Anglers finding success for walleye and pike

'They’re catching tons of trout below Croton Dam'

Fishing from the docks at area lakes continues to be popular for anglers.

Fishing from the docks at area lakes continues to be popular for anglers.

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BIG RAPIDS – Anglers continue to have success across the area.

“Most everyone across the area seems to do a lot of pike fishing on the lakes and ponds,” Tanner Havens, of Frank’s Sporting Goods, in Morley, said. “On the river, they’re still catching some walleyes on crawlers. The perch started picking up in the shallows. Bluegills and (crappies) have been really sporadic. They’re catching tons of trout below Croton Dam.”

In Osceola County, “there’s quite a few people out and about,” Brad Cox of Buck’s Country Store in LeRoy said. “The downstate people are up at their cottages and are catching fish off docks and stuff like that. Salmon season is ready to start, too.”

At Frankfort, the DNR said anglers were starting to see better numbers of Chinook salmon. Trolling the bank in 120 to 180 feet of water and setting lures 70 to 90 down was working well, the DNR said.

Several 25-plus pound Chinook were landed on flies, meat rigs, and spoons, with green being a more popular color. Anglers at Platte Bay said there were very good numbers of lake trout by jigging or bouncing the bottom with cow bells, the DNR said.

“We have king salmon and chinook showing up at Tippy Dam,” Rob Eckerson, of Pappy’s Bait Shop in Wellston said. “It looks like the summer run skamania is going to be disappointing. We’re entering the salmon window. The steelhead window is closing and the salmon window is opening. The inland lakes are kind of in the dog days of summer. We have some bass hitting on surface lures early and late in the day.

“Bluegills are suspended in deep water. The trout is hitting on grasshoppers.”

At Onekama, the DNR said anglers were trolling out front, through the barrel and off the golf course, and were reporting moderate numbers of Chinook with a higher average of smaller ones. Lake trout were also being located in the same areas.

At Manistee on Friday, “it looks like maybe a lot of people got beat up today but I guess we might have gotten lucky,” Kelly Scharich, at Shipwatch Marina, said. “We have five kings, all big kings, and some lake trout. Overall for us, I was pretty decent, the last few days for sure. You might only get something like six to 10. But they’re all big.”

Portage Lake had water temperatures on the rise, as the catches were being reported on the drops or in 18 to 21 feet of water. Catches of perch were reported in the northwest corner near the stub pier.

Fishing Tip: Help prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species

Courtesy of Michigan DNR

Anglers and boaters can do their part to help make sure Michigan’s rivers, lakes and streams are protected against invasive species by following these some simple steps:

--Clean boats, trailers and equipment.

--Drain live wells, bilges and all water.

--Dry boats and equipment.

--Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash.