Traverse City Record-Eagle

June 28, 2013

Fishing: 06/28/2013


---- — Harbor Springs: Lake trout were caught 50 feet down with spoons, cowbells and dodgers around Harbor Point. Many were sub-legal. A good number of smallmouth bass have been caught on tube baits and crank baits around the docks or on the Harbor Springs side of the State Park.

Petoskey: Boat anglers did not find the salmon. Lake trout fishing was best in front of Bay Harbor and near the breakwall. Try 80 feet down in 130 feet of water with spoons. Steelhead and freshwater drum were also caught. Pier anglers did manage to catch a couple walleye off the D Pier. One was caught on a crawler and the other on a jig with a twisty tail. Smallmouth bass, rock bass, freshwater drum and carp have also been caught.

Bear River: Had few anglers. Steelhead were caught on spawn up near the dam.

Charlevoix: Is producing lake trout near Nine Mile Point. The fish are suspended or near the bottom along the shelves. Try 50 to 80 feet of water with spin-glows, spoons or green p-nuts. Fish were also marked in 200 feet of water near the can at the Cement Plant. No salmon to report. Walleye have been caught at night in the channel. Try crawlers and leeches on crawler rigs or a single hook, artificial minnows or crank baits. Smallmouth bass were caught on crawlers or leeches. Lake herring were taken on small blue and grey spoons in the evening. Carp and pike were seen off the end of the North Pier.

Lake Charlevoix: Had reports of smallmouth bass on the beds in 7 to 8 feet of water. The walleye had their bellies full of mayflies.

Traverse City: The East Bay has good smallmouth action. Try tube baits or other plastics that mimic gobies or crayfish. Lake trout were caught in 35 to 110 feet of water. The West Bay is producing lake trout, cisco and smallmouth bass. Most of the lake trout were caught by those jigging in 100 feet of water.

Elk River: Is still producing good numbers of smallmouth but many were sub-legal.

Boardman River: Is producing a variety of fish including smallmouth bass, pike, rock bass and carp. Go with leeches or plastic baits.

Frankfort: Chinook salmon are starting to show up in 120 to 220 feet of water. Anglers are fishing 45 to 90 feet down along the Shelf. Early morning is best with blue magnum spoons. Lake trout were caught near the bottom in 80 to 120 feet with cowbells. Those heading out 12 to 16 miles have caught steelhead near the surface.

Onekama: Anglers reported chinook salmon straight out in 100 to 220 feet of water. Most are trolling 40 to 100 feet down with flies and spoons.

Portage Lake: Bluegills, rock bass, perch and pumpkinseed are hitting on crawlers along the weed beds and the drop-offs. More bass have been caught now that the mayfly hatch is done. Walleye were taken on crawler harnesses.

Manistee: Fishing has not been easy. A few chinook were caught 45 to 100 feet down in 100 to 200 feet of water with orange spoons and meat rigs. A couple steelhead and lake trout were also caught.

Manistee River: A few summer-run steelhead have been caught below Tippy Dam. Small brown trout were caught between M-72 and the CCC Bridge. Salmon were reported as far up as the Nine Mile Bridge in the Little Manistee.

Ludington: Salmon fishing continues to be slow. A few trout and salmon were taken 45 to 120 feet down in 80 to 180 feet of water. Most are using orange or green spoons with meat rigs.

Pentwater: Has baitfish close to shore. Pier and channel anglers caught freshwater drum or the occasional bass. Boat anglers reported large schools of trout and salmon in both shallow and deep waters. A couple steelhead or small chinook were caught in 40 feet of water north and south of the pier. Those trolling 50 to 100 feet down in 170 to 200 feet caught chinook and coho.

Pentwater Lake: Walleye and large panfish were caught on crawlers or leeches.