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Is there a place to cast lures for salmon at Traverse City at night? I am looking for pier or docs. Kid has a varsity tennis tournament on Saturday 8/19. We will arrive on Friday evening, so I can fish from ~ 10 PM to 6 AM. We are staying at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson at Traverse City. Thanks in advance. Alex
 

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Is there a place to cast lures for salmon at Traverse City at night? I am looking for pier or docs. Kid has a varsity tennis tournament on Saturday 8/19. We will arrive on Friday evening, so I can fish from ~ 10 PM to 6 AM. We are staying at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson at Traverse City. Thanks in advance. Alex
Used to be able to sneak out on the Maritime academy dock. But it doesn't look easy any more. About a 45-60 minute run to Frankfort depending where your accommodations are though. Might be able to pull waders on and walk in off the west holiday on parking lot too.
 

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Thank you gentlemen for your kind tips,

I don’t feel comfortable to explore new river at night. I have couple of unpleasant experiences from my wading Grand and Manistee rivers where I have been fishing for 10+ years and consider myself a guide. If there are no fishable piers around, I will join my wife and other parents, will get intoxicated and will try to win a million $ at local casino.
 

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On another note, I checked Google map and find number of parking lots along the Boardman river (31 and N. Park rd. as an example). It looks like the river is accessible from those parking lots and there is plenty of docks space to walk on. Do you think it would be a good idea to cast cleos, reef runners, rapallas and etc. there. I would rather fish while sober vs. gamble while intoxicated … :)
 

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I would rather fish while sober vs. gamble while intoxicated … :)
Go for the drunk gambling. I've heard its way cheaper.
 

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Fish the river under the bridge down town. We were there in lmid October, the locals had a few mostly dead zombie kings they caught on spoons but were catching lakers at a pretty steady clip on spawn.
 

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On another note, I checked Google map and find number of parking lots along the Boardman river (31 and N. Park rd. as an example). It looks like the river is accessible from those parking lots and there is plenty of docks space to walk on. Do you think it would be a good idea to cast cleos, reef runners, rapallas and etc. there. I would rather fish while sober vs. gamble while intoxicated … :)
there arent a ton of fish around but it wouldnt hurt to take some time to cast a bit. make sure you stay 300 feet from the weir. anywhere from there down to the open water could produce some fish.
 

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Just a not-real-long ride up the road is Charlevoix. There's this place where you can "bank fish" easily. You can throw hardware, or float spawn under bobbers, or drop spawn on the bottom. Waders come in handy.
 

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Thank you all. Will try to fish under MI-31 and Boardman river bridge. Found some pictures on Google, looks like it is fishable. Hopefully there is a parking lot near. I have lots of hardware to carry. Thanks again for the tips. Will let you know how I do. Alex
 

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Park in the Holiday Inn lot. The river is very wadable from the bridge out to the mouth if you stay on the east side. I waded it at night with no problem.
 

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Just came back from Traverse City. Beautiful city, beautiful river... I didn’t get any fish, but who cares, I got my fun on the river. Fish would be the bonus.
 
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