Big Sable River-Ludington State Park, 7/10/2016
Fished the Big Sable River in Ludington State Park today.
Water was warm, 70s for sure. Sunny skies, wind was relatively calm.
Fished from the foot bridge upstream to the dam at Hamlin Lake.
Time: 2-3:30 pm
Fishing during the afternoon on the Big Sable on a beautiful Sunday summer afternoon meant that I had to contend with many tubers, kayakers, and other fishermen. It wasn’t that bad however, and there are many access points including extensive board walks on both sides of the river close to the dam. It’s a beautiful location, and I am sure that in the right circumstances (midweek mornings or evenings) probably makes the Big Sable a terrific fishing experience. With that being said, I did manage two small muskies as well as a decent sized rock bass.
Some of the fish that were observed however were gobies, sheephead, carp, suckers, and a very large smallmouth bass that would not be interested in anything.
I caught all of the fish on a small, green trout spinner as that is all the tackle that I had with me. I don’t think that having other tackle would have resulted in a greater catch rate as the fish were sluggish during that time of day.