Pritchard wins fishing contest

August 25, 2016

By John Raffel

It’s been a hot summer and a sizzling August, but various individuals in the area have been taking advantage of their opportunities.

That includes Cody Pritchard, a senior at Evart High School, who won a recent area fishing contest.

He caught three brook trout for combined (33) inches honors. He fished in a creek behind his Evart area house.
“I fish all the time there,” he said. “They’ve been (biting) good.”
Pritchard is a four-sport athlete at Evart but also finds fishing to be extremely challenging.
“There’s sometimes they just don’t bite,” Pritchard said, adding that changing baits is among the strategies that could be used
His favorite fish is trout.

Kyle Randall, who lives south of Evart in the Paris area and is host of the Wildneress Journal TV program, indicated that smallmouth bass fishermen were having some luck.

“It’s been pretty slow with all the hot weather with the exception of river fishing for smallmouth (bass),” Randall said, “especially north of Big Rapids. It’s been quite good. We’ve been out there ourselves. I’ve talked with others. The water level is down and it’s putting the fish in some of the deeper holes and it’s been quite good.”

But the summer of 2016 has been too hot for a large amount of anglers.

“It’s been a little hotter, a little tougher to fish,” Randall said. “If it would cool down, I think we would see a really good late season,” Randall said.

He’s hoping fall fishing will be productive

Randall recently enjoyed a head start on other hunters with bear hunting activity six days ago in Canada.

“It’s gone really well,” Randall said. “The heat is again a problem.

For those inclined to hunt waterfowl, there are geese everywhere.”

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