More lakes in our area have bluegills moving up onto their beds. Good "gill" lakes this week have been: Pleasant Lake, Gourdneck Lake, Huzzy Lake, Three Mile Lake, and Bankson Lake. Wax worms, foam spiders, and black gnats are working well on those bedding fish.
Anglers on Gull Lake are finding some great crappie action. One "spec" landed this week was 16 inches long and weighed 2 lbs. 4 oz.! There have also been a lot of fish in that 12 to 14 inch range as well. Minnows, Slider Grubs, and Beetle Spins are working well.
Gun Lake has been giving up a mixed bag of fish lately. Bass, bluegills, crappies, and even some walleye are being caught.
A couple of other lakes that have fisherman finding some walleye action are Fine Lake and Lake of the Woods. Rapala Shad Raps, crawler harnesses, leeches, and Berkley Gulp Minnows have been catching walleye from 16 to 24 inches long.
Mentha Drain, Portage Creek, and Gates Drain have been giving up a few brown trout. Night Crawlers, red worms, and Mepps Spinners have been working well.
There was a really nice brook trout caught out of Gates Drain this week. It was 16 inches long and weighed 2 lbs. 1 oz. The same angler also caught an 18 inch brown trout, both on a night crawler.
Perch fishing reports out on Lake Michigan from St. Joe to South Haven say that the fish are really scattered and fishing is quite slow. The water temperature needs to warm up for those perch to become more active.
Anglers out on the big lake trolling for salmon say that a few more kings are starting to show up and the lake trout fishing is still going strong. There are also a few steelhead hanging around and most anglers a getting a mixed bag when they go out. Best depths have been 70 to 120 feet of water. Glow spoons, meat rigs, and green flies are taking those fish.
Reminder: Catch-and-Keep bass season opens Saturday May 23rd at midnight!
D&R Sports Center's Big Fish Contest in running now until September 5th. To view the latest standings and for more information on the contest click here.