Well if want to simply catch a bunch of fish and have an awesome day on the water, then jigging for lake trout has to be added to your list this summer. This unique opportunity is available from May until late fall out on the Bay. The structures that hold these fish are humps, reefs and ridges that are scattered all over the bay. The most productive areas seem to be 80'-110' on the tops. The lakers are not spooky at these depths and marking them on or close to the bottom is easy with good electronics. Once you find a concentration of marks, either slow drift or hold on top of them with your bow mount or main engine. A calmer day will really up your catch rate. The presentation is simple, either use a heavy jig 1-1.5 oz or a comparably weighted jigging spoon. If you are jig fishing, try tipping the jig with a white twister tail and a small strip of belly meat from a whitefish or sucker. Jig your bait slowly up and tight line it back down....when they hit, you will know it! A friend of mine and a buddy boated over 50 nice fish in 2 today's last week on Jonas jigs made right in T.C by Larry Jennings! Remember to torpedo release the larger fish and keep the smaller ones for eating, little ones taste better.
Traverse city area is the place to be !!!
post spawn and full blown summer patterns ..
Covering water high speed with spinner baits and c-flash cranks till you locate numbers then slowing down and picking them apart with soft plastics has worked well!!
See you on the water
Capt Tony DeFilippo
Most traverse city area lakes are post spawn and transitioning to summer patterns. Try working breaks adjacent to Spawning areas and travel routes they would use on the way back to deeper water. C flash crankbaits have been very effective. The fish should start to slide off into a bit deeper water as we get some warmer weather. Watch for soft tubes and drop shots to start producing.
Lakes Leelanau & Long continue to a have solid walleye bite. Crank baits slow trolled along the edges of weeds and rock has been the best. Jigging has also been reported to be doing well.
see you on the water Capt Tony D
The Traverse City area is teaming with spawn oriented lakes now..
These beauties were caught on pre-spawn breaks with drop shots on case plastics salty minnows..
This young man caught a 7 which of course was released. Whether you fish the big bay or the smaller lakes, smallmouth are on.
Most Grand Traverse County lakes are in various stages of spawn..
Lake skegemog currently ruling with big bass on slowly worked soft plastics. Fish are in 10 ft. of water or less.
Work the docks and any areas of gravel you may find.
Up North Smallmouth Charters..
The evening bite for nice eating sized Walleye has been solid on Lake Leelanau. This happy little lady had some fun trolling with her dad just a few days ago. The bite has been trolling rapala 9 & 11s about 75' back. Try to keep your boat in 10-20' just off the break. If you enjoy casting try the shad colored KVD deep jerk bait. Cast towards or parallel to shore work different cadences until the fish tell you what they want. Walleye and bass will bite this bait.