Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 6, 2013

Fishing: 07/06/2013

From DNR reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Harbor Springs: Lake trout were being found around Harbor Point on spoons with cowbells or dodgers, spin n’ glows and spoons. There have been lots of undersized lake trout caught but some keepers as well. There are still lake trout to be caught further north between the condos and 7 Mile Point.

Petoskey: The pier is producing lots of small smallmouth bass, rock bass and bullhead. Most people are fishing with crawlers, but some are using crank baits, spinners, and jigs with soft plastic lures. Anglers on the break wall were catching some smallmouth and an occasional yellow perch on crawlers and minnows. Boat fishing is still pretty slow but it is expected to pick up when reports of salmon start coming in.

Bear River: There were very few people fishing at the dam or in the river this week. Anglers that were there trying for steelhead with spawn bags were having their bait swiped by chubs.

Charlevoix: Walleye fishing in the channel has been slow for the last week. Smallmouth are being caught in the channel on crawlers as are freshwater drum and rock bass. Boat fishing has been slow in Charlevoix. A lot of undersize lake trout are being caught.

Traverse City: The East Bay reports good smallmouth bass fishing in five to 15 feet of water. Lake trout, cisco, and a few whitefish were caught jigging in 50 to 80 feet of water. Lake trout were also caught trolling at depths around 75 feet. Anglers fishing in West Bay report lake trout catches while jigging and trolling in depths around 100 feet. Smallmouth bass were caught in 10 to 20 feet of water.

Elk River: Smallmouth bass fishing has been good, but most of the fish are on the small side. Try leeches, crawlers, or plastic baits for the bass.

Boardman River: Fishing has been relatively slow. Smallmouth and rock bass have been caught along with the occasional pike. Live bait seems to be working the best.

Frankfort: Chinook salmon are in the area but not in great numbers. The ones that are being landed are caught in 180 to 220 feet of water and trolling 65 to 110 feet down. Limits of lake trout have also been reported around the six mile hole area while bouncing the bottom with spin and glows and cow bells.

Onekama: Anglers are reporting a good early morning bite in 140 to 240 feet of water trolling 70 to 120 feet down just off the golf course. Several kings are being reported hitting on blue spoons and on meat. Lake trout are also hitting well in the same area on cow bells.

Portage Lake: Bass anglers are working the drops due to warming temperatures. Activity has slowed but still some nice large and smallmouths are being caught. Bluegills, sun fish, rock bass and perch are all reporting good numbers off all the weed beds. Please be cautious in the area with all the vacationing recreational boaters.

Manistee: Fishing continues to be tough. Salmon and trout have been caught 40 to 80 feet down in 120 to 240 feet of water. Try running green or orange spoons. Freshwater drum have been caught off the pier.

Ludington: Boat anglers have found the salmon and trout bite tough. Some fish have been caught 40 to 100 feet down in 110 to 240 feet of water. Try running blue and green spoons along with meat rigs down deeper.

Pentwater: A few anglers have taken steelhead and Chinook salmon. These anglers fished in 100 to 150 feet of water and trolled with lines running 50 to 80 feet down. Anglers are still taking a few pan fish from Longbridge and from various points along the shoreline.

Whitehall: Anglers trolling in 100 to 150 feet of water are taking a few coho salmon. Pier and channel fishing at both ports have turned up little besides freshwater drum and a few catfish. Pan fishing is slowing down but anglers are still taking a few from the channel at Whitehall.

White Lake: Bass fishing continued to be very good this week. These fish are still in tight to shore with green, white, and gold being the hot colors this week.