Fishermen hoping August will produce better success

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

“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.”

In Mecosta County, Jeff Greene of Rodney said he’s been at Ludington and caught several bluegills and bass in Hamlin Lake by Ludington.

“It’s been about the same, people are catching bluegills every where,” said Vic Havens of Frank’s Sporting Goods of Morley “but they’re tied into a bunch of walleyes anywhere. It’s pretty slow. This cooler weather should pick things up. Now they’re buying worms, was worms and crickets and are getting bluegills.”

Walleye fishing was steady with some limit catches taken in Hardy Pond on the Muskegon River, the DNR said.

The DNR reported that the Pere Marquette River is producing a fair to good number of brown trout especially for those fly fishing.

“It’s been decent, there’s been good days and bad days,” said Jay Frank of Baldwin Bait & Tackle. “It depends on your skill level.”

“It hasn’t been easy but daylight fishing has been producing,” said Casey Hefferan of the Pere Marquette River Lodge. “There’s been a lot of grasshoppers during the day. Nymphing is still working during the day. The aquatic insect activity is starting to taper down during the day.

“After dark fishing has been where it’s at lately. I’m excited for the night fishery through August. There’s always big fish landed toward the end of the summer. We’re starting to take a lot of reservations for salmon fishing. By the end of August there’s enough king salmon around to find you a few. It keeps getting better by September. By the middle of September, they’re everywhere.”

Hefferan said he enjoys the fall trout fishing.

“There’s a pretty good window of opportunity there,” he said.