Local anglers hoping for successful month of June

BIG RAPIDS — Anglers are hoping that June will be a memorable month.

Saturday was the opening day for bass season on all the Great Lakes and inland waters.

It’s been very active for Jeff Greene of Rodney lately.

“I went out Monday, the last time I went, to Hillview and did really well with the white rubber spiders,” Greene said. “The reason I like to go to Hillview is that you get about 90 percent bluegills. You get every few sunfish, just a lot of nice bluegills.

“The last three times out have been productive for me. I also on Monday saw my first newborn fawn and have seen another one since then. Looked like they were just an hour old. The second fish of the day was an 18-inch bass on the fly rod. I thought no way would I land this fish. But I chased him around, I bet you he was on for 10 minutes. Darn if I finally didn’t land him.”

Jolyn Hildabridle of Leroy’s The Eyes Have It fishing shop noted the local bass fishing tournament series, Wednesday Night Hog Hunters, has started.

”Fishing is really good,” she said. “The gills are going strong and so are the bass,”

The Hog Hunters tourney has stops at Rose Lake and other Osceola County lakes.

Hildabridle expects a good month for crappies, bluegills and panfish.

“The bluegills are slow to be bedding. There’s plenty hanging off the edge in eight to 10 feet of water,” said George Tharp of Ed’s Sports Shop in Baldwin. “They are hitting top water. You can use spiders. A lot of big ones are being caught but there’s not a lot of activity on the beds yet.

“Rock bass are spawning, but there’s not a lot of people interested in them. They’re on the beds. Bass season opened, They’re doing OK with that. Best thing is river crawler or live crawlers.”

Turkey hunting has slowed down considerably, Tharp said.

“Trout fishing has been slowed because of the rain we got. There’s a lot of food being washed down the river to the fish.”

An employee at East Bay Marina in Chippewa Lake said with the weather the way it’s been, not many have been on the lake or have been in the store looking for bait.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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