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    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
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    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
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      Fishing in Grand Rapids

      Field & Stream Magazine named Grand Rapids the nation’s 6th best fishing city. You can cast your line in the Grand River that runs through downtown, try your luck in dozens of outlying rivers and lakes, or charter a boat to fish the coastal waters of Lake Michigan.

      Fish Species

      The Grand River is home to many species, including steelhead, salmon, smallmouth bass, lake trout, coho, skamania, catfish, bass and walleye. Nearby waters add bluegill, bullhead, carp, crappie, sunfish, northern pike, muskie, perch and whitefish to the list. Check the Weekly Fishing Report for conditions. (Click Southwest Lower Peninsula.)

      Public Fishing

      You’re never more than six miles away from a body of water in West Michigan – and many of them are open to the public for fishing.

      Fishing Equipment

      Get all the gear you need at Al & Bob’s Sports or Cabela’s. Fly fishers can get outfitted at Great Lakes Fly Fishing Company, Orvis and River Bound Fly Fishing.

      Fishing Licenses

      A license is required for everyone 17 years of age or older. Visitors can obtain a 24-hour or 72-hour license at bait and tackle shops and Meijer stores around town, or purchase one online.

      Visit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources website for even more fishing info.

      Charter Fishing

      Whether you're into sport fishing on Lake Michigan or rather explore the local rivers, there are different options for both.

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      The Insider's Experience: Fishing Edition
      Beginner’s Guide to Fishing in Grand Rapids

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      Ice Fishing

      Fishing is an all-season sport in Grand Rapids. Once winter ice sets in, anglers head to frozen inland lakes and river bayous to indulge in what may be the coolest sport of all. Reeds Lake, just steps from the (warm) restaurants and shops of East Grand Rapids, is dotted with ice shanties during the snowy season. Local devotees also trade whispers of their success on Camp Lake, Cranberry Lake, Lime Lake and Long Lake – all within 20 minutes of downtown. Need some advice from a local expert?