After a slow week of fishing, activity began to increase just before the holiday weekend. Even with breezy conditions anglers were out on area waters and many reported nice catches of different species.
Bluegills can be found in larger schools in 18 to 24 feet of water and 12 to 14 feet down. Slip bobbers with small chunks of night crawlers have been working the best. Ron and Marilyn Stafford had a nice catch of gills at Portage Lake on Labor Day. Lots of bass are also being caught and northern pike are on the fall feed.
Big lake fishing is hot when the winds drop off and Capt. Matt Strong reported large catches on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday last week. Good numbers of kings, cohos, and lake trout are schooling in 100 to 140 feet of water. Captain Matt did report that strong currents at depth make a using a FishHawk rather difficult.
Older kings are beginning to stage near their home river mouths. Early morning and evenings are the best time to cast or jig for those larger fish. Some reports of river fish are coming from the Pere Marquette River, Betsie River, Manistee River and Kalamazoo River.