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regular rains keep the PM in shape

West Michigan Fishing Report for July 15th, 2010

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Pere Marquette River          Water Conditions – rising
>>> After a few days of very warm weather and water temps in the upper 60s last week, things are back to normal. Regular rains have kept the PM in good shape. Big yellow streamers and mice after dark have been the most productive way to catch big trout. With the lamprey weir shut down this year we’re seeing a lot more salmon and lake run browns in the upper river already. Should be a good salmon season.  Matt Dunn
USGS Real-Time Data for the Pere Marquette River at Scottville, Michigan

Big Manistee River           Water Conditions – above average
>>> Early salmon arrived last week in fishable numbers. Hopper fishing is just getting going.
USGS Real-Time Data for the Manistee River near Wellston, Michigan

Muskegon River          Water Conditions – above average
>>> Trout fishing has fallen off with the warm temperatures. Smallmouth fishing is good.  Phil Cusey
USGS Real-Time Data for the Muskegon River near Croton, Michigan

Beaver Island >>> The guys are still catching carp pushing that magical 40 pound mark. Smallmouth fishing has also been very good with 5-6lb fish caught regularly. We think the next state record smallmouth will come from Beaver Island.   Kevin Morlock