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When do most of you start fishing? When Frankfort had great brown fishing, I'd start at ice out. There are a few browns out there, but not enough to make the trip over there for. From my experience, kings will start to show up around late May. One of my best months that I ever had, was early June. I think that year everything was right. The water temp, lite winds, and forage. Hopefully this year we will have favorable winds that keep the fish on our side of the lake!
 

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When do most of you start fishing? When Frankfort had great brown fishing, I'd start at ice out. There are a few browns out there, but not enough to make the trip over there for. From my experience, kings will start to show up around late May. One of my best months that I ever had, was early June. I think that year everything was right. The water temp, lite winds, and forage. Hopefully this year we will have favorable winds that keep the fish on our side of the lake!
When I lived there, it was ice out - usually about April 15th and if I was close it would be the same.

I know the empirical evidence says otherwise, but with the significant amount of brown plants that still go in at Frankfort, I have to believe there has to be a few around. Probably would look for them in the bay first and then more towards the point on the pebble rock where the gobies would be. That never would have been a destination in the early spring when the smelt were the main forage for spring browns, but the browns don't seem to be on the sand now without that bait. They need to feed on something.

I drive 6 hours most Saturdays here Dec - Apr to have a chance to get on a few browns. The lake only gets about 15K 10" browns a year with an approximate 5% survival rate after a year in the lake that is 7500 square acres. That makes only about 750 browns that are in the 20" range the following year and a lot of water to look for them. A 5# brown is a South Carolina "master angler." Been about 15 years on that lake now and still looking for my first double digit brown. Have had one or two on but none landed yet. Most days the typical Jocasse trout fisher is fortunate to have 1 over 20" (that is the limit) and that It can be a tough slog, but would rather be out on the water chasing.

Last Saturday was a good day there.

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I think the best time to start in Frankfort is when the winds are down and the temps are up and the ice is gone and the ramps are accessible and at least one dock is in.

There are always lakers up shallow. A trip to target browns or steelhead is really a laker trip using small spoons and bodybaits in hopes of getting something other than a laker.


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When I lived there, it was ice out - usually about April 15th...
April 15 use to be the high point of the smelt runs back in the 80's and 90's. We use to net smelt at night and save a few for bait the next day, then we'd pound on the browns during daylight hours with a mix of smelt and spawn from the piers.

Smelt in Lake Michigan have dwindled away to pretty much nothing since then. I'm not even sure if there's a run anymore but we usually boat a few fish every summer that have smelt in their bellies.
 

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Caught my only and only brown out of Frankfort 3 years ago on April 30th. Covid shut everything down the next year and then last year I was working on the boat and missed the window.

Even though they are a needle in the haystack still plan making a decent amount of trips this year once the rivers get too crowded for my liking.
 

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When I lived there, it was ice out - usually about April 15th and if I was close it would be the same.

I know the empirical evidence says otherwise, but with the significant amount of brown plants that still go in at Frankfort, I have to believe there has to be a few around. Probably would look for them in the bay first and then more towards the point on the pebble rock where the gobies would be. That never would have been a destination in the early spring when the smelt were the main forage for spring browns, but the browns don't seem to be on the sand now without that bait. They need to feed on something.

I drive 6 hours most Saturdays here Dec - Apr to have a chance to get on a few browns. The lake only gets about 15K 10" browns a year with an approximate 5% survival rate after a year in the lake that is 7500 square acres. That makes only about 750 browns that are in the 20" range the following year and a lot of water to look for them. A 5# brown is a South Carolina "master angler." Been about 15 years on that lake now and still looking for my first double digit brown. Have had one or two on but none landed yet. Most days the typical Jocasse trout fisher is fortunate to have 1 over 20" (that is the limit) and that It can be a tough slog, but would rather be out on the water chasing.

Last Saturday was a good day there.

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I will confess that I did not appreciate the brown fishing that we used to have. Most of the browns that I caught were in the surf, (East and West GT Bays, and Frankfort) but I did love to target them from my grandpa's 16fter flat lining floating Raps, straight and jointed types. Bowers Harbor had a phenomenal spring brown trout fishery!!! I just know what the brown fishery can be like, which in current times is not.
 

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I will confess that I did not appreciate the brown fishing that we used to have. Most of the browns that I caught were in the surf, (East and West GT Bays, and Frankfort) but I did love to target them from my grandpa's 16fter flat lining floating Raps, straight and jointed types. Bowers Harbor had a phenomenal spring brown trout fishery!!! I just know what the brown fishery can be like, which in current times is not.
Those were the days!! Bowers harbor, East bay by acme creek, Elk Rapids, it was fantastic! frankfort & manistee were great also but I seldom left East bay the fishing was so good!!
 

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Are there any good spots in TC to check out salmon spoons? Visiting my brother up there tomorrow and hope to find some colors. thanks in advance,
 

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Are there any good spots in TC to check out salmon spoons? Visiting my brother up there tomorrow and hope to find some colors. thanks in advance,
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Those were the days!! Bowers harbor, East bay by acme creek, Elk Rapids, it was fantastic! frankfort & manistee were great also but I seldom left East bay the fishing was so good!!
Those were the days!! Bowers harbor, East bay by acme creek, Elk Rapids, it was fantastic! frankfort & manistee were great also but I seldom left East bay the fishing was so good!!
Don't forget Platte Bay, late 80's we worked 4 ten's most weeks and Friday was always fishing day and then spend the weekend with the family. We'd bring river fishing stuff in case it was too rough and fished from the canoe livery to the mouth. I can remember being out there on the bay and working hard to keep the planer boards away from floating ice a couple times lol. blue and silver #9 floating rapala was one of the best out there.
 

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40-45k Wild Rose Strain Brown Trout stocked in Frankfort and Glen Arbor today. Perfect day for it. High winds kept the birds away. Big healthy fish, not a single casualty. Nice job DNR! And thanks to NWMI Fishing Club Members Matt, December, Johnny T, and Bernie for Predator Control.

Looking forward to more!






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Today completes the 2022 Brown Trout stocking for NWMI. 40k more today totaling 80k browns.

Thank you DNR boys, and NWMI Fishing Club Members Bernie, John, Paul and Matt for the Predator Patrol today.

Next will be rainbow trout in Glen Lake and Crystal Lake and Cohos after them...then Kings in May.

Great fun.



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