Fishing having its up and down moments

Anglers still having success

People are still going out fishing as much as possble.

People are still going out fishing as much as possble.

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 BIG RAPIDS – Area fishermen are taking on the challenges of up and down fishing conditions.

In Mecosta County, “the rain kind of slowed things down the last week or so,” Tanner Havens of Frank’s Sporting Goods in Morley said. “Since the rain has quit the fishing has definitely picked back up. They’ve been doing really well off Davis Bridge on walleyes and mainly perch.”

At the Muskegon River anglers were still catching Chinook salmon downstream from Croton Dam, the DNR said, adding steelhead were starting to show in the river system. Action had slowed down slightly since last week. Best baits for steelhead were spawn and orange beads, the DNR said.

At Manistee, steelhead were caught while using spawn bags off the pier. In the Big Manistee River, anglers at Tippy Dam were still catching Chinook in lower numbers and their color was getting dark.

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BIG RAPIDS - Area fishermen are taking on the challenges of up and down fishing conditions.

In Mecosta County, "the rain kind of slowed things down the last week or so," Tanner Havens of Frank's Sporting Goods in Morley said. "Since the rain has quit the fishing has definitely picked back up. They've been doing really well off Davis Bridge on walleyes and mainly perch."

At the Muskegon River anglers were still catching Chinook salmon downstream from Croton Dam, the DNR said, adding steelhead were starting to show in the river system. Action had slowed down slightly since last week. Best baits for steelhead were spawn and orange beads, the DNR said.

At Manistee, steelhead were caught while using spawn bags off the pier. In the Big Manistee River, anglers at Tippy Dam were still catching Chinook in lower numbers and their color was getting dark.

"Salmon fishing is winding down to its conclusion," Rob Eckerson, of Pappy's Bait Shop in Wellston said. "Steelhead are charging. We've got great river flow. Water temps are hovering around 50. That's in a good spot. A few people were able to get out perch fishing at Manistee Lake and Portage Lake. They did OK."

Steelhead were reported throughout the river from Tippy to the mouth of Manistee Lake. Bouncing beads on the bottom or drifting spawn or beads with floats produced several 10-plus pound fish.

Coho were reported off the Stronach boat launch with spinners getting most of the hits, the DNR said Anglers reported that running in a little shallower water produced some good pike action.

"They're doing well on the beach along with the pierheads right now for steelhead," a spokesman at Tangled Tackle Co., in Manistee, said. "Everything else is pretty much standard. There's some perch but not around here. The salmon is pretty much done."

When weather permitted, steelhead were caught while using spawn bags off the pier at Ludington, the DNR said. 
  

 

“Salmon fishing is winding down to its conclusion,” Rob Eckerson, of Pappy’s Bait Shop in Wellston said. “Steelhead are charging. We’ve got great river flow. Water temps are hovering around 50. That’s in a good spot. A few people were able to get out perch fishing at Manistee Lake and Portage Lake. They did OK.”

Steelhead were reported throughout the river from Tippy to the mouth of Manistee Lake. Bouncing beads on the bottom or drifting spawn or beads with floats produced several 10-plus pound fish.

Coho were reported off the Stronach boat launch with spinners getting most of the hits, the DNR said Anglers reported that running in a little shallower water produced some good pike action.

“They’re doing well on the beach along with the pierheads right now for steelhead,” a spokesman at Tangled Tackle Co., in Manistee, said. “Everything else is pretty much standard. There’s some perch but not around here. The salmon is pretty much done.”

When weather permitted, steelhead were caught while using spawn bags off the pier at Ludington, the DNR said.