Fishing remains excellent in local area

Anglers keeping very busy

Fishing will be a busy local activity this weekend.

Fishing will be a busy local activity this weekend.

Pioneer photo/John Raffel

BIG RAPIDS – It’s a peak time for fishing and anglers are taking  advantage of the situation.

In Mecosta County, “it’s still pretty much normal,” Tanner Havens, of Frank’s Sporting Goods in Morley, said. “They’re catching panfish, bass and pike. Not much has changed in the last week or so. From what I’ve heard the walleye has been OK. They’ve been finding a lot of short ones.

“From what I hear they’re still catching bluegills and crappies and stuff like that. I did hear of a few people catching stuff in the river. They’re hit and miss at times.”

The DNR said in the Ludington area, a few Chinook salmon were caught at Big Sable Point and straight out in 80 to 190 feet of water when fishing 30 to 85 feet down. Spoons and flies worked well the DNR said, and the piers remained slow.

In the Manistee area, a few Chinook salmon and a couple lake trout were caught straight out along the shelf and south of town towards Big Sable Point, the DNR said. Depths ranged from 100 to 250 feet of water while fishing 30 to 80 feet down.

“It’s pretty good,” Larry Scharich of Shipwatch Marina in Manistee said. “They’re getting salmon and lake trout at the big lake. They’re getting bluegills on the small lakes. Overall, it’s been pretty decent.”

Spoons and flies worked well, and pier fishing remained slow, the DNR said.

“The salmon fishing is good and the bluegill fishing has been good,” Dewey Buchner of Don’s Sporting Goods in Manistee said. “The bass are on their beds now. Pike fishing has been pretty slow.”

Fishing Tip: Avoid these mistakes to experience great fishing

Courtesy of the 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?