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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.
    Grit, growth and creativity characterize this downtown neighborhood, which boasts unique galleries, clever dining spots and many pleasant…
    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    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.…
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.

    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.

    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
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    Summer is here, which means it’s time to hit the water. Luckily, you don’t have to go far for water fun if you’re in...

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    Anglers, teachers, concerned citizens and school children all are working to improve stream conditions for trout in the...

    Howard Meyerson
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    2016 Fishing Season: Grand Rapids Waters Offer Plenty of Opportunity

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    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.