Traverse City Record-Eagle


October 1, 2008

Trout season ends on Lake Michigan

Lake trout season on Lake Huron and Lake Michigan has closed, the Michigan Department of Resources said Wednesday in its weekly fishing report.

Petoskey: With rainy and windy conditions, shore anglers are catching more fish. Some were doing well casting lures, while others were doing well when fishing spawn near the bottom.

Bear River: Good numbers of salmon have been coming in with a few pink salmon and an occasional trout as well.

Walloon Lake: Boat anglers are targeting perch, walleye, and smallmouth.

Lake Charlevoix: Anglers are turning their attention to perch, walleye and smallmouth bass.

Elk Lake: Some are targeting muskie while trolling large baits in 9 to 30 feet of water along the south end and up the east side to Kewadin. Smallmouth bass anglers are fishing the southeast corner from the Narrows to Easley Road. Those perch fishing can be found near Kewadin and the Whitewater Park when using perch minnows, crawlers, or cooked shrimp.

Skegomog Lake: Pike anglers are targeting the waters around the mouth of the Torch River and the Narrows while trolling crank baits, spinners or jigs in 7 to 17 feet of water. One fish measuring 24 inches was caught. Many smallmouth bass anglers are casting in shallow waters near the mouth of the river and along the weed beds. Yellow perch were caught in the flats between Baggs Road and the mouth of the Torch River. Some fish up to 10 inches were caught on minnows, crawlers or cooked shrimp. Rock bass are hitting on jigs and spinners in 4 to 7 feet of water and bluegills were caught on crawlers in 5 to 17 feet of water.

Glen Lake: The boat launch on Little Glen Lake closed for dredging on Oct. 1. The work is expected to be done by Oct. 8. The workers are aware that this is the only public launch on the lake and they will try to accommodate boaters which may have to maneuver outside the buoys until the dredging is done. Perch fishing slowed but anglers are still able to bring in a good batch even after sorting through the small ones.

Traverse City: In the East Bay, salmon fishing was slow because the fish were scattered. Whitefish can be found in the southern half of the bay jigging spoons such as Swedish Pimples. In the West Bay, the salmon are scattered.

Elk River: Salmon have been caught on spawn or body baits.

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