Posted by: cworthy | August 19, 2010

August 19, 2010 Grand Traverse Area Salmon Report

The NOAA weather buoy which is anchored out in the middle of northern lake Michigan is reading wind out of the north at 21 kts gusting to 25kts.  that’s brisk!!! To convert kts to mph multiply kts by 1.12.

What does that do to the fishing? In the grand traverse bays which generally run north and south the wind comes down the bays collecting the warm  surface water and pushing it into the  south end of the bays. This pushes the colder water where the trout and salmon live deeper. At Leland a north wind has the opposite effect. It pushes the warm water out and brings the cool water up. An east wind which is forecast for later does this even more as it shoves the warm water away from the peninsula. All of this has to counteract all the warm water that was pushed in by the heavy west winds of the last few days.

The 64,000 dollar question is where will the fish be? I would expect salmon to came back around both North and South Manitou Islands. Conditions ought to be favorable on the 1st bank, but will the salmon be there? That is a good question and one we won’t know the answer to until we go back out there. The east wind  may make fishing on the Island too rough and leave fishing along the Leelanau peninsula as the only option.

The good news is that are a lot of salmon out there right now and they will be there long after the last boat has been pulled out of the water for winter. Historically some awesome catches happen near Leland in September.

Keep the beaches safe for young children by catching salmon. We've all been doing a good job this year as no children have been reported eaten, but our job is not done.

from now through the fall.



  1. Bill,

    Thanks for that ! Intristing how that temp works. Good to know because i fish the bays alot. Looks like a stellar season. I live in Duluth and Lake Superior has been one of the warmest on record. There have been good catches of coho as well and always on trout and siscowet.. Ive yet to get a boat but hope is a good thing..


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