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Traverse City Area Fishing Report

July 1st, 2019

Well summer is finally here and just like that the warm weather is as well. The bite on South Lake Leelanau has came to a screeching halt the last two week due Mother Nature and the annual May Fly hatch. Over the last 25 years there has only been one thing that can consistently shut down the bite on this remarkable fishery and that’s Fish Flys.
The upside to this? Deep fish should start showing up any day now, especially with the warmer water temps. We usually target the southern 1/3 of the south lake this time of year, what we call the main basin. Bottom bouncers and in-line weights paired with crawler harnesses are the go to presentations for the upcoming deep water bite.
The Walleye bite on North Lake Leelanau has picked up. It’s usually a mid afternoon into the late evening bite, with fish being caught casting, trolling, and vertical jigging. Anglers be warned though, the North Lake is not a first timers paradise. It takes time to break this fishery down and learn the areas that hold fish. Anglers who are willing to put in the time though can expect to be rewarded with a much better average size fish and even a few different trout species from time to time.

Tight lines and big smiles,
Capt. Cal
No-Fish No-Fee Guide Service
(517) 719-0577

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