Spring fishing continues to improve

Anglers happy with progress being made

Ready for a big weekend of fishing?

Ready for a big weekend of fishing?

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BIG RAPIDS – It’s an excellent time to be a fisherman right now.

In Mecosta County, “we’re seeing some bass making some beds to spawn on,” Tanner Havens, of Frank’s Sporting Goods in Morley said. “They’ve been catching a number of bass out back (on Morley Pond) as well as on the lakes and ponds. They have been catching a number of crappies as well. Bluegills are coming up into the shallows with this warmer weather. They’re saying the water temp is starting to rise and is at 70 at the moment. They’re pretty much catching anything right now.

“They been catching some muskeys and walleye below Rogers Dam.”

In northwest Michigan the DNR says at Portage Lake bass were reported on beds and pan fish were getting a little more active on the east end of the lake. Walleye anglers were reporting some activity at night off the south breakwall, the DNR said.

Anglers in the barrel at Onekama and in front of the golf course were picking up lake trout near the bottom.

“Steelhead fishing still continues at the Big Manistee and Tippy Dam,” Rob Eckerson of Pappy’s Bait Shop in Wellston said. “We’re starting to get leaves and we’re get a few bug hatches so the trout fishing has benefitted from that. The smaller inland lakes are starting to heat up. The bluegills have still been in deep water. Everything is open except bass. That will open next weekend.”

The DNR said at Pere Marquette, northern pike fishing was excellent in the lower river and in Pere Marquette Lake. Anglers fishing from small boats, canoes, and kayaks were picking up nice size northern pike while using spinners, spoons and body baits. Those using flies were catching fish on large streamers, the DNR said.

Anglers at Pere Marquette trolling for brown trout reported slow fishing. A few Chinook were starting to show up south of the port in 60 to 80 feet of water. In the mix came a few lake trout, a couple cohos and a steelhead. Anglers reported that spoons worked best. Better numbers of salmon were coming from Pentwater and around Little Sable Point. Pier fishing was slow, but a few panfish were caught.

At Frankfort water temperatures moved into the 50s and the alewives started moving into the harbor. Bait was increasing and anglers were reporting catches of lake trout, brown trout, Chinook salmon and northern pike.

“The fishing isn’t too bad,” Larry Scharich, of Shipwatch Marina in Manistee said. “Some salmon started showing up. It’s getting better.”