08-24-17 Outdoors

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports that a small number of salmon were starting to move into the rivers in the Upper Peninsula and the northern Lower Peninsula. Those fishing the inland lakes across the state are catching a variety of species. The fish are moving to deeper water when it is hot. Those fishing shallow waters should find fish in the early mornings or late afternoons.

FAMILY FUN… Jerry Hyatt and wife Rebecca went fishing together on August 20 for a mornings’ entertainment. Jerry said, “My wife doesn’t go often so I was looking forward to the outing. It turned out to be a very good day indeed, for both of us.” The Hyatts went to Lake-of-the-Woods and by 8:00 a.m. Jerry pulled in a beautiful 36-inch-long northern pike, pictured here. Just before 9:00 Rebecca caught a four-and-a-half-pound bass and not long after, she reeled in another bass that was 15-inches long.

Captain Kenny Bard of Rampage Fishing Charters out of South Haven reports that fishing has slowed down on Lake Michigan. King salmon and lake trout are still biting in 100 to 200 feet of water and anywhere from 80 to 100 feet down.

Best bait is meat rigs, plugs and flies.

Perch fishing is really bad right now, after the wind and rain swept through and scattered the fish; they are in water anywhere from 20 to 60 feet. Pier anglers are doing well on catfish and the water is too warm for river fishing right now. Inland lakes are producing panfish and the bluegills are down deep. Duck Lake, Eagle Lake and Minor Lake are a few to try. Van Auken has been producing some nice bass.

Boat anglers out of St. Joseph found salmon fishing very inconsistent with fish caught in 80 feet as well as past 150 feet of water. White spin doctors and green flies worked well. Perch fishing was slow as the fish were scattered. Some were found in 50 feet of water. Drifting seems to work better than still-fishing.

In July, the DNR confirmed the presence of invasive red swamp crayfish in Novi and near Kalamazoo. These two locations represent the first detections of live red swamp crayfish in Michigan. Native to the southern states they are considered invasive in Michigan because they compete aggressively with native crayfish species for food and habitat. They feed on plants, insects, snails, juvenile fish and other crayfish, disrupting the food chain for many aquatic species.

Of the greatest concern is their habit of burrowing deep into banks, causing damage to dams, irrigation systems and shorelines.

The DNR has been setting traps in nearby lakes and ponds to remove the crayfish and determine the extent of the infestations at both locations. They are also following up on reports from concerned citizens who believe they may have seen or found the red swamp crayfish at other places across the state.

The Michigan DEQ has created a video to help people identify and report the red swamp crayfish. If you find a red swamp crayfish, photograph it and send the photo, date and location of the find to herbsts1@michigan.gov. For more information visit www.michigan.gov/invasivespecies.


The Lake Effect Chapter of Michigan Duck Hunters Association’s Youth Waterfowl Day will be held on Saturday, August 26. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Muskegon State Game Area headquarters, located in Twin Lake, Michigan.

This event offers an opportunity for families and kids of all ages to learn about waterfowl identification and biology, hunting techniques, retrieving dogs, and the traditions of hunting and management. Activities take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. w