Local anglers gearing up for salmon season

BIG RAPIDS — Salmon movement into the rivers is still on the light side, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said, while adding that it won’t be long before they start moving at a full pace.

The inland lakes are producing panfish, bass and pike, the DNR said, while adding that this weekend should have plenty of fishing opportunities.

“It’s been slow,” Ron Denslow of Central Michigan Outdoors of Mecosta said. “Guys are getting a few bluegills. But they have to work for them.”

Other fishing reports have been favorable from spots such as Trigger Time Outfitters in Big Rapids and Frank’s Sporting Goods in Morley. Bluegill fishing has been strong. One area sporting goods store reports walleye fishing is slow and bass is OK.

“Fishing is pretty good right now,” Greg Schafer of Schafer’s Sporting Goods in Weidman said. “Bluegill fishing and bass fishing is pretty good. It will get better in a couple of weeks when it cools off. That water is pretty warm right now.”

Coldwater and Stephenson Lakes are among the spots in the Weidman area that have been producing fish, Schafer added.

“Martiny Lakes have been pretty good for bluegills, bass and pike,” Schafer added.

Craig Walters of the Eyes Have It Fishing shop in LeRoy noted that anglers in the Wednesday Hog Hunters fishing club classic had success. The biggest bass caught out of Rose Lake was 5.48 pounds, along with 5.05 for second place. The biggest three fish combo was almost 15 pounds for an average of almost five apiece.

“It was a pretty good tournament,” Walters said. “People are catching bluegills and there’s a few walleye on Rose, but far and few between.”

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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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