Last week’s fishing has been the best of the season. With the decrease in wind and improving water temperatures there have been good catches on Gull Lake, Barton Lake and Portage Lake.
Even though no spawning bluegills were found, most of the fish are in hanging out in shallow water. Torpedo bobbers with flies were most productive for bluegills. Bass are very active and at least one bass was caught on each outing. On Wednesday, Jim DeYoung and I were back on Gull Lake trolling for pike, but only seven sub-legal fish were boated. For the first time ever I had to remove a lure for catching too many fish. One of my favorite lures for northern pike is a white Bomber jerkbait and I couldn’t troll more than 30 yards without catching a rock bass. It became such a burden that I had to get it out of the water.
Good catches of crappies have been reported on Cedar Lake and Pine Lake. Live minnows seem to be the bait of choice.
Lake Michigan is reporting the best fishing in three years. All species are being caught and many big kings have been reported. Captain Matt Strong won the South Haven tournament for the second year in a row. Matt weighed in over 110 pounds of fish on the first day of the tournament. Every boat that I spoke with last week had catches in the double digits.
Not too many reports from the Lake Erie walleye guys. Captain Mike Ebersein’s boat is parked in front of his shop in Schoolcraft.
I have one special lunker to report. Thursday evening while fishing off of my dock with a Bone colored Rebel Pop-R, I landed this 6 lb. tank!