Traverse City Record-Eagle


May 2, 2014

Fishing: 05/02/2014

The walleye opener was very good for much of the Lower Peninsula. Steelhead are still active in most of the rivers and streams. Cooler temperatures are keeping panfish out in deeper waters.

Torch Lake: Was producing a fair number of Atlantic salmon.

Traverse City: A few boats were out trolling or jigging for trout but catch rates were slow. Those surfcasting spawn had limited success for steelhead. Catch rates were slow for those jigging in the West Bay. Those fishing spawn bags near the mouth of the Boardman River did catch some steelhead. Elk River: A couple steelhead were caught on spawn bags or jigs and wax worms.

Boardman River: Steelhead fishing picked up but catch rates were still relatively low. Most are using fresh spawn or floating jigs and wax worms under a bobber. Pike, smallmouth bass, walleye and suckers are starting to show up.

Platte River: Is producing some fresh steelhead especially El Dorado and the mouth. Darker fish were caught near Goose Road and Haze Road. Fish were on and off the gravel. Try orange spawn bags. Walleye were caught up near the M-22 Bridge. Try artificial baits.

Crystal Lake: Most of the ice is gone and Beulah Beach has open water.

Frankfort: Boat anglers trolling in the harbor and along the shoreline have caught a good number of brown trout on chartreuse spoons and body baits. Black and gold or black and silver were also taking fish. Pier anglers have caught steelhead and the occasional chinook when floating spawn.

Portage Lake: The walleye and pike opener was poor due to cold temperatures and the lake was still 40 percent covered with drifting ice. Those that tried had no luck.

Onekama: Some were venturing out on the south breakwall and trying for brown trout. The water was very cold and clear so anglers could see brown trout swimming around the edge of the rocks. Those casting body baits did somewhat better than those using spawn.

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