Anglers hoping May will be huge month

BALDWIN — It’s May, and Lake County anglers are hoping a new month will mean plenty of success when it comes to testing their fishing skills.

“It’s been going real well,” said local fish guide John Karakashian.

“There’s still steelhead in the river but not a lot,” said George Tharp of Ed’s Sports Shop in Baldwin. “They’ve been getting a decent amount of trout. All the rain and all the high level and high water levels we’ve got...bluegills haven’t moved on their beds yet. They’re getting nice crappies off of minnows.”

Turkey hunting activity “has been really slow,” Tharp said. “A few of them are going out, but they’re not bringing anything back.”

“Trout fishing has been pretty good,” said Jake McMillon of Baldwin Bait & Tackle. “With the water being as it is, most of us may switch over to doing a lot of streamer fishing. The nymph bite is good but it is dirty water, so we’re dealing with that.”

A spokesman at Pere Marquette River Lodge noted that waters are making fishing a challenge right now and indicated some steelhead are left in the river.

“Wading is the tricky part,” he said. “It’s almost up to the banks.”

“They’re starting to catch walleye and the panfish up here,” said Jolyn Hildabridle of the Eyes Have It Store in LeRoy.

“Everything is pretty slow but I have heard that the (crappies) are starting to pick up,” said Vic Havens of Frank’s Sporting Goods in Morley. “They’re moving into shallower water and they’re starting to catch quite a few crappy.”

Jeff Greene of Rodney, an avid fisherman, said he’s been out a few times locally for bluegill fishing and has had limited success including a catch of eight recently.