBK (Natural Born Killer), Mixed Veggies, Stinger Dolphins w/Red Tip, Blue Gander Glo, and UM Frog Glow. Plugs have been productive as well for the Kings, Blue Spatter, Green Spatter, Wonderbread, Mother of Pearl are a few of the popular choices. Flasher-Fly combos seem to be doing BEST!  
Aug -10th -2010 - FANTASTIC!!!! Very good catches of Kings and Lake Trout are being taken anywhere from 46 - 110 feet of water during both the early morning and also the evening bite. Boats are recording nice boxes of 3-4 year old KINGS that are getting ready for the Fall Run. It doesn't seem to matter what choice of lures to run since they seem to be biting on all combinations ranging from Flasher/Fly, Flasher/Cut Bait, Plugs, and Spoons. All seem to be working well. Perch Fishing is good as well in both directions of the piers from 25 - 40 feet of water. Perch Fishermen have even reported catching nice size perch and getting limit catches using minnows. The Best Salmon Bite is Early in the day till about 9am. There is also a Good Evening Bite as well. The Best spoon colors have been NBK (Natural Born Killer, Mixed Veggies, Stinger Dolphins w/Red Tip, Blue Gander Glo, and UM Frog Glow. Plugs have been productive as well for the Kings, Blue Spatter, Green Spatter, Wonderbread, Mother of Pearl are a few of the popular choices. Flasher-Fly combos seem to be doing BEST!  
July -28 -2010 - KINGS,KINGS,KINGS! Salmon Fishing at the moment is very good. Nice catches of Kings are being taken anywhere from 50 - 90 feet of water during both the morning and also the evening bite. Perch Fishing is good as well in both directions of the piers from 25 - 40 feet of water. Perch Fishermen have even reported catching nice size perch and getting limit catches using minnows. The Best Salmon Bite is Early in the day till about 9am. There is also a Good Evening Bite as well. Lake Trout and also a few Nice Steelhead are being caught out deep. Anything from Spoons to Dodger/Fly combos are being used. Trolling behind dipsey's & downriggers and also 5-10 colors of leadcore or copper setups on planer boards. The Best spoon colors have been Blue Gander Glo, Modified Blue Dolphin, S.O.G. Froggy Glow, Modified Carmel Dolphin, and UM Frog. Plugs are being used as well for the Kings. Spoons seem to have been working BEST! Although Dodgers and Fly's are a close second.  
July -21 -2010 - PERCH Fishing has been FANTASTIC the past week. Limits of nice size perch are still being caught. Fishing is good in both directions of the piers from 25 - 40 feet of water. Perch Fishermen have even reported catching a few Steelhead close to the piers on minnows. The Salmon Bite has been good Early in the day. Best Depths have been 55 to 85 feet of water. Steelhead fishing off the piers has slowed down considerably. Big Lake Trout and also Nice Steelhead are being caught out deep. Anything from Spoons to Dodger/Fly combos are being used. Trolling behind dipsey's & downriggers and also 5-10 colors of leadcore or copper setups on planer boards. The Best spoon colors have been Blue Gander Glo, Modified Blue Dolphin, S.O.G. Froggy Glow, Modified Carmel Dolphin, and UM Frog. Spoons have been working BEST! Although Dodgers and Fly's are a close second.  
July - 14 - 10 -PERCH Fishing has been FANTASTIC the past 2 days. Limits of nice size perch are being caught. Perch Fishermen have even reported catching a few Steelhead close to the piers on minnows. Weather has been great for fishing but the Salmon Bite has been a bit slow. Few Steelhead have been caught off the piers using Shrimp or Alewife's but the run has slowed down considerably. Minnows are the best bait for perch and depths of 30-40 feet are most productive. You can catch perch both north and south of the pier but fishing South has produced the better catches. Salmon fishing has been a bit slow but fish are being caught in the 120 to 200 feet ranges. Big Lake Trout and also Nice Steelhead are being caught out deep. Anything from Spoons to Dodger/Fly combos are being used. Trolling behind dipsey's & downriggers and also 5-10 colors of leadcore or copper setups on planer boards. The Best spoon colors have been Blue Gander Glo, Modified Blue Dolphin, S.O.G. Froggy Glow, Modified Carmel Dolphin, and UM Frog. Spoons have been working BEST! Although Dodgers and Fly's are a close second.  
July - 07 - 10 - SKAMANI Steelhead have been caught both off the piers and also in the boats. Perch Fishermen have even reported catching them on minnows. Weather has been great for fishing but the Salmon Bite has been a bit slow. Perch fishing has been GREAT! Most Steelhead have been caught using Shrimp or Alewife's off the pier. As for Perch, limit catches are being reported. Minnows are best bait for perch and depths of 30-40 feet are most productive. You can catch perch both north and south of the pier but fishing South has produced the better boxes. Salmon fishing has been productive in the 120 to 200 feet ranges. Big Lake Trout and also Nice Steelhead are being caught. Anything from Spoons to Dodger/Fly combos are being used. Trolling behind dipsey's & downriggers and also 5-10 colors of leadcore or copper setups on planer boards. The Best spoon colors have been Double Orang Crush, Smurf, Monkey Puke, Carmel Dolphin, Lemon Ice, SOG Frog and UM Frog. Spoons have been working BEST! Although Dodgers and Fly's are a close second.  
July - 01 - 10 - SKAMANI Steelhead are showing up at the piers for their summer run. Looks like the next few days could be good if the water temps cool down a little bit more. Most Steelhead have been caught using Shrimp or Alewife's. Perch Fishing has been very good as well and limit catches are being reported. Minnows are best bait for perch and depths of 30-40 feet are most productive. You can catch perch both north and south of the pier but fishing South has produced the better boxes. Salmon fishing has been productive in the 120 to 200 feet ranges. Big Lake Trout and also Nice Steelhead are being caught. Anything from Spoons to Dodger/Fly combos are being used. Trolling behind dipsey's & downriggers and also 5-10 colors of leadcore or copper setups on planer boards. The Best spoon colors have been Double Orang Crush, Smurf, Monkey Puke, Carmel Dolphin, Lemon Ice, SOG Frog and UM Frog. Spoons have been working BEST! Although Dodgers and Fly's are a close second.  
June - 28 - 10 - Summer Steelhead have been caught at the piers the past few weeks. Most Steelhead have been caught using Shrimp or Alewife's. As long as water temps are cool the fish are in close. Perch Fishing has been very good and limit catches are being reported. Minnows are best bait for perch and depths of 30-40 feet are most productive. You can catch perch both north and south of the pier but fishing South has produced the better boxes. Salmon fishing has been a bit slow but anglers are still picking up nice size fish. Big Lake Trout and also Nice Steelhead are being caught. Salmon and Coho as well but not as many. Best Depths range from 70' to 120' of water. Anything from Spoons to Dodger/Fly combos are being used. Trolling behind dipsey's & downriggers and also 5-10 colors of leadcore or copper setups on planer boards. The Best spoon colors have been Double Orang Crush, Smurf, Monkey Puke, Carmel Dolphin, Lemon Ice, SOG Frog and UM Frog. Spoons have been working BEST! Although Dodgers and Fly's are a close second
 
June - 18 - 10 - Fishing has picked up and the boats are getting nice catches of Salmon, Steelhead, Coho and Lake Trout. The Summer Steelhead has begun at the piers this week and both boats and Anglers were catching them in early morning in close. Perch Fishing has begun and should be in full swing throught the summer. Perch are being caught in 30 - 40 feet of water in both directions of the piers using minnows. Best Depths of water trolling for the Big Fish is ranging from 70' to 120' of water. Anything from Spoons to Dodger/Fly combos are being trolled behind dipsey's & downriggers and also 5-10 colors of leadcore or copper setups on planer boards. The Best spoon colors have been Double Orang Crush, Smurf, Monkey Puke, Carmel Dolphin, Lemon Ice, SOG Frog and UM Frog. Spoons have been working BEST! Perch are finally showing up in the 30 - 50 feet of water depths. Perch fishing has been best south of the pier.  
June - 09 - 10 - Fishing has been a bit slow the past week. Boats are still catching some but no big boxes like the past few weeks are being reported. Best Depths of water have ranging from 70' to 120' of water. Anything from Spoons to Dodger/Fly combos are being trolled behind dipsey's & downriggers and also 5-10 colors of leadcore or copper setups on planer boards. The Best spoon colors have been Smurf, Monkey Puke, Yellow Killer, Carmel Dolphin, Lemon Ice, SOG Frog and UM Frog. Spoons have been working BEST! Although Dodgers and Fly's are a close second. Give us a call for up to date information and we will do our best to give you an estimated future wave and lake forecast. Perch are finally showing up in the 30 - 50 feet of water depths. Perch fishing has been best south of the pier. Pier Fishing has been SLOW but I have heard of a few Smallmouth Bass and An occasional steelhead showing up.  
June - 01 - 10 - MAY was an outstanding month of fishing and for the most part the weather cooperated for most of the month. Plentiful Kings and Coho's are being caught as well as Lake Trout and a few Steelhead. Best Depths of water have ranging from 80' to 160' of water. Anything from Spoons to Dodger/Fly combos are productive, methods consisting of using dipsey's to downriggers and also 5-10 colors of leadcore or copper setups on planer boards. The Best spoon colors have been Smurf, Monkey Puke, Yellow Killer, Carmel Dolphin, Lemon Ice, SOG Frog and UM Frog. Spoons have been working BEST! Although Dodgers and Fly's are a close second as far as being productive. Perch are finally showing up in the 40 - 50 feet of water depths. So far the best catches that I have heard were taken south down by the A-Frames. Pier Fishing has been SLOW but I have heard of a few Smallmouth Bass and An occasional steelhead showing up.  
May- 26 - 10 - So far, Fishing has been GREAT for the Month of MAY. Plentiful Kings and Coho's are being caught as well as Lake Trout and a few Steelhead. Best Depths of water have ranged from 80' to 160' of water. Anything from Spoons to Dodger/Fly combos are productive, methods consisting of using dipsey's to downriggers and also 5-10 colors of leadcore or copper setups on planer boards. The Best spoon colors have been Modified Blue Dolphin, Yellow Killer, Carmel Dolphin, Lemon Ice, SOG Frog and UM Frog. Spoons have been working BEST! LIMIT catches have been common the past 2 weeks.  
May- 20 - 10 - VERY,VERY,VERY GOOD. Fishing has been spectacular this past week and looks like it should maintain. Plentiful Kings and Coho's are being caught as well as Lake Trout and Steelhead. Best Depths are ranging from 60' to 140' of water. Anything from Spoons to Dodger/Fly combos are productive using dipsey's to downriggers and also 5-10 colors of leadcore. The Best spoon colors have been Modified Blue Dolphin, Yellow Killer, Carmel Dolphin, Lemon Ice, SOG Frog and UM Frog. Spoons seem to be working best. LIMIT catches have been reported the past 4-5 days. Pier Fishing has been SLOW with very few Coho and Brown's being caught Casting Spoons, preferably Gold and Orange combinations have been doing best.  
May- 4- 10 - Fishing last weekend was VERY GOOD. Spring Kings are being caught as well as Coho and a few Steelhead. Best Depths are currently in 120' to 140' of water. Anything from Spoons to Dodger/Fly combos are productive using dipsey's to downriggers and also 5-8 color leadcore. The Best color combinations are Mixed Veggies, Lemon Ice, SOG Frog and UM Frog. Spoons seem to be working best. Fishing has Steadily been getting better the past few days so plan a trip over soon to get some LIMIT catches. Pier Fishing has been SLOW with very few Coho and Brown's being caught Casting Spoons, preferably Gold and Orange combinations have been doing best
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Apr- 29- 10 - Fishing has been Fair to Good. Nice Spring Kings have been caught as well as Coho, Brown's and a few Steelhead. Coho's and Brown Trout are still being taken in the shallow depths of water ranging from 20 - 40 feet and mostly south of the Harbor. The Best Baits for the Brown's are the Rapala J09 or J11 jointed Orange and Gold, 00 Dodgers with small flies or small Spin Doctor or small Revelators, Thundersticks, Thin Fins and also some spoons. Coho's are also hitting on those baits but Spoons seem to be working better. The Spring Kings are being caught in the 50-80 foot depths anywhere from 20-40 feet down on riggers and also 3 and 5 colors of lead have been doing well. Fishing has remained steady the past week and we look forward to some warmer temps and calm seas.

Pier Fishing has been SLOW with very few Coho and Brown's being caught Casting Spoons, preferably Gold and Orange combinations have been doing best.

Apr- 08- 10 - Limits of Coho's are being caught by some anglers but not all. Fishing is picking up gradually with the warmer water temps. Coho's and Brown Trout are being taken in the shallow depths of water ranging from 10 - 25 feet and mostly south of the harbor. Weather forecast for the 2nd week of April looks great and hopefully the wind will cooperate and let the boats fish comfortably. Baits of choice which have been producing best are J09 or J11 jointed Rapalas, 00 Dodgers with small flies or small Spin Doctor or small Revelators, Thundersticks, Thin Fins and also some spoons are catching fish. Fishing should remain very good in the coming weeks so get the boat out since spring fishing has begun. Pier Fishing has been FAIR with reports of Coho, Brown Trout, Steelhead and White Fish being caught. While Spawn is still working off the piers, Casting Spoons are starting to take quite a few more fish preferably Gold and Orange combinations.
 
Apr- 01- 10 - Coho and Brown Trout fishing is starting to pick up now that the water temps are warming up a bit. Weather has been Great and Lake Conditions are improving immensely. Anglers are mostly catching Coho and Brown's in the shallows trolling with stick baits and body baits. Depths of water ranging from 8 to 25 feet seems to be the best bet. Limit catches have been reported. Fishing should remain very good in the coming weeks so get the boat out since spring fishing has begun. Pier Fishing has been FAIR with reports of Coho, Brown Trout, Steelhead and White Fish being caught. Spawn is working Best off the piers on both the river and lake side.  
Mar 25- 10 - Big Lake Fishing is starting to Shape into Form. Weather has been Great and Lake Conditions have been Good. Water Temps are keeping steady and still a bit cool but Coho's and Browns are beginning to show up. Reports of Coho and Brown's are what the Anglers are presently catching. Numbers per boat have still been reported in the single digits but sounds like the action is increasing. Fishermen are mostly trolling stick baits and swim baits in the shallows. St Joe River fishing is slowing down a bit with most of the Steelhead already moving up the river. Also Water conditions are not as clear as they were with the rain and runoff we have been having. But, Fish are still being caught in the River, only not as many as the previous weeks.

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Mar 18 - 10 - Fishing has been FAIR and small numbers have been caught, but that is expected with the cold water temps. Reports of Coho and Brown's are what the Anglers are presently catching. Numbers per boat have been reported in the single digits so we can only expect for the fishing to get better. Fishermen are mostly trolling stick baits and swim baits in the shallows. St Joe River fishing is slowing down a bit with most of the Steelhead already moving up the river. Also Water conditions are not as clear as they were with the rain and runoff we have been having. But, Fish are still being caught in the River, only not as many as the previous weeks. Recommended methods are both trolling and also floating back Spawn. Trolling Baits of choice are Hot N Tots, Wiggle Warts and Flatfish with colors ranging from Gold, Gold and Orange, Gold and Red. Pier Fishing has been FAIR with reports of Coho, Brown Trout, Steelhead and White Fish being caught. Spawn is working Best off the piers on both the river and lake side.  
Mar 04 - 10 - St Joe River fishing is GOOD for Steelhead. Boats are trolling the St Joe River and picking up nice numbers of Steelhead. Baits of choice are mainly Flatfish and colors range from Gold, Gold and Orange, Gold and Red. I have no reports of Fishing from the Pier or Lake as of yet

12- 03 -09 - Steelhead Fishing Reports have been very GOOD the past few weeks in the St Joseph River and also off of the Pier in St Joe/ Benton Harbor. Off the piers, Anglers are doing very well. They are catching ALSO White Fish using Single Salmon Eggs or Wax Worms. Good Numbers as well as nice size Whitefish have been reported. Steelhead Fishing off the pier has been good also and the best catches have been with the use of spawn mostly. River Fishing has been very productive and most of the Steelhead are being Taken up River from Pipestone Creek on up to the Berrien Springs Dam. Trolling Wiggle Warts, Hot N Tots and Flat Fish seems to be working well and also Spawn works great. Colors ranging from Gold, Orange or Reds, and Silvers and Blacks. Shore Fishermen in the river are casting Oslos (Orange or Pink), Spoons, and Hot N Tots and Rapalas.
11- 26 -09 - Pier anglers were taking good numbers of whitefish when still-fishing with spawn.  
11- 12 -09 - Fishing from the piers is still taking some steelhead. Catch rates for whitefish were very good off both piers when using a single egg. Limit catches were reported.  
11- 5 -09 - Pier Fishing and St Joe River fishing is GOOD. Anglers are doing very well off the piers catching White Fish using Single Salmon Eggs or Wax Worms as well. Good Numbers have been reported and quite a few limits have been caught with the fish ranging in nice sizes from 4-10#. Steelhead Fishing off the pier has been good also and the best catches have been with the use of spawn mostly. River Fishing should be picking up any day now and the boats will be either anchored or trolling with lures. Trolling Wiggle Warts, Hot N Tots and Flat Fish. Colors ranging from Gold, Orange or Reds, and Silvers and Blacks. Shore Fishermen in the river are casting Oslos (Orange or Pink), Spoons, and Hot N Tots and Rapalas.
Oct 22 09 - Pier Fishing and St Joe River are basically the 2 choices for fishing at the moment. Steelhead, Lake Trout and a few Brown Trout are being caught. In the River, Trolling Wiggle Warts, Hot N Tots, Brad's Rattle Dad's, and Rapalas. Shore Fishermen are casting Oslos Orange or Pink), Spoons, and Hot N Tots and Rapalas. Feel free to give Tackel Haven a call if you would like an updated fishing report (269)925-0341 Or have any questions.
Sept 20 09 - Fishing remains FAIR for Salmon, Lake Trout and Steelhead. Fish are being caught anywhere from 70' to 170' feet of water. Fishing has remained steady and mostly it is next years crop of fish that are being caught. Water temps have remained in the low to mid 60's. Lures of choice while trolling are magnum spoons and Dodgers and Flies, Lead Core (10-colors) and Copper (150' 45#)(300' 30#) set ups. Divers from 120'-220' feet back have also been taking fish. Good Spoon colors are the Bloody Nose, SOG Froggy Glow, Mongoose, NBK, Blue Dolphin and Moonshine Glow Spoons. Kings in the River are being caught either trolling or casting off the banks. Trolling Wiggle Warts, Hot N Tots, Brad's Rattle Dad's, and Rapalas. Shore Fishermen are casting Oslos Orange or Pink), Spoons, and Hot N Tots and Rapalas.. Pier Fishermen are using casting spoons mostly and also cut bait or frozen shrimp. Casting Spoons of choice are Moonshine 3/4 oz and also Cleos and KO Wobblers 2/3 - 3/4 oz. Glow colors as well as blue/silver, grn/silver are doing well. Perch Fishing is Fair as well now. Anglers are catching Perch in depths ranging from 40-55 feet of water and most boats are taking the best catches straight out or a bit North of the piers. Minnows are the bait of choice.
Sept 10 09 - Fishing the Past Week has been very good and the weather was even cooperative so the Anglers could fish all day every day. The Salmon Bite remains GOOD but the Salmon Run has fizzled for the time being. The best catches are from 70' out to deeper depths. Big Coho's have been caught in the 8-10# range as well as big steelhead and fat Lake Trout as well. Also a Few Big Kings are being caught but not as many as anticipated. Water temps have remained in the low to mid 60's. Best fishing still remains in the 100' depths of water. Lures of choice while trolling are magnum spoons, J-Plugs and still Dodgers and Flies. Pier Fishermen are using casting spoons mostly and also cut bait or frozen shrimp. Casting Spoons of choice are Moonshine 3/4 oz and also Cleos and KO Wobblers 2/3 - 3/4 oz. Glow colors as well as blue/silver, grn/silver are doing well. Perch Fishing is Very GOOD now also. Anglers are catching Perch in depths ranging from 25'- 40' feet of water and most boats are taking the best catches south of the piers. Minnows are the bait of choice.
Sept 3 09 - The Fall Salmon Run is HERE!!. It is GREAT fishing for Both Salmon and Coho right now. Water temps have gradually decreased into the low 60's degrees which have moved some fish closer to the piers and also in the shallower depths ranging from 50 - 70 feet of water. Best fishing still remains in the 100' depths of water with the best catches being reported in that range. Lures of choice while trolling are magnum spoons, J-Plugs and still Dodgers and Flies. Pier Fishermen are using casting spoons mostly and also cut bait or frozen shrimp. Casting Spoons of choice are Moonshine 3/4 oz and also Cleos and KO Wobblers 2/3 - 3/4 oz. Glow colors as well as blue/silver, grn/silver are doing well. Anglers are catching Perch in depths ranging from 25'- 40' feet of water and most boats are taking the best catches south of the piers. Minnows are the bait of choice for Perch fishermen. Salmon, Steelhead and Lake Trout are also out in the deeper depths ranging from 70' to 110' of water using Lead Core (10-colors) and Copper (150' 45#)(300' 30#) set ups have been productive. Divers from 120'-220' feet back have also been taking fish. Lake Trout are being caught on the bottom using dodgers and fly's and also spin 'n' glows 30" behind the flasher. Good Spoon colors are the Bloody Nose, Mongoose, NBK, Blue Dolphin and Moonshine Glow Spoons. Kings in the River are being caught either trolling or casting off the banks. Trolling Wiggle Warts, Hot N Tots, Brad's Rattle Dad's, and Rapalas. Shore Fishermen are casting Oslos, Spoons, and Hot N Tots and Rapalas
Aug 19 09 - Fishing has remained good here in Southwest Michigan. Weather has been respectable so boats have been able to fish Salmon as well as Perch out on the Big Pond. Nice Size Kings are being caught mostly in the 80 - 100' range. Weight and sizes ranging from 15# - 20# range. Also Lots of Lake Trout are being taken while trolling for the silver fish and the Trout are being caught mostly near the bottom depths. Copper and Lead Core set ups have been taking many fish as well as downriggers and divers. The Perch fishing has begun to pick up and boats are catching limits using minnows mostly. Anglers are catching most of the fish in depths ranging from 20'- 38' feet of water and most boats are taking the best catches south of the piers. Salmon, Steelhead and Lake Trout are being caught in 70' to 110' of water using Lead Core (10-colors) and Copper (150' 45#)(300' 30#) set ups have been productive. Divers from 150'-200' back have also been taking fish. Lake Trout are being caught on the bottom using dodgers and fly's and also spin 'n' glows 30" behind the flasher. Good Spoon colors are the SOG Froggie, Mongoose, NBK, Blue Wiggler and Moonshine Glow Spoons. Pier fishing has been slow the past week but keep an eye on the weather and wind conditions since the Kings are ready to head up the St Joe River very soon.
Jul 30 09 - Fishing is holding steady as long as boats can get out on the lake. Big Kings are finally showing up and being caught. Kings have been weighed in ranging in size from the low to mid 20# range. Very Nice Steelhead have been caught as well. Also Lots of Lake Trout are being taken while trolling for the silver fish. Copper and Lead Core set ups have been taking most of the fish. The Perch fishing has been a bit slow with the bad weather and wind we are having. Perch anglers are catching most of the fish in depths ranging from 25'- 40' feet of water and most boats are taking the best catches south of the piers. Salmon, Steelhead and Lake Trout are being caught in 90' to 120' of water using Lead Core (10-colors) and Copper (150' 45#)(300' 30#) set ups have been productive. Divers from 150'-200' back have also been taking fish. Lake Trout are being caught on the bottom using dodgers and fly's and also spin 'n' glows 30" behind the flasher. Good Spoon colors are the Blue Dolphin, Mongoose, NBK, and Moonshine Glow Spoons. Steelhead have been caught fishing the top 40'- 60' using anything with the color Orange.
Jul 23 09 - Big Kings are finally showing up and being caught. Kings have been weighed in ranging in size from the low to mid 20# range. Very Nice Steelhead have been caught as well. Also Lots of Lake Trout are being taken while trolling for the silver fish. Perch fishing has been steady and good catches coming in. Sooo, fishing has been good for all species. The Perch are being caught on Minnows mostly in depths ranging from 20'- 30' depending on the direction being fished. Salmon, Steelhead and Lake Trout are being caught in 90' to 120' of water using Lead Core (10-colors) and Copper (150' 45#)(300' 30#) set ups have been productive. Divers from 150'-200' back have also been taking fish. Lake Trout are being caught on the bottom using dodgers and fly's and also spin 'n' glows 30" behind the flasher. Good Spoon colors are the Blue Dolphin, Mongoose, NBK, and Moonshine Glow Spoons. Steelhead have been caught fishing the top 40'- 60' using anything with the color Orange. Pier fishermen are still catching a few Skamania Steelhead early in the day using frozen shrimp or alewives and some taken on Orange casting Spoons. Perch Fishermen have also caught Skamania on their perch rigs. Lures and baits of choice in the river have been Oslo Spinners and also Hot'N'Tots or Wiggle Warts.
Jul 16 09 - Fantastic perch fishing north and south of the harbor in 20-25 feet of water. Off of the piers Skamania steelhead are biting in 80-100 feet of water. Salmon fishing is poor.
 
Jul 5 09 - PERCH Fishing is VERY GOOD. Perch are being caught on Minnows both North and South of the piers ranging from 25-45 feet of water. Salmon Fishing is finally getting better and also Steelhead fishing is getting much better as well. Fish are being caught in 80' to 140' of water ranging from North to South and Kinda all over. Lead Core (10-colors) and Copper (150' 45#)(300' 30#) set ups have been productive. Divers from 150'-200' back have also been taking fish. Lake Trout are being caught in 85'-150' of water on the bottom using dodgers and fly's and also spin 'n' glows 30" behind the flasher. Good Spoon colors are the Double Orange Crush, Mongoose, SOG Frog, and Moonshine Glow Spoons. Steelhead have been caught fishing the top 40'- 60' using anything with the color Orange. Pier fishermen are picking up a few Skamania Steelhead early in the day using mostly frozen shrimp or alewives and some taken on Orange casting Spoons. The Skamania fishing has been gradually picking up and slowly moving up the river. Lures and baits of choice for pier fishing are in the river have been Oslo Spinners and also Hot'N'Tots or Wiggle Warts. Anglers are also catching Perch and bait of choice is Minnows.
Jul 2 09 - Good numbers of perch were caught by those still-fishing just off the bottom in 15 to 25 feet of water. Minnows worked best. Those fishing the river side off the pier have caught lots of catfish and freshwater drum when using live bait right on the bottom. Steelhead can be found around the piers and in the mud lines of the river.  
Jun 22 09 -PERCH Fishing is GOOD. Nice catches of Perch are being taken on Minnows both North and South of the piers in 25-40 feet of water. Salmon Fishing is still slow at the moment with mostly Lake Trout being caught. Directions out of port for Salmon Fishing range from North to South and Kinda all over with depths of water ranging from 60' on out to 150'. Lead Core (10-colors) and Copper (150' 45#)(300' 30#) set ups have been productive. Divers from 150'-200' back have also been taking fish. Lake Trout are being caught in 85'-150' of water on the bottom using dodgers and fly's and also spin 'n' glows 30" behind the flasher. Good Spoon colors are the Blue Dolphin, Mongoose, SOG Frog, and Moonshine Glow Spoons. Plenty of steelhead have been caught in 200'-300' of water fishing the top 40'. Pier fishermen are picking up a few Skamania Steelhead early in the day using mostly shrimp or alewives and some taken on Orange casting Spoons. The Skamania fishing should be gradually picking up in the weeks to come. Lures and baits of choice for pier fishing are frozen shrimp, crawlers, alewives or spoons or spinners. Anglers are also catching Perch and bait of choice is Minnows.
Jun 18 09 -Trout and salmon are still being caught in waters 100 to 180 feet deep. A few perch have been caught in 40 to 60 feet of water north of the pier. Those fishing off the pier have caught the occasional steelhead along with a few perch, catfish and freshwater drum.
 
Jun 12 09 -Salmon Fishing has been very challenging all week long. Fishing is slow at the moment with not much happening. Perch fishing has begun and perch are being caught in 40-45 feet of water just a bit north of the pier. Directions out of port for Salmon Fishing range from from straight out to a bit North. Lead Core (10-colors) and Copper (150' 45#)(300' 30#) set ups have been productive. Divers from 150'-200' back have also been taking fish. Lake Trout are being caught in 85'-150' of water on the bottom using dodgers and fly's and also spin 'n' glows. Good Spoon colors are the Blue Dolphin, Mongoose, SOG Frog, and Moonshine Glow Spoons. Plenty of steelhead have been caught in 200'-300' of water fishing the top 40'. Pier fishing has been rather slow but there were reports of a few Skamania Steelhead caught today using Shrimp. The Skamania fishing should be gradually picking up in the weeks to come.
Jun 11 09 - Boaters have caught kings, coho, and steelhead in 100 to 200 feet of water. Lake trout action was slower as the fish have moved to deeper waters.
 
Jun 5 09 - The best fishing is still in deep waters but the past few days water depths of 80 - 100 feet have been producing nice catches. A nice mix of Kings, Coho's, Steelhead and Lake Trout are being caught. Directions out of port range from from straight out to a bit North. Lead Core (10-colors) and Copper (150' 45#)(300' 30#) set ups have been very productive. Divers from 150'-200' back have also been taking fish. Lake Trout are being caught in 85'-150' of water on the bottom using dodgers and fly's and also spin 'n' glows. Good Spoon colors are the Blue Dolphin, Mongoose, SOG Frog, and Moonshine Glow Spoons. Plenty of steelhead have been caught in 200'-300' of water fishing the top 30'. The Fish this year seem to be healthy and full of bait (Ale Wives)and this is a very good indicator that fishing will remain good.
May 31 09 - The fish have moved out to deeper depths but there is still a nice mix of Kings, Coho's, Steelhead and Lake Trout being caught. Fish are being taken anywhere from 70 to 120 feet of water ranging from straight out to a bit north. Lead Core (10-colors) and Copper (150' 45#)(300' 30#) set ups have been very productive. Divers from 150'-200' back have also been taking fish. Lake Trout are being caught in 85'-150' of water on the bottom using dodgers and fly's and also spin 'n' glows. Good Spoon colors are the Blue Dolphin, Mongoose, SOG Frog, and Moonshine Glow Spoons. Plenty of steelhead have been caught in 100'-120' of water fishing the top 30'. The Fish this year seem to be healthy and full of bait (Ale Wives)and this is a very good indicator that fishing will remain good. Pier fishing has been rather slow and not very consistent but anglers are catching a mixed bag occasionally consisting of smallmouth bass, catfish, and few salmon every so often. Lures of choice for pier fishing are crawlers, alewives or spoons or spinners.
May 28 09 - Plenty of salmon are being taken fishing in waters 110 to 140 feet with the best success coming in the top 45 feet. Baits working well include Blue Dolphins, dodgers, flies and Spin-N-Glows  
May 14 09 - Boaters are fishing for Kings and Coho about a half-mile north to the piers in 50 to 70 feet of water and finding results in the top 30. A variety of spoons are working that include Lemon Ice, Blue Dolphin, Yellow Killer and Veggies as well as Mongoose and Thin Fish lures.
 
May 5 09 - Fishing from here remains GREAT. With Limit Catches of Coho and Chinook Salmon being normal. Fish are being taken anywhere from 40 to 70 feet of water depending on the conditions. Early in the day Salmon are being caught in close along the mud line straight out from the piers using spoons. Good colors are the Blue Dolphin, Mongoose, SOG Frog, and Moonshine Glow Spoons. Coho's are being caught both North and South of the piers anywhere from 40-60 foot of water and fishing in the top 30 feet. Lure of choice for the Coho have been Orange Rapalas, Brad's Red W/Blk Squiggles Thin Fish and also the Silver and Blue Thin Fish and also Spoons or even Dodgers and Flies. A few Lake Trout have been caught as well. Not many Brown Trout and Steelhead have been reported. The Kings have been running in size from 10 to 20 pounds. We weighed in a 21# 8z King on Saturday caught on a Tin Can Dodger and a Mirage Fly. The Fish this year seem to be healthy and full of bait (Ale Wives)and this is a very good indicator that fishing will remain good. Pier fishing has been rather slow and not very consistent.
APR 29 09 - Fishing is FANTASTIC. Limit catches of Coho and Chinook Salmon are being caught. Reports of Good Salmon catches today were found in 40 foot of water straight out of the harbor. Also good Coho catches were reported south anywhere from 8-10 miles in about 30-40 feet of water. Good fishing can still be productive in 40-80 feet of water straight out from the port and maybe with a bit of a south troll. The best baits being used are Thin Fish, Double Orange Crush Spoons and Dodger & Fly combinations. A few Steelhead have been caught out in the deeper depths. Pier fishing has been spotty and not very consistent. Lures of choice for pier fishing are still spawn and Cleos or KO Wobblers or any other type of casting spoon. Mornings are generally best for the pier fishermen.