TV show host encouraged by fishing prospects

PARIS — It might be July, but Kyle Randall sees it as a good opportunity for fishermen to set the tone for their summer seasons.

Randall, who is based out of Paris and hosts the Wilderness Journal TV program, said recently he was headed over to Saginaw Bay for a fishing trip.

“The walleye are starting to bite over there,” he said. “Some of the really small lakes are doing alright, but the rest of the water is not so well.”

Randall has been hopeful for the Muskegon River to be productive.

“The real small inland lakes are warming up enough that I know they’re starting to catch a few fish,” he said. 

Randall had various comments about the turkey season that ended recently. Another one will be coming up in he fall.

“The turkey season was a good one for us,” he said. “We did very well. I spoke to quite a few folks that did equally as well. It slowed down due to the cold snap we had. But it really picked up at the end of the season. All-in-all, it was a really good season, especially compared to last year.

“It was a little warmer, a little more stable, especially during the middle of the season. That’s what the turkeys like. When you get those cold snaps, it slows the turkeys down. The only bad time we had was when it got really warm and we had a couple of 80 degree days, and that causes them to slow down. Other than those days, it went well.”

Hunting season is over locally although Randall noted that Trigger Time Outfitters of Big Rapids had its first bow fishing tournament last month. The contest was valid on any Michigan public waters.

Randall sponsored an extra bounty of $100 for Asian Carp shot in Michigan public waters.

“We’re hoping none are bought in, but we feel it’s our responsibility to try to make sure those fish are not showing up here,” Randall said prior to the shoot. “We want to know if we have a problem. 

“It’s a fun way to keep shooting your archery gear and another reason to get out. It’s one of the only ways to control some of the rough fish in the local lakes and rivers. It’s something that is done primarily at night and it’s a lot of fun.”