Fishing remains strong throughout the area

All species are biting

Anglers continue to have success getting fish to bite.

Anglers continue to have success getting fish to bite.

File photo

BIG RAPIDS – August is about to end but anglers are still having a lot of fun fishing.

In Mecosta County, “it’s  been a little hot so the fishing’s been a little slow,” Tanner Havens of Frank’s Sporting Goods, in Morley, said. “There’s been some guys catching some bluegills and some perch. A couple guys have done well on the walleyes.”

Anglers in Frankfort were getting very good numbers of Chinook and coho from the Herring Hole to Platte Bay, the DNR said. Water temperatures were mixed during this week from 35 to 55 feet down. Spoons were still getting the most action but plugs and flies were still in the mix, the DNR said.

Anglers at Onekama were running out to the bank and trolling 45 to 65 feet down, the DNR said. Spoons were working best and the morning bite was producing a little better catches, the DNR said.

Bass anglers at Portage Lake were reporting lower numbers of largemouth bass as water temperatures got warmer, the DNR said. Bluegills were still hitting on the east end in the weed beds the DNR added.

“They continue to accumulate king salmon and coho at Tippy Dam,” Rob Eckerson of Pappy’s Bait Shop in Wellston said. “It’s rated good for this time of year. It’s a little bit early. The DNR put the screens in in the weir at the Little Manistee on the 15th. Upstream migration has stopped as of the 15th.”

Salmon were caught at Manistee straight out along the shelf, both north and south of the harbor in 130 to 200 feet of water when anglers were fishing 40 to 65 feet down and outside the pier heads out to 80 feet of water, the DNR said. Green spoons, glow colors and plugs were effective. A salmon or two were being found below the piers but it was slower this week as the water warmed up slightly.

“There’s fish from 80 to 200 feet deep,” a spokesman at Tangle Tackle Co., in Manistee said. “I know they’re taking a few fish in Manistee Lake, and there’s fish in the river.

Salmon were caught straight out at the point and south off the projects at Ludington both in close and out deep; a few were caught around the harbor as well, the DNR. Depths of fish were being found from 40 to 80 feet down in anywhere from 100 to 200 feet of water. Green spoons, flies, and plugs , plus glow colors were effective.

The DNR added Big Sable Point produced some good catches of salmon and Pere Marquette Lake had some nice Chinook for those jigging.

Fishing Tip: Fishing for bass at night

Courtesy of the Michigan DNR

Some of the best bass fishing this time of year occurs during the first hour or so after dark. You still can find fish at dusk and dawn, but that first hour or two after dark can be exceptional.

After dark, bass tend to move shallow in search of an easy meal. Target them near the same areas you would during other times of the day while also casting and targeting the shallows.

You’ll want to change your technique, though. Since after dark you can't see the weed line or other underwater structures, fishing subsurface lures is not recommended. It is time for surface presentations. After the cast, work them aggressively with a jerking motion, making sure they pop and gurgle across the surface of the water during your retrieve. Pay close attention during the retrieve, watching and listening for the strike, which can be explosive.