Anglers remain optimistic

Fishermen are trying to salvage what they can out of the ongoing fishing season.

The Department of Natural Resources reports that across the state water levels are low and clear in the rivers and streams. Cold weather pushed steelhead up into the rivers and walleye are moving closer to shore. Those fishing the inland lakes for large and smallmouth bass have caught a good number of fish, the DNR adds.

The DNR added that at the Pere Marquette River, water levels were low and clear and require light leaders especially if fish are on the gravel. Fishing the deeper holes was being recommended by the DNR.

Jolynn Hildabridle of The Eyes Have It store in LeRoy said the fish are in a biting mood right now but anglers have tended to stay away because of the weather.

“They are catching salmon and steelhead at Tippy Dam and the PM,” she said.

Some active fishermen like and Brian Koopman of Reed City have been making the transition into the hunting season.

“I was on the youth hunt with my son,” Koopman said. “We were kind of disappointed. We saw some does and no bucks. It’s been kind of slow. We see a few doe here and there. The best time to hunt, I think, was that last week in October and through November as the rut starts and the bucks start chasing. You never know when the bucks are chasing the does.

“Down at the Muskegon River, perch fishing has been adequate,” Koopman said. “If you know where to go, you can pick up some nice perch and every now and then get a crappie or bluegill. I know some people are getting walleyes in the Muskegon River, especially by the Davis Bridge area.”