Jim Arl from the St. Louis, MO area joined me on Grand Traverse Bay for a bit of carp fishing today. The day started out overcast and still a bit cool with a slight NE breeze. I was surprised to find that even with the heavy rains we have had up here the past few days the water level had dropped noticably since I was out yesterday rendering out first choice of locations devoid of targets. We hunted hard and covered many miles of water to no avail, the few we saw were in deeper water and cruising and even more spooky than normal. So what to do – fish smallies. Jim is an excellent fisherman and followed directions to the letter resulting in our making lemonaide out of our day with a few nice smallies like the one pictured above. It was a real treat to get out on the bay and see some new water after our long spring stint on the Muskegon, thanks Jim for the opportunity!

Capt. Dave DeVries