Where to Fish

Grand Rapids MI

Fishing GR/Where to Fish
Experience Grand Rapids
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Local Bodies of Water & Catch

A great place to start is the Grand River, which runs right through downtown Grand Rapids. You’ll find steelhead, salmon, smallmouth bass, lake trout, catfish, bass and walleye in the Grand River, and it also offers the largest annual migration of steelhead in the Great Lakes region.

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You’ll also find the big guys—salmon and steelhead—as well as many other species, in the Rogue River , located in nearby Rockford, and the Flat River, located in nearby Lowell. The Rogue River is also a popular waterway for fishing brown trout and rainbow trout, both of which the river is stocked with annually. The Flat River is great for catching smallmouth bass, as is the Thornapple River. Area anglers can also catch largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, northern pike, channel catfish, flathead catfish, brook trout, perch, walleye, and the aggressive muskellunge in nearby rivers and lakes. Popular local lakes include: Murray, Myers , Reeds, Big Pine Island , Wabasis, Campau , Lime, and Lincoln .

Fishing on the "Big Lake", or Lake Michigan

If you want to fish the big lake, or Lake Michigan, take a quick trip to nearby Holland, Grand Haven or Muskegon where you can stand on the scenic piers and reel in your catch. If you’re up for adventure and want to head out farther on the big lake, there are plenty of charter boats for hire.

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