Gone fishin’

Copper Harbor: A small number of legal size splake were caught. Fishing was slow as the water is still very cold.

Keweenaw Bay: Smelt are running sporadically so the action has been hit-or-miss. Trolling was really good or really bad as the large number of smelt in the shallows has made fishing a bit more difficult. Target the shallow waters with a medium size stick bait. The majority of catches were coho, brown trout and splake. In the South Entry, trolling for trout and salmon was good in six to 40 feet with stick baits. Steelhead are still showing up in area rivers and the sucker runs are starting. Fishing the river mouths should be good in the weeks to come with the trout and round whitefish looking for eggs flowing out of the rivers.

Marquette: Had very good fishing with a large number of Chinook, coho, lake trout, brown trout and steelhead caught when trolling spoons and stick baits in 20 to 40 feet. Limit catches were reported.

Chocolay River: Fishing pressure slowed as most anglers were targeting the big lake. The water is still high making the sections upstream hard to fish. Those trying did catch a couple brown trout. Those launching at the marina were heading downstream to fish the mouth.

Little Bay De Noc: Perch anglers reported fair to good catches along the north end. The best area was between the Day’s River and the Third Reef in 23 to 32 feet with crawler and wigglers. In the Ford and Day’s River, steelhead fishing was fair as there are a lot of suckers in the rivers right now. Water levels were still up and running a bit fast. Good smallmouth action for shore anglers casting plastics and crank baits near the mouth of the Ford River. Boat anglers were fishing the rocky areas near the mouth.

Au Train: Had very good coho and brown trout action for those trolling stick baits in Shelter Bay. No smelt reports.

Munising: Water temperatures have not warmed since ice out and remain about 36 degrees. Boat anglers targeting coho caught anywhere from a few to limit catches. The odd steelhead, brown trout or splake were also caught. Most were fishing in the harbor, Trout Bay and towards Chapel Falls. A few boats trolling the Rock River area had slightly better catches. If targeting coho, troll in shallow waters. Pier and shore anglers were lucky to get a few splake. So far, no major smelt runs to report. Anglers have been checking daily and only a handful were taken.

— The Michigan Department of Natural Resources