Weather taking its toll on fishing
BALDWIN — This summer’s mostly cool, rainy weather has taken its toll on local fishing.
“They’re getting bass and pan fish right now,” Brad Cox, of The Eyes Have It in LeRoy said. “Trout fishermen are doing all right after the rain.”
“They were catching some walleye for three days on Big Bend by Hardy,” Tanner Havens of Franks’ Sporting Goods in Morley said.
In northwest Michigan, anglers are having other challenges.
“The rain has caused a blowout at the Pine (River) and it will take about a week to clear up,” Chelsea Pete, of DLoop Outfitters in Wellston, said. “The Big and Little Manistee are still in good shape. You can look for trout below Tippy Dam. The water temperatures are a little high for streamers. Bass and pike fishing have been good.”
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports that surface water temperatures were about 65 degrees with activity picking up with lake trout fishing in about 100 to 180 feet. Chinook and steelhead were biting, but pier fishing was slow, the DNR added.
“The backwaters above Tippy Dam have been pretty good for walleye and bass,” Rob Eckerson, of Pappy’s Bait Shop, in Wellston said. “Pan fishing in the area has been pretty good as well. The bluegills have mostly completed their spawning. In some of the deeper lakes, they may still be at it. That’s mostly over with. The stream fishing is going good for trout. The grasshoppers and terrestrials are coming out.
“Salmon and steelhead are showing up at Tippy Dam.”
At Ludington, an impressive number of lake trout was caught in 100 to 200 feet of water along with some chinook and steelhead. Pier fishing was
“It’s been really slow because of the weather,” Dewey Buchner of Don’s Sporting Goods in Manistee said. “They’ve been getting some skamania and kings out on the pier, but not a lot. They’re still getting bluegills, pike and bass out of Manistee Lake. They’re catching some walleyes out of the Manistee River.”
Pentwater has had slow salmon fishing, the DNR said. But those trolling between the dunes and Little Sable got some steelhead, coho and chinook in 150 to 200 feet. Lake trout fishing was good when trolling paddle and flies or spoons toward the bottom in 90 to 150 feet
Bass anglers at Portage Lake were having moderate catches in deeper waters during a heat stretch, the DNR said, while fishermen were getting perch and panfish near the market buoy.
“Walleyes and perch are up at Portage Lake,” Eckerson said. “Bear Lake, too, has a few walleye.”
The DNR reports that at Platte Bay, good numbers of lake trout were caught in East Bay by early morning.
At Frankfort, water temperatures increased this week with anglers rolling in 200 to 250 feet and working the top 150 feet.
Lake trout are active with good amounts coming from off the point. Anglers were getting steelhead near the surface.
“Big lake fishing has been good,” Frankfort area fishing expert Dave Rommell said. “The lake trout fishing out there is really good. It’s like 75 to 90 feet of water, straight out Frankfort. Crystal Lake has been OK for lake trout and rock bass.”
Panfish were being caught in deeper waters eight to 12 feet with worms, leeches or crickets as best bait.
Walleye fishermen were having success by trolling or using drift harnesses and crank baits.
Anglers were also finding success going after bass with spinners, crank baits or soft plastics.