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Gone fishin’

May 31, 2013
The Mining Journal

Upper Peninsula

Marquette: Catch rates improved with chinook averaging 4 to 5 pounds caught toward Shot Point, the drop-off along M-28 and outside the Lower Harbor breakwall. Try spoons or stick baits in orange and silver. Lake trout action was fair. The fish were suspended 50 to 60 feet down in 160 to 200 feet of water. The lake trout are eating a large quantity of sticklebacks. Water temperatures were at 40 degrees.

AuTrain: Catch rates improved somewhat for those targeting chinook, coho and lake trout. For salmon, anglers were trolling or casting spoons and stick baits in less than 50 feet of water towards Shelter Bay and AuTrain Point. Water temperatures were still cold. For lake trout, anglers are trolling between AuTrain Island and Wood Island in 160 to 200 feet of water.

Munising: Boat anglers have caught chinook ranging 3 to 10 pounds. A few splake were caught when trolling on the east side of the bay between the hospital and Sand Point. Try spoons, flashers, dodgers and flies. Pier anglers casting spawn and shore anglers still-fishing with spawn had limit catches of splake.

Keweenaw Bay: The water is still dirty from run-off but not as bad as it was. Catch rates picked up a little as those trolling caught chinook, coho and lake trout. They were fishing 30 to 50 feet down in 40 to 60 feet of water from the head of the Bay north to Old Mission with spoons. Green was a good color. Those jigging off the water tower at Pequaming picked up lake trout in 200 to 230 feet of water with cut bait. In Traverse Bay, those trolling or jigging in 130 to 150 feet caught lake trout out from Big Louie's Point and Gay Point.

Copper Harbor: Splake fishing was spotty. Jigs with cut bait like sucker or smelt worked best but crawlers took a few fish. Those fishing near the mouth of Fanny Hoe Creek caught a few fish when drifting worms in the current. In Eagle Harbor, those trolling around the mouth and in shallow waters caught a few splake and brown trout.

Menominee: A few walleye were caught in 12 to 15 feet in Wisconsin waters. A few bass were caught and pike were abundant in the shallow waters. Those trolling north and south of the Cedar River caught pike and bass.

Menominee River: Had a good number of musky anglers. There was a report of one 58 inch fish caught and released. Anglers are drifting or casting large musky baits between the mouth and the dam. A good number of suckers have been caught up near the dam. Those shore fishing for trout reported slow catch rates.

Cedar River: Bass season opened with lots of fish caught. Many were small but some nice ones were caught on crawlers or crank baits under the M-35 Bridge.

Little Bay De Noc: Water temperatures were in the low 50's. The better walleye and perch fishing were along the "Narrows." Fish were also caught from the Kipling Flats south to the Gladstone Beach. Perch were hitting on minnows or crawlers in 20 to 30 feet of water. Walleye anglers were trolling crawler harnesses or rapalas in 18 to 30 feet. Walleye were caught near the mouth of the Whitefish River.

Ford River: Was busy with anglers during the bass opener. This is a good place for shore anglers to target smallmouth. Fair catches were taken by those casting tube baits or crank baits along the edge in 4 to 8 feet of water. Boats usually drift and cast down near the mouth.

Escanaba River: Walleye fishing slowed although some good catches were reported down near the mouth. Anglers were trolling or drifting crawlers in 10 to 20 feet of water.

Big Bay De Noc: Is known for its terrific smallmouth bass fishing and the opener last weekend was no exception. Good numbers of fish were reported throughout the bay. The better areas were the Nahma "Sand Pit", the head of the bay up near Tylene's, Ogontz, Puffy Bay and South River Bay. The fish were a little deeper in 10 to 16 feet of water. Many fish were in the 5 pound range. Some perch were caught in Garden Bay. Try crawlers in 8 to 12 feet.

Grand Marais: Pier anglers caught coho and whitefish. Try spawn near the end of the pier. Some nice fish were caught but many were running on the small side. Early morning was best. Boat anglers caught coho when trolling east and west of the bay in waters less than 20 feet deep. The fish were 16 to 18 inches and limit catches were reported.

Manistique Lake: Both lakes were slow but producing some bass, pike and walleye.

DeTour: Anglers caught Atlantic salmon in 10 to 25 feet of water. Lake trout and chinook were out deeper in 45 to 65 feet. Green was the hot color.

Drummond Island: Walleye were caught in 4 feet of water in Scott Bay. Pink and black were the hot colors.

Cedarville and Hessel: Pike fishing is good all throughout the islands. Anglers are still-fishing or casting with chubs. Harvest numbers will only increase with warmer weather. Large and smallmouth bass fishing were very good.

 
 

 

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