Anglers finding perch and panfish

August weather treating fishermen very well so far

Area anglers seem to be having fishing success so far in August.

Area anglers seem to be having fishing success so far in August.

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BIG RAPIDS – Mid-August action has been favorable so far for area fishermen.

In Osceola County, “we have people out,” Brad Cox, of Buck’s country Bait Store in LeRoy said. “Water seems to be cooling off a little bit and getting the fish a little more active. They’ve been getting quite a few panfish on Rose Lake, Sunrise Lake and Nichols and Wells lakes, about all over.”

In Mecosta County, “they’ve been finding a few perch in the morning. It’s been slow going,” Tanner Havens, of Frank’s Sporting Goods, in Morley, said. “They’re managing to find a few. Where they get the perch, they also seem to find a few bluegills and specs. Pike’s been doing well everywhere. It seems like they’re picking them up on sucker minnow for the most part.

“We’re still waiting for the salmon to kick off up north. It’s still in the early stages.”

At Frankfort, Chinook catches were picking up straight out on the bank in 160 to 200 feet of water and trolling 60 to 80 down, the DNR said. The best action takes place at first light and at dusk on green spoons and flies, the DNR said.

Platte Bay anglers reported good numbers of lake trout while trolling and jigging near the bottom.

At Onekama, the DNR said anglers trolling the barrel and off the golf course were finding Chinook in 130 to 150 feet of water and working the top 100 feet.

The DNR said anglers reported that the fish were deeper as water temperatures were going up. Lake trout were also reported by anglers bouncing the bottom.

The DNR added at Portage Lake, water temperatures were on the warm side so bass anglers were working drops. Panfish and perch anglers having luck in 18 to 22 feet of water on the west end of the lake.

“There’s some kings starting to push out of Manistee Lake,” Chelsea Pete of Manistee River Lodge, in Wellston, said. “There’s kings in other rivers in our area as well. Flyfishing is starting to pick off. You can use hoppers and small streamers. Water temps are cooling for fishing and is getting better every week.”

At Manistee, chinook and a few lake trout were caught straight out along the shelf in 120 to 175 feet of water when fishing 80 to 100 feet down. The DNR said spoons and flies worked along with some meat rigs. Pier fishing was not doing all that great.

“Salmon are doing really good,” Dewey Buchner, of Don’s Sporting Goods in Manistee said. “They’re using a lot of spoons and flies. At Manistee Lake, for pike and bass, they’re doing good and some people are catching messes of bluegills in about 18 feet of water. There are some king salmon in the big river right now. They’re catching them up at Tippy.”

Salmon at Ludiington were caught straight out and south off the projects in 170 to 220 feet of water when fishing 60 to 90 feet down and in 140 to 150 fishing 70 to 90 down, the DNR said.

Spoons, flies and plugs were effective.

Fishing Tip: Glow lures can be popular with Great Lakes salmon

Courtesy of the Michigan DNR

One tactic that can be particularly useful when targeting Chinook is fishing with glow lures. This species often can be caught near the surface in low-light conditions, and glow lures make that opportunity even more appealing.

In particular, glow lures work well in the early morning hours before the sun comes up or at night. Many believe this type of lure attracts salmon because it can be seen in the dark from longer distances and encourages them to strike.