Gone fishin’


• Marquette: Boat anglers targeting coho fished primarily the lower harbor near the green can, towards the Carp River and the mouth of the Chocolay River in 50 to 60 feet. Brown trout were also caught in this area. Lake trout anglers fished the “White Rocks”, the “Sand Hole” and towards Granite Island. No limit catches but most were getting about five fish in a five-hour trip. Water levels in the Carp and Chocolay Rivers were still quite high with a strong current after runoff from the heavy rains.

• Munising: Boat anglers were still getting a few Chinook west of the channel and towards Au Train in the early morning. The fish averaged three to five pounds. Brown trout were also caught. Lake trout anglers caught fish in 140 to 22 feet with flies or jigs and cut bait. Pier and shore anglers caught a couple whitefish and splake.

• Grand Marais: Boat anglers did well for lake trout off Big Reef, Au Sable Point and the 7 Mile Reef with limit catches reported. Pier anglers were targeting whitefish though catch rates were down and most of the fish were less than 12 inches.

• Big Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers were fishing the “Boot” straight out from the Fish Dam Rivers with crawler harnesses in 16 feet but catch rates were spotty. Most were targeting smallmouth bass around Porcupine Point, Kates Bay, Puffy Bay and the South River area. Catch rates were fair when using plastics in three to eight feet. Good pike action was reported in Martin’s Bay and South River when using spoons or crank baits in six to 12 feet.

• Little Bay De Noc: The best walleye fishing was still reported off the mouth of the Whitefish River when trolling crawlers in 12 to 16 feet, off the Escanaba River along the weeds and near the “Black Bottom” in 14 to 22 feet though many fish were undersize. Fish were also caught along the reefs near Kipling and Breezy Point but the numbers were fewer.

— Michigan Department of Natural Resources