Fishing success extremely impressive

Anglers taking on new challenges

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Anglers are hoping for a huge week of fishing.

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BIG RAPIDS – Fishing success is expected to remain strong in upcoming days.

In Mecosta County, “it seems like they’ve been catching bluegills on the beds,” Tanner Havens, of Franks Sporting Goods in Morley said. “The specs have slowed down a little bit. They’re finding some walleyes in Hardy in a little deeper water with 25 to 30 foot range. The live bait is still working. The trout bite is good in the morning.”

Fishing has slowed down in Ludington, the DNR said, but a few king salmon and lake trout were caught at Big Sable Point straight out in 80 to 190 feet of water when fishing 30 to 80 feet down. Green and blue spoons and flies were catching more fish than other colors. The fishing on the pier was slow, the DNR added.

Fishing slowed down at Manistee, but a few king salmon and lake trout were caught along the shelf and at Big Sable Point last week, the DNR said. Depths where fish were being found ranged from 100 to 225 feet of water while fishing 30 to 80 feet down. Green and blue spoons and flies were working well the DNR added, although pier fishing was slow.

“Bluegills have started to bed at most places,” Rob Eckerson, of Pappy’s Bait Shop in Wellston said. “We’re anticipating the summer run steelhead, skamania, to be showing up below Tippy. Walleye fishing has been disruptive with the cold front coming through. We’re entering the mayfly hatch which usually makes walleye fishing a little more difficult.”

“Fishing has been pretty decent out on the big lake,” Larry Scharich of Shipwatch Marina said. “The fishing in the river has slowed up because of the alewifes.”

Lake Michigan anglers at Onekama trolling the barrel caught lake trout while using cow bells. King salmon harvest was down this week, coinciding with the rough weather. In Portage Lake, water temperatures were slowly rising, and the mayfly hatch was strong, the DNR said. Anglers were catching bass, bluegill and yellow perch while bass and bluegill were on beds.

At Frankfort, the DNR said angles reported catching fewer fish over the past week, which may be influenced by changes in local alewife numbers. Angling trolling in Platte Bay reported catching lakeut, with most bitestro occurring while fishing near the bottom, the DNR said.

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