GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says that we are in the prime time of the year for salmon fishing on the Grand River.
The DNR stocked the Grand River with several thousand Coho salmon, or “Silver Salmon.” And with the great weather, many fisherman are taking advantage of the salmon's return up the river for spawning.
The Coho salmon started running up stream about two weeks ago and will continue until late September or early October. Wednesday, several people were wading waist deep into the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids to catch the fish that’s typically caught on a charter boat or fishing vessel in deeper water.
There are risks to fishing in the Grand River: mainly slips and falls, and there have been a few drownings in past years near the Sixth Street Dam. Most fisherman say the risk is worth it and those who are unsteady use wading sticks.