Finally, I’m standing on Main Street. Looking out towards the harbor I can see a lighthouse, and the stretch of small houses along the shore. To my right I see the Shamrock, a bar favored by our guides; the meeting spot for dinner, beers, and our initial briefing on fly fishing for carp in Lake Michigan.
My first carp broke the 20 -pound class and ran me half way into my backing. It was amazing to witness! The fish just gobbled up the three inch long Goby Fly—carnivorous carp are not normal. These fish chased and munched the fly, yet every carp I had ever encountered would have taken off in terror. These carp loved large, meaty flies!
I believe that the Beaver Island fish acted so predatory because there isn’t much to eat in Lake Michigan. There isn’t much living in its waters other than invasive species. The carp, gobies, and Zebra mussels come together to create a fishery like none other. And the lake’s crystal clear water and relatively shallow flats make for outstanding sight casting.
All told the trip was fabulous! We have phenomenal fishing with Indigo Guide service. Not one fish we landed was under seven pounds. I have nothing left to say but; I love Beaver Island.
By Rob Lepczyk