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Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula

• Overall: High water levels continue to hamper fishing efforts on the trout lakes. Rivers and streams were at their banks and it does not look like they will be dropping anytime soon.

• Marquette: The fish cleaning station is back up and running for the season! Boat anglers were picking up Chinook, coho, brown trout and steelhead near shore. Those targeting pike near the old ore docks did not have any luck.

• Chocolay River: The upstream waters were still very high making it difficult for anyone trying to target brook or brown trout. Boat anglers fishing near the mouth did manage to pick up a few trout and salmon.

• Munising: Boat anglers reported fewer catches of Chinook and coho salmon. The average catch was between zero to just a few per trip. Catch rates for splake have also been down this year. Shore anglers reported poor catch rates.

• Grand Marais: Boat anglers continue to do well for whitefish with most reporting good catches while taking fish up to 14 inches or bigger. The coho action slowed for boat and pier anglers. A few Chinook were caught when trolling towards the Sable River. Those out for lake trout did well with limit catches taken near Five Mile Reef.

• Two Hearted River: Water levels are high, but a few fish were still caught.

• Copper Harbor: Pier anglers caught a few splake. Some nice pike were caught in Eagle Harbor.

• Keweenaw Bay: Fishing has been good the past few days. Those trolling throughout the water column in 20 to 50 feet caught Chinook, coho, lake trout, brown trout and splake with spoons, stick baits or a flasher/fly combo. Mornings were best with trolling speeds between 2.2 mph and 3 mph. Finding the warmer water is key. Temperatures were ranging between 36 and 49 degrees. Coho were found near the scum lines. Schools of smelt have kept bigger fish in the area.

• Little Bay De Noc: Water temperatures were in the low to mid 50’s and water levels were still high. The bass opener was good along Garth Point, Gladstone Bay and in the Ford River when casting plastics or crawlers in four to eight feet. Walleye anglers had mixed results at the head of the bay when trolling a crawler harness or stick bait in eight to 20 feet. Fair to good catches were reported south of Garth Point in 32 feet, in the Escanaba River from the US-2 Bridge to the mouth and off Breezy Point with crawlers in 10 feet. A few perch were caught off Kipling in 23 to 30 feet with crawlers. Good pike action was reported near the mouth of the Ford River by those targeting bass.

• Manistique River: Steelhead anglers were still getting a few fish in the lower waters when casting yarn or spawn. The lamprey traps are still in so the waters are low and slow. The upper dam is fully open making the spill over and main river high and fast. The fish cleaning disposal is down for repairs at the boat launch. Walleye anglers did very well with several large fish over 10 pounds taken by boat anglers up near the fast water. Big pike were caught near the mouth when casting or trolling spinners and crank baits. Smallmouth bass were caught by shore anglers using crawlers or plastics.

Tahquamenon River: May have a little more traffic with the muskie opener this coming weekend. Anglers are reminded to report their harvest via the hotline or online.

Detour: Fishing effort for trout and salmon at the lighthouse and the mouth of the St. Marys River has been low. A couple lake trout were caught two miles straight south of the lighthouse. Try the 90-foot flat when trolling spin-glo’s. Hot colors were red and white or chartreuse and white. Best trolling speed was 2 mph.

Drummond Island: A few good catches of walleye and pike were taken along the shoreline in four to six feet from Paw Point east to Maxton Road when trolling or casting an orange or light brown shallow running plug. Excellent smallmouth bass action was reported at the south end of James Island in two to four feet. Brown and green tube jigs worked best.

Cedarville and Hessel: No yellow perch were caught from the Cedarville launch. All boaters are reminded that the parking lot directly across from the boat launch on Meridian Road is closed at this time for renovation. Fair to good catches of smallmouth bass were taken in Government Bay and near the mouth of Duck Bay while casting spinners or brown and orange tube jigs in two to four feet. At Hessel, splake and pike fishing were good at the marina pier. The best action was early morning until about 8:30 and again from 7:00 pm until dark. Splake and Atlantic salmon were taken on both natural and artificial spawn 18 inches off the bottom. The yellow perch bite slowed around the finger docks at the Hessel Marina. Hessel Bay was producing splake and pike for those trolling a blue and white or blue and chrome stick bait with planer boards four feet down in 12 to 15 feet.