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Welcome to FishingNotes.com Lake Macatawa fishing report page. Here you will find all the information you need to make the best decisions for today's fishing. Current weather including air temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction are continuously updated throughout the day. Lake Macatawa water temperature is one of the vital statistics included on this page. We also include the moon phase as full and new moons are generally better fishing times. Help in choosing what time to hit the water with daily sunrise and sunset times plus moon rise and moon set times. We would love to hear how your fishing trip went, feel free to share your days success on the community report page. Good luck and we hope you catch a full bag today!
State:
Michigan
Latitude:
42.7846060000000000000
Maximum Depth (ft):
50
County:
Ottawa
Longitude:
-86.1612830000000000000
Normal Elevation (ft):
0
Inpoundment Type:
Lake
Water Clarity:
0-1 ft
Boat Access:
Paved Ramps
Surface Area (acres):
1811
Water Temp Factors:
Boat Limits:
No Restrictions
Lake Management:
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Guest
2012-07-04
Species: Largemouth Bass
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
fish biteing in pine creek bay in 1-2 ft water and in river by bridge and boat works
Guest
2012-06-14
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 4
Water Temperature:
Catfish action is excellent in the morning and at night after 10 pm, try at the fishermens pier for sheephead, excellent smallmouth action at the pier also
Guest
2012-05-31
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 4
Water Temperature:
many white perch and white bass caught on worms, sheephead are being caught now, catfish action is good, bluegill are in the shallows
Guest
2012-05-28
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
Wondering if there are any Garr Pike in the lake
Guest
2012-04-30
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
Fishing is SLOW, but with this weeks warm temperatures fishing should pick up again by wednesday or thursday
Guest
2012-03-29
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 2
Water Temperature:
With the water temperature dropping the white bass have moved away from the shallows. There are some perch being caught on worms, the bigger catfish are nowhere to be found while catfish up to 7 pounds are caught in the shallows with just about any known catfish bait.
Guest
2012-03-29
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 2
Water Temperature:
With the water temperature dropping the white bass have moved away from the shallows. There are some perch being caught on worms, the bigger catfish are nowhere to be found while catfish up to 7 pounds are caught in the shallows with just about any known catfish bait.
bonkers88
2012-03-18
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 4
Water Temperature: 54
With the rising water temperature the fishing is heating up. There are alot of yellow perch, white bass and some small sheephead being caught on worms. The catfish are not biting on worms. They seem to prefer liver, raw shrimp, or any kind of cut bait. There is one fisherman out at Dunton Park who seems to always be catching monster catfish up to 16 lbs anytime of the day while no one else can.
Guest
2012-03-17
Species: Largemouth Bass
Fishing Rating: 3
Water Temperature: 50
Catching some bass by the rocks along the peir and by the rocks near the red house light with huge and bright 10" worms.
Guest
2012-03-15
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 3
Water Temperature: 50
Alot of white bass are caught at Dunton Park with crawlers both day and night. You can catch channel catfish in the 1-5 pound range on crawlers and chicken liver at night. Cast into deeper water for those bigger channel cats.
Lake Macatawa Largemouth Bass Rating:
4
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Largemouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
With Lake Macatawa at 40 degree water temperature this is a great time to get out on the water and try hitting some deeper primary and secondary points. Largemouth bass will be feeding at this water temperature but will be much harder to catch. On Sunny warm afternoons its a great time to throw a crank bait, jigs or slow roll a spinnerbait at 5-10 foot on sunny points and drops off of sunny flats. Largemouth Bass will move into warm water on warm sunny days.
Lake Macatawa Smallmouth Bass Rating:
3.5
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Smallmouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Smallmouth bass fishing is going to be slow with the water temperature at 40 degrees. It's time to fish deep and slow. Try some deep primary points, drop offs, and old river channels with rocks. Jigs, plastics and deep jerk baits will be your best bet to boat a smallmouth.
Lake Macatawa Crappie Rating:
4
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Crappie Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Crappie fishing is sometimes at its best with the water temperature down this low. Crappie will be in large schools and follow the large shad schools around in extremely deep water. Find the deepest parts of your lake in old river channels and scan your graph for schooling shad. When you find the school, drop your plastics or live bait down to the bottom of the shad and get ready. Many crappie fishermen will be catching awesome numbers and size of fish this time of year. If you are brave enough to get out on the water this time when the water temperature is this cold, it can really pay off. Be careful out there, remember to boat safely. Never take any chances at these temperatures.
Lake Macatawa Walleye Rating:
3.5
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Walleye Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Walleye function very well in the colder water temperatures. Try fishing some open flats and definitely use live bait when the water temperature is this low. Plastics with scent added will also produce results, but nothing beats live bait for walleye.
Lake Macatawa Catfish Rating:
4.5
Lake Macatawa Catfish Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- Catfish are great in lake Mac! They are always active when the water is warm and you never go
home disappointed.
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Catfish Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The catfish family comprises of blue catfish, flathead catfish and channel catfish. Since catfish are warm water fish, they arenít going to be very active in this water temperature. They will still be feeding, but catfish will only be found very deep and feeding very slowly. Your best bet is give some of the more active fish species in your lake a shot until the cats are active again.
Lake Macatawa Spotted Bass Rating:
2.5
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Spotted Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
With Lake Macatawa at 40 degree water temperature this is a great time to get out on the water and try hitting some deeper primary and secondary points. Spotted bass will be feeding at this water temperature but will be much harder to catch. On Sunny warm afternoons its a great time to throw a crank bait, jigs or slow roll a spinnerbait at 5-10 foot on sunny points and drops off of sunny flats. Spottted Bass will move into warm water on warm sunny days.
Lake Macatawa White Bass Rating:
4
Lake Macatawa White Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- They are in the shallows, almost everywhere right now.
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White Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Lake Macatawa Striped Bass Rating:
3
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Striped Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Lake Macatawa Trout Rating:
4
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Trout Tips for Current Conditions (automated):

Current Lunar Fishing Tip:

New Moon fishing can be at its best. The gravitational pull on the earth is at its peak when the moon and sun are rising and setting at the same time of day. This combination can generate extraordinary fishing opportunities especially if combined with perfect weather variances. The new moon may have the fish extremely aggressive and actively hunting for food. Try fishing a little faster today and with several different baits and techniques. When fish are more aggressive, its always fun to fish a little more aggressive. Watch the peak fishing times and make sure you are on the water during that part of the day to take full advantage of today?s solar/lunar peaks. Have a great day!

Sunrise:

07:34 EST

Sunset:

20:03 EST

Moon Phase:


% Illuminated
Days to Full