The dog days of summer are upon us. Water temperatures on inland lakes are now exceeding eighty degrees in most locations which makes fishing for bluegills and crappies a struggle. Portage Lake, Barton Lake and Long Lake are experiencing algae blooms with cloudy water conditions.
On the positive note, bass fishing reports indicate many good catches and several large lunkers. Pike are also being caught by many anglers as well. I’ve heard reports lately from anglers having pike attack their bluegills and perch while reeling them in. Justin Kling boated a 39” northern pike during the Battle Creek Steelheaders inland lake tournament that weighed 12 lbs. 14 oz. The trophy hit a spinnerbait and Justin took over first place in the D&R Sports Center fishing contest with the toothy critter.
Lake Michigan fishing is still good although quantities are down, however many large fish are still being boated. Matt Strong, from Strong Performance Charters, reported a 41” lake trout that weighed over 30 lbs. Holland, Michigan seems to be the hot spot this week with many mature kings being caught. Perch are hanging out in 28 feet of water around South Haven. Gotcha Perch Flies tipped with spikes are producing the most fish.
This is the best time of year to get out fishing. The warm summer weather usually brings less wind. Flat water means easy fishing. Get the kids out this weekend if possible. Good Luck!