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Happy Father’s Day and the fish are biting. Hearing good reports from most lakes as the fish have been biting this week.

Houghton Lake has been good for gills and walleye,

Otsego Lake has been reporting a good walleye bite but lots of small walleye.

Bluegill fishing has been good on most lakes as they are still on the beds.

Grand Traverse: There are a few panfish on the beds in the small and medium sized inland lakes in the Grand Traverse region, but the recent run of much warmer than normal temperatures have the water warming quickly, so they won’t be there for long.

Little Bay de Noc: Walleye anglers have been struggling, reporting poor catch rates with lots of undersized fish. Most are going out of Kipling and the mouth of the Whitefish, with the majority trolling with crawler harnesses. Perch anglers are having some success around Gladstone Beach, as well as out of Kipling when using crawlers. Smallmouth fishing has been good throughout most of the bay. Anglers reported good action in the Ford River and around the mouth. People fishing from shore along the Ford are catching smallmouth. Shore anglers in Gladstone have been catching perch, rock bass and pike.

Big Bay de Noc: Smallmouth bass fishing has been good. Anglers are catching fish in the shallows along the shore and reed lines. However, a few are finding fish out deeper around vegetation or drop offs when casting soft plastics or reaction baits. Walleye anglers have been trolling around the mouth of the Ogontz and out of Fishdam. Small numbers of large pike catches have been reported.

Happy Fathers Day and the fish are biting. Hearing good reports from most lakes as the fish have been biting this week.
Houghton Lake has been good for gills and walleye,
Otsego Lake has been reporting a good walleye bite but lots of small walleye.
Bluegill fishing has been good on most lakes as they are still on the beds.
Grand Traverse: There are a few panfish on the beds in the small and medium sized inland lakes in the Grand Traverse region, but the recent run of much warmer than normal temperatures have the water warming quickly, so they won’t be there for long.
Little Bay de Noc: Walleye anglers have been struggling, reporting poor catch rates with lots of undersized fish. Most are going out of Kipling and the mouth of the Whitefish, with the majority trolling with crawler harnesses. Perch anglers are having some success around Gladstone Beach, as well as out of Kipling when using crawlers. Smallmouth fishing has been good throughout most of the bay. Anglers reported good action in the Ford River and around the mouth. People fishing from shore along the Ford are catching smallmouth. Shore anglers in Gladstone have been catching perch, rock bass and pike.
Big Bay de Noc: Smallmouth bass fishing has been good. Anglers are catching fish in the shallows along the shore and reed lines. However, a few are finding fish out deeper around vegetation or drop offs when casting soft plastics or reaction baits. Walleye anglers have been trolling around the mouth of the Ogontz and out of Fishdam. Small numbers of large pike catches have been reported.

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Free Fishing Weekend
Michigan’s annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend will be observed this Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13. On these two days, both residents and non-residents can fish without a license. All fishing regulations still apply.

This is a good time to introduce a family member or friend to the sport of fishing.

Bob Hensel had a good night fishing 🎣 the big one is 10 1/8" the Bass were hungry too they kept striking his bobber.

Many are reporting good blue gill fishing as gills are in the the shallow water also bass.

Higgins Lake: Anglers are trying for lake trout in 80 feet and deeper. The key is to find a school of fish and stay put while fishing just off the bottom. Perch are being caught around the islands however anglers are sorting through a lot of small ones to get a few keepers. Smallmouth action picked up and anglers continue to catch lots of rock bass.

Houghton Lake: Bass were most active in the morning and late afternoon. Crappie could be found along the edge of the weed beds in 8 to 12 feet. Walleye were caught near the drops along the weed beds in 10 to 14 feet when using a crawler harness or crankbaits. Hot colors were green, orange, or blue and silver. Those bowfishing for carp have done very well in the shallows.

Traverse City: Water temperatures have been all over the place in both bays due to the wind and very warm weather. Temperatures range from 50 degrees to 65 degrees up near shore. In the East Bay, bass fishing was slow but should pick up. Cisco fishing has picked up and some are getting limit catches. Some have done well in shallow water while others found fish in 30 to 60 feet. In the West Bay, anglers were getting a good number of Cisco in shallow water around Lee Point, Marion Island and off the tip of Mission Peninsula. Bass fishing was slow.

Free Fishing Weekend
Michigan’s annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend will be observed this Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13. On these two days, both residents and non-residents can fish without a license. All fishing regulations still apply. 
This is a good time to introduce a family member or friend to the sport of fishing. 
Bob Hensel had a good night fishing 🎣 the big one is 10 1/8 the Bass were hungry too they kept striking his bobber.
Many are reporting good blue gill fishing as gills are in the the shallow water also bass.
Higgins Lake: Anglers are trying for lake trout in 80 feet and deeper. The key is to find a school of fish and stay put while fishing just off the bottom. Perch are being caught around the islands however anglers are sorting through a lot of small ones to get a few keepers. Smallmouth action picked up and anglers continue to catch lots of rock bass. 
Houghton Lake: Bass were most active in the morning and late afternoon. Crappie could be found along the edge of the weed beds in 8 to 12 feet. Walleye were caught near the drops along the weed beds in 10 to 14 feet when using a crawler harness or crankbaits. Hot colors were green, orange, or blue and silver.  Those bowfishing for carp have done very well in the shallows.    
Traverse City: Water temperatures have been all over the place in both bays due to the wind and very warm weather. Temperatures range from 50 degrees to 65 degrees up near shore. In the East Bay, bass fishing was slow but should pick up. Cisco fishing has picked up and some are getting limit catches. Some have done well in shallow water while others found fish in 30 to 60 feet. In the West Bay, anglers were getting a good number of Cisco in shallow water around Lee Point, Marion Island and off the tip of Mission Peninsula. Bass fishing was slow.Image attachment

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Capt Jack and his great granddaughter Amelia with her catch of beautiful lake trout fishing aboard the Whitecap out of Leland MIchigan as the Lake Trout are biting.

Cold front last week friday high of 38 in Northern Michigan, one week later 90 degrees predicted for the weekend. Fishing has picked up this week with fish being caught in your favorite lakes. Gills are still bedding but this warm spell should hurry up the spawning process.

The inland waters are warming. Panfish are being caught on leaf worms and wax worms under a bobber. The large and smallmouth bass action was good for those using live and artificial baits.

Leeches have been the hot seller this week

White Lake: Is producing bluegill, crappie and bass.

Hamlin Lake has been good for crappie, bluegill, walleye and bass.

Higgins Lake: Lake trout were found in 80 to 100 feet with jigging spoons, tube jigs and minnows. Smallmouth bass were caught along the shelfs. Lots of rock bass are being caught.

Houghton Lake: Is experiencing a mayfly hatch. Walleye and some northern pike have been caught. Bass fishing picked up with the warmer weather.

Grand Traverse County: Green Lake in Interlochen is producing lots of rock bass and very small perch. Water temperature was just under 60 degrees, so the bass are likely in spawning mode. Panfish should be spawning in the next couple of weeks. Smaller inland lakes in the region are warming much faster and panfish are in the shallows.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Anglers are catching bluegills, crappie and bass.

Munuscong Bay: Had good walleye fishing.

Detour: Walleye were caught on the north side of Drummond Island in Scotts Bay. Trout and salmon were caught in the shipping channel between Detour and the island. Most fish were Atlantic salmon.

Cedarville and Hessel: Pike fishing has picked up around the Les Cheneuax Islands.

Capt Jack and his great granddaughter Amelia with her catch of beautiful lake trout fishing aboard the Whitecap out of Leland MIchigan as the Lake Trout are biting.
Cold front last week friday high of 38 in Northern Michigan, one week later 90 degrees predicted for the weekend. Fishing has picked up this week with fish being caught in your favorite lakes. Gills are still bedding but this warm spell should hurry up the spawning process.
The inland waters are warming. Panfish are being caught on leaf worms and wax worms under a bobber. The large and smallmouth bass action was good for those using live and artificial baits.    
Leeches have been the hot seller this week
White Lake: Is producing bluegill, crappie and bass.
Hamlin Lake has been good for crappie, bluegill, walleye and bass.
Higgins Lake: Lake trout were found in 80 to 100 feet with jigging spoons, tube jigs and minnows.  Smallmouth bass were caught along the shelfs. Lots of rock bass are being caught. 
Houghton Lake: Is experiencing a mayfly hatch. Walleye and some northern pike have been caught. Bass fishing picked up with the warmer weather. 
Grand Traverse County: Green Lake in Interlochen is producing lots of rock bass and very small perch. Water temperature was just under 60 degrees, so the bass are likely in spawning mode. Panfish should be spawning in the next couple of weeks. Smaller inland lakes in the region are warming much faster and panfish are in the shallows. 
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Anglers are catching bluegills, crappie and bass. 
Munuscong Bay: Had good walleye fishing. 
Detour: Walleye were caught on the north side of Drummond Island in Scotts Bay. Trout and salmon were caught in the shipping channel between Detour and the island.  Most fish were Atlantic salmon. 
Cedarville and Hessel: Pike fishing has picked up around the Les Cheneuax Islands.
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