St. Joseph: Had very good perch fishing in 35 feet both north and south of the piers. Salmon fishing slowed but fish were found southwest of the piers in well past 100 feet. Pier anglers caught catfish and freshwater drum with a crawler on the bottom.
St. Joseph River: Several steelhead were seen at the Berrien Springs ladder.
South Haven: Had good perch fishing in 35 to 40 feet. Most of the bigger fish were caught south of the piers. Salmon fishing slowed with only a few caught on spin doctors and flies in 120 feet. Pier anglers caught lots of freshwater drum when casting spoons.
Holland: Even though coho have showed up in the area salmon fishing has slowed. Salmon were caught about 75 feet down in 100 to 140 feet.
Grand Haven: High water continues to cover the Harbor Island boat launch parking lot. Boat anglers caught a mix of trout and salmon 40 to 80 feet down in 90 to 160 feet with orange and blue spoons. Look for the temperature break to find the colder water. A couple salmon were taken on blue and green meat rigs. Lake trout were caught on the bottom with yellow and green spin-glo’s. Steelhead action on the piers slowed with the warmer weather but good numbers of channel cats and freshwater drum were caught on alewife.
Grand River at Grand Rapids: Water levels were still high making it difficult for anglers to launch boats. Shore anglers targeting catfish had a hard time trying to get to the areas where they usually fish. Walleye fishing was slow. A few smallmouth bass were caught.
Muskegon: A mix of trout and salmon were caught 35 to 80 feet down in 90 to 160 feet with blue and green spoons. Lake trout were found near the bottom with yellow spin-glo’s. Pier anglers caught freshwater drum when casting spoons.
Muskegon Lake: Panfish including a few perch were caught on minnows and worms along the shoreline. Largemouth bass were in the shallows early and late and hitting on both live and artificial baits.
Muskegon River: Still had higher water levels. Those fly fishing for trout would do well with blue winged olives or a caddis fly. Smallmouth bass fishing has improved. The fish were feeding heavily on minnows or crayfish.
— Michigan DNR, July 3