BIG RAPIDS \u2013 Anglers are hopeful for a huge month of fishing in July. So far, so good. In Mecosta County, \u201cI know a lot of people are trying but it\u2019s hit and miss with a lot of species like perch, specs, bluegills, walleyes,\u201d Tanner Havens of Frank\u2019s Sporting Goods in Morley said. \u201cThere\u2019s lots of bass. At Croton, lots of people are catching trout down there.\u201d Jeff Green of Rodney said he\u2019s had a certain amount of success in recent weeks. \u201cTwo weeks ago, I did well at Mecosta Lake, primarily with nightcrawlers,\u201d Greene said. \u201cThis week, I did well on Clear Lake and Chippewa Lake, primarily using minnows. On Clear Lake there\u2019s lots of crappies. On Chippewa Lake it\u2019s mostly bluegills. The mystery lake is Hillview. I don\u2019t know what\u2019s going on. Last year, it was my go-to lake. This year I can\u2019t get them interested to bite.\u2019 In northwest Michigan, the DNR said at Ludington fishing was hit or miss. A few Chinook and coho were caught at Big Sable Point and straight out in 110 to 220 feet of water when fishing 60 to 75 feet down the DNR said, adding green and blue spoons and flies worked and the piers remained slow. At Manistee catches were hit or miss but a few Chinook were caught along the shelf both north and south of town, and south towards Big Sable Point, the DNR said. Depths ranged from 130 to 250 feet of water while fishing 60 to 80 feet down. Green and blue spoons and flies were effective. Pier fishing remained slow. \u201cThey\u2019re catching a couple of summer run steelhead, the skamania strain at Tippy Dam,\u201d Rob Eckerson of Pappy\u2019s Bait Shop in Wellston said. \u201cNightcrawlers for bait has been the best indication so far. At smaller lakes, they\u2019re still catching bluegills. They\u2019re coming off the beds. In the bigger lakes they\u2019re coming off the end of bedding. \u201cBass fishing is good. They\u2019re starting to bite the surface lures. Rubber worm products have also been good for the bass, perch and bluegills at Manistee Lake have been good, Portage Lake not so much. Fly fishermen are chasing the hex match. That\u2019s been sporadic due to the weather.\u201d Anglers at Frankfort were reporting good numbers of Chinook off the bank in 110 to 150 feet of water and working the top 55 to 80 feet of water. Fish were hitting on medium and large spoons with blues and greens getting more hits. They were also hitting on flies and meat rigs, the DNR said. Anglers at Onekama heading straight out and trolling north reported Chinook, lake trout and steelhead in 100 to 130 feet of water the DNR said. The May fly hatch at Portage Lake slowed down and the DNR said panfish anglers reported bluegill hitting on the east end of the lake. Bass fishermen were reporting some up close activity.