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Gone fishin’

A rundown of the region’s best fishing holes

July 16, 2010
The Mining Journal

UPPER PENINSULA

Marquette: A fair number of coho and lake trout were caught by those trolling from the Lower Harbor to the White Rocks north of Granite Island. There were reports of nice coho along with a few chinook salmon caught in 60 to 80 feet of water. Surface water temperatures have been in the low 60's north of Granite Island and 65 degrees near Shot Point.

AuTrain: Limits of lake trout were caught near Au Train Island and Wood Island when trolling gold or silver spoons in 150 to 200 feet of water. A few coho were caught 50 to 70 feet down in 100 to 120 feet of water.

Munising: Had fair lake trout action around the islands. Big Reef continues to produce good numbers of fish in the 10 to 15 pound range. Shore anglers report slow fishing for splake. When fish are present, casting can be effective during daytime hours.

Grand Marais: Had good lake trout action in the shipping channel which is about five miles out. Size varies from a couple pounds up to 10 pounds. Coho may also be found in the bay. Pier fishing for whitefish is just about done however anglers may still want to try fishing a single egg in the early morning or late evening. A few small perch were caught in the bay.

Black River Harbor: Coho were still active 30 to 40 feet down in waters 70 to 90 feet deep but lake trout fishing was slow.

Ontonagon: Lake trout fishing is getting better with fish caught 5 to 20 feet off the bottom in 100 feet of water. Salmon and steelhead were caught at the same depths. Walleye fishing was slow due to muddy water.

Keweenaw Bay: Catch rates picked up with anglers taking a mix of chinook, coho and lake trout from sun up to 11:00am when trolling 35 to 65 feet down in 40 to 70 feet of water. Boats are fishing the head of the bay and north towards Carla's Restaurant with orange, gold and chartreuse spoons. Good fishing in the South Portage Entry for those trolling in shallow waters near the Mud Banks, Big Reef, Farmers Reef and Newton's Reef. Mostly lake trout being caught but coho were also found about halfway down in 15 to 40 feet of water.

 
 

 

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