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Fly Fishing the Grand River in Michigan

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Grand River is a fly fishing location in Michigan. This destination has an elevation of approximately 833 feet. Please view the pinpointed location for Grand River on the Google Map to the right. If you'd like directions to this destination, please click here for directions (provided via Google Maps).

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Jeff Bacon (flyfishwestmichigan) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: The Grand river in west Michigan has finally opened up after weeks of ice, slush or a combination of both which kept us off the water. That said, flows are very high, so fish are holding in atypical spots....but they are there. Winter steelhead are the quarry of choice and a combination of winter fish and a few fresh arrivals from lake Michigan are being caught. Large, dark nymphs and bright pastel egg patterns are flies to have in your box. Tippet doesn't matter much in the darker waters of the Grand, however anything in the 8-10# range would be just fine. (02/20/09)
Jeff Bacon (flyfishwestmichigan) reported - 4 - Poor fly fishing: The Grand river near Grand Rapids, Michigan is flowing slush at this time due to record setting low temperatures throughout the Midwest. Both large ice chunks and rafts of heavy slush are flowing in the center 1/3 of the river. Shelf ice has formed on the banks and is presently stretches 1/3 of the way across the river from each bank. We'll need to see air temps return to the low to mid 30's for a number of days before the Grand river starts to thaw.....tie flies for now ! (01/16/09)
Jeff Bacon (flyfishwestmichigan) reported - 3 - Fair fly fishing: The Grand river in the Grand Rapids area is running cold and slushy.....kind of like a slurpee from 7-11 ! However, during limited stretches of reduced ice/slush flow, steelhead are being caught near the 6th St. fish ladder in downtown GR. Simply put, we need a break in cold temps to let this big river run free of floating ice for a day or so before steelheading will pick up. (01/09/09)
Jeff Bacon (flyfishwestmichigan) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Although still high from runoff over the last week+, the Grand river is fishing pretty good in the Grand Rapids, MI area.
Per usual, those steelhead and lake run browns moving up the river system will have to negotiate the fish ladder in downtown Grand Rapids. As a result, they will congregate just down from that prior to their push through the ladder system.
Jeff Bacon (flyfishwestmichigan) reported - 3 - Fair fly fishing: The Grand river in downtown Grand Rapids, MI is nearly unfishable right now, but this too will soon change.
Due to recent warm weather, we lost most of our near 3' of snow and the rivers are crankin ! Just prior to this, steelhead, lake run brown trout and a few lake trout were being caught near the fish ladder at 6th street in downtown. More to follow once things settle. (12/30/08)
Jeff Bacon (flyfishwestmichigan) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: The Grand continues to rise is level due to warm front that come across Michigan this past week. With the Grand river being our largest "big river" in Michigan, it takes a while for it to come down after a significant rise. Present levels near 15+ year record of 10,000+ cfs.....that's rippin' folks ! That said, steelhead are there to be caught....be safe. (12/22/08)
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Jeff Bacon (jrbotf) wrote - The Grand river is Michigan's largest, spanning over 150 miles from it's origin, just south of Lansing, then flowing east to empty into lake Michigan in the port town of Grand Haven. Both warm and coldwater fish use this system to migrate up and within. Fall finds Chinook & Coho salmon, lake trout and "fall" steelhead. Warmer months will find good Smallmouth bass, Walleye and Northern Pike. Best fished from a boat, the Grand is a large, wide, slower moving river with a lot of water to cover. (08/10/10)
Andy Idema (aidema) wrote - Grand Rapids is the prime fly fishing reach of the river. Most of the dams on the river are relatively low head, but three hydroelectric dams (Smithville, Moores Park, and Webber) do create substantial backwaters. The areas below each dam offer prime fly fishing opportunities. (06/07/08)
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5388 E. Heathwood SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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1600 East Beltline Rd
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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