Lake County anglers keeping an eye on steelhead action

BALDWIN — Area fishing has had hunting to compete with in previous weeks, and that will especially be the case when the firearm deer hunting season starts on Nov. 15.

“As far as deer reports, we’ve had 16 bucks taken and five does,” Doug Loomis, of Ed’s Sport Shop in Baldwin said. “Fishing reports have been few. Most people have been hunting. Steelhead action is fair, but good using spawn or flies.”

Other area fishing experts have offered similar reports on anglers.

“The steelhead have come into the river,” Katelyn Hartman, from Pere Marquette River Lodge in Baldwin said. “They’re not huge numbers yet but people are catching them daily. They’re pretty much throughout the system.”

Jake McMillon from the Baldwin Bait & Tackle Shop in Baldwin offered a similar report.

“There’s a little bit of action,” he reported. “There’s steelhead throughout the entire river now, but no great abundance of them everywhere. That’s about it. They’re getting them on flies and lures.”

Buck contest

Hunters are reminded they can enter The Pioneer’s Big Buck contest during the bow and rifle seasons. Entries can be brought to the Pioneer offices at 115 N. Michigan, Big Rapids, or to Kelly’s Processing at 19077 East 12 Mile Road, Big Rapids. The entire body needs to be submitted.