LANSING — Michigan’s annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend will be observed this Saturday June 8th and Sunday June 9th. Both residents and non-residents can fish without a license however all regulations still apply. This is a great opportunity for novice anglers to introduce someone new to the sport of fishing.
Harbor Springs: Boat anglers might want to try for lake trout near Harbor Point. Look for smallmouth bass around the docks.
Petoskey: Anglers fishing off the pier with crank baits and crawlers caught smallmouth bass. Look for pike, carp or rock bass as well.
Bear River: Has been high and fast. A couple steelhead can still be found up near the dam but most of the fish have spawned. Try spawn bags above the dam.
Charlevoix: Anglers continue to do well for walleye in the channel after dark. The bite usually starts between 10-11pm. Anglers are fishing on the Lake Michigan end of the channel when the current is going out or the Round Lake end when the current comes in. Use deep diving crank baits or a ¾ to 1 ounce jig with a rubber minnow or rubber worm with a twisty tail. The fish were not interested in crawlers or leeches. A couple smallmouth bass were also caught. Boat anglers caught lake trout 80 to 100 feet down in 100 to 220 feet off North Point. Try green and orange spin glows with dodgers or cowbells. A few fish were caught near the can at St. Mary’s Cement.
Traverse City: Lake trout catches were decent for those trolling or jigging in the East Bay. Ciscoes were caught on jigging spoons in 20 to 70 feet of water. Smallmouth action slowed with the cooler weather. The West Bay had fair lake trout fishing. Depths were variable. Those jigging caught lake trout and the occasional whitefish.