Local anglers feasting on pike and perch

September fishing is off to a good start

Anglers are ready for the weekend.

Anglers are ready for the weekend.

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BIG RAPIDS – Anglers are hoping for a strong start to September.

“I had a guy in my store who’s going to do some pike fishing,” Tanner Havens of Frank’s Sporting Goods in Morley, said. “He’s been doing well with that. He’s going to Townline Lake. He’s using pike minnows or suckers for that for bait. I have a lot of guys out to the river checking on perch too. I can sell wigglers after Sept. 1. Between that and red worms and perch minnows, that’s what they’re using.”

At Frankfort, anglers inside the harbor and off the wall were reporting moderate numbers of Chinook with better numbers in the evening, the DNR said. Coho were also being reported out front and around the herring hole.

At Platte Bay, the DNR said coho salmon were just beginning to stage in Platte Bay with a few early run fish starting to hit the river as well. Anglers targeting coho salmon in Lake Michigan did well jigging 1-1.5 ounce jigs or by trolling with typical salmon targeted gear, the DNR said.

For the river anglers, floating setups worked best with spawn or bead rigs. Reminder from the DNR is on the Platte River it shall be unlawful to use other than one single-pointed unweighted hook measuring ½-inch or less from point to shank.

At Manistee, salmon were caught in 30 to 40 feet of water outside the pierheads and in the harbor and channel from anglers trolling and jigging, the DNR said. Green and glow-colored spoons and J-Plugs were effective. A few Chinook were caught from the piers while casting spoons both late at night and early in the morning, the DNR added.

At Ludington, salmon and a few steelhead were caught at Big Sable Point, in 45 to 60 feet of water outside the pierheads, in the harbor, and in Pere Marquette Lake from anglers both trolling and jigging. Green and glow spoons, flies, and J-Plugs worked well, the DNR said.

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?