Fishing remains strong

Where are the fish biting?

It's free fishing weekend in Michigan for anglers of all ages

It's free fishing weekend in Michigan for anglers of all ages

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BIG RAPIDS – Fishermen are in their glory right now.

In Mecosta County, “from what I’m hearing, they’re still getting some bluegills and crappies,” Tanner Havens of Frank’s Sporting Goods in Morley, said. “The numbers are kind of slow down but I have heard trolling in the Hardy area between Rogers Dam and Hardy dam, they are catching some walleyes when they’re trolling crawler harnesses with crawlers on them.”

Chinook were caught at Ludington at Big Sable Point and straight out in 80 to 190 feet of water when fishing 30 to 80 feet down, the DNR said. Green and blue spoons and flies worked best. In the mix came a few lake trout. Pier fishing was slow.

“We’re finally getting some kings out in the big lake, anywhere from 130 to 200 feet of water,” Eric Budreau, of Captain Chuck’s in Ludington said. “PM fishing has been nonexistent for anything. It’s dead until all the alewife is out of there. At Hamlin Lake, they’re doing good in 12 feet of water for nice bluegills. Walleye fishing is doing well.”

At Manistee, the DNR said anglers caught some Chinook straight out along the shelf and south towards Big Sable Point. Depths ranged from 130 to 225 feet of water while fishing 30 to 80 feet down, the DNR said. A few steelhead were caught as well. Green and blue spoons and flies work well. Pier fishing remained slow.

At Onekama, anglers in the barrel were reporting small Chinook around 80 down and lake trout near the bottom on Spin-n-Glos.

Anglers were reporting Chinook in the Frankfort area with majority of them being young ones, the DNR said. Anglers were trolling out front in 180 to 220 feet of water and working 80 to 100 down. Blue and green spoons were working best, the DNR said. A couple steelhead were also reported near the surface. Water temperatures were slow to rise but the numbers of alewife were still high in all areas.