Traverse City is located at the bottom of Grand Traverse Bay. The bay is part of Lake Michigan and it is 32 miles long, 10 miles wide and up to 620 feet deep in some spots. It is divided into two arms by the Old Mission Peninsula. Traverse City is the main town on the bay and this is a very popular tourist area. Plan on finding many restaurants, shops, accommodations and and some awesome scenery around the water.
This area offers some outstanding fishing for lake trout, salmon and smallmouth bass. Most anglers come here for the smallmouth bass fishing because it is truly amazing. You will find tons of bass in the 2 to 3 pound range and bass in the 4 to 5 pound range are possible with bigger fish here caught too. There are also some inland lakes close by which gives you some options when the bay is too rough on windy days. To learn more about this area, take a look at our Traverse City fishing tips page.
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|Traverse City, MI||Points||Points Possible|
|Ability to catch a lot of fish||2||2|
|Ability to catch trophy fish||2||2|
|Good for multiple species of fish||1||1|
|Guides & Charters available||1||1|
|Quality lodging options||1||1|
|Businesses such as boat storage, rentals, repair, outfitters, etc.||1||1|
|Overly Crowded||0||Minus 1|
|Overly Expensive||0||Minus 1|
|Highest Score Possible||10|