Evart coach remains faithful to fishing

EVART  — Paul Higgins is keeping busy this summer with his Evart girls basketball team.

But there’s also time, as far as Higgins is concerned, to get in a little bit of fishing. He was in the Wellston area last weekend.

“I was up at Tippy Dam,” Higgins said. “I was after skamania steelhead. They’re getting them. It’s kind of slow I think. With the skamania steelhead, they’re dependent on the cooler water.

“When it warms up, the fish will either concentrate up by the dam or cold water creeks. Right now, the water temp is right around 70 degrees. Those fish aren’t deprived of oxygen. If that water is 75 degrees like it has been in years past, those fish will be stacked in high oxygenated areas.”

Higgins also goes up to Benzie County for the Upper Herring.

“You can get a wide variety up there like bluegills, bass, walleye, pike,” he said. “I’m waiting for the salmon run.”

Pere Marquette and Manistee Lake are favorite spots for Higgins.

“I think it’s going to be more normal than it’s been in the past,” Higgins said. “It’s hard telling right now with it being so cool. If it stays cool as it has been, it should be pretty good fishing.”

Higgins has fished since he was a youngster. He’s a native of Clare, which also has been a strong spot for anglers.

“It’s close to Saginaw Bay and you have Tittawasee River with Sanford and Wixom Lake,” he said.

Like a lot of coaches, Higgins enjoys the relaxation he can receive from fishing.

“I just enjoy being out there,” he said. “I used to do a lot of fall river fishing like for steelhead, once the salmon is done. You can pretty much have a lot of river to yourself, especially during the week.”