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enjoy quiet success
2017 Master Angler Awards
Catch-and-keep, catch-and-release entries in Leelanau County waters
Fish
Size
Date
Angler
Hometown
Water Body
Bluegill
11.00”
5/28
Brian Manick
Allen Park
Bass Lake
Bluegill
10.25”
7/17
Debra Corey
Mason
Lake Leelanau
Cisco
22.08”
4/1
David Oosse
Traverse City
West Bay
Cisco
21.38”
6/20
Charles Ginnard
N/A, Del.
West Bay
Cisco
20.25”
6/9
David Oosse
Traverse City
West Bay
Cisco
18.00”
6/9
David Oosse
Traverse City
West Bay
Cisco
17.88”
2/18
John Stocki
Traverse City
Lake Leelanau
Drum
30.00”
7/8
William Bulkowski
Grand Rapids
Lake Michigan
Lake trout
40.25”
7/6
Wesley Dunn
Madison, Wisc.
Lake Michigan
Longnose gar
33.50”
7/30
Brycen West
Hudsonville
Lake Leelanau
Rock bass
13.00”
7/15
Phillip Roberts
Rockford
Lake Leelanau
Rock bass
12.00”
7/3
Joseph Campbell
Lansing
Lake Leelanau
Salmon (coho)
31.00”
10/5
Rickey Sabatino
Oswego, Ill.
Lake Michigan
Salmon (king)
39.00”
9/19
Nathan Wipp
Leonard
Crystal River
Smallmouth
22.25”
10/13
Richard Piglowski
Suttons Bay
Cedar Lake
Smallmouth
21.38”
7/5
Treyson Nyland
Traverse City
Cedar Lake
Smallmouth
21.25”
5/27
Christopher Storey
Holland
Lake Leelanau
Smallmouth
21.00”
5/28
Tyler Johnroe
Bay City
Lake Leelanau
Smallmouth
21.00”
5/27
Stephen Retlewski
Bay City
Lake Leelanau
Hear that loud hush? That’s Leelanau County  shers letting out their trade secrets.
We’ll step in here to explain. In a county whose population grows several-fold every summer, locals are reluctant
to let out their knowledge — and they seem to stay away in droves from the master angler list kept by the MDNR.
We’re publishing the of cial list of Leelanau County entries here knowing full well that it’s not complete.
“Part of it is guys don’t know where to  nd (trophy  sh) and part of it is we don’t want people to know where we get them,” said Suttons Bay resident Richard Piglowski. “I only put in one a year, even if I caught four or  ve. I don’t want it showing up repeatedly; I just want patches to put on the wall.”
We know Piglowski, and so perhaps he feels an obligation to talk to the LVG. But we
also know he’s not letting out any trade secrets by letting folks know there are trophy smallmouth bass in Cedar Lake, which is where he caught a 22.5-inch smallie last year.
Where can you  nd your trophy? Most Leelanau County lakes are under shed. Perhaps that’s because there is so much else to do here. So, in taking Piglowski’s words to heart, you just need to  nd them.
The quick low down is that Glen Lake is known for perch, smallmouth and an occasional big laker. Ditto for Lake Leelanau, but add in walleye. There are brown trout in Lime Lake.
And West Grand Traverse Bay yielded some trophy perch — 14 inches and up — earlier this spring.
Or grab a canoe and try one of the many lakes in the Lakeshore.
Our No. 1 suggestion, though, is to try a Lake Michigan charter, but not because of the  shing. The views of the Manitous, Sugar Loaf Mountain, sand dunes and Grey Cliffs make the trip more than a chance to  ght a hard- charging salmon or tasty, trophy lake trout.
It would be a shame to get so close to what could be a  shing trip of a lifetime and not cash in.
at the Sleeping Bear Dunes
231-326-5050
www.lndigoBluffs.com
Private camping opportunities
Leelanau County offers a variety of campgrounds, from wilderness to RV-ready, from public to private. Public sites include D.H. Day Campground, Manitou Island camping in mostly wilderness settings, the Empire Township campground off M-72 and Leelanau State Park. Following is a list of private opportunities:
• Indigo Bluffs RV Resort: Three miles east of Empire, this resort has both ownership and rental options. Trails, showers, camp store, and heated pool round out the offerings. (800-224-4488)
• Lake Leelanau RV Park:
A private family run RV park on south Lake Leelanau that caters to all campers, from pop ups to big rigs to tents. 196 sites, showers, rental boats,
game room, playground and children’s activities. (256-7236)
• Leelanau Pines Campground: A private campground on south Lake Leelanau with 181 sites accommodating both tents and RVs, Leelanau Pines has
a camp store, game room, boat rentals, showers, trails and playground. (228-5742)
• Wild Cherry Resort: A private “big rig friendly” RV park (tent and yurt sites also available) on a 200 acre working cherry farm, 30 acres of woods with trails. Here, you can enjoy practicing your golf swing at the driving range, play two holes of golf free, taste wine and cherries (in season), take wagon rides, and visit nearby attractions. (271- 271-5550)
RV Park • RV Resort • Cottages
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