Reed City anglers enjoy perch fishing venture

REED CITY   —  They say dogs are man’s best friend, and at times, the same applies to fishermen.

Tom Crabb, Phil Roggow and Vince Wolverton of Reed City enjoyed a perch fishing venture recently in the central Upper Peninsula earlier this month.

“I took my son-in-law, Gary Smith, my grandson Skyler, (of Reed City) and the other two and (Smith) drilled the holes for us,” Crabb said. “We didn’t get nothing. They fished all day, froze and went home.

“The next day, then I took my dog out, a standard poodle, Curly. He went out. We had 25 holes dug out there. He went to one hole and sat on right on point on it. We went over and started fishing on that hole. We couldn’t catch any fish anywhere but that hole. That’s where Gary Smith was fishing. He was not successful.”

But on Sunday, “that dog took us over there. Everyone of our fish came out of that hole,” Crabb said.

They wound up with 19 fish including one that was 16 1/2 inches and weighed 2 1/2 pounds.

The ice was still very thick during their fishing event.

“You don’t usually see perch as large at this,” Crabb said.

Curly, Crabb’s dog, goes with the group on fishing ventures.

“He’ll run a lot on the ice,” Crabb said.

They used Eye Catcher guide service for their fishing day.

“We’ve been going up there (frequently),” Crabb said.

The Department of Natural Resources said in its fishing report this week that high water levels and strong flow are putting some rivers at dangerous levels across the state. The DNR added that some access sites are not accessible and the river banks may be saturated and unstable. Boat anglers will need to beware of floating debris, the DNR added.

Locally, the DNR reports that the Pere Marquette River had high water levels but steelhead were still being caught.