Spring fishing, turkey seasons off to impressive start

Paris resident Kyle Randall is host of TV's Wilderness Journal. (Herald Review file photo)

Paris resident Kyle Randall is host of TV's Wilderness Journal. (Herald Review file photo)

BIG RAPIDS -- Kyle Randall has ben observing the spring turkey and fishing season and considers it to be a good one so far, on both counts.

Randall, a rural Paris resident, is host of TV's Wilderness Journal.

"The spring turkey season is doing quite well," Randall said. "The third season started the first of May. There's quite a few turkeys out there. The weather has not been great. We're receiving quite a few comments from successful hunters.

"We're still hunting and we're doing well. We're seeing a number of good birds that are a little bit call shy. That's always the way it is this time of year. Hunting at 10 or 11 in the morning seems to be best.

"We're getting good fishing reports. I was told the other day (by a charter boat fisherman) they caught 17 on a trip including a couple of brown trout and a steelhead or two. They're doing quite well in the rivers. The catfish fishing is picking up. If it would quit raining for a couple of days and stabilize, I think other types of fishing would be improving. I know there's a few small mouth. There's some panfish fishing going on. It's going good."

The morel mushroom searching is going well, Randall said.