LANSING — This coming Saturday, June 15 is the bass opener on Lake St. Clair, St. Clair River and the Detroit River. Catch rates have been good during the catch and release season so the opener should also be good.
Traverse City: The East Bay has good smallmouth bass fishing for those using tube baits. Lake trout and cisco were caught when casting or jigging in 30 feet of water. The lake trout were scattered. A few whitefish were caught. Those fly fishing on the flats caught carp. In the West Bay, lake trout and cisco were caught in shallow waters 10 to 20 feet deep. Those jigging for lake trout caught fish in 100 feet of water. Smallmouth bass fishing was good.
Elk River: Despite dredging in the harbor, smallmouth bass fishing has been fairly steady. Try live bait or tube baits. A couple late steelhead were caught.
Boardman River: Had good smallmouth bass fishing. Carp, suckers, rock bass and a few northern pike were also caught. Use live baits like crawlers, leeches and minnows.
Lake Leelanau: Had reports of good yellow perch fishing.
Frankfort: Trout are still hitting in and outside the breakwalls. Early morning is best with small body baits. Chinook salmon have arrived. Some were caught near the piers but most were taken 120 to 200 feet down in 170 to 350 feet of water.
Harbor Springs: Boats were traveling five to six miles north of the boat launch or fishing around Harbor Point for lake trout. Fish were caught to the north by those using spin-glo’s and cowbells 100 feet down in 150 feet of water.
Charlevoix: Walleye were still being caught in the channel at night but other than that, pier fishing was slow. Try jigs with rubber worms or deep diving crank baits. Boat anglers searching for salmon had no luck. Lake trout were caught between Fisherman’s Island and Nine Mile Point. The fish were scattered throughout the water column. Try cowbells with orange or green spin-glo’s, spoons and body baits.