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Gone fishin’

A rundown of the region’s best fishing holes

June 25, 2010
The Mining Journal


Marquette: Had light fishing activity with only a few coho and lake trout caught near Granite Island and the Sand Hole.

Munising: Had slow fishing overall. Smaller lake trout were caught near the Big Reef and a couple of pike were caught off the city dock.

Grand Marais: Those fishing in 180 to 200 feet of water for lake trout reported slow catch rates. Pier anglers did catch a few whitefish along with the occasional coho. The window of opportunity for pier anglers to catch whitefish appears to be closing.

Keweenaw Bay: Lake trout fishing was good in Traverse Bay when jigging in 220 to 265 feet of water. Those trolling reported slower catch rates, except for one group that managed to take limit catches when trolling a herring dodger and a chartreuse peanut straight out from the marina in 180 feet of water. In the South Portage Entry, those jigging reported slow action, but those trolling in 30 to 70 feet of water did well off Newton's Reef, Farmers Reef, Big Reef and the Mud Banks.

Black River Harbor: Salmon are still in the area and those trolling in 75 to 120 feet of water have caught them with dodger and fly. Lake trout fishing was slow.

Ontonagon: Those able to get out have caught lake trout when trolling a couple of feet off the bottom in waters 100 feet deep. Orange and green spoons worked best.

Little Bay De Noc: Has a lot of food out there right now with the mayfly hatches and the alewife moving in. Best walleye catches were off the mouth of the Escanaba River but most were sub-legal. Anglers were drifting or trolling crawler harnesses. Night anglers caught a few fish off the ship docks in Escanaba when trolling crank baits or jigging crawlers in 20 to 25 feet of water. Several nice catches of perch were reported in the Narrows when still-fishing minnows in 13 to 25 feet of water. Northern pike were active just off the coal piles at the Gladstone Power Plant. Try trolling crank baits in 10 to 14 feet of water.

Escanaba River: Had good walleye fishing however many were sub-legal. Most were drifting or trolling crawler harness in 10 to 25 feet of water.

Big Bay De Noc: Still had good walleye reports off Ansell's Point when trolling harnesses with crawlers in 16 to 22 feet of water. Smallmouth bass were active throughout the bay. The fish were off the beds and hitting on crank baits, tube baits or crawlers in 10 to 20 feet of water. There is a large mayfly hatch here as well so anglers were targeting the bug lines in search of fish. Off Fairport, more anglers are salmon fishing as catch rates increase when trolling spoons or imitation meat rigs 40 to 90 feet down in waters 80 to 120 feet deep. Good numbers of steelhead were caught in the shallow waters near the bug lines.

Indian Lake: Catch rates were slow however a few walleye were caught. The biggest concentration of boats has been along the west and the north shore. Smallmouth bass and northern pike were also caught however few were keepers. Some tried anchoring and jigging for yellow perch. Again, the bite was slow but enough fish were caught for a meal.

Au Train: Fishing was light with scattered reports of lake trout in 140 to 200 feet of water. Surface water temperatures were averaging the low 50s.

St. Marys River: Whitefish and Atlanic salmon have been caught near Sault Ste. Marie near the power plant when fishing near the water discharge. Use wax worms for whitefish or smelt for Atlantic salmon. Raber Bay is giving up a few walleye off Antelope Point for those using bottom bouncers and crawler harnesses in 10 to 14 feet of water. Also, try the Canadian rock pile east of Raber Bay. Good northern pike action in 6 to 8 feet of water around Hart Island.

De Tour: Boats are still trolling in the area known as the ''Humps'' for lake trout and salmon. Try 55 feet down with green and silver or black and white spoons. Near Drummond Island, the mayfly hatch is in full swing. Walleye have been caught in 12 to 14 feet of water around Grape Island, Edward Island and Butterfield Island.

Cedarville and Hessel: Mayfly hatches are early this year and the lake herring are in. McKay Bay is producing limit catches in 10 to 12 feet of water with a teardrop and wax worm. Those in Cedarville Bay, Musky Bay and the Moscoe Channel are trolling and casting for pike and yellow perch in 6 to 10 feet of water. Perch were averaging 9 and 10 inches. Pike were caught in the Hessel Marina and in the bay when trolling or casting with minnows.

St. Ignace: Boat anglers seeking chinook and lake trout are trolling the middle of the bay and fishing 45 feet down in waters 70 to 100 feet deep. Try green and white or black and orange spoons.



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