Archive for the ‘Beaver Island’ Category

Two Spaces Available- May 31st through June 3rd

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Our friend Ian had two guys drop out for his May 31st through June 3rd Beaver Island outing, leaving 2 new spaces available. This is a great opportunity for anyone who could jump on these openings at the last minute.

I should note that these are some of the only openings we have for the first half of the summer. Ian always hosts a great outing and you can contact him at FlyMasters with any questions.

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Planning a Fishing Trip to Beaver Island

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Several times a week I reply to folks interested in visiting Beaver Island for the first time. Beaver Island is the perfect place to bring your family for fishing, relaxing and a little fun on the beach. Though it also works for a buddy trip, fishing all day and then having a few beers with dinner at one of the island’s pubs.

When To Visit?
We are on the island from late May through early August each year and you should feel confident booking throughout that time. Earliest in the season has the biggest fish (pre spawn) and hottest fishing when the weather is cooperative. Though with the water in Lake Michigan still cold your rarely without a jacket and waders until July and when the weather turns gray and cold so does the fishing.

As the season progresses, the fishing becomes more dependable and so does the weather. Though with Lake Michigan warming and the spawn a thing of the past the fish have less reason to come shallow, so there are simply less fish on any given day when compared to earlier in the season.

Another point to mention would be that earlier in the season we are more often wade fishing to very shallow fish, then as the season progresses we are spending more and more time targeting deeper tailing fish from the boat.

How To Get To The Island?
Most people will want to get themselves to Charlevoix Michigan, about an hour north of Traverse City. From Charlevoix you will take one of the Beaver Island Boat Company ferries. The ferry cost is $65 per person and takes about 5 hours round trip. You can also fly with either Island Airways or Fresh Air both services have several daily flights to and from Charlevoix and Beaver. The flight cost is a little more than $100 per person and takes about an hour round trip.

If your flying to Michigan there are a couple choices. You can get a rental and make the drive to Charlevoix and then take one of the above mentioned options. You can also fly into Traverse City and have either Island Air or Fresh Air pick you up in Traverse. This option is very convenient and affordable if you have several people in your group. You can also charter them to and from other airports but the price goes up the further you get from Beaver Island. Give the air services a call for current pricing.

Oma’s Taxi also shuttles people to and from Traverse and Charlevoix, last I checked it was $89 one way, a very economical option.

Where to Stay?
There is just about every type of lodging option on Beaver Island, ranging from reasonably priced hotels to plush beach house rentals.

Hotels Listed Somewhat in Order of Price:
Beaver Island Lodge – Beautiful view overlooking the north end and outer islands with fine dining on site.
Oak Woods Lodge – Within walking distance to town, Teresa is the best hostess I’ve ever seen and runs a very clean place.
Harbor View Motel – Nice clean place overlooking town and the harbor.
Erin Motel – Right on the harbor and downtown!
The Brother’s Place – Dormitory style lodging but very affordable and close to town.

Bed & Breakfasts:
North Island Outfitters (Shanoule Lodge) – A beautiful 5 bedroom log home.
Lazy K Farms – Is located on a horse farm just a couple of miles from town.

House and Cabin Rentals:
McDonough Rentals – Several house, cabin and apartment options to choose from. Tammy does a great job with the rentals and we have a lot of people stay in them.
Isle Haven Resort – Neat place located on the harbor just outside town.
Visit the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce site for many more house and cabin options.

Car Rentals:
Beaver Island Marine
Gordon’s Car Rental

Other Services:
Happy Paddle – Bike, kayak and paddle board rentals.

Camping: There are two campgrounds on the island, click here for more details.

Food and Dining: There are several options for dining on the island ranging from everything between fine to ice cream shop burgers and pizza and your in luck because they all have good food and service. There is also a very nice grocery on the island with everything you need to cook whatever you’d like.

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News and Things – The Big Smalls of Michigan

Monday, October 26th, 2015

From Michigan DNR-

Smallmouth bass state record broken by catch from Hubbard Lake

record-bass-small_originalPrevious state record had stood since 1906
Greg Gasiciel with his state-record smallmouth bass (Oct 2015)The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a new state-record catch for smallmouth bass. This marks the sixth state-record fish caught so far in 2015.

The existing state record for smallmouth bass was broken Sunday by Greg Gasiciel of Rhodes, Michigan. Gasiciel was bait-casting with a green grub when he landed a 9.33-pound, 24.50-inch smallmouth bass from Hubbard Lake in Alcona County.

The record was verified by Kathrin Schrouder, a DNR fisheries biologist in Bay City.

“This is additional evidence that Michigan truly has world-class bass fisheries,” said Jim Dexter, Department of Natural Resources Fisheries chief. “Smallmouth bass is one of the most popular, most sought-after sportfish in North America. Even though the Michigan state record stood for more than 100 years, we’re excited to see the bar set even higher for those who set out to land this iconic fish.”

The previous state record for smallmouth bass was set back in 1906 with a 9.25-pound, 27.25-inch fish taken from Long Lake in Cheboygan County. Records show this fish was caught by W.F. Shoemaker.

State records are recognized by weight only. To qualify for a state record, fish must exceed the current listed state-record weight and identification must be verified by a DNR fisheries biologist.

So, yeah. Lunk status.

Also, for anyone playing around with Smallmouth in Lake Michigan, especially in the Beaver Island area check for DNR tags:

Central Michigan University (CMU) and the DNR have been tagging smallmouth bass in the Beaver Island Archipelago since 2005, at Waugoshance Point (Wilderness State Park) since 2009, and in parts of Grand Traverse Bays since 2014. Anglers are asked to report the whereabouts of these tagged smallmouth bass by providing information on capture, capture location and tag number to the DNR via If anglers release tagged fish, please do not remove the tag and just report the requested information on the website as indicated.

Am I the only one itching for a little SMB action?

A Short Carpy Interlude – Breakfast with Luis

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

“Kevin, your carp breakfast fly has done wonders for my fishing the last few weeks.”



Good to hear, Luis!

Old Carp Breakfast posts:

Where to buy a bucket of Carp Breakfasts:

Fancy yourself the tying kind?

Stalk Luis Santiago at:
Instagram: Luis Santiago (@qbadtrip)
Luis is also one of the Beaver Island hosts at