Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 19, 2013

Fishing: 07/19/2013


— Extremely hot weather is causing some natural fish kills. On the inland lakes, the fish should be in deeper waters anywhere from 10 to 20 feet down depending on the lake. Those fishing the warm water rivers may find the fish a bit sluggish and not very cooperative. The rivers do not thermally stratify like the lakes so the temperature stays the same from top to bottom. Out on the Great Lakes, walleye and other game fish are moving out deeper to find cooler water temperatures.

Bear River: Summer steelhead are still being caught near the dam and downstream. Try spawn or flies in the early morning.

Charlevoix: Boat anglers caught a few lake trout and whitefish in 65 to 70 feet of water between the cement plant and North Point. Walleye fishing was slow in the channel but a couple fish were caught at night. Lots of bass were caught on crawlers and leeches but many were small. Cisco were caught on spoons in the channel.

Lake Charlevoix: Continues to produce walleye despite the mayfly hatch. Anglers are fishing anywhere from Charlevoix to Boyne City.

Traverse City: Lake trout and the occasional whitefish were caught in the East Bay when jigging in 50 to 90 feet with sand kickers and spoons or trolling in 50 to 100 feet. Smallmouth bass fishing was good. In the West Bay, lake trout were a little deeper in 90 to 110 feet. Smallmouth could be found in waters 5 to 40 feet deep.

Elk River: Anglers are catching lots of smallmouth bass however most were sub-legal. Try crawlers, leeches, plastic baits, or crank baits.

Boardman River: Fishing continues to be slow especially with the warm weather. Those using live bait caught the occasional smallmouth or rock bass.

Frankfort: The kings have arrived and they are hitting anywhere from 50 to 85 feet down in 100 to 180 feet of water. Try blue spoons or black and white meat rigs. Good lake trout action in 70 to 90 feet of water when bouncing cowbells and spin-glows off the bottom. Water temperatures are 45 to 55 degrees with plenty of baitfish in the area.

Onekama: Anglers are taking good numbers of lake trout including some limit catches coming from the “Barrel”. Chinook salmon were starting to hit in the same area. Early morning was best with pink, chartreuse or blue spoons.

Portage Lake: With the hot weather, bass and panfish are heading to deeper water. Those fishing along the drop-offs in 18 to 22 feet caught some nice bass. For bluegills, try the weed beds and around the buoy with crawlers in the early morning.

Manistee: A few chinook salmon were caught 40 to 100 down in 120 to 200 feet of water. Try running glow spoons in the early morning or meat rigs down deeper later in the day. Boats heading out to 300 feet caught steelhead and coho 30 to 60 feet down with orange and green spoons.

Manistee River: Anglers are now catching a good number of smallmouth bass. Try crawlers, crayfish, plastics or poppers.

Ludington: Light numbers of chinook were caught 50 to 100 feet down in 120 to 180 feet when trolling glow spoons or green meat rigs and flies. Those heading out deeper caught steelhead and coho when trolling orange spoons 30 to 60 feet down.

Pentwater: Boat anglers caught a fair number of salmon and steelhead. Some were running lines 50 to 70 feet down in 120 to 160 feet while others managed to catch chinook in 30 to 60 feet. Pier anglers caught catfish in the evening.