EVART -- Evart's Josh Johnson is busy coaching baseball in the spring.

But this leaves the summer, fall and winter open, and Johnson loves his fishing opportunities.

"I've been doing a lot of fishing in the summer," he said. "I've done a lot of salmon fishing lately. I've been in Ludington going to the Pere Marquette Lake doing some salmon fishing."

Johnson was planning on staying busy during the fall. He has done more jigging for salmon, a relatively new technique for him.

"It's a good time," he said. "It can be hit or miss. One day they're on fire. The next, it's hit or miss. What I like about salmon fishing the most is the kings are the biggest freshwater fish in Michigan. My dad (Mike Johnson of LeRoy) is 77 years old and I took him out the other day and he caught one, 28 pounds and 42 inches. He said he thinks it's the biggest freshwater fish he's ever caught.

"It was pretty exciting. It took about 20 to 25 minutes to get it in the boat."

Johnson is looking forward to ice fishing season in the area, especially for panfish and pike fishing using tip-ups.