East Jordan Area
Salmon fishing has been good off the pier heads on Lake Michigan, on spinners and spawn. A few fish have moved through Lake Charlevoix and into the Bear, Jordan, and Boyne rivers. Walleye fishing has been fair in the south arm of Lake Charlevoix. Panfish action has been good on the Bellaire Chain of Lakes, and bass are hitting on most lakes in the area, including Charlevoix, Six Mile, Ellsworth, and Intermediate. Hunting pressure was light for the early goose season, and bird numbers are down a little.
Tom’s Bait & Tackle, (231) 536-3521.
Traverse City Area
The salmon bite remains slow in East and West Grand Traverse Bays. Anglers report catching one or two fish a trip. Good numbers of chinooks have moved into the Betsie River, and anglers report a good bite. Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good on Big Platte Lake in 8 to 14 feet of water. Anglers are catching good numbers of fish on tubes and spinnerbaits.
WildFishing Guide Service
Houghton Lake Area
Walleye fishing remains good on Houghton Lake. Anglers report catching good numbers of ‘eyes on leeches and nightcrawlers fished in 10 to 12 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are hitting leeches and crawlers drifted in the same areas. Panfish action has been good along the weeds in 8 to 10 feet of water. Hunting pressure was light for the early goose and teal seasons.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
The salmon run was just getting started last week in the Thunder Bay River. A few anglers reported catching fish, but overall, action was slow. Walleye and bass fishing has slowed in Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay, but anglers are still reporting fair to good success. Early teal and goose seasons were slow, with light hunting pressure.
Clem’s Live Bait & Tackle, (989) 354-2070.