Traverse City Area
Smallmouth bass are hitting on East and West Grant Traverse Bays. The fish are moving shallow to spawn and are hitting tube baits. Walleye anglers report a good bite on Long Lake. Anglers fishing leeches under slip bobbers in 15 to 25 feet of water are catching the most fish. The hex hatch is on and night fishing for browns with big bugs has been good on the Big Manistee and the Boardman rivers.
WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com.
Bluegills are bedding and anglers are dialing in. The best bite has been along the shore on Lake Mitchell. Lots of 7- and 8-inchers have been caught. Walleye fishing has slowed. The water has warmed and the fish have moved out to deeper water. Pike and largemouth bass are hitting on both lakes. Many of the pike have been in the 30-inch-plus range.
Schaefer’s Bait & Sporting Goods, (231) 775-7085.
Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop, (231) 775-5412.
Isos and drakes are hatching and a few sulfers and black caddis, too. Anglers are catching good numbers of browns and brookies on the AuSable River. The hex hatch should start any day. A few have been hatching on local lakes. The late-night river bite should be exceptional. Anglers will have to get out early to lock down a spot, but the trophy trout won’t start biting until late at night. There has been a lot of rain in the area. The river runs high and dirty the day after a rain, but quickly returns to normal.
AuSable Angler, (989) 826-8500.
Higgins Lake Area
Perch and rock bass are hitting on Higgins Lake. Perch are being caught around Big Creek, the sunken island and the main island. Wax worms and perch minnows have been the bait of choice. Rock bass are hitting leaf worms and chunks of crawlers fished in 12 feet of water or less all over the lake. A few lake trout have been caught by anglers trolling spoons and flies right on the bottom in 80 to 100 feet of water.
Higgins Lake Sport & Tackle, (989) 821-9517.