2018-05-10 / Outdoors

Anglers: Walleye bite somewhere between ‘slow’ and ‘fair’ so far

For one Suttons Bay sportsman, three trips to Lake Leelanau last week yielded three fish.

“It was somethin’ to eat,” said Al Steimel, who once again celebrated the walleye opener and brother Mark Steimel’s birthday with some fishing on the south basin.

Al Steimel described the bite as “fair” after reeling in zero, one and two fish from the south lake in trips one, two and three, respectively.

Each of the three fish measured between 18 and 23 inches, he said.

The county prosecutor, Joe Hubbell, landed on the high end of that spectrum Monday night with a 23-inch beauty.

But others reported less success.

Greg Alsip of the Lake Leelanau Narrows Resort said Saturday's opener left some to be desired.

“Super slow again,” Alsip said. “It should be better. There’s not really an excuse for it — the water’s warm enough — they’re just not biting yet.”

He said boat traffic was down, relatively speaking, in the moments leading up to the opener Friday night.

Blame Mother Nature.

“We couldn’t get too far,” Alsip said. “There was still a bit of ice floating around. There was people fishing the St. Mary’s dock and the bay behind the dock, but I did not hear of many fish caught at all. It’ll only get better.”

He said many county anglers have had a hard time leaving West Grand Traverse Bay, where sportsmen continue to pound the perch.

A pair of Suttons Bay anglers, meanwhile, reported success in Lake Michigan south of Leland, where they landed 10 lake trout (and kept four) over the weekend.

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