Lake, Osceola fishermen seeking new opportunities

REED CITY — Osceola and Lake County fishermen and outdoorsmen are trying to take advantage of any opportunities that may exist this weekend.

Mark Sochocki, of Evart, has been doing some fishing, including at Saginaw Bay.

“It’s nothing to write home about,” he said. “We fished the bay several times this year, in shallow water for perch and did very well, both on the west side and east side of the bay. I expect we’ll get some walleye fishing here this weekend at the bay.”

“They’re still fishing Rose Lake and Center Lake,” Craig Walters, of The Eyes Have it Store in LeRoy, said last week. “They’re catching pike and a few crappies. Last week (the ice) is good. (On Wednesday), they’re going to have to be careful. It’s really iffy.”

Fishing ended earlier this month.

In Lake County, “there’s not much at all,” George Tharp, of Ed’s Sports Shop in Baldwin, said. “A few more people are starting to go out and do some steelheading. The results on that have not been real good yet, but it has been picking up some with the warmer temperatures. The ice fishing, of course, is done. Hunting is done. There’s not a whole lot going on currently.

“I’ve got some fairly decent reports and it looks like steelhead fishing will be picking up this weekend. It’s been OK, but not great yet.”

“Steelhead fishing is solid right now,” Jake McMillon, of Baldwin Bait & Tackle, said. “There’s no huge numbers, but things are hatching out there. It’s kind of a normal pattern as far as eggs and nymphs as the primary focus. Bluegill fishing, as far as lake fishing is concerned, is coming to an end. For a lot of lakes the shores are melting away. They’ve become unsafe.”

Josh Mead, of the Pere Marquette River Lodge, has been impressed with recent fishing reports.

“Things are picking up a little bit,” he said. “We’re seeing some fresh fish, steelhead and trout. Fishing has been pretty good. It’s only going to be better with the warming temps. The water temps are finally coming up. It looks like it might be an early run if weather stays the way it is.”