Anglers continue to enjoy success
BIG RAPIDS -- Fishing continues to produce a certain amount of success in the area.
"The walleyes are still biting," Tom Vernon, of Frank's Sporting Goods, in Morley said. "Bluegills are really starting to take off. Perch have slowed down a little bit. You have to put your time in and you'll get some perch. We lost it a little bit when we got all that rain because it flooded everything out. Now that the water levels are back to normal, things are looking good."
A spokesperson at Triggertime Outfitters in Big Rapids concurred.
"There are boats out on the water," he said. "I know this weekend will be cold and I don't know what the fish will do."
He indicated there will be an increase in activity now that motor boats can be used.
"I've been checking the access sites and haven't seen a lot of boats on the river," area DNR conservation officer Angie Greenway said. "The walleye opener (on April 25) was when guys were getting fish, but they had to work for them."
More individuals, she has observed, are taking advantage of the state's action allowing them to use motor boats.
"Around here, people are abiding by the social distancing guidelines the governor has put out and are still recreating appropriately," Greenway said.
Larry Scharich of Shipwatch Marina, in Manistee, said lake trout fishing continues in Lake Michigan.
"A few kings are starting to show up," he said. "They're catching a few perch at Portage Lake."
Bud Fitzgerald of Tangled Tackle Co., in Manistee, said anglers are getting lake trout on Lake Michigan along with browns and smaller salmon.
"They're still getting walleye off the pier in Onekama," he said. "There was a nice brown caught off the pier on Onekama."
"I know there's some guys walleye fishing getting some walleye in various places, like Portage and Upper Herring," Steve Forrester, of the Backcast Fly Shop in Benzonia said. "There's some pike fishing going on in just about every pike lake around."
Fishing around Ludington is strong, according to a spokesman at Captain Chuck's.
"If you're looking for salmon species, they're catching a few out in 30 feet of water," Corey Houser said. "I did not find out if they were going north or straight out. Lake trout fishing has been good south. They were in from 50 to 60 foot of water with a few kings mixed in.
"There's been a few walleyes caught off some piers around here at Manistee and Pentwater. I have not heard much going on at Hamlin lately. But that could change in a day or too. Pike fishing has slowed down on Pere Marquette Lake. Smallmouth fishing has been pretty decent there."