Bass possession season opens on Saturday

Anglers are hoping for a fun holiday weekend of fishing. (Herald file photo)

Anglers are hoping for a fun holiday weekend of fishing. (Herald file photo)

BIG RAPIDS -- Anglers are reminded that the bass possession season on all waters, including the Great Lakes, begins Saturday, May 29.

The bass possession season on Lake St. Clair, St. Clair River and Detroit River begins June 19.

In Osceola County, "it's starting to pick up," Brad Cox of Bucks Country Bait and Tackle of LeRoy said. "Guys are getting crappies and bluegills. Bass are starting to spawn."

In Mecosta County, "we pulled two limits Wednesday morning of panfish and bluegill," Tom Vernon of Frank's Sporting Goods in Morley Stanwood said. "River fishing is slow with the water levels being what they're at right now."

Water temperatures at Frankfort are still on the cool side as anglers struggle to land a few lake trout.

"In smaller lakes around Frankfort, they've been getting perch and bluegills in good numbers," Christine Murphy of the Frankfort Tackle Box said. "In Crystal Lake, they've been catching lake trout and coho salmon. In the big lake, we've been getting lake trout and some kings.

Most were caught straight out in 30 to 60 feet when using spoons, the DNR said.

On Onekama, lake trout have been caught in the "Barrel" and near the golf course. Walleye anglers reported a few catches in the channel at night.

At Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell, more anglers are out and both lakes were producing good catches of panfish along with bass, pike and walleye, the DNR said.

"On Manistee Lake, they're getting some nice crappies and bluegills," Dewey Buchner of Don's Sporting Goods in Manistee said. "They should be getting on their beds pretty soon. They're also catching some pike out there."

Fishing was slow at Manistee for those trolling. A few lake trout were taken outside the harbor and straight out along the "Shelf". The occasional Chinook salmon was also caught. Pier anglers had little luck.

"There's a few kings out to 100 to 150 of water," Bud Fitzgerald of Tangle Tackle Co., in Manistee, said. "There are a few browns in the river. There are a few walleyes being caught up in Onekama. Lake trout fishing is good."

Fishing was hit or miss in the Ludington area, the DNR said. A few lakers along with the occasional chinook or coho were caught out from the projects and straight out of the harbor. The fish were at various depths, but 50 to 90 feet seemed to be the hot spot. Pier fishing was slow.

"Lake trout fishing has been excellent," a spokesman at Captain Chuck's in Ludington said. "Kings are starting to show up between Pentwater and Manistee. Meat rigs have been good for the kings. Remember, it's still catch and release season for the bass."

Fishing Tip: Avoid these mistakes to experience great fishing

Courtesy of Michigan DNR

Did you know simple mistakes can make or break your fishing adventures? Check out these basic things to avoid if you want to have better success on the water:

Make sure your reel is filled with line - don't wait until it gets to half-empty and risk losing a great catch due to an inadequate amount of line.

Check your knots - monitor their strength and durability after each fish. If the strength gets compromised, cut the line down a few feet and start again.

Set the hook - don't forget to do this each time you even think you've got a bite. Why waste a great catch just because you forgot to set the hook?

All anglers 17 years of age and older are required to have a fishing license.