Traverse City Record-Eagle


June 13, 2014

Fishing: 06/13/2014

Charlevoix: Surface temperatures were 48 degrees. No sign of salmon yet but good numbers of lake trout were marked in 40 feet near the Can and the Cement Plant. Fishing was good in 40 to 50 feet around North Point. Some fish were suspended and some were on the bottom. A large midge hatch made pier fishing a challenge. A couple smallmouth bass were caught in the channel. Use crawlers and soft plastics during the day and crank baits near sunset. Pier anglers caught lake trout on spoons or crank baits. Catch rates for walleye in the channel improved for those fishing around sunset and into the night from both sides of the pier. Try crank baits and jigs with soft plastics on the bottom.

Traverse City: Those fishing in the East Bay caught a fair number of smallmouth bass on tube baits in five to 15 feet of water. Catch rates will improve as water temperatures rise. Some caught cisco but the lake trout seem to be scattered in waters 20 to 90 feet deep. Those trolling or jigging in the West Bay caught lake trout in 20 to 115 feet. Smallmouth bass could be found in shallow waters.

Elk River: Still has the occasional steelhead being caught however most anglers are now targeting smallmouth bass. Try crawlers, leeches or tube baits.

Boardman River: Is producing smallmouth bass, suckers and carp. Most of the action came on live bait fished near the Union Street Dam.

Platte River: Fishing has slowed with the exodus of the steelhead and brown trout. A few smaller fish were caught up near the hatchery and down near Honor off South Street. A couple smallmouth bass were caught near the mouth and up at Loon Lake.

Frankfort: Had great fishing for Chinook salmon in front of the piers and from the Herring Hole. There are plenty of alewife in the area and the salmon are taking advantage it. The early morning bite was the best when trolling 50 to 80 feet down in 120 to 180 feet with mini or slim spoons and meat rigs. Green and mixed fruit were the hot colors.

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