Trout season opens this Saturday

April 27, 2017

By John Raffel

For many area fishermen, the last Saturday in April is like what Nov. 15 is for deer hunters.

Trout season opener is Saturday.

The Department of Natural Resources reports boat anglers are getting out and trolling for trout and salmon when the weather allows it.

“It’s been pretty slow this week,” Craig Walters, of The Eyes Have It bait shop in LeRoy, said. “Pike and walleye seasons open and the rivers for trout. That’s when it will be starting up again.”

Various rivers are still running high, fast and muddy, the DNR said, and anglers need to be extremely careful. Boat anglers have been fishing the smaller inland lakes because windy conditions have made it challenging to fish the larger ones. Catch and immediate release bass fishing has started to pick up.

“The crappies are hitting real hard now,” Deb Yonkman, of Pilgrim’s Village, said. “Other than that, the guys are getting ready for the season this week with walleye pike and trout. It’s supposed to be a good weekend.”

“They’ve been getting some (crappies) about 11 to 15 feet it sounds,” Tanner Havens, of Frank’s Sporting Goods in Morley, said. “They’re getting some (blue)gills. it sounds like the steelhead has been slowing down.”

Fishing was a bit harder at the Muskegon River, but anglers have managed to catch some nice steelhead when drifting spawn, casting small spoons or fly fishing.

Houghton Lake continues to produce crappie and bluegills in the canals. Anglers are using minnows about a foot under a bobber. There has not been anyone fishing the rest of the lake, the DNR said. 

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