It continues to be slow for fishing
BIG RAPIDS – Wind, rain and even snow kept anglers from venturing out this week, the DNR reported.
While many are hunting or getting ready for ice fishing, those brave enough to tackle the elements were rewarded with a few fish, including steelhead, whitefish, pike and panfish.
All anglers 17 years of age and older are required to have a fishing license.
The DNR reported surface water temperatures on the northern portion of Lake Michigan were 48 to 50 degrees.
In Mecosta County, attention has been focused more on hunting compared to fishing.
“We’re selling a heckuva lot of guns in here,” Tanner Havens, of Frank’s Sporting Goods in Morley, said. “I haven’t been selling a lot of stuff for fishing. It’s been real slow as far as that stuff goes. It sounded like there were four or five out on Thanksgiving and I had a couple in (Friday morning).”
“Fishing is going to improve a little bit more in the next couple of weeks for the fall steelhead,” Tom Vernon, of Morley said.
In northern Michigan at Torch Lake, whitefish spearing continues, especially on the south end near the sandbar, the DNR said
Fishermen at Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell were having some late-season success for walleye.
Lake Missaukee was also producing a few late-season walleyes, the DNR said.
“They’re catching some nice steelhead. The guides are doing pretty good down river,” Julie Fraly of Hanks & Sons in Brethren said. “They’re using wax worms jigs, spawn gabs and trout beads right now. They’re catching some dandy fishing.”
The Manistee River had pretty good steelhead fishing, the DNR said. Water levels were dropping and clearing up, which makes fishing more difficult, but rain in the forecast should help.
“They’re catching some steelhead,” said Bridgett Sikorksy, of Backcast Flyshop in Benzonia. “That’s about all I know. I haven’t heard anything on the perch or anything.”
In Lake County, at the Pere Marquette River, the steelhead bite slowed with the cold front but should pick back up with the return of rain and warmer temperatures.
Fishing Tip: Michigan’s Natural Rivers Program
Courtesy of the Michigan DNR
A little goes a long way … What do the Au Sable, Two Hearted, Kalamazoo and Huron rivers have in common? They are all state-designated Natural Rivers.
Select river systems throughout Michigan are afforded protections through zoning regulations that aim to balance the right to reasonable development with preserving, protecting and enhancing the state’s unique rivers.
Each additional foot away from the river a new home is built, each additional foot of riverside vegetation left intact, helps preserve Michigan’s world-class aquatic resources for current and future generations.
The Natural Rivers Program is 50 years old this year.
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