Benefit fish tournament for Craig Walters is set Sept.28 at Rose Lake

REED CITY — Hunting seasons are starting to hit the scene but fishermen will still be trying to take advantage of their various opportunities.

Jolynn Hildabridle of the Eyes Have It in LeRoy noted that there will be a Rose Lake benefit tournament from 7 a.m. to noon on Sept. 28. Proceeds will go for Craig Walters, the owner of the Eyes Have It, who is need a double lung transplant. There will be a limit of three-person per boat and a three fish gag. Dinner and auction will be 1-4 p.m. at the Rose Lake Hall following the weigh-in.

Donations will be taken at the door for dinner.

Anyone with questions, or who would like to donate for the auction or would like to help with things call Brad (231) 768 5663 or Jolynn Hildabridle (231) 768 5653 or (231) 768-4393.

“The weather is changing and guys have been catching some walleyes and salmon,” she said. “The panfish are biting. They’ve done real good on crappies.”

FISHING UPDATE

The Department of Natural Resources reports that windy conditions have stopped many boats from heading out and salmon runs are going strong on the northwest side of the Lower Peninsula.

The DNR also says the Pere Marquette continues to produce salmon and that the Muskegon River continues to provide some very good smallmouth bass fishing.

In Lake County, Jim Warren said he’s having success fishing for bass at Mench Lake.

“We catch real nice bass, but put them back mostly,” he said.

SALMON RUN

It’s September and the mere mention of the month has many anglers excited.

Lake County Sportsman Club members like Rick Delamater and Clay Cooper continue to keep an eye on the salmon run in their area.

“The salmon come when they’re good and ready, not when the sportsmen tell them too,” Delamater laughed.

“For a couple of weeks, they’ve been quietly slipping into the river bend. It’s going to hit hard this week. It starts in mid-September and goes until that first week in October. Sometimes the fish have already been here.”

No two salmon runs are alike, Delamater pointed out.

“The peak is different year to year and it changes,” Delamater said.

“Last year it was quick,” Cooper said.

“According to the guides, a lot depends on the rain you get into the system...and it starts cooling off at night,” Delamater said. “There’s a lot of different factors. They’re here. That’s a good sign.”

“They’re winning, They’re defeating fishermen,” said Doug Loomis of Ed’s Sports Shop, who notes that anglers are enjoying catches of good-sized salmon. “They’re taking their tackle. That’s normal. They’re bigger than normal.”