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Old 05-03-2017, 03:49 AM   #1
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Torch Lake Michigan in July

Hi Folks,

I'm going to be spending the last week of July at Torch lake and would like to do some spearfishing. I have a lot of experience freediving all over the world, but have never dove freshwater.

I'm trying to wade through the convoluted regs for spearfishing in Michigan. Does anyone have experience spearfishing in Michigan and Torch Lake in particular?

I'm wondering about legality and also if it's worth it to spearfish for the species that you can legally shoot. It looks like you can't shoot salmon or trout, but just the "less desirable" fish. Is that true?

Is anyone looking for a dive buddy for the last week in July in the Torch Lake area?
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Old 05-03-2017, 08:15 AM   #2
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Re: Torch Lake Michigan in July

Rough fish only, (carp, gar, cats, suckers, bowfin).
You can also shoot whitefish and cisco. Those are worth eating and do live in Torch lake, but they live deep down because they like the cold. If you were going to find any, you would probably have to either dive SCUBA, dive really deep or dive at night near a river mouth and hope you run across some.

Torch is a deep lake, deepest point is 280ffw and average is over 100ffw. Check it out on the Navionics chart and try to find some structure that looks promising to you. From what I hear, the vis is pretty great.

Good luck!
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Old 05-11-2017, 06:23 PM   #3
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Re: Torch Lake Michigan in July

You would probably have more luck hopping over to one of Traverse City's bays. More shootable fish there such as carp and sheepshead (which taste pretty good).
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