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14. Go Fishing for a Trophy Catch

fishinWest Michigan provides a bounty of fish throughout area waters whether anglers choose to spend their day on the pier, troll Lake Michigan with a Charter Captain, or fish inland waters with family and friends. The Grand River acting as a gateway to Lake Michigan also offers a plethora of Salmon, Lake Trout, Channel Catfish, Walleye and more in their designated seasons.

Professional charter services offer shipwreck dives, scenic excursions, day cruises and tours, and opportunities to hook a trophy catch! Many of the Charter Captains also participate in the Michigan Catch and Cook Program partnering with local restaurants to prepare fresh daily catches for their guests. However, if you’re looking to create your own fish tales there are multiple marinas and boat launches with easy access to the area’s waterways. If you plan on hitting the big lake, we encourage you to double check the weather and rip current conditions of the Lake Michigan. Grand Haven Steelheaders website has become a trusted local source that not only provides weather station reports but also hosts a pier cam.

The area is not only laced with avid fisherman and seasoned tourists, the locals can be found celebrating the area’s bounty in September with the annual three-day Grand Haven Salmon Festival. The event marks the passing of summer and boasts the fall harvest season and salmon migration with a salmon cook-off, beer and entertainment tent, fishing contest and more! For details on this year’s event taking place September 12-14 visit their website here.

Whatever your pleasure, enjoy some of the best fishing in the Midwest year round right here
in the Grand Haven area!

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