Gone fishin’: Upper Peninsula
• Marquette: Surface water temperatures warmed into the low to mid 60s. A fair number of lake trout were caught by those trolling around Granite Island and the “white rocks.” The fish were two to five pounds and seem to be scattered throughout the water column so anglers are using downriggers, dipsey divers and high-lines. The odd coho was caught but very few Chinook have come in.
• Au Train: Fishing slowed here as well. Many boats were only getting a few coho and lake trout per trip. Most were trolling spoons along the east side of Au Train Island or near Laughing Fish Point in 160 feet. Run lines at various depths.
• Munising: Boat anglers continue to catch lake trout off the edge of Wood Island Reef in 150 to 160 feet, from the Grand Portal Reef east of Grand Island and towards Twelve Mile Beach. The fish are feeding on smelt. Anglers are using assorted spoons and flies tipped with cut bait. Those trolling high-lines with dipsey divers caught the occasional coho or Chinook. Boat anglers reported a few splake but overall catches were very slow. Surface water temperatures were in the upper 50’s.
• Grand Marais: Had light fishing pressure. Most were targeting lake trout with good results. Those jigging did fair but those trolling did better near the Five Mile Reef near the shipping lanes and off Au Sable Point with spoons or flies tipped with cut bait.
• Cedarville and Hessel: Cedarville anglers were fishing Prentiss Bay and McKay Bay but no cisco or whitefish were caught. There were no fly hatches morning or mid-day. A few walleye were caught on crank baits in 12 feet near Connors Point. Hot colors were orange, chartreuse and white. Some 28 inch pike were caught on red and white spoons between Islington Road and La Salle Island. Rock bass were caught throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands. Both large and smallmouth bass were hitting spinners in four to eight feet. Yellow and black were good colors. At Hessel, Chinook and lake trout were caught around Goose Island. Chinook were hitting black and purple spoons 52 feet down in over 90 feet of water. Lake trout were suspended in 35 to 40 feet. Atlantic salmon were hitting orange and gold spoons 12 to 15 feet down. Pike were caught off the Hessel Pier in the early morning. Yellow perch action off the finger docks was slow. Schools of perch seem to move in and out of the Hessel Marina. Try vertical jigging between the weed beds.
— The Michigan Department of Natural Resources