Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula

Western Upper Peninsula streams and rivers will have high water levels for the Saturday trout opener. The Type-A inland trout lakes will open on Saturday and should provide good fishing opportunities. Look for light smelt runs in the western rivers that access Lake Superior, with the best netting opportunities in the small rivers surrounding Keweenaw Bay. Steelhead are in most of the streams that access Lake Superior. In the eastern Upper Peninsula, anglers can expect higher than average water levels in many streams due to heavy rainfall the last couple of weeks. Cooler temperatures by the weekend will slow the bite.

• Marquette: The second dock has been installed at the launch in the Upper Harbor. Coho are still being caught in both the Upper and Lower Harbors but the action has slowed. Anglers were trolling jointed body baits and small spoons in perch colors on short leadcore or downriggers. A few brown trout were also caught. Those jigging were using a pink jig with a white twisty tail grub tipped with cut meat and a few did very well even taking limit catches of lake trout.

• Au Train: The Brownstone launch is still closed. The gate for the Au Train River beach is now open.

• Munising: Boat anglers putting in long hours had mixed results for coho, brown trout and splake with some catching a few fish while others caught none. Those targeting lake trout caught a few. Shore and pier anglers had slow catch rates. A few smelt were taken in the area.

• Grand Marais: Some boat anglers were taking up to five coho per trip while others caught none. Pier anglers however reported good catches of Lake Whitefish. Pier anglers caught a few coho and smaller steelhead on a single egg or spawn sac. Water levels on the rivers were high and fast.

• Keweenaw Bay: Fishing was on the slow side with only a few coho and splake caught in the head of the bay. With the smelt running, trolling in front of the river mouths should put fish in the box. In Traverse Bay, a few lake trout were taken by those trolling spoons about 10 feet off the bottom in 120 feet.

• Menominee River: Fishing has been difficult due to the high volume of water being released at the Hattie Street Dam.

• Little Bay De Noc: Perch anglers reported good catches near Gladstone Beach, the Third Reef and the up near the Day’s River with wigglers in 30 to 35 feet. A few were taken in the shallows with worms. Anglers have stopped fishing up near the dam on the Escanaba River because of bridge repair work on U.S. 2. A few fish were caught in the Day’s River north of U.S. 2. Catch and release bass fishing was good in the Ford River with plastics, spinners or crank baits from shore. The rivers were running high and fast.

— Michigan Department of Natural Resources