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Experts: 2017 has been one of the best salmon fishing seasons in years

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says this year has been one of the best years for salmon fishing on Lake Michigan in the last three years.

MANISTEE COUNTY, Mi. (WPBN/WGTU) — If you are up for the challenge of casting a line to fish for salmon, fishing experts say this year is a good time to hit the open water.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says this year has been one of the best years for salmon fishing on Lake Michigan in the last three years.

Paul Schafley owns Riverside Charters in Manistee. Schafley has been running his charter boat for more than 30 years. He says this year business has been good and it helps that the fish have been biting.

“It’s been pretty good, we’ve been getting really nice size of fish this year.” Schafley said. “There’s been a lot of bait fish very encouraging for the lake and for the future of the lake.”

Michigan fish experts say the water temperature is warmer this year helping to move the fish closer to Michigan’s shore instead of Wisconsin.

“We’ve had very good conditions that have developed in Lake Michigan,” said Mark Tonello a fishery biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. “We have abundant bait fish that we have not had in the last few years the prevailing winds have really helped us out this year and have set us up with good water conditions.”

Researchers and fishermen say the Coho and King salmon are also larger in size this year.

“The size have been pretty good there’s been a lot of 30 pounders,” Schafley said.

“We are acutely aware that salmon fishing is to the economy in towns like Frankfort and Manistee sot that’s very important to us and we’ve very pleased that we have a very good fishery this summer,” Tonello said.

Many fishermen are hoping that stands true– this weekend is the Benzie Fishing Frenzy tournament in Frankfort.

Friday was the ladies day to cast a line the main event is Saturday and Sunday.

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