TV show host encouraged with fishing prospects

PARIS — It might be June, but Kyle Randall sees it as a good opportunity for fishermen to set the tone for their summer seasons.

Randall, who is based out of Paris and hosts the Wilderness Journal TV program, said earlier this week he was headed over to Saginaw Bay.

“The walleye are starting to bite over there,” he said. “The recent cold weather closed down a lot of fishing. Some of the really small lakes are doing all right, but the rest of the water is not so well.”

Randall indicated the Muskegon River is still too cold.

“The real small inland lakes are warning up enough that I know they’re starting to catch a few fish,” he said. “I talked to a grandfather who had his grandchildren out over the weekend and Saturday was a wash. But Sunday, they caught a few fish. The water needs to warm up before we’re going to see a lot of activity.”

Randall had various comments about the turkey season that ended Sunday.

“The turkey season was a good one for us,” he said. “We did very well. I spoke to quite a few folks that did equally as well. It slowed down due to the cold snap we had. But it really picked up at the end of the season. All-in-all, it was a really good season, especially compared to last year.

“It was a little warmer, a little more stable, especially during the midde of the season. That’s what the turkeys like. When you get those cold snaps, it slows the turkeys down. The only bad time we had was when it got really warm and we had a couple of 80 degree days, and that causes them to slow down. Other than those days, it went well.”

Hunting season is over locally although Randall noted that Trigger Time Outfitters of Big Rapids is having its first bow fishing tournament June 13-14. The contest is valid on any Michigan public waters and there will be an entry fee per boat with four-person teams.

Randall is sponsoring an extra bounty of $100 for Asian Carp shot in Michigan public waters.

“We’re hoping none are bought in, but we feel it’s our responsibility to try to make sure those fish are not showing up here,” Randall said. “We want to know if we have a problem. Anybody that shoots one and brings it in, the first person that does will get a $100 gift certificate from Wilderness Journal. They need to show us when and where they got it. It’s something that we as sportsmen can do to help monitor what’s going on at our own backdoor.”

More details are available by calling Trigger Time.

“It’s a fun way to keep shooting your archery gear and another reason to get out,” Randall said. “It’s one of the only ways to control some of the rough fish in the local lakes and rivers. It’s something that is done primarily at night and it’s a lot of fun.”

“I imagine we’ll probably get 20 teams, something close to that,” Brandon Jurries of Trigger Time Outfitters said. “That’s what we’re anticipating.”