"Between May and October, there is no consistently better place to be fishing in America than Traverse City, Michigan. Diversity is the key: Lake Michigan with salmon and steelhead; Grand Traverse Bay with some of the best smallmouth pockets and carp flats in America; and more rivers and natural lakes filled with trout, bass, and panfish than you can begin to touch in one season."-- Field & Stream
Need we say more? All right: two words. Hex Hatch. By the middle of June, when those little mayflies begin to hatch out, the ten blue-ribbon trout streams around Traverse City become one of the most exciting fly-fishing regions in the world. Coincidentally, that's when the bass fishing really starts to pick up in the Bay and the larger inland lakes!