Grand River Fishing Report: June 2017

By: Greg Knapp
Getting Bit Guide Service


The Grand River is full of angling opportunities during the month of June. You can target Smallmouth, Largemouth, Walleye, Catfish, Pike, and Panfish; if you are on the Grand River and its tributaries.  

If you are looking to target Bass, you can find them from the headwaters all the way down to Grand Haven. The further down you go, the more Largemouth Bass there will be. The bayous are a good spot to target. Most of the Smallmouth Bass will be from Johnson Park to up past Lansing. Tributaries such as the Flat and Thornapple are also good options. Try tossing jerk baits, spinnerbaits, jigs, poppers, or streamers. Target the shorelines or woody structure out in the river, and you should find some fish.  Usually, you will find the pike in the slow deep holes throwing the same baits. Walleye are usually targeted trolling crankbaits or drifting crawlers down in the lower river, but they can be picked up throughout the river system on just about any technique you choose.

If you would like to catch some Catfish, toss some crawlers, creek chubs, shad, alewife, or skein in front of the deep log jams. Panfish are plentiful down in the bayous down toward Grand Haven. Try red worms, crawlers, or crickets for Bluegill or pitch small jigs or float minnows for the Crappie. Although the Grand River does not contain many trout during the summer months, you can always try some of the smaller tributaries that do have trout. Whatever species you’re, after there’s a good chance that you can find them in the Grand River or its tributaries.

Captain Greg Knapp