Traverse City Record-Eagle


June 21, 2014

Fishing: 06/21/2014

Harbor Springs: Lake Trout anglers are fishing both inside and outside of Harbor Point. Lake trout were caught in shallow waters by those using dipseys. Bass anglers are fishing near permanent structures east of Wequeotonsing (the pier at Roaring Brook) and the north shore of Petoskey State Park. Smallmouth bass were also caught inside the harbor. Try crank baits and soft plastic worms. Smallmouth bass were still on the beds and beginning to pair up. The females caught were full of eggs.

Petoskey: Strong winds must have turned the water over because surface temperatures dropped from 51 to 45 degrees. A few boats heading out did catch lake trout 15 to 80 feet down in a variety of depths. Fish were caught in 40 feet near Bay Harbor. Spoons and cowbells or yellow peanuts worked best. Those fishing near the mouth of the Bear River on the D Pier caught smallmouth, rock bass, freshwater drum and carp. Try crawlers, soft plastics or spinners for bass.

Charlevoix: Boat fishing did pick up. A good number of lake trout were caught in a variety of depths from North Point to the Cement Plant. Many are trolling the drop-off with dodgers and spoons. A couple chinook salmon were caught near Cathead Bay which is near the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula. Walleye fishing was slow in the channel. Pier anglers managed to catch a couple lake trout and cisco on crank baits. Smallmouth bass are in the area but catch rates were slow. Carp are moving through the channel.

Lake Charlevoix: Tournament anglers reported a large number of cisco around Hemingway Point and Loeb Bay.

Bear River: Water levels were still a bit low and few anglers were fishing. Those trying have caught the occasional steelhead near the dam. Try spawn bags.

Traverse City: The East Bay is producing lake trout and whitefish in 20 to 60 feet. Smallmouth bass action was hit-or-miss. Look for warmer water and try tube baits. Good colors were green and brown. In the West Bay, smallmouth bass were caught on tube baits and other artificials in shallow water. Lake trout were taken by those trolling in 40 to 70 feet.

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