Fishing becoming slow in late summer months


That’s been the word from area fishermen as fishing gets ready for the end of summer and the start of the fall season.

“It’s been pretty slow this week,” said Vic Havens of Frank’s Sporting Goods in Morley. “I haven’t heard much of bluegill fishing on the river. Guys are starting to buy a few minnows for walleye. It’s been pretty slow. They’re waiting for the big Labor Day weekend coming in. I haven’t heard about anyone talking about getting good catches or limits of anything.”

“We went down the Muskegon River and we got a few bluegills,” said Otto Mehl of Big Rapids. “Outside of that, we haven’t heard of anything else.”

Jim Showers of Rodney indicated his fishing activity has been slow lately but has heard of anglers catching a few bluegills at Townline Lake.

Jim Ward of Grant Township said he has gotten a few small perch on the Muskegon River.

“The bluebird skies the last week and a half have shut things down,” Ward said. “My brother does a lot of salmon fishing and that’s been shut down. Guys fishing bluegills feel the same way. They catch three or four and that’s it.”

Jacob Hayes of Big Rapids said reports he’s received is that perch and small largemouth bass have been caught at Rogers Pond.

“My friend caught an 18-inch largemouth at Rogers Pond the other day,” Hayes said. “The largemouth and smallmouth are in.”

The Department of Natural Resources reports that late summer fishing is going strong but anticipated hot weather into the weekend may slow success. Those fishing the inland waters are advised to fish early morning, late evening or go deeper during the day. Water levels are low, the DNR reports, but adds that a good rain will help push more salmon up into the river systems.

In Lake County, the DNR reports that in the Pere Marquette River salmon are there, but the better fishing may still be in the lower stretches.


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

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