Perch fishing good off of the pier

Published 7:01 am Saturday, August 1, 2009

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The fishing on Lake Michigan out from the Benton Harbor area has remained steady even with the choppy water conditions.

Perch action has been very good from the pier or near the Chalets in water up to 30 feet deep.

Salmon can be found in water 80-120 feet in depth about 50-60 feet down from the surface, while Lake trout are being caught a little farther down. A few Skamania steelhead have been showing up in the St. Joseph River from Lake Michigan to Berrien Springs. Try using a Hot ‘N Tot or Wiggle Wart for the best results.

Great fishing is taking place in the Kalamazoo area. Inland lakes are producing a variety of fish in decent numbers. If you’re on the hunt for pan fish try School Section, North and Base Line lakes. Base Line is also giving up larger-sized crappies.

Bass anglers are finding success for both species on Gull and Sugarloaf lakes. Fishing in the Kalamazoo River near the Allegan Dam, anglers are catching catfish, walleye and small mouth bass.

Perch fishing has slowed near New Buffalo. Weather conditions are making anglers search for the fish at varying depths. Salmon and steelhead fishing has also been weather dependent in the area. In the Galien River, rock bass have been the dominant catch.
Near Three Rivers, fishing on all inland lakes has been great. Blue gill action on Corey Lake has remained excellent. Baits that have been working well across the region are Red Wigglers, minnows and crickets.

Information providers: D. & R. Sports-Kalamazoo; Captain Cook’s-New Buffalo; Fisherman’s Luck-Three Rivers and Tackle Haven-Benton Harbor.