Anglers hopeful as fishing gets ready for June

BALDWIN — Saturday was the opening day of bass season on the Great Lakes and all inland waters, and the Department of Natural Resources added that the early catch-and-release season has been excellent, so the opener should be good.

In Lake County, fishing action continues to pick up steam.

“There’s still some people out steelhead fishing, but they’re getting nearly done on that,” said George Tharp of Ed’s Sport Shop in Baldwin. “Trout fishing has been OK, but we keep getting rain. Some of the people are using crawlers.”

Tharp indicated bass fishing has been productive.

“Bluegills are starting to bed up a little bit,” Tharp said. “They’ve been getting some of them and the crappie fishing is OK. That’s about all I’ve heard recently.”

Turkey season ends this Saturday and it’s been slow in this area, Tharp indicated.

Cory Mead of the Pere Marquette River Lodge said the river is starting to recover from the whacky weather in recent weeks.

“It’s starting to get down to normal levels, I would say,” he said. “We had a real busy weekend. We’re usually not terribly busy during the summer. It all depends on the temperature, really.”

High 50s would be ideal temperatures, Mead indicated.

“The bugs are certain to hatch for the trout and that’s certain to pick up,” said Ray Maycock of Baldwin Bait & Tackle. “Bluegill fishing, I hear, is picking up. They’re starting to come up in the shallow water.”

The Department of Natural Resources reports that the Pere Marquette River has steelhead, but the run is winding down. Anglers are catching some nice brown trout, the DNR said, adding that fly hatches are starting and the fish are becoming more active.

In Osceola County, avid trout fisherman Jim Wallace concurred that “pretty much anywhere, the bluegills are getting on their beds. They’re starting to get more lilly pads so the bass are easier to find. (Bass fishing) is pretty hot right now. Pike are hitting. Things are good right now.”