Steelhead action picks up at Pere Marquette River

BALDWIN  — Fishing is slow, even in Lake County, observers report.

“We’re past the peak on salmon, but steelhead are here,” Doug Loomis, of Ed’s Sport Shop in Baldwin, said. “The steelhead are better tasting.”

Joe Neumann, of the Pere Marquette River Lodge, agreed that salmon fishing has basically wrapped up.

‘There’s still a few kings in the river although they’re long in the tooth and are falling apart,” he said. “There’s coho in the river. We’ve been seeing steelhead about four weeks now. It’s getting better by the day. Our guides are doing well. They’re fishing a few every day. The brown trout are biting well.

“The streamer bite has been good, plus egg patterns and flies, and stoneflies.

“Salmon season is winding down and they’re starting to pick up some steelhead in the flywater, pretty much the whole PM system,” Jason Frank of Baldwin Bait & Tackle said. “We’re looking forward to a good steelhead season on the river.”

He said the salmon season was successful.

“We had a pretty decent salmon run,” Frank said. “We don’t know what the future holds. But this fall was a good one. I’ve seen some guys who are catching some decent bluegills lately. There is some panfish action if you can locate them. Generally your lake fishing gets good this time of year before ice action.”

Loomis said he’s had report of several bucks taken in the area including four 8-pointers and three smaller ones and one doe.