Lake County anglers having success

BALDWIN — The inland lakes are providing some good fishing opportunities, the Department of Natural Resources reports, and can be a great alternative to those are not able to get out on the Great Lakes because of windy conditions.

Action has been picking up in Lake County.

“Trout have been on live bait, flies and lures,” Doug Loomis of Ed’s Sport Shop in Baldwin said. “Try gold spinners or rapalas. The bite has not been hot, but it is still good.”

Bluegills are going for poppers and crickets, he added.

“Bass fishing has been excellent on rubber worms, topwater lures, spinners and live baits,” Loomis said. “Crappies are being caught on minnows and jigs. Pike fishing has been fair on live bait or lures.”

Cory Mead of the Pere Marquette River Lodge said browns, rainbows are still natural producing fish in the river system. Meanwhile, salmon are working their way into the system.

“Fishing has been pretty good,” Mead said. “It’s a little tough right now. Every time I’ve been out, it’s been pretty good. We’re kind of like in a transition right now. It’s been kind of a weird summer for the most part. We get warm spells here and there.”

It beats having heat and high water temperatures, Mead agreed.

Anglers have been coming to the area in decent numbers, Mead indicated. The September salmon run will attract a high number of fishermen, as usual. As mild as it’s been, Mead thinks it could be an earlier season this year.

“There’s always that three-week variable depending on the weather temperature,” he said. “It could be a pretty early salmon run. The dry fly fishing has been good.”

Ray Maycock of Baldwin Bait & Tackle reports that anglers are having success for brown trout on hoppers and dry flies.

“Brown and trout fishing has been good,” he said. “Lake fishing, I haven’t hard a whole lot about it. People are out catching bluegills, I know that.”

The DNR reports that the Muskegon River is producing a few trout for those fly fishing while small-mouth bass fishing was good for those using crawlers, leeches and crayfish.


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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