Fishing Season: Late March until December

Grand Traverse Bay - MI

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


Hawkins Outfitters's Tip of the Week

Steamers will bring some deeper bass and the possibility of a Cisco.

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Map of Grand Traverse Bay

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Hawkins Outfitters

5-Day Outlook as of 5/29/23

On warmer days, the smallmouth are moving shallower. There are some Cisco around as well.

Techniques & Tips as of 5/29/23

Streamers possibly some nymphs if a hatch occurs.

Local Species Available Late March until December

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    Lake Trout

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    Carp and Smallmouth

Hawkins Outfitters's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Schultzy's Single Fly Cray N/A 4
Hawkins' Hat Trick Olive/white 6

Schultzy's Single Fly Cray

This molted crayfish fly is unbeatable anywhere crayfish are found.

Hawkins Outfitters's Recommended Gear

Description: About Grand Traverse Bay

Grand Traverse Bay is actually two different bays. East and West bay. Both bays provide excellent fly fishing opportunities through out the year. Anglers can chase on foot, carp, smallmouth, lake-trout, and king salmon. Also anglers can work the many drop offs and shelves with sinking fly flies for the same species that are not working their way into the shallows.

Nearest Airport:

Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, MI


Best Time to Fish:


Best Stretch:

There is not one

Best Access:

Traverse City