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Weekly Fishing Report - July 17, 2015

Perch fishing from South Haven to St. Joe really picked up this week. Anglers were getting good numbers of 10 to 14 inch fish. Best depths have been 25 to 40 feet of water. Got-Cha perch rigs with a minnow have been the go to rig for those bigger fish.

Pier fisherman in St. Joe and South Haven have had some good luck this week catching steelhead. An east wind turned the lake over bringing in cooler water and the steelhead followed it in. Spoons, Oslo Spinners, and shrimp under a bobber are taking those steelies. One angler went 6 for 7 last week on the St. Joe pier.

Still no good reports on the salmon fishing on Lake Michigan. In South Haven and Saugatuck, anglers trolling in 100 to 125 feet of water are picking up a few fish. Magnum glow spoons and meat rigs are getting some kings and a few coho too.

Evening anglers on the St. Joe and Kalamazoo Rivers are landing fair numbers of channel and flathead catfish. Sucker minnows, cut bait, and night crawlers have been working. One angler on the St. Joe River reeled in an 18 pound 11 ounce flathead this week. Most of the catfish are running 5 to 20 pounds.

Some of the more productive lakes giving up bluegills this week are: Portage Lake, Upper Crooked Lake, Jeptha Lake, Rupert Lake, Clear Lake, Brandywine Lake, Cedar Lake, and Gravel Lake. Bo's Bluegill Busters and slip bobbers with red worms are your best bet.

Good bass fishing bodies of water this week have been: Gull Lake, Austin Lake, Big Lake, Lake of the Woods, Lower Crooked Lake, Eagle Lake, and Long Lake. There was a 5 pound 2 ounce largemouth pulled out of Long Lake this week. Try a drop shot rig with a Strike King Dream Shot worm or Wacky rigging a Yamamoto Senko.
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