|Frankfort Michigan area fishing report for Crystal Lake|
The pier head action was fantastic for these ladies! We ended with a 20# average on 5 fish. Mostly caught dreamweaver spin docs on slide dives out 40-60' in 30 foot of water. Sometimes running a long way is not the answer!
We (the guys) fished Platte bay for the men's tournament. We had very good coho action up there. 70' down small plugs
Big lake fishing out of Frankfort has been about bigger than average fish. A sixteen pound brown and a 27-# king from the last 2 trips. Temps at about 45'. Really mixed on what's hitting but mostly spin docs and a few plug bites. Mostly coppers and lead core. 6-7-8-9 colors. Basically put a good spread out and adjust from there.
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The salmon bite remains steady in Frankfort for the most part. We are not seeing big numbers but we are seeing BIG fish. Temp is scattered so don't be afraid to scatter your gear first thing and look for a pattern. Start anywhere from 100-200 feet of water from 50-90 down. Just look at the quality fish that are coming to the boat.
Crystal lake in Frankfort continues to provide very solid catches of inland Coho and Lake Trout. The best depths have been 60-120' and fishing seems to bee bottom orientated in the morning in 60' and the fish progressively slide deeper as mid day comes and they are suspending about 1/2 way down. The south shore has been the best so far. Big lake fishing is about to really get rolling
The Bank off Frankfort has been producing a mixed bag to say the least. Emphasis has definitely been on the lake trout but we are picking up a few kings and a random steelhead even a few Cisco. The fish have gone deep, don't be afraid to fish 70 to 120 feet down. Mostly spoons but also Dream Weaver spin doctors and flies
Well the L. Michigan bite outside the harbor has been very solid this spring. Last week saw some great catches of mixed bag Lakers and Kings along the shorelines. 40-50' seemed to hold the most fish and we caught them on shorter lead segments and smaller spoons. We are hopeful for a very productive season! Look at these nice fish boated by Dave and his group from Tiny Bubbles.
Pier anglers continue to catch a few steelhead and the random brown trout. Trollers are having a decent spring bite on the usual good baits. Silver and black #9 or #11 Rapala's are catching fish. It's not fast but 2-5 browns per day is very doable.
The river and piers are still giving up steelhead. The pier bite seems to be the best available action right now. Casting spawn or spoons is the ticket.
The GREAT river fishing continues on the Betsie river in Benzie county! There are beginning to be lot's of fish and they are consistantly biting in the first few hours of the day. That has been the best bite for sure. The holes that are downriver from the dam have been producing well early, especially the back of holes that are near cover. The best baits and presentations seem to be: spawn imitator flies, trout beads, egg sucking leeches and stone flies. Get out early as the bite really slows by 10 am. Take a look at just a few of the great fish caught by our group from "Ace in the Hole" fishing just today! It's cold but the bite is good.
With the warmer weather coming the steelhead fishing is going to really get going. Obviously the Betsie river will be the place to be with many common presentations working. I'll have a report with pics next week as I will have some guys on the Betsie fishing.
The winter fishing in Benzie County continues to be solid and with the return of colder weather all lakes should be getting going. I have guys out and fishing and things are happening. The pike fishing on the East side of Betsie Bay is really snapping, use caution on the West side. Tip ups and Golden shiners or suckers is the ticket. The perch fishing on Platte and upper Herring lake is starting to get pretty good. Do Jiggers and small spoons tipped with a minnow head or wax worm seems to be the ticket in many of the lakes around Michigan. Waiting for confirmation of safe ice and a valid report from Crystal lake. As soon as we get something i'll pass it on.
River fishing in Benzie county has been very good as of late. Spawn fished under floats has been the ticket almost everywhere. The Platte & Betsie have been the best with good catches of steelhead reported. The big lake fishing is done as the cold weather has any sane boat fisherman opting for the rivers. First ice is not far off on crystal lake and the perch fisherman can't wait. We will let you know as soon as it is reported to be safe.