“Big Blue” has been up and down with the recent wind/storm patterns but when it has been flat the “fresh water flats” of Grand Traverse Bay have been gorgeous! Carp are keying on warm water pockets around islands and wind protected coves. Floating lines with 9-10ft fluorocarbon leaders to 1x have made for great takes. Small sculpin and crayfish patterns in very neutral tones have produced all of the fish. The NW side of the peninsula has been hit with wind so we have not ventured off Leland as of yet.

With the increased interest and viability of this great freshwater sport fish in the close proximity to our cottages and many vacationers RiverQuest is pleased to announce the initiation of our charter service in and around the Grand Traverse Bay/Traverse City region chasing carp on the great sand flats of Grand Traverse Bay and surrounding Leelanau Peninsula. Captain Dave Devries will head up this fishery out of his summer home in Lake Ann and Tom and myself will handle over-flow from our family place in Leland. Look for more details to follow from the “Adventures section” of the website.

This fishery is a great way to view some of the magnificent homes along the Bay and see the landscape from the waters perspective. Youngsters may enjoy the creeping along the flats while mom or dads chasing tailing carp. My kids love the big fish fight as well! Our flat bottom river boats glide effortlessly to and from these shallow water flats. More to come……….

Tight lines,

Captain Steven Kuieck