Area fishermen look forward to spring season

BIG RAPIDS — It would appear the transition is being made from winter to spring fishing, and Dale Doepker is among the anglers ready to get things going.

He’s the president of the Canadian Lakes Fishing Club, and likes the prospects for area spring fishing.

“The Muskegon River is always good for bass, walleye, perch, pike, crappies,” Doepker said. “That’s probably the most accessible to everybody. There’s a number of launches on it.”

Lake fishing opportunities are always numerous. “Lake Mecosta is a pretty popular one and it has a good launch,” Doepker said. “There’s about 30 lakes in the county. The largest one in the county is Chippewa. If you fish Mecosta, you could also boat right into Round Lake and boat right into Blue Lake from Mecosta.”

When trout fishing opens in late April and bass fishing in May, the opportunities are endless, he added.

Doepker agreed a hard winter the last two months is likely to make anglers even more anxious for spring fishing.

“We’re halfway between Lake Michigan and halfway between Saginaw Bay,” he said. “If you want to go for walleye, you go to Saginaw Bay. If you want to go for salmon, you go to Lake Michigan. I used to go to Lake Michigan a lot for salmon. I still go to Saginaw Bay at lot for walleye. It’s about 75 miles to either one of those from here.”


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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