Grand River

The Grand RiverGrand River Fishing Information

Fishing on the Grand River is exactly what the river’s name suggests: grand. With miles of river and a rich variety of fish to catch, like salmon, steelhead, brown trout, smallmouth bass, catfish, northern pike, and walleye

On the Grand, May to September presents plenty of great fishing opportunities, as well as late September until October when the water starts to cool for salmon and walleye.



The Grand River has a rich history dating back before settlers came to America. Originally called “O-wash-ta-nong”  (“Far-away-water”) by Native Americans, the Grand River became a key route  for trade and travel in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula after the arrival of explorers and white settlers in the early 1800’s.

The Grand River also helped shape Michigan’s boundaries. In 1821, Native Americans ceded the entire area south  of the Grand River, except for several reservations, to the U.S. government in the Treaty of Chicago.

Because of its significance and impact on Michigan’s history, the river has influenced the naming of a section of U.S. Highway 16 and to Grand Rapids, Michigan’s second largest city.

Grand Rapids

West Michigan’s primary city got its name from the strong, swift rapids that used to flow in the Grand. The city sits next to the river’s banks, and its 0.7 square miles of water come primarily from the river. Over the past few years, the river has been home to noteworthy ArtPrize entries, such as 2009’s “Nessie.”

The Grand River

At 260 miles long, the Grand River is the longest in Michigan. It runs through nine cities, including JacksonEaton RapidsLansingGrand LedgePortlandIoniaLowellGrand Rapids, and Grand Haven, and eventually empties into Lake Michigan.

The Grand River carries an average 3,800 ft³/s (108 m³/s) of water, and its watershed drains an average area of 5,572 square miles (14,431 km²). The several dams along its length make it great river for trout and salmon fishing.

The Grand River  has six tributaries, Red Cedar River, Looking Glass River, Maple River, Flat River, Thornapple River, and Rogue River, all of which are great for fishing.