Fishermen dealing with cooler temperatures

'It is time for us bluegill anglers to put the boats away'

Is boat fishing slowly coming to an end this fall?

Is boat fishing slowly coming to an end this fall?

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BIG RAPIDS -- It’s been getting colder but anglers are staying active.

Active angler Jeff Greene of Rodney gave his final report for the fall.

“Fishing success at Hillview Lake has fallen off,” Greene said. “Early last week I had two wonderful trips as it was warm and lots of fish. I went out Friday morning (Oct. 7) and it was 44 degrees air temp and the water temperature had dropped to 58 degrees. The fish were more scattered in the water column as opposed to being concentrated in the first six feet.

“They were not as active and I had to work harder to catch supper. It is time for us bluegill anglers to put the boat away.”

In Mecosta County, “they’ve been getting some perch up by Davis Bridge,” Tanner Havens, of Frank’s Sport Shop, in Morley, said. “They’ve also been getting some specks and bluegills, mainly. They’re catching the occasional walleye. Mainly in the morning is when they’re catching them.”

At Manistee, the pier and surf action was slowly starting to pick up, the DNR said. A few steelhead and a lake trout were reported while using spawn bags, but offshore salmon and trout fishing was good before the wind picked up over the weekend.

“They’re still fishing for salmon at Tippy Dam,” Rob Eckerson of Pappy’s Bait Shop in Wellston said. “The rain definitely helped. Temperatures are down to 55. That’s a good place. There’s spawning activity below Tippy and steelhead are charging up from the lower river to eat the salmon eggs. I think the DNR finished their chinook egg take at the Little Manistee weir this week. They’ll finish it up Tuesday as far as I know.

“They’re getting panfish out of Manistee Lake, plus bluegills, salmon and perch. They’re catching some steelhead on the beach in Manistee, wind permitting.” 

At Ludington, pier fishing was slow, the DNR said offshore salmon and steelhead fishing was good. Salmon were observed in the river at the state park, but the bite was slow.

“With recent rain, the water system has bucked up in flows, which is a good thing,” Chelsea Pete, of the Manistee River Lodge, in Wellston. “Cooler temperatures and high flow equal big pushes of fish coming in from the lake. We’re seeing more steelhead being caught. It looks like it will be a continuing later run of kings and cohos. So far the steelhead we have seen are large this year.”