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Gone fishin’

October 21, 2011
By The Associated Press , The Mining Journal

Strong, gusting winds have made for tough fishing across Michigan. Some anglers still are working the shoreline or in small boats in search of trout, salmon and the occasional walleye, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.


Marquette: Surface water temperatures have cooled to the lower 50s. Boat anglers were averaging four to eight lake trout in 140 to 170 feet of water north of the White Rocks, the Clay Banks and near Granite Island. The fish have not moved in closer to shore for spawning as the females still had eggs. Those fishing off the Lower Harbor breakwater caught a few menominee or lake trout.

Carp River: Is producing a few chinook for those using small crank baits or spawn.

Dead River: Has chinook salmon.

Keweenaw Bay: Some coho and lake trout were taken by those trolling between the head of the bay and Sand Point. Lake trout were also caught near Pequaming when jigging in 240 feet of water. Coho were caught by those casting off the dock near the L'Anse marina and off Sand Point. Near the South Portage Entry, a few lake trout were taken when trolling just outside the lighthouse.

Falls River: In L'Anse still has some coho.

Munising: A few boat anglers are still coho fishing in the bay, however slow catch rates and windy conditions have hampered fishing. The best reports came from those fishing at first light when trolling dodgers and flies or spoons. Fewer pier anglers are showing up even though fish are still present. Try fishing at different times under different conditions. Splake and salmon have been caught when casting spoons, spinners or spawn. Try spinners in bright colors.

Grand Marais: Had a few boats trolling in the bay with limited success for coho and steelhead. Coho ranged from two to five pounds and were caught on spoons and spinners. The occasional steelhead was caught near the Sucker River. Shore anglers are still-fishing with spawn bags.

Manistique: Chinook salmon are being caught by boat anglers near the mouth of the river and just past the breakwall when trolling small spoons and rapalas.

Manistique River: Those wading at the first dam are targeting trout and salmon. The shoreline is filling up with anglers casting the smaller double jointed floating rapalas. Perch and a blue/silver combination worked best. Some are fly fishing or drifting orange yarn near the fast water.

Menominee: Those casting spoons and jigging spawn off the breakwall are targeting trout and salmon. Catch rates were slow but the number of fish seen has increased over the last week. Those fishing early morning or late evening did best.

Menominee River: Has a good number of chinook coming up into the river. Anglers did best when trolling the small spoons and rapalas. Those wading at the First Dam or the Black Bass Hole are targeting trout and salmon. Shore anglers are casting a small double jointed rapala in perch or a combination of blue and silver, while others are drifting orange yarn or fly fishing near the fast water. A couple steelhead and brown trout were also caught.

Nunn's Creek: Is closed to fishing however anglers can fish out beyond the Lake Huron shoreline. Rumor has it these waters are producing the bigger fish.

Cedarville and Hessel: Anglers caught perch out of Musky Bay, the north shore of Middle Entrance and Urie Bay in 12 to 14 feet of water. Crawlers and minnows are both producing. Others caught perch off Cedarville and Little Joe Island.

Carp River: Anglers are still fishing the mouth for trout. Try spawn or small spoons



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