Traverse City Area
Ciscoes have moved into Lake Michigan’s East Grand Traverse Bay and anglers fishing eggs and wax worms are catching fish in 80 to 90 feet of water. A few fish have been caught in West Grand Traverse Bay, too, but the best action has been in East Bay. Fair numbers of lake trout are being caught in 120 to 150 feet of water. Bass fishing has been good in both bays and inland on Green Lake and Lake Leelanau. Turkey hunting has slowed, but toms are still gobbling. Morel mushrooms are popping in the area.
WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com.
Crappies are hitting in the shallows on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Bluegills are moving into the shallows in the afternoons. Largemouths and a few smallmouths have been caught on both lakes, along with lots of pike, most of them under 28 inches. Walleye fishing has been hit or miss on Mitchell and slower on Cadillac. The best action has been at night. Bullheads, including several of Master Angler proportions, are hitting in the canal between the two lakes. Turkey hunting has been good.
Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.
Houghton Lake Area
Fishing has been slow on Houghton Lake. A few crappies are hitting in the canals, and bluegills are just starting to move into the shallows. Walleye fishing has been very slow. The water is warming up, but rain, thunderstorms, and cold nights are keeping anglers off the water. Turkey hunting has been fair. Morels are popping.
Lyman’s on the Lake, (989) 422-3231.
Higgins Lake Area
Perch fishing has been good on Higgins Lake near the sunken island in 20 to 50 feet of water. Bass are hitting in the shallows. Lake trout fishing has been slow, but should improve any day now. Turkey hunting has been fair. Morels are popping.
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.