Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula

Overall: Brook trout fishing in the small streams was good. Mayfly hatches on some of the inland lakes have slowed catch rates.

• Munising: Boat anglers continue to catch Chinook salmon. They also caught brown trout and the occasional steelhead or lake trout. The Chinook were 17 to 32 inches. Anglers have noted large schools of baitfish in both the east and west channels. Fish were present at all depths and mainly suspended between 40 and 60 feet. Coho fishing was also good with most taking between three and limit catches in both channels, in Munising Bay, near Sand Point and in Trout Bay. The fish are eating smelt which were still in the area. Lake trout anglers reported limit catches especially at Wood Island near the edges in 150 feet. Water flow from nearby creeks was dirty after the heavy rain. Surface water temperatures remain in the mid 40’s.

• Grand Marais: Lake trout anglers were getting limit catches near the “Banks” and Five Mile Reef. Most fish averaged four to five pounds with a few bigger ones up to and over 10 pounds. Coho fishing was fair with most reporting two to three fish per trip when trolling east of the harbor in 40 feet. Pier fishing was very slow.

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