Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula

• Marquette: Boat anglers were still doing well for lake trout in the white rocks and Granite Island areas. Some switched to salmon fishing but very few had any luck. Many are trolling in front of the Chocolay River, Shot Point and 50 to 70 feet down inside the harbor. Those targeting salmon seem to be picking up bigger lake trout. No reports from Stannard Rock but this time of year it is very important to watch the weather when taking trips that far out. River fishing started to pick up slightly near the dam on the Dead River or the Carp River.

• Au Train: Boat anglers had good luck with lake trout north and west of Au Train island when trolling or jigging. Salmon anglers had no luck. Surface water temperatures were still in the low to mid 60’s so we need cooler temperatures.

• Munising: Surface water temperatures were still in the upper 60’s. Lake trout anglers did well northwest of Grand Island and towards Wood Island Reef. Salmon anglers have not reported any fish in the past few weeks.

• Grand Marais: Continues to provide excellent lake trout fishing especially east of Big Reef, off Five Mile Reef and off the Au Sable Lighthouse. Very few coho have been caught by boat anglers. Surface water temperatures remain in the upper 60’s.

• Lac Vieux Desert: Bass anglers did well with spinners and top-water lures. Pike were also caught in the shallows around the weed beds. Muskie anglers caught a few but most were getting pike. Panfish anglers stayed busy however sorting and persistence is the name of the game when it comes to getting the bigger fish. Natural or artificial grubs worked best along the weed beds. A couple small walleye were caught.

• Little Bay De Noc: Fair to good walleye catches were reported when trolling a crawler harness or stick baits in 12 to 16 feet off Breezy Point, south of the Ford River in eight to 14 feet, and off the mouth of the Whitefish River in 12 to 18 feet. The Gladstone Bay area out from the Terrace Inn was good at times in 35 feet but the “Black Bottom” was best when using stick baits in 16 to 25 feet in the early morning or at dusk. Perch anglers reported fewer catches but some nice jumbos were taken. Fair catches were reported off Gladstone Beach in 18 to 25 feet and off Kipling in 22 to 24 feet.

• Big Bay De Noc: Still had good bass fishing but anglers report the fish are starting to move south.

•Two Hearted River: Has a few salmon. Those fishing near the river mouth campground had some luck.

• St. Marys River: Walleye anglers reported good catches off Raber Point which is about two miles south of the boat launch at Raber. Most were trolling planer boards with pencil plugs just off the weed beds in eight to 12 feet. Try fishing the mouth of Carlton Creek in the early morning or late evening. Some nice pike were taken by those trolling or casting spinner blades up near Point Aux Frenes.

• Detour: Had good walleye fishing north of Detour Village. Good catches reported near Swedes Point when trolling bottom bouncers and crawler harness with purple beads and smiley blades. Boats were trolling 1.5 mph and pulling baits across the underwater humps or across the rocky points in 14 to 18 feet. Trout and salmon fishing at the Detour Reef and Lighthouse was steady. Darker colored spoons worked well for the Chinook and Atlantic salmon during heavy cloud cover. The thermocline was holding at 55 feet. Anglers are reporting that the Chinook salmon are moving further upstream from the lighthouse to begin their pre-spawn run. Fish Fry Pan Island to the green buoy and northwest to the lighthouse with baits set 55 to 60 feet down in 90 feet. Strong winds and fog kept anglers from going beyond the lighthouse to fish for lake trout at the 90-foot flat.

• Cedarville and Hessel: As we move closer to fall, yellow perch fishing continues to get better at Cedarville. Anglers caught fish up to 11 inches when drift fishing the 12-foot channel in Cedarville Bay. A few were caught under the docks at Viking Boat Works. Use shiners or small worms. Good pike catches in Musky Bay at Connors Point early morning or late evening. Bigger fish were taken on creek chubs in 12 to 17 feet between Peck Bay and Little La Salle Island or at the Middle Entrance to the Les Cheneaux Islands. In Duck Bay, largemouth bass were hitting on spinners in six feet. From Hessel, those targeting splake were heading one mile straight south of the pier, off Coats Point and off the west side of Marquette Island when trolling orange, chartreuse and black crank baits in 12 to 18 feet. Those jigging an orange or gold 4-inch spoon caught fish ranging 21 to 24 inches. The Hessel Marina and finger docks had no perch reports. Pike were caught in Wilderness Bay when trolling large bucktail spinners with yellow spotted blades just off the weed beds in six to 12 feet or out deeper in 12 to 20 feet.

— The Michigan Department of Natural Resources