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Gone fishin’

A rundown of the region’s best fishing holes

May 28, 2010
The Mining Journal

Marquette: Lake trout were caught near the white rocks and the Sand Hole in 150 to 180 feet of water. Stannard Rock had excellent catch rates but the fish were running smaller this week, averaging 5 to 10 pounds.

Au Train: Surface water temperatures were in the low 40s. Lake trout fishing was fair with some limits of 2 to 3 pound fish reported. A few fish over 10 pounds were caught in the shipping lanes. Anglers are trolling in 150 to 200 feet of water however the fish appear to be scattered.

Munising: Trout and salmon fishing slowed as water temperatures moved up into the low to mid 50's. Lake trout fishing was slow but most anglers were focusing on chinook. Pier and shore anglers caught the occasional splake when casting lures or still-fishing with natural baits.

Grand Marais: Catch rates for whitefish were slow with the onset of warm weather. Those fishing at night caught smaller fish on a single egg. A few lake trout were caught by boat anglers in the shipping channel.

Keweenaw Bay: The bite has been good with those trolling picking up a mix of coho, chinook and lake trout. Most were fishing 35 to 65 feet down in waters 40 to 70 feet deep from the head of the bay to Sand Point and up around Old Mission. Whitefish were caught east of Baraga in 80 to 105 feet of water. In Traverse Bay, the bite was hit-or-miss but those jigging in 150 to 185 feet of water did catch fish from Gay Point to Hermits Cove.

Ontonagon: Lake Trout fishing has been exceptional. Most fish were caught 10 to 20 feet off the bottom in 80 to 100 feet of water. A few smaller chinook were caught in deeper water. Walleye fishing has started to pick up.

Little Bay De Noc: Catch rates were good for the walleye opener however most fish were just legal or too small to keep. Most were fishing deeper waters from the head of the bay and north to Saunders Point. Day anglers used harnesses with crawlers in 20 to 30 feet of water and night anglers used crank baits.



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