Lake macatawa stocking

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Decoyman
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Lake macatawa stocking

Postby Decoyman » Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:56 pm

I heard there were/are holding a bunch of muskie in Lake Macatawa to be released. Anyone know anything about this ?

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Re: Lake macatawa stocking

Postby Will Schultz » Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:57 am

There were 25,000 spring fingerlings stocked in July, I would assume that's where the story came from.
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Re: Lake macatawa stocking

Postby Decoyman » Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:23 am

That's close to home ! How many years until these fish are decent size ?

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Re: Lake macatawa stocking

Postby Mayhem » Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:44 pm

Decoyman wrote:That's close to home ! How many years until these fish are decent size ?

There are already 40-45" (maybe bigger) from previous stockings started in 2012. Some of the fish from this years stocking could be over 40" in 5 years.

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Re: Lake macatawa stocking

Postby Decoyman » Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:26 pm

Has this lake just flown under the radar then ? Anyone have success on it ? Thanks

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Re: Lake macatawa stocking

Postby Scott Williams » Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:39 pm

Decoyman wrote:Has this lake just flown under the radar then ? Anyone have success on it ? Thanks


I probably have more hours on it than all other club members combined the past few years, and have had limited success. 3 years ago my boat saw 7 fish landed. However, the past 2 years have resulted in just one contact.
Now, I am not the best angler in the club so I am sure others may have had more success in that time... but I am no slouch either.
It is a tough nut.... water quality isn't great, and the biomass of fish is incredible so they are usually full and not looking to hunt in my opinion. It is worth fishing, but I wouldn't have big expectations.