Salmon run could begin later this month

Anglers continue to have success

BALDWIN – Fishing is picking up in the Baldwin area, and anglers are getting excited for the eventual salmon run, about six weeks away.

“Mainly brown trout are biting in the river right now,” Chase Adams, of the Pere Marquette River Lodge, said. “A lot of people are mousing for them at night. The bewitching hours of the night are the best time to be out right now.’

As for the salmon run, “we’re looking at probably the last week in August, maybe the third week we’ll start seeing fish,” Adams said. “We had a lot of  alewifes so we’ll either have a lot of fish this year or not.”

Jake McMillon, of Baldwin Bait & Tackle, agreed.

“Summer time fishing has definitely slowed down a little bit,” he said. “But river fishing is pretty productive. They’re throwing a lot of terrestrials this year, a lot of hoppers, ants and beetles.”

McMillon said cooler water would be preferable.

“A lot of it is more of the water temp,” he said. “As the water gets warm, the fish get lethargic. We’re cooling back down. We were pretty warm.”

McMillon expects salmon to come in late August and early September.

“It’s looking like it’s going to be a good year,” he said. “It’s hard to tell until it’s all over. But it’s looking good.”