Stable weather has improved fishing conditions for pretty much all species. Bass, bluegills, and pike are being reported from Long Lake, Barton Lake and Portage. Bluegills are schooling in 16 to 20 feet of water. However, they are roaming and tend to come and go from one location to another. I talked with a few anglers that were having success using Bo’s Bluegill Busters on Thursday. They were working between two marker buoys and catching fish on each pass.
Pike are being caught on most area lakes right now. Small perch or bluegills suspended under a slip bobber are working well when fished near weed lines and deep water.
Lake Michigan reports have been poor with many kings and coho trying to enter spawning rivers. There are reports of fish in the Kalamazoo River but low water is hampering boat access. Jet motors are a must until water levels rise!
This past week I traveled to Lake Erie with Parris and Tyrone Jones for a perch fishing trip with Legal Limit Charters. We boated 200 nice perch (53 lbs.) with most of them in the 10 inch range, plus an 18 inch Walleye. Locally manufactured Gotcha Perch Rigs tipped with spikes were the best producer on this trip. The fly rigs out produced minnows and required fewer rebaits between fish. Captain Rich Spieth changed his rod over to flies and has now ordered Gotcha Flies and spikes for his upcoming clients.