Area anglers looking for improved success

BALDWIN — As the final days of June draw near, anglers are hopeful that fishing will hit a high note.

“Trout fishing has been slow at least from the last report,” Doug Loomis from Ed’s Sports Shop said. “Lake fishing for bass and bluegills has been good. Rubber spiders and purple rubber worms are good. I had a guy in here earlier who said that he had a nice bluegill and a bass. He couldn’t find his bluegill, he looked...he saw a snapping turtle going with a bass in his mouth. We have snapping turtles as well.”

But overall “activity has been significantly reduced from last year,” Loomis said. “Most of the reports are coming from locals or weekenders.”

Cory Mead of the Pere Marquette River Lodge, said the rivers are recovering from all the recent rainfall.

“The hex fishing is just starting to get good,” he said. “For the next week or so, it should be good hex fishing.”

Ray Maycock of Baldwin Bait & Tackle said the trout and hex fishing has taken center stage of sorts.

“The bugs are starting to hatch,” Maycock said. “That’s pretty much what everybody coming in here is doing. A lot of people that have been out bluegill fishing are doing well.”

The Department of Natural Resources reports that boat fishermen are having success for trout and salmon 30 to 80-feet down in 80 to 160 feet of water with orange or green spoons and red or purple meat rigs. The DNR adds that pier anglers are getting chinook or brown trout on live bait.

The Department of Natural Resources reports that although much of what a trout feeds on throughout the year is under the water’s surface, June is prime time for dry-fly fishing for stream trout.

Many aquatic insects, the DNR points out, like mayflies, stoneflies, and caddisflies found in trout streams emerge during June, making it a unique time to fish with those flies that float on the surface of the water. Anglers should check with local tackle shops or fly shops to see what might be hatching in their area. The DNR adds that many of the mayfly hatches occur after sunset, and anglers need to know the river they are fishing.