10 Here fishy fishy

June 10, 2016 | Amy McMillan

This weekend is Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend for the summer.  That means you don’t have to have a fishing license to bait a hook, drop a line and test your skills by reeling in your next fish story.  The Genesee County Parks has countless fishing holes, picturesque shore lines and five public boat launches with several other canoe launches, so you’re sure to find a great spot to enjoy this weekend.

Looking for ideas?  Consider putting your boat in at Walleye Pike Boat launch or staking a piece of shore on Holloway Reservoir.  The Thursday before Memorial Day, DNR Fisheries completed the summer fisheries survey of Holloway Reservoir.  They captured 1,217 fish with the following distribution.

  • 342 channel catfish averaging 16.8 inches
  • 226 smallmouth bass averaging 11.2 inches (25 were > 14 inches)
  • 113 black crappie averaging 10.1 inches
  • 53 walleye averaging 12.4 inches (9 were > 15 inches a 3 fish at 26 inches)
  • 44 bluegill averaging 7.9 inches

DNR Fisheries will return to Holloway Reservoir in August to conduct habitat sampling which includes oxygen and temperature profiles of the lake, water samples for measurements of productivity.

They return again in late September for annual electrofishing for juvenile walleye.

Their quick summary was that “Holloway Reservoir continues to produce an excellent recreational fishery.  Channel catfish remain abundant.  Some excellent black crappie and smallmouth bass.  Walleye continue to be an important component of the fishery and there are some big ones out there.  Bluegill are not overly abundant but if you get into them, they are of excellent size”.

We also have several fishing programs taking place this weekend.  Take the kids out to Buell Lake on Saturday for the Kids Fishing Club from 9-11am.  Then bring the whole family back on Sunday for Hooked on Fishing and learn the fishing basics.  Then of course you can enter the Catfish for a Cause Fishing Tournament on Sunday, June 12, starting at 6am.  This is the first year we will be holding this FREE tournament on Mott Lake, and all ages and abilities are welcome to compete for prizes and bragging rights.

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, please familiarize yourself with the DNR size regulations and limits for each species, because all Michigan DNR rules and regulations still apply.  Pack a lunch, grab your pole and get away right away to a fishing hole near you!

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