Lake County Sportsman Club schedules fundraiser for April 29

BALDWIN — The Lake County Sportsman Club is anticipating a unique year with the opening of its trap and skeet shooting range.

But the club is also focusing on fund-raisers and has a fish fry set for Friday, April 29, during the opening weekend for trout season, 5-7 p.m., at the VFW Hall off of M-37 north of Baldwin.

“We’re waiting for spring to come so we can break ground on our trap and skeet range,” Greg Nichols, club president said. “We’re anticipating use of it for this year.”

Also anticipated for some time in the future is an archery range and possibly a paintball field.

Monthly meetings are conducted at the Masonic Temple above the Baldwin Outlet Store in downtown Baldwin. The meetings are 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month.

Fishing update

Doug Loomis, of Ed’s Sporting Goods in Baldwin, said there have been few steelhead fishing reports.

“Since the first of the month, quite frankly, we’ve had more fresh steelhead coming in because of the warmer weather,” Loomis said. “I believe they’re about a month and a half ahead of time. It’s not a banner year yet. The next five to six days will be producing more ice. Some lakes are reporting good (success). Others haven’t. We have two perch, two bluegill and a crappie entered in the (2016) Troutarama Contest.”

Josh Mead of the Pere Marquette River Lodge said activity has been slow.

“Water is cold and has been up a little bit,” he said. “They’re catching fish but it’s not hot and heavy. It’s winter fishing. It’s slow. They’re getting a few (steelhead), but not a whole bunch.”