Fishing continues to be a challenge for local anglers

BIG RAPIDS — The DNR reports that strong winds have made fishing much more difficult especially for anglers with boats out on the Great Lakes.

Water temperatures were unstable, and that was making it hard to find a thermocline, the DNR reported, adding that inland, the fish moved into shallower waters with the onset of cooler temperatures.

“My son went down to the (Muskegon) river last weekend,” active local fisherman Rich Morey of Big Rapids said. “They caught some fish, but they didn’t catch anything worth taking a picture of. He said there was a lot of boat traffic on the river and hardly anybody was fishing.

“My coffee group has been pretty quiet. They catch fish but they’re real small or there’s very few of them. They’ve been going out. If they’re catching any fish, they’re keeping it awfully quiet. They went down Little Rogers at the freeway and went downstream. They caught some small bass and had one real nice perch, and that was it. And they fished for quite some time, too.”

Craig Walters of the Eyes Have It in LeRoy said the fishing situation has basically stayed the same lately.

“The bluegills are deep,” he said. “The bass are biting. There’s crappies in Sunrise Lake.”

Jeff Greene of Rodney said he caught several bluegills during a recent trip at Thompson Lake, a private body of water near the Mecosta area.

The DNR also acknowledged that with the weather, fewer fishermen have been out recently.

“The trout fishing has been decent recently,” Amy MacEachern of Schmidt’s Outfitters in Wellston said. “We’re still fishing grasshopper patterns. Bass has been good fishing on the Big Manistee. We’re seeing a few salmon in, but nothing major yet.”


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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