Anglers enjoying cooler temperatures

BIG RAPIDS - Cooler temperatures could mean better fishing conditions for anglers.

In Mecosta County, "I hear the steelhead fishing down by Croton has picked up," Tanner Havens, of Frank's Sporting Goods in Morley, said. "They have been fishing a number of walleyes and perch out by the river. I did hear on Croton side, above Croton Dam, they were catching some bluegills. They're still catching perch on the Morley Pond as well. They're still finding fish with the weather kind of steady now. It should pick up."

At Charlevoix, fish were being marked in shallow waters, the DNR said. Smallmouth bass anglers were using crawlers and artificial worms. Some anglers were fishing off the pier for salmon.

"The salmon lady is singing," Rob Eckerson of Pappy's Bait Shop in Wellston said. "The salmon are in full spawn. The river is in the 50s. It's game on with the salmon, the steelhead are charging behind them. There's good catches of perch in Manistee Lake and Portage Lake and good reports of bluegills in both lakes."

Pier anglers at Manistee were catching steelhead and small coho. The early morning hours was the best time to fish, the DNR said. Most anglers were using spawn in bright colored bags.

''They're starting to do beach fishing," a spokesman at Tangled Tackle Co. said. "There's steelhead in the system now. I did have a report that at the Pere Marquette by the Indian Bridge they did get some fresh kings. Bear Creek does have fish. They are catching some steelhead at Tippy Dam. There's bluegills at Manistee Lake."

At Frankfort. "they're catching steelhead on the outside but we need the lake to settle down," Christine Murphy at the Frankfort Tackle Box, said. "On the inside, the temperature is still 50 degrees."

At Ludington, boat anglers fishing in 300 plus feet of water were catching Chinook. Pier fishing was hit or miss but there were some nice catches, the DNR said. "Most anglers were fishing with spawn.

"It's going OK," a spokesman at Captain Chuck's in Ludington said. "They're getting some salmon in the river. It's getting toward the tail end. They're all getting pretty dark. The steelhead fishing is starting to pick up well on the PM."