BIG RAPIDS — Area fishermen seem to be holding their own although warmer weather would pick things up significantly, some experts are hinting.

Craig Walters of the Eyes Have It In LeRoy likes how the fishing have been biting.

“Fishing is going good,” Walters said. “They’re on their beds, people are catching a lot of them. Bass are biting good.”

Another Osceola County fisherman, Jay Wallace of Evart, indicated that bluegill and bass fishing continue to pick up in the area.

“Bluegills, we were out catching them on their beds,” he said. “That’s  starting to slow down a little bit,  We are catching some bass. I haven’t fished real hard.

“It’s been kind of a goofy summer with all that rain early. It really hasn’t gotten very warm. It’s kind of hard to tell. We’re not getting as many lillipads as we usually do. So it could change things. I’m hoping it will slow the lake down from getting choked out with lillipads. If that happens, I think it will be good.”Jeff Green of Rodney, an active fisherman, said he and a fishing friend went out earlier this week to Horsehead  Lake and caught 15 bluegills but thought activity was “slow.”

He also went to other lakes during the week and had success in catching crappies, and later in the week had success at Jehnsen.

Employees at East Bay General Store at Chippewa Lake said the only reports they’ve had is of a fisherman catching some perch and bluegills.

“Over on the Tri Lakes, they’ve been doing all right on panfish,” said Jake Johnston of Trigger Time Outfitters, referring to Blue Lake, Lake Mecosta and Round Lake. “On the river, it’s been decent. They’re catching a lot of crappies. Bass is slow but they are catching them.