Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 12, 2013

Fishing: 07/12/2013


---- — TRAVERSE CITY: The East Bay is producing lake trout for those trolling or jigging in 50 to 100 feet. A few whitefish were also caught. Smallmouth bass are still hitting in the shallows and along the drop-offs. In the West Bay, lake trout were a bit deeper in 80 to 110 feet and smallmouth bass were in 20 feet.

ELK RIVER: A good number of smallmouth bass have been caught but many were sub-legal. Try crawlers, leeches, or plastics.

BOARDMAN RIVER: Fishing continues to be slow with only a few smallmouth bass or rock bass taken on crawlers or leeches.

BEAR RIVER: Anglers were catching steelhead on spawn near the dam but catch rates fell. Some caught bullhead.

CHARLEVOIX: Boat anglers reported slow catch rates for Chinook and lake trout. Salmon were caught 50 feet down near the cement plant. A few walleye are still running through the channel after dark.

FRANKFORT: Water temperatures are still on the cool side which makes salmon fishing a bit slower. Some have been caught 65 to 120 feet down on chartreuse and blue spoons. .

ONEKAMA: Chinook salmon have been caught in 18 to 22 feet of water out near the Barrel. Limits of lake trout were caught on cowbells and spin-glows along the bottom.

MANISTEE: Salmon fishing is slowly picking up with a few fish taken 50 to 110 feet down in 100 to 160 feet of water. Glow spoons were best in the morning but switch to green and orange later in the day. Green meat rigs and flies have worked deeper in the water column.

AU SABLE RIVER: Walleye are still moving up into the river but catch rates have dropped and the fish were smaller

HARBOR SPRINGS: Lake trout are being caught but no sign of salmon. Lake trout were caught around the point however some were on the small side. Try spoons 65 to 70 feet down. Smallmouth anglers continue to do well on tube baits or soft plastics on the Harbor Springs side of the State Park. A few crappie were caught on worms near the marina.

PETOSKEY: Lake trout action continues to get better with anglers catching fish averaging 20 to 25 inches. Most are fishing in 60 to 70 feet but a few fish were also caught in shallow waters. Those trolling for lake trout have caught Cisco. Smallmouth were caught near the breakwall and carp were jumping near the D Pier.