Holland Convention & Visitors Bureau
78 E. 8th Street Holland
Holland, MI 49423
(800) 506-1299 or (616) 394-0000
Holland Michigan Fishing on Lake Michigan
Our Lake Michigan Port offers some fantastic Holland, Michigan fishing all season long. As soon as ice-out happens in the spring, nice-sized Lake Michigan Brown Trout and Coho Salmon move into shallow water where the best lure presentations are shallow-diving crank baits flat-lined out and put on inline boards. As Lake Michigan warms to around 50 degrees, the King Salmon bite also starts to heat up. These fun fish are in relatively shallow water at this point (30’ to 50’) due to the gathering of spawning alewife. Kings will chase these small fish right through spring. As the Holland Michigan fishing calendar approaches May and progresses into early June, the Kings start sliding out and suspend over deeper water. They are caught on a number of presentations with crank baits on leadcore line or drop weights, which seems to be the most effective method. Mid-July into September Lake Michigan fish suspend out over deep water. Downriggers, Dipsy divers, and long leadcore leads with spoons become the tackle of choice. Mid-September through October, fish begin their migration toward the shallows and river mouths, and this time of year (as in spring) can be your best bet when the fish come in close. So come and enjoy all that the Port of Holland has to offer.
Lake Michigan Great Lakes Salmon
Holland is more than tulips and wooden shoes. It’s also a great destination for anyone ‘angling’ for a good time! Doesn’t matter if you’re fishing from your own boat, off a break wall, or aboard a charter vessel, you’ll be fishing one of the finest freshwater fisheries in the country. A variety of experiences await you, including serene inland-lake fishing for bluegill, bass, perch, and walleye; fishing for trout, salmon, and perch from the break walls at Holland State Park; or wetting lines in the wide-open waters of Lake Michigan for the ‘king’ of the Great Lakes salmon – the Chinook. Be sure to follow the weekly fishing reports on www.greatlakesfishermansdigest.com. Cheers . . . and good fishing!
Holland Michigan History, Events and Entertainment
Don’t let the tulips, windmills, and wooden shoes fool you! Holland, Michigan, is a lovely all-American city with a delightful Dutch accent! Founded by immigrants from the Netherlands in 1847, the area’s architecture and ambiance were patterned after its European namesake; but today, this vibrant city offers a diversity of cultures and experiences, blending the old with the new. Holland is perhaps best known for its picturesque tulip gardens, a towering historic windmill, and annual salute to Dutch culture – TulipTime. Every May, this community-wide, week-long celebration of Dutch heritage is held amidst millions of kaleidoscopic-colored tulips and features parades, Klompen dancers in hand-carved wooden shoes, street scrubbing, and a variety of nationally-recognized entertainment. The Holland-area also offers a number of Dutch attractions, a year-round schedule of visual and performing arts, four seasons of outdoor recreational activities, white-sand beaches, and a snowmelt system that keeps downtown sidewalks and streets clear and dry when the snow flies.
Fun for everyone in Holland!
From wooden shoes to windmills, beaches to brew pubs, and festivals to fishing, Holland has a wide variety of activities and attractions for everyone! Award-winning, historic downtown Holland is a delight in which to shop or dine. Stroll the umber-colored brick sidewalks to trendy boutiques and sleek galleries housed in restored Victorian-era buildings where you will find a dazzling array of one-of-a-kind jewelry, antiques, fine arts and crafts, designer and resort apparel, home décor, wine tasting, and more. For a quick pick-me-up or a night out on the town, enjoy upscale restaurants, contemporary cafés, and popular craft-brew pubs, many of which offer seasonal al fresco dining and live entertainment. Downtown plays host to a variety of happenings and activities all summer long, including waterfront concerts, a farmers market, street performers, a kid-approved Splash Pad, and more. Wend your way along the award-winning Heinz Waterfront Walkway, which starts at the Heinz pickle factory on 16th Street and is just a short walk from the bustling shops and restaurants downtown. Hugging the southern shoreline of Lake Macatawa, the walkway offers scenic lake views, fishing decks, a boat launching ramp, and benches for resting and enjoying the sights. Delve into Dutch culture at The Holland Museum where a diverse collection of art and artifacts tell Holland’s story. On Windmill Island you can tour “DeZwaan,” the only authentic Dutch windmill operating in the United States; or treat your family to Neli’s Dutch Village theme park, which recreates Dutch village life from more than 100 years ago and features rides and activities for kids of all ages. Don’t forget your camera, because you, too, will want to get a picture of one of Michigan’s most photographed lighthouses, “Big Red,” which stands majestically at the entrance to Holland Harbor. And no vacation is complete without spending some time at the beach!
Holland State Park offers two beaches for the price of one: enjoy the sun, sand, and surf on Lake Michigan and on Lake Macatawa. For more ideas about things to do while in Holland, visit www.holland.org, or call the Holland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1 (800) 506-1299.
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