Fish activity locally remains slow

BALDWIN — July is over and area anglers are hoping the August fishing will produce plenty of success.

The DNR reports that at the Pere Marquette River, brown trout are still being caught. Most are fly fishing but a few were casting small spoons.

Jay Frank of Baldwin Bait and Tackle said not much in fishing activity has changed in the past week.

The salmon run by mid- to end of August, will pick things up, Frank indicated.

“Its fair, about as good as can be expected this time of year,” he said. “Come September and salmon season, it will be crazy.”

“I went out (Thursday) morning and it’s getting pretty slow,” said Jay Wallace of Evart, who was going for bass. “I didn’t get out really early. It was a warm sun and things like that.

“(Josh) Johnson (of Evart) has been fishing the (Muskegon) river a little bit and has been catching some smallmouth.”

Brad Cox has been working with the Hog Hunters Fishing league out of LeRoy.

“People are catching them and some people aren’t,” Cox said. Rose and Cadillac lakes have been favorite spots for northern Osceola County anglers.

“I’ve heard of people catching panfish,” Cox said. “I think it’s been about average.”

The DNR reports in its tip of the week that with summer in full swing andtemperatures frequently reaching their peaks, fish can become lethargic.

For bass fishermen, the DNR notes that some of the best action this time of year occurs during the first hour or so after dark.

Dusk and dawn can still produce fish, the DNR notes, but that first hour or two after dark can be very profitable for anglers.

After dark, bass move shallow in search of more food. The DNR suggests anglers target them near the same areas they would during other times of the day but the technique should change. Fishing subsurface lures is not recommended at that time, the DNR says.

“It is time for surface presentations,” the DNR says on its website.

“After the cast, work them aggressively with a jerking motion making sure they pop and gurgle across the surface of the water during your retrieve. Pay close attention during the retrieve, watching and listening for the strike which can be explosive.

“If you’re feeling adventurous, get on the water at 10 p.m. and fish the shallows for bass until midnight or 1 a.m. The results can be spectacular.”