Gone fishin’

Gone fishin'

Upper Peninsula

Ontonagon: Anglers were catching lake trout. The average size was in the three-to-five-pound range with a few 10-pound fish being caught. Anglers were trolling spoons in 100 to 150 feet looking for cooler water.

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers were reporting lake trout, coho and Chinook catches out of Keweenaw Bay. Anglers had success with catching salmon on shore and at the river mouths. Boats anglers were catching lake trout while trolling and bobbing in deep water. Fishing was best in the mornings more than in the afternoons.

Munising: Shore and pier fishing pressure was low. Only a few splake and coho were caught.

Grand Marais: Boat anglers were targeting lake trout and were having good catches of fish averaging around three pounds. Anglers fishing the Sucker River were catching a few steelhead. Anglers were using mainly spawn but a few were caught using spoons.

AuTrain: Shore anglers fishing the mouth of Rock River reported very slow action. Anglers were fishing with crawlers or spawn. A number of boat anglers were out from AuTrain mainly targeting lake trout and reporting good catches with fish averaging around three to five pounds. Most anglers were fishing around 100 to 120 feet down, mainly around Shelter Bay and just outside AuTrain Island.

Marquette: Boat anglers were primarily targeting coho and Chinook with very few caught. Anglers were mainly trolling from Lower Harbor over towards the Carp River and then to Chocolay River. A few lake trout were caught while trolling. Lake trout appeared to be staging shallower for spawning. A few anglers were fishing off the Lower Harbor breakwall for lake trout but reported slow action. Some boat anglers were out at the Chocolay River with a few steelhead, coho and brown trout observed. Mornings provided the best action.

Big Traverse Bay/ South Portage Entry: Anglers reported catching lake trout from fishing in 40 to 140 feet of water. Most lake trout were caught while jigging in mid depth water. Pike anglers were having success close to shore. Some anglers reported steelhead in the Big Traverse River.

Little Bay de Noc: Anglers fishing out of Kipling had some success with perch, although a good deal of sorting for keepers was needed. An assortment of night crawlers and minnows were used in depths of around 14 feet of water. Walleye fishing out of the Ford River and out of Kipling had only limited success. Schools seemed to be relatively widely scattered. Some salmon were spotted in the rivers.


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