Superiorland gone fishin’
Little Bay de Noc: Smallmouth bass anglers reported good fishing. Anglers reported contacting fish in shallow water and smallmouth moved off their beds. Use of soft plastics that resemble gobies or water baits were successful. Walleye anglers reported slow fishing. Those fishing the head of the bay were catching small fish, although a few keepers were caught. Anglers were having some success south of Gladstone and around the Escanaba River.
Big Bay de Noc: Smallmouth anglers reported good fishing, less luck for walleye anglers. Yellow perch anglers were struggling and pike were common bycatches.
Keweenaw Bay/Huron Bay: Anglers were lucky with the fantastic weather on Keweenaw and Huron bays. Lake trout, whitefish and salmon were caught in decent numbers all through the last week. Some anglers reported better fishing during the mornings however fish were steadily caught during all hours of the day.
Big Traverse Bay/South Portage Canal: Anglers fishing around the mouth of the Portage Canal and along the east side of the Keweenaw Peninsula found good fishing for lake trout through all times of the day. Anglers reported many lake trout to be good eater size. Jigging and trolling were both popular fishing methods with boats trolling picking up some other trout and salmon species during their fishing trips as well. Fish were not concentrated in the mornings or the day however some anglers reported increased luck while the sun was setting or just before then.
Munising Bay: Boat anglers reported good to fair catches of lake trout with anglers stating the bite was slow. Most anglers were trolling outside of Grand Island – White Rocks and Wood Island Reef. Water temperatures increased to 60 degrees and higher due to extremely hot weather in the 90s. Boat anglers were trolling within Munising Bay for coho. Anglers reported fair to good catches with most fish suspended. A few scattered Chinook salmon were also reported. There was a large tree pollen bloom on surface of water and a major mayfly hatch this past week with some fish reported surface feeding. Shore/pier anglers reported slow fishing with only a few Menominee reported.
Grand Marais: Boat anglers reported excellent catches of lake trout with best areas offshore and towards shipping lanes. Water temperatures increased into low to mid 60s. Boat anglers and pier anglers reported a few scattered catches of coho salmon. The whitefish action on pier was slow due to hot weather this past week.