Ben Wolfe – AnglingBuzzTV Fishing Report – Mid-June

Captain Ben Wolfe of Sport Fish Michigan – AnglingBuzzTV fishing report for mid-June. Michigan bass fishing is legendary, and June is presenting great opportunities on both inland lakes and larger bodies of water like Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Grand Traverse Bays, and Saginaw Bay.

Ben Wolfe – AnglingBuzzTV Fishing Report – End of July 2017

Captain Ben Wolfe of Sport Fish Michigan – AnglingBuzzTV fishing report for late July 2017.

This year, the winds that usually occur in August have come early. Anglers who are willing and able to fish safely in these windy conditions have been handsomely rewarded with great catches! The smallmouth and largemouth bite has been good, and big lake fishing is producing salmon as well as some steelhead and brown trout.

Ben Wolfe – AnglingBuzzTV Fishing Report – Late June, 2017

Captain Ben Wolfe of Sport Fish Michigan – AnglingBuzzTV fishing report for the end of June, 2017. The mayfly hatch has created amazing opportunities for fly fishermen – brown trout, rainbow trout – optimal at dusk. Topwater fishing for bass with a walking bait. Walleye fishing tips. King and coho salmon in Lake Michigan.

Ben Wolfe – AnglingBuzzTV Fishing Report – First Week of June 2017

Captain Ben Wolfe of Sport Fish Michigan – AnglingBuzzTV fishing report for the first week of June, 2017. Panfish: perch, bluegill. Grand Traverse Bay cisco, lake trout, and whitefish. Bass fishing in Michigan in early June.

Michigan River Fishing Report 5.23.16

Memorial Day is almost upon us, and we have been experiencing an awesome stretch of weather this past week. To go with that great weather has been some spectacular days on the water fishing for a variety of species. Waters are warming, and the fishing is hot.

Grand Traverse Bays have been absolutely on fire for both lake trout and ciscos (otherwise known as lake herring or tullibees). The bay temperatures have been fluctuating between the high 40’s and the low 50’s the past week depending on location.

The lake trout are starting to move shallow, and are being caught by anglers casting in 20-50 feet of water. Long casts with a heavy blade bait and then retrieved with a hopping yo-yo action have been the ticket to getting the trout and ciscos to bite. Ciscos can also often be caught right below the boat! These little velociraptors with fins have been all over both East and West Grand Traverse Bays, and have been devouring anything in sight seemingly. The trout, while they have been venturing shallow, have for the most part, been in the 40-60 feet of water.

Trolling on the Bays has been the most productive for the trout, and 60 feet of water seems to be the magical depth at the moment. As the waters continue to warm and the baitfish and gobies head shallow, so too will the lake trout, which seem to be running large at the moment. Lots of really nice sized trout have been caught in the past week.

The inland lakes are seeing the first wave of smallmouth bass pushing up onto the beds to spawn. The full moon from a couple of nights ago is what triggered the move to the spawning beds. With many inland lake temperatures in the mid to upper 50’s, there are still bass that are in the pre-spawn mode, readily taking jerk baits and spinner baits as well as more subtle options like a curly-tailed grub.

For river fly anglers, the brown drake hatch is on, and both resident and stocked trout on northern Michigan rivers are feeding heavily on the surface. Streamers are still producing for bigger fish, although during bug hatches it may be best to match the hatch as big trout don’t like to pass up an easy protein meal like a bug!