Southern Michigan fisherman not finding salmon

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. – Where are all the salmon? That’s the question being asked right now among Lake Michigan’s fisherman.

Usually in March, Berrien County’s coast is becoming a salmon haven for fisherman. Not this year.

It’s a good day to fish for William Parker. Parker sat on St. Joseph’s pier Monday with three others and caught about three fish an hour. The fish Parker was catching weren’t the type he was hoping for this spring.

“I didn’t get my salmon stamp this year,” he said. “It didn’t seem like there were that many. Parker heard about the poor salmon fishing in Lake Michigan and opted to not even try.

“I don’t think anyone knows where they are,” said Pete McCarty, from Battle Creek, who came to Southwest Michigan Monday just to catch salmon. McCarty considers himself lucky. Between him and his two buddies they spent five hours fishing and caught two salmon.

McCarty remembers March salmon fishing in years past. “Typically,” he said. “Two guys would come down and catch five or six fish in a couple of hours.”

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