Recent storms have impact on fishing
BIG RAPIDS - Recent storms and strong winds slowed fishing effort, especially on the Great Lakes, the DNR said.
Inland lake fishing for bass and panfish should be fair to good. Stream trout fishing has been very tough with the hot weather. Most fishermen, DNR said, do not want to fish when stream temperatures are over 70 degrees, since it can make catch and release more difficult.
In Mecosta County, "fishing is decent this week," Tom Vernon, of Frank's Sporting Goods in Morley, said. "It's probably a little better than it was last week. The bluegills are getting into that summer deep water thing. All the bluegills are coming out of 30 feet of water. Bass fishing is really strong, both smallmouth and largemouth. Hardy and Croton ponds are both producing numbers of walleye.
Recent storms at Frankfort had fish on the move, the DNR said, adding the temperature break was noted at 50 to 60 feet down. Chinook salmon were found 45 to 80 feet down in 150 to 210 feet and were hitting on meat rigs. Lake trout, the DNR said, were in the same area and hitting on spoons.
"The biggest fish caught this week was a 35-pounder (salmon)," Jerome Thayer of Murphy's Tackle Box in Frankfort said. "There's a lot of trout and kings are starting to show up."
Portage Lake had another mayfly hatch centered on the east end of the lake and was also having water temperatures in the mid-70s, forcing so anglers were fishing 15 to 22 feet down, the DNR said, adding bass, perch and bluegills were reported in low numbers.
Salmon fishing at Manistee was hit-or-miss and some fish are there but anglers are catching mostly lake trout. It's expected to change in the next week or two. Lake trout were found at various depths in 90 to 150 feet. A couple Chinook salmon were caught 40 to 70 feet down in 100 to 150 feet when trolling spoons and meat rigs straight out and to the south.
"Out in Lake Michigan, it's still kind of slow for salmon," Larry Scharich of Shipwatch Marina said. "There's lake trout being caught. Salmon fishing is slow yet. They haven't showed up in big numbers."
Anglers at Manistee Lake were getting bass and bluegill on crawlers and leeches, the DNR reported.
"We have a few summer run steelhead," Rob Eckerson of Pappy's Bait Shop in Wellston said. The brown trout fishing is going on as well at Tippy Dam. The Little Manistee is seeing a small push of king salmon with the change in the weather. With inland lakes, the bluegill fishing has been OK, suspended at the dropoff."
Stream trout fishing has been tough at Manistee River with the hot weather, the DNR said.
"They're starting to catch some kings," Bud Fitzgerald of Tangle Tackle Co. said. "There's a decent king bite starting mainly on standard sized spoons. They're still catching a lot of trout. They're still catching some bluegills on drop-offs."
A few Chinook salmon at Ludington were caught straight out and slightly north of Big Sable Point and south towards Little Sable Point when trolling spoons, meat rigs and some flasher/fly combos. Pier anglers caught rock bass and the occasional sucker, the DNR said.
Reminder from the DNR
If you're headed out fishing, please do your part to keep yourself and others safe by following COVID-19 public health and safety guidelines. Go fishing only if you're feeling well.
Practice proper social distancing, at least 6 feet away from people who don't live in your household.
Frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water, or use hand sanitizer.