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Gone fishin’

A rundown of the region’s best fishing holes

July 30, 2010
The Mining Journal

Marquette: Was producing a good mix of coho, lake trout and steelhead when trolling outside the Lower Harbor and toward the Chocolay River in 50 to 70 feet of water. Good lake trout action near the Sand Hole and the White Rocks north of Granite Island. Gold and silver spoons were the ticket.

AuTrain: Lake trout fishing was slow however a few fish have been caught in 150 to 200 feet of water around Wood Island and the shipping channel. There were rumors of coho near the Shelter Bay area.

Munising: Lake trout fishing was fair. The most productive spot was near Wood Island with fish averaging 5 to 10 pounds. Success in the Big Reef appears to be past its peak however a fair number of fish were still caught. Anglers are trolling lures or floating cut bait. A few salmon were caught in Trout Bay and along the Pictured Rocks. Shore fishing for splake was slow with only a few fish taken by those casting body baits or still-fishing with spawn.

Grand Marais: Boat anglers reported fair to good results when fishing the deeper waters in the shipping channel, which is 5 to 7 miles north of the bay. A good number of fish were running on the small side.

Black River Harbor: The salmon and trout bite were slow. Anglers had to make long runs to the south in order to find the chinook and coho.

Ontonagon: Fishing was good with lake trout in the 3 to 8 pound range caught straight out or a couple miles north. The fish were in 60 to 80 feet of water in the early morning and late evening however mid-day the fish were in 110 feet of water.



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