Gone fishin’

• Marquette: One of the docks in the Upper Harbor has been pulled. The Lower Harbor still had both docks in. Only a few anglers were out and caught lake trout in the harbors and near the river mouths. Slow river fishing with only a couple coho or steelhead taken.

• Au Train: The Brownstone boat launch is currently closed due to washout from last Tuesday’s storm and no word on when it will re-open. A couple steelhead were caught by shore anglers near the Rock River.

• Munising: Strong north winds dropped water temperatures to the upper 40’s. Shore and pier anglers picked up the odd steelhead or splake with spoons and spawn sacs.

• Grand Marais: Before the storm last week, a couple steelhead were caught on spawn sacs at the mouth of the Sucker River. Waves reaching 25 feet and moving sand changed the mouth of the river which now runs along the shoreline. There was some damage by the pier as the force of the water pushed all the rocks and other debris towards the museum. Anglers should be careful in this area.

• Tahquamenon River: Had very few anglers, but a good number of trappers and duck hunters. The few that did fish caught a handful of perch near Mud Lake with minnows and worms.

• Menominee River: Walleye, brown trout and the occasional Chinook or steelhead were caught below the Hattie Street Dam and down to the Interstate Bridge with live bait such as minnows, plastics, or spoons.

• Little Bay De Noc: Walleye fishing picked up some north of the “Narrows” when trolling stick baits or a crawler harness in 18 to 30 feet between the Second and Third Reefs. The better catches came out from the Days’ River when trolling stick baits in 8 to 10 feet at night. A few perch were taken off Kipling in 20 to 30 feet. Those fishing the slip docks in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor caught some nice perch when jigging minnows. Pike were active throughout the bay with several large fish caught in the area around Garth Point when trolling stick baits.

• Manistique River: The salmon run is about done but the steelhead action has picked up and most anglers are targeting them between the bridges when fly fishing or when casting beads, spawn, yarn or flies. The steelhead action should remain good well into the winter season.

• St. Marys River: A few walleye were caught on the north end of Lake George near Hay Point with a crank bait or crawler harness in 5 to 20 feet. In the lower river, few anglers were targeting musky in Munuscong Bay. Most caught at least one fish when trolling large stick baits behind planer boards or when casting large bodied soft swimbaits near places like Moon Island. Most fish were small about 30 to 38 inches but one as large as 52 inches was caught and released. Some nice pike and smallmouth bass were also caught. Anglers tried trolling stick baits or a crawler harness for walleye but had no luck.

• Cedarville and Hessel: High winds and rain kept the fishing effort down throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands. A few pike were caught by those trolling spoons or drifting chubs in Urie Bay, across from Musky Bay, and off Conner’s Pointe. The fish were running bigger at 28 to 30 inches now that the water temperature has cooled to around 48 to 50 degrees. Gusty winds have kept anglers off the water in Hessel Bay and off the west shoreline of Marquette Island.

• St. Ignace: Had no reports. The fish cleaning station is now closed. The Pine and Carp Rivers had no reports as all activity has been duck hunters. Water levels were very high with debris coming down the river so boat anglers need to use caution.