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Gone fishin’

March 18, 2011
By The Associated Press


Marquette: Anglers reported fair catch rates for coho and steelhead near the "bubblers." A large school of herring were also seen. Try early morning with jigs tipped with crawlers or cut bait. Those trolling crank baits have also caught coho. Ice could still be found along the shoreline from the Lower Harbor to the Chocolay River and beyond. Some caught the occasional splake or whitefish on a single egg. Water temperatures were averaging 33 degrees.

Keweenaw Bay: The lake trout bite was good with limit catches reported out from Whirl-I-Gig Road in 250 to 265 feet of water. The whitefish bite was up and down. On the good days, a mix of whitefish and lake trout were caught east of the Baraga Marina in 80 to 100 feet of water and out from the Pump House in L'Anse in 60 to 90 feet of water. The occasional pike was caught at the head of the Bay in 8 to 20 feet of water. Those fishing out from the Falls River caught a mix of whitefish, coho and rainbow trout in 8 to 15 feet of water. Smelt were caught out from the Baraga Marina.

AuTrain: A few coho and steelhead were caught. Ice has moved into the bay so anglers could be seen off the Rock River, but extreme caution needs to be used. Fish were caught in the early morning on jigs with spawn bags or crawlers.

AuTrain River: Water levels are rising. The mouth of the river has opened up and ice floes continue to deteriorate.

Munising: Catch rates were slow. Recent snowfall made travel on the ice easier. Anglers are fishing shallow waters for coho, splake and smelt. Coho action in Trout Bay was hit-or-miss but caution needs to be used in this area. Try jigging rapalas and Swedish pimples 10 to 20 feet down in waters 40 to 60 feet deep. Average size was 15 inches. Schools of smelt are being marked but catch rates were slow. Spearing for lake herring was slow. As for splake, a few fish were caught on a single egg, minnows or artificial lures.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye season is closed and ice fishing season is just about done. There are many areas with open water which is creating hazards for anglers. Northeast of Butler Island is all open water as is Saunders Point and all the way out to the green buoy. Most of the pressure cracks have water coming up through them. Conditions are a bit deceiving because there was still good ice in the upper bay however many areas are now considered dangerous. Perch were still caught in 30 to 40 feet of water when jigging wigglers or minnows off the northern end of the Kipling Flats. Whitefish were taken off Gladstone when jigging minnows or spawn in 30 to 35 feet of water.

Lake Gogebic: Perch fishing was slow with only a few fish taken in waters 6 to 25 feet deep. Those lucky enough to find them did take some fish averaging 12 to 15 inches. Still-fishing with wigglers has been the most productive.



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