Captain Chad Dilts of Sport Fish Michigan gives his latest Buzz Bite Report for Northern Michigan on June 22nd, 2023.
Northern Michigan: 6-22-2023
Overall the fishing has still been good across much of Northern Michigan. We are currently sitting in that transitional period right now as fish are finishing up spawning and making the move towards their summer locations.
On Grand Traverse Bay the smallmouth bass have almost completed their spawn and can be found in the transition zone between their spawning areas and summer spots.
Target these fish with finesse baits like hair jigs, small tubes, and ned rigs.
We had a cold front come through recently and that caused the salmon and lake trout to spread out. Anglers are still having success trolling spoons, crankbaits and plugs, but the fish are higher up in the water column right now.
On our inland lakes the smallmouth bass are well past the spawn and have moved out onto the break. Target these fish with tubes, ned rigs, plastics, and topwater baits.
The walleyes are biting really well on a lot of our inland lakes. During the day look for these fish between twenty and thirty feet of water on reefs and points. During the evening and after dark look for them in less than fifteen feet of water on those same structures.
Jigs paired with plastics or minnows, crawler harnesses, or slip bobbers are all producing numbers of walleyes.
The fishing should continue to be good for the coming weeks. Good luck to all the anglers fishing in Michigan!
- Captain Chad Dilts
Sport Fish Michigan