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Gone fishin’

A rundown of the region’s best fishing holes

September 17, 2010
The Mining Journal

Marquette: Water temperatures were 59 to 61 degrees. A few chinook salmon were caught near the Carp and Dead rivers, but the bulk of the fish have not started to move in yet. Some coho and steelhead were spotted near the Chocolay River. Try casting spoons or using a single egg. If you catch a tagged fish, be sure to contact a local DNRE office.

AuTrain: Water temperatures have cooled off and are averaging 58 to 60 degrees. A couple steelhead were caught out from the Rock River.

Munising: Those trolling have caught a few coho in Munising Bay and Trout Bay. Good numbers of fish were marked but catch rates were slow. Shore anglers are taking splake on spawn bags. Fish were averaging 2 pounds. Coho were hitting on spawn bags and lures such as small spoons.

Keweenaw Bay: Catch rates were spotty however a few anglers did well when trolling in 30 to 70 feet of water from Sand Point north to the first set of red rocks near the roadside park. They caught a mix of chinook, coho, lake trout, steelhead and brown trout when trolling 2.3 to 2.7 miles per hour. Those jigging for lake trout near Pequaming picked up a few fish in 240 feet of water. No salmon in the Falls River. Those fishing Traverse Bay caught lake trout when trolling off Big Louie's Point and Seven Mile Reef with spoons, dodgers and flies, or dodgers and peanuts in 60 to 130 feet of water. Limits of lake trout were caught by those jigging in 240 feet of water off Big Louie's Point and the Huron Islands.

Ontonagon: Fish have started to stage in front of the rivers. Lake trout were still deep in 50 to 65 feet of water.

Black River: Salmon have started to gather near the mouth so it will not be long before the run gets started.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye fishing was fair between the Escanaba River and the lighthouse when trolling or drifting crawlers in 15 to 35 feet of water.



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