Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 24, 2013

Fishing: 05/24/2013


---- — LANSING — Saturday is the opening day of bass season on the Great Lakes and all inland waters except Lake St. Clair, St. Clair River and the Detroit River which do not open until the third Saturday in June. The early catch and release season has been excellent so the opener should be as well.

Charlevoix: Walleye have started running through the channel but the bite does not start until after dark. Fish have been caught down by the bridge near the Beaver Island Ferry Dock, and at the end of the pier near the lighthouse. Anglers are using a three-quarters to one ounce jig with a scented rubber minnow or deep diving crank baits. A couple pike were caught in the channel and smallmouth bass are starting to show up.

Traverse City: Anglers in the East Bay are targeting lake trout, cisco, whitefish, or smallmouth bass. Lake trout are scattered. Cisco and the occasional whitefish were caught in 40 to 60 feet of water on Swedish pimples or other jigging spoons. Smallmouth bass were caught in 10 to 35 feet of water. In the West Bay, lake trout were caught by those trolling or jigging. A few whitefish were also caught when jigging. Pier fishing for salmon was slow but the smallmouth action was good.

Elk River: Anglers will still find some steelhead even though the peak of the run is over. Smallmouth bass are showing up in decent numbers and should offer good fishing for the opener this Saturday. Try leeches, crawlers, plastic baits, or jigs.

Boardman River: Steelhead fishing is all but over. Anglers are now targeting smallmouth bass, northern pike, and carp. There are plenty of suckers in the river. Smallmouth bass fishing should be decent for the opener.

Frankfort: With the cooler waters, brown trout have been caught between the piers and along the shoreline. Anglers are out very early in the morning with black and gold or black and silver body baits and UV spoons. The first chinook salmon of the year were reported. Alewives are starting to move in towards the piers.

Onekama: Is producing brown trout in 18 to 22 feet of water. Body baits are best.

Manistee: Boat anglers are starting to catch salmon 100 to 200 feet down in waters 200 to 300 feet deep. Meat rigs worked best. Those trolling along the shoreline for brown trout only caught a few fish. Try black and silver or black and gold body baits.

Manistee River: Those casting or slow trolling spoons, crank baits or flies are still taking walleye and the occasional steelhead.

Lake Cadillac: The bass opener this weekend should be good as anglers have been catching and releasing good numbers of fish. Walleye are still being caught but the bite did slow. Anglers are using crawlers, leeches, and rapalas. Many are still waiting for the bluegills. No beds have been seen so it looks like they could be spawning well into June.

Lake Mitchell: Night anglers are still taking some walleye even though the bite has slowed. Crappie and bluegill can be found in the shallows but both are moving between deep and shallow water. Water temperatures are still a bit cold.

Ludington: The fish cleaning station is now open at the Loomis Street Launch. Boat anglers were catching salmon 80 to 200 feet down in 200 to 300 feet of water. Try blue or green meat rigs. Not much in the way of brown trout action.

Pentwater: Fishing is slowly picking up. Boat anglers caught a few salmon about 60 feet down in 140 feet of water. Those fishing the channel caught some nice pike.