It’s time to get a new Michigan fishing license because the old one expired Tuesday.
Plenty of anglers already have been out getting their $26 worth.
Gordie Noll and his son, Josh, of St. Clair Shores, and their friend, Paul Sikes, of Sterling Heights, had five big walleye on a stringer behind the Port Huron Waste Water Treatment Plant along the St. Clair River Thursday.
“We just love fishing and love relaxing,” Gordie Noll said.
The trio started fishing at 3:30 a.m. and planned to stay until 11 a.m.
They were after “whatever we can catch,” Gordie Noll said. “I’d love to catch a salmon or a trout.
“The walleye taste better, but the salmon and the trout fight better.”
Ray Deneweth, of New Baltimore, had a large steelhead on his stringer that dwarfed the big walleye he caught.
“I don’t like ice fishing, so I’ve been fishing here all winter,” he said. “I like the open water.
He also likes catching steelhead, “cause they fight, they fight really hard.”
Several anglers were fishing where the Black River meets the St. Clair River at Vantage Point. Most of them were casting blue and silver Cleo spoons.
Gerald Mark Trotter, of Port Huron, was sitting on the rocks and casting.
“I’m fishing for walleye, I’m fishing for sheelhead, coho, salmon,” he said. “This is about my third day. I’ve caught about six coho and three walleye.
“It’s been very good so far, exceptional.”
He said the word is out that the fish are in.
“That’s why the railing is so crowded,” he said.
Dave Masterton, from Lakeport, was targeting steelhead.
“This time of year, warm water comes out of the Black River, so the fish are going to be here,” he said.
Ray Peltier, of Fort Gratiot, and Dennis Green, of Port Huron, were fishing with a Cleo spoon and a perch rig baited with minnows for salmon — and joking about setting their watches ahead.
“Between 9 and 9:30 is when they’re starting to bite,” Green said.
Eddie Kish was fishing with his sons, Kevin and Edward. He watched as Kevin hooked and landed a sucker.
“It’s a fun fish to catch and then throw back,” Eddie Kish said.
He and his sons were enjoying the mild temperatures — but they fish in all kinds of weather.
“He (Kevin) was down here when we had three inches of snow, catching all kinds of fish,” Eddie Kish said.
Scott Davis came down from North Lakeport to Port Huron to fish for steelhead. He hadn’t caught anything, but he said he didn’t mind.
“I live with all women,” he said, laughing.
“It’s peaceful, that’s the main thing. It’s peaceful, and maybe some dinner.”
Contact Bob Gross at (810) 989-6263 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @RobertGross477
•The 2014 Michigan fishing license expired March 31.
•The resident all-species license for 2015 costs $26. Harvesting a sturgeon or muskellunge requires a free tag.
•Go to www.eregulations.com/michigan/fishing for more information.