Salmon in the Classroom

Megabite Fishing Charters Salmon Fishing

Salmon in the Classroom Most people don’t realize when they are battling a big king salmon on a Traverse City fishing charter, that it could be a fish introduced to the ecosystem through a 6th grade student somewhere in the state of Michigan. Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources has developed an awesome hands-on program to get students involved in learning the life cycle of a salmon from the egg stage until they are ready to be released in a river. Captain Jared was fortunate enough to actually participate in this program as a 6th grade student and his teacher mom has been… Read More »

Great Lakes Chowder Recipe

Great Lakes Chowder Recipe _ Stacey Brugeman

GREAT LAKES CHOWDER Serves 6 to 8 Did you know that soup is one of the best ways to use frozen fish? Filets of lake trout, whitefish, perch, walleye, or salmon can go straight from the freezer to the pot and poach while cooking. Once the fish is cooked enough that it just begins to flake apart with a fork, it’s ready to eat. But there’s one critical rule. The most important step to any frozen fish recipe is making sure that your catch goes into the freezer the day it is caught, not days later because you haven’t used… Read More »

Rod and Reel Combinations for all Seasons and Conditions

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Rod and Reel Combinations  Have you ever been on a Traverse City Fishing Charter with Mega Bite and wondered why there are so many rod and reel combinations onboard when only 10-13 get used regularly? Well, these setups all have a specific purpose and each one does actually get used, depending on the time of year and the specific fishing approach that day. Some of the rods get used on a daily basis but others may only get used in the spring vs. later in the summer. We will admit, we do think the boats look better with a plethora… Read More »

Salt and Vinegar Chip Crusted Walleye Recipe

Salt and Vinegar Chip Crusted Walleye! We love Walleye and we love salt & vinegar chips so this recipe is a hands down favorite! Super easy to make with very little prep time. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Adapted from The Loop  RECIPE INGREDIENTS 4 Walleye fillets  1 tablespoon mayonnaise 1 cup crushed salt and vinegar chips Cracked pepper, to taste DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 400F. Pat the walleye fillets dry. Crush potato chips in a bag (or food processor), then lay on shallow plate. Coat fillets in a thin layer of mayo. Lightly lay… Read More »

Detroit River Walleye Run

Detroit River Walleye Run It is almost that time of year again! Every spring, we load up the boats and trailer them downstate for an insane Detroit River Walleye Run! This is usually a 10-14 day adventure and consists of many limit catches. The spring Walleye migration from Lake Erie, into the Detroit River is the one of the largest migrations of Walleye in the world. These fish are coming into the river for spawning purposes making them very aggressive and often times ready to eat anything put in front of their faces. Walleye love a flow of water when… Read More »

Fishing with Kids

sunny day child holding fish

Fishing with Kids  East Grand Traverse Bay is an excellent place to get kids out fishing and Megabite Fishing Charters Traverse City takes extreme pride in helping youngsters reel in big fish. We are honored to take families out for memories that will last a lifetime. Our US Coast Guard Licensed Captains do an excellent job of making sure young anglers are always feeling comfortable out on the water. Some people may think its extra work to have kids out on the boat but we absolutely love to share our passion with the little ones. On our fishing trips, kids… Read More »

Lifecycle of a King Salmon

Introducing King Salmon to the Great Lakes Have you ever wondered how the non-native King Salmon were introduced to the Great Lakes? Native to the North Pacific Ocean, King Salmon were introduced to the Great Lakes in order to control a substantially high Alewife population. Beaches up and down the coast were covered with dead Alewives, and because King Salmon are such aggressive feeders, they were introduced to control the situation. The Department of Natural Resources implemented a Salmon stocking program called a “hatchery” to essentially farm Salmon for release into our native waters.  A side benefit to the introduction… Read More »

Spring Lake Trout Fishing in Traverse City

Spring Trout Fishing Traverse City

Spring Lake Trout Fishing is the Best! Spring Lake Trout Fishing in Traverse City is just around the corner and we are itching to get the boats back in the water to start chasing fish! This is hands down my favorite time of year to catch these Lake Trout because it takes brains and brawn to reel them in.  Lake Temperatures  In the spring, water temps are often so cold that Lake Trout are up in the shallows in anywhere from 10-50 feet of water. Shallow water lake trout fishing can be an absolute riot. Some may argue that lake… Read More »

Mega Bite Traverse City Fishing Charters Catch & Cook Recipes

Catch & Cook Mega Bite Traverse City

      Northern Michigan Freshwater Fish are a Delicacy   A charter fishing trip with Mega Bite Traverse City Fishing Charters often results in catching a plethora of fish! Varieties caught include Lake Trout, King Salmon, Coho Salmon and on occasion Ciscoes, Brown Trout, and Freshwater Drum as well. Many of our customers wonder what we do with the non-Salmon fish, particularly Lake Trout they catch.  They have been mislead to believe Northern Michigan Lake Trout and other smaller varieties of fish are greasy and oily. This was once true, but has since changed due the introduction of the… Read More »

Megabite Fishing Charters Fish Identification

Megabite Traverse City Fishing Charters

On a Megabite charter fishing trip in Traverse City, the three most popular catches are Lake Trout, King (Chinnook) Salmon, and Coho Salmon. This is not to say that there are not occasionally other fish caught but these are the three species we target regularly. Lake Trout are the most common catch mostly because they are native to East Grand Traverse Bay so they stay there year round. On cold years, some people even venture out on the ice in the winter to fish for Lake Trout! Salmon are a little different each year and we are patiently awaiting  the… Read More »