Area fishermen eye more success

BALDWIN — Fishing experts in Lake County are hopeful of a strong month of fishing at Pere Marquette.

Doug Loomis, of Ed’s Sports Shop, reports that fishing has slowed but there are still fish to be caught. He added that trout fishing has been “fair at best” but is slowly improving. The hex hatch has begun.

A Grand Rapids man was in the area last week and was getting ready to fish Pickeral Lake. It’s a spot where he’s caught plenty of bluegills and bass in the past.

“Everything is going well,” Joe Neumann, of the Pere Marquette River Lodge, said. “The river is a little bit high right now and has a stain to it. It’s a good color. That’s a good thing.”

Activity has been picking up with fishermen.

“We’re getting busier all the time,” Neumann said. “The guides are busy. Everybody is out having a good time and enjoying it. It’s dry fly season for sure. It’s more and more. Now’s the time because the canoes haven’t quite started yet.”

Jake McMillon of Baldwin Bait and Tackle, noted that fishing has been productive.

“it’s been kind of tough as well,” he said. “Streamer fishing and nymph fishing have taken the prize on the river. We have plenty of boats. The fish have not turned on to them. We’re noticing small fish and the occasional respectable fish. Dry fly fishing has been tough.

“We’re still kind of contributing that to the amount of food (that’s available).”

While it’s been slow in the spring, McMillon and other Lake County fishing experts like future prospects.

“Things are looking good,” he said. “Lake fishing is doing OK. Some of the lakes, the bluegills and bass have started to bed. The other lakes are probably a week or two out because of water temps.”