Area anglers having success

REED CITY — The days of August have ended for for area fishermen who are ready for major success in September.

Jolyn Hildabridle of the Eyes Have It in Leroy reports that Osceola County fishing has been very productive.

“Everybody has been catching some fish,” she said. “It’s been all over, basically. Rose Lake is still really hot.”

The Hog Hunters of Osceola County, a bass fishing club, is just about wrapping up its season.

“On Rose Lake, they’re getting some bluegills...and pike,” Hildabridle said.

In Mecosta County, Vic Havens of Franks’ Sport Goods in Morley said fishing conditions haven’t changed much lately.

“They’re still picking up bluegills on the river,” Havens said. “They’re picking up some walleyes on the Big Muskegon. Lakes have had bluegill and bass fishing; there’s nothing super hot and heavy except for bluegills.”

Matt Brejcha of Big Rapids had success on recently at Brower’s Park with a 20-inch smallmouth

“Smallmouth bite has been good on minnow,” he said. “The salmon bite has been slow because of the warmer weather.”

Scott Vinton of Remus said fishing has been slow in the last week before it was warming up. Vinton said he did well on Hardy Pond last weekend during a Castaways fishing


Jeff Greene of Rodney has stunning success with two fishing excursions recently.

“I went to a private lake in Kent County,” Greene said. “His goal was to catch a limit of crappies for each of us. We wound up with 46 crappies. We were four short of our limit. We really had a great day. They were between eight and 11 inches. We had a lot of fun that day.”

The experience got Greene fired up so later this week, he went to Clear Lake in Mecosta County.

“I caught quite a few fish but I kept six crappies and five bluegills, just enough for a meal. That was a pretty good day,” he said.

Greene used gulp minnows and tube jigs.