Traverse City's clear blue waters have always beckoned boaters -- and with good reason! Sheltered by gentle hills, the twin arms of Grand Traverse Bay combine the advantages of deep water with protection from storms, convenient marinas and nearby shopping, dining and marine services. Just inland, you'll find even more boating opportunities at deep glacial lakes like Torch Lake, Elk Lake and Lake Leelanau. Whether you're cruising, or just out for a weekend excursion, you'll discover why Boating Magazine named Traverse City one of its "Ten Best Places to Live and Boat." There are marinas and boat rental companies all around the Traverse City area, and several additional businesses that offer themed boating tours. Anglers know that spring is a magical time to fish in the Traverse City area. It begins early: in March, when the first long lovely steelhead begin making their spring run upriver. Bass fishermen love to get a head start on spring fishing in April, which is also the time when pike and walleye fishing opens on the area's inland lakes -- and the long-awaited opener of trout season follows soon in May. But spring is also the time when other fish -- bluegill, crappie and yellow perch tend to linger in the shallows on our inland lakes. Best of all, there's still not a lot of fishing pressure on those lakes and streams.