Great Lakes Sport Fishery
Great Lakes sport trolling was pioneered off Northport in the early 1920s. Traverse City native George Raff was the first to discover that lake trout could be caught by trolling in Grand Traverse Bay's protected waters. Prior to this, trout fishing was mainly a commercial enterprise , in which large quantities of the species were caught by net. Traverse City restaurant owners eagerly bought Raff's catches. Starting with one small boat, about sixteen feet long, Raff later began the area's first sports charter service. He charged each angler one dollar and hour, and guaranteed success. Methods he and his wife, Nell, developed for catching trout and other gamefish species have spread throughout the Great Lakes.