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Traverse City Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Traverse City, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Rainbow Trout

  2. Rainbow Trout

    There is a 66% catch rate for Rainbow Trout, based on 33 Rainbow Trout counted.

    Traverse City Rainbow Trout Counts Chart
    Rainbow

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  3. Brook Trout

  4. Brook Trout

    There is a 10% catch rate for Brook Trout, based on 5 Brook Trout counted.

    Traverse City Brook Trout Counts Chart
    Brook

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  5. Pike

  6. Pike

    There is a 6% catch rate for Pike, based on 3 Pike counted.

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    Pike

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  7. Coho Salmon

  8. Coho Salmon

    There is a 4% catch rate for Coho Salmon, based on 2 Coho Salmon counted.

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    Coho

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  9. Muskie

  10. Muskie

    There is a 4% catch rate for Muskie, based on 2 Muskie counted.

    Traverse City Muskie Counts Chart
    Muskie

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  11. Alewife

  12. Alewife

    There is a 2% catch rate for Alewife, based on 1 Alewife counted.

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  13. Brown Trout

  14. Brown Trout

    There is a 2% catch rate for Brown Trout, based on 1 Brown Trout counted.

    Traverse City Brown Trout Counts Chart
    Brown

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  15. Roach

  16. Roach

    There is a 2% catch rate for Roach, based on 1 Roach counted.

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    Roach

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  17. Sockeye Salmon

  18. Sockeye Salmon

    There is a 2% catch rate for Sockeye Salmon, based on 1 Sockeye Salmon counted.

    Traverse City Sockeye Salmon Counts Chart
    Sockeye

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  19. Walleye

  20. Walleye

    There is a 2% catch rate for Walleye, based on 1 Walleye counted.

    Traverse City Walleye Counts Chart
    Walleye

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Recommendations above based on 10 species of fish and 50 fish counted for April around Traverse City.

To date, there are 33 species of fish and a total of 2956 fish counted for Traverse City and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 6/23/1920 (104 years).

Last Update: 4/16/2024 6:28:52 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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Top Traverse City Fishing Spots

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Traverse City are the following:

  1. Shipwreck off South Manitou Island, Lake Michigan

    45.010842000 -86.091528000

  2. Shipwreck - Three Brothers. 695
    45.010923680 -86.091297104


  3. WESTMORELAND
    Attributes RECRD 2325 VESSLTERMS WESTMORELAND FEATURE_TYPE Not Charted LATDEC 44.933325 LONDEC -86.100094 GP_QUALITY Poor DEPTH 0 SOUNDING_TYPE YEARSUNK HISTORY SURVEY REQUIRE


  4. Coho Salmon5


  5. wreck-10116
    Attributes vesslterms feature_type Wrecks - Submerged, nondangerous chart US,US,graph,Chart 14902 latdec 45.0281435 londec -86.088585 depth sounding_type history quasou depth


  6. Francisco Morazan
    Francisco Morazan


  7. LH0610
    Grand Traverse L 45.209722000 -85.550556000


  8. ST. LAWRENCE
    Attributes RECRD 2312 VESSLTERMS ST. LAWRENCE FEATURE_TYPE Not Charted LATDEC 44.666664 LONDEC -86.266761 GP_QUALITY Poor DEPTH 0 SOUNDING_TYPE YEARSUNK HISTORY SURVEY REQUIRE


  9. Walleye


  10. Pyramid Point Shoal


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Latest Traverse City Fishing Reports

  • April Fishing Report
    Steelhead fishing on the Manistee and Betsie Rivers has been slower than normal for this time of year. While we have received some rain events over the past two weeks the fish


  • Early April Fishing Report
    Some rain last week gave the rivers a nice little bump in water flow and some additional steelhead moving upstream from lake Michigan. Clarity is still really good on the Mani


  • Late March Fishing Report
    With the official start of Spring this week it seems that Winter is making up for some delinquency bringing  us some cooler temps wind and snow. Steelhead fishing continues on


  • Mid March Fishing Report
    Significant rains after the last fishing report brought the Manistee and Betsie River levels up quite a bit and added some color which encouraged steelhead to migrate upstream


  • Early March Steelhead Fishing Report
    The mild winter continues with some back-and-forth weather but we are experiencing more warmer days than cold ones especially for the beginning of March. The snow we received


  • Late December Fishing Report
    Steelhead remain the target of anglers headed out this time of year and with the seasonal forecast calling for mild temperatures there should be windows of opportunity to get


  • Twenty Inch Chubby
    Stoneflies aren't just for western river anglers but also for those of us in the mid-west. The Twenty Inch Chubby stonefly nymph does a good job of impersonating the natural's


  • December Fishing Report
    December has come and it seems that the big push of steelhead we are accustomed to in the fall simply did not. While it was a tough fall reports from the lake indicate the pop


  • Early November Steelhead Fishing Report
    The leaves are gone temps are dropping and it’s the time for the serious steelhead angler to go looking to hunt fish not deer. As is typical for this time of year the river is


  • Late October Fishing Report
    As October winds down so has the salmon fishing. There seemed to be more salmon this year in the Manistee and Betsie rivers than in recent years as their population builds bac


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Top Traverse City Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. The Northern Angler
    Fly Fishing shop located in downtown Traverse City. We carry Sage, Scott, Simms Fishing Products, Redington fly rods and waders, Fishpond, Fly Tying Supplies, Vises. Fly Reels from Waterworks Lamson, Ross, Sage, Nautilus and Redington. Full Selection

  2. Orvis Streamside


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Top Traverse City Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Current Works Guide Service, LLC
    Current Works is the fly-fishing guide service of Ted Kraimer and is operated with the idea of getting you into the most enjoyable and best fishing around. With so many species to choose from, four seasons to fish in and different watersheds, all wit

  2. The Northern Angler
    Fly Fishing shop located in downtown Traverse City. We carry Sage, Scott, Simms Fishing Products, Redington fly rods and waders, Fishpond, Fly Tying Supplies, Vises. Fly Reels from Waterworks Lamson, Ross, Sage, Nautilus and Redington. Full Selection

  3. Showtime Charters
    Traverse City Michigan's premier charter fishing company.

  4. Traverse City Bass Guide Service


  5. Daydreamer Fishing Charter Services


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Top Traverse City Marinas

  1. Ahgosatown Landing Marina & RV
    All our sites overlook the marina and beautiful Grand Traverse Bay. Enjoy an evening campfire on the beach and breathtaking sunrises in the morning.

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