Traverse City Record-Eagle

June 14, 2013

Fishing: 06/14/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — 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.

Petoskey: Lots of anglers are fishing the breakwall and D Pier at the mouth of the river and taking smallmouth bass, walleye and even a few pike. Those on the D Pier caught rock bass on crawlers. Boat anglers caught lake trout but no salmon. Lake trout were 10 feet off the bottom in 70 feet of water in front of Bay Harbor. Many were fishing 60 to 100 feet down between the pier and Bay Harbor. A couple lake herring were also caught.

Bear River: Had few anglers but one was lucky and caught a steelhead above the dam. A couple small brown trout were caught on spinners.

Lake Skegemog: Had good bluegill and bass fishing.

Onekama: Chinook salmon are in the area however the cooler weather has them out in deeper water. Try 120 to 200 feet down in 200 to 300 feet.

Manistee: Catch rates were difficult as the fish are scattered. A few salmon were caught 45 to 110 feet down in 100 to 250 feet. Try UV paddles and dolphin colored spoons. A few fish were caught really deep on meat rigs.

Au Sable River: Is producing brown trout for those fly fishing. The brown drake hatch was taking place.