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Grand River at the Portland Dam

Grand River at the Portland Dam

Briefly fished the Grand River at the Portland Dam, in Portland, Michigan. We decided to fish from the exposed bank and ended up only fishing the channel closest to the public access from shore, so in other words, a very small part of the possible fishing at the Portland dam.

Fished on the 15th of May, 2021. We fished around 1:45 to 2:30 pm. The temperature was in the 70s and it was mostly cloudy. There was some rain moving into the area and we were about an hour or so before that hit.

There were some carp that were biting on crawlers, but not much going on besides that in this section of the river (immediately below the dam on the public access side). The water was quite shallow and relatively difficult to fish here from the bank at this time. Did cast a Rapala above the dam near the boat launch, with no success. The water there is quite muddy. The launch above the Portland Dam was actually a bit busy with kayakers as well, so consider that in your fishing plans as well. Actually, while we were there, there were 3-4 other groups either fishing or arriving to fish. There’s not enough space here for more than that, so it’s another reason that this isn’t the greatest fishing spot.

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Grand River at the Portland Dam

In summary, fishing the Grand River at the Portland Dam probably offers some great fishing if you’ve got waders or a boat. I know that steelhead and salmon occasionally get caught up here during their spring and fall runs, and there are some smallmouth bass here as well. It’s not a bad fishery, but outside of the seasonal runs, it’s probably not worth an extra trip. We were up visiting the grandparents in the area and hence our brief side trip to the Portland dam.

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