We first went to Pickerel Lake. This reminded us of Lake Pahoja near Inwood. The lake is actually part of a nature preserve with a beautiful handicapped accessible trail around the entire lake. Fishing is done from this bridge/walkway that spans the entire lake at its narrowest end. We caught a few little sunfish, bluegill, and Nicolas thought maybe a little small mouth. We would have stayed here longer except the wind was so cold coming off the lake. The kids were asking for mittens! Since there were several lakes in the area we thought we would move on to see if there was a more protected area on another lake. The other three lakes we looked at had residential homes around the entire lake with no public access, no parks, etc. We stopped at a grocery store in the area and Russ asked about other fishing locations. They recommended Rockford, MI. A river runs right through town and they have many parks and areas to fish. So that is where we ended up having our picnic with hot chocolate and sandwiches. We put our poles in the water, but did not even get a bite. The area was beautiful, though, and all the kids had fun exploring. Not quite the fishing expedition Nicolas hoped for, but he was happy to get his fishing pole in the water for a little while. Enjoy the pictures of our day!
Seth enthralled with the green worms
Fishing on the river by Rockford
The leaves were beginning to turn color around the river--so pretty!
Seth wasn't that excited about fishing anymore so I took him exploring
The serious fisherman
The river from the bridge