What's wrong with the fishing?

Answer: It's the transitional time of year

It's time to say goodbye to open water fishing for 2022.

It's time to say goodbye to open water fishing for 2022.

John Raffel

BIG RAPIDS – It’s the transition period between the end of fall and the beginning of ice fishing.

This obviously means not too much fishing is taking place right now, especially with hunters trying to get in a few more weeks. But there are a few diehards and anglers doing their best to find something for supper.

“The deer season is going on and fishing wise, it’s pretty quiet right now,” Tanner Havens, of Frank’s Sporting Goods in Morley said. “We’re in the middle of seasons changing here. We’re waiting for things to happen.

“They have been catching a few steelhead over by the White River, by Hesperia from what I’ve heard.”

Chelsea Pete of the Manistee River Lodge agreed activity has been slow.

“Our waters are a little on the lower side but nothing abnormal for this time of year,” Pete said. “Most of the waters are pretty clear as we haven’t had much rain lately. We’re still seeing  fresh steelhead and coho out of the lakes.

“Right now is a good time to get out because you’re seeing less pressure. Less people are getting out. The Little Manistee closes on Jan. 1 and the Big Manistee is open all year.”

A spokesman at Captain Chuck’s in Ludington said river fishing is slow for steelhead.

“There’s quite a few pike in the rivers,” he said. “Pike fishing is pretty good in the PM River now. Steelhead is really slow. It’s been tough. We’ve had real clear water. It’s been super slow everywhere. Pentwater Lake is giving some decent perch. It’s pretty tough right now.”