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Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula

• Keweenaw Bay: The ice is gone, and fishing was good. Those trolling stick baits in five to 40 feet did good for coho, brown trout and splake. The whitefish action was slow. In Huron Bay, the fishing pressure was low. Only a few splake were caught and released. A few lake trout were caught off the South Portage Entry. Finding them was hard but once you do, they are hungry.

• Marquette: Boat anglers are picking up coho from the Lower Harbor to the Chocolay River when trolling spoons and stick baits in 20 to 50 feet. Brown trout and the odd Chinook salmon have also been caught. Coho and the odd splake were caught off the breakwall. Fishing on the Dead and Carp Rivers was limited due to high water.

• Chocolay River: Anglers managed to pick up a couple steelhead and brown trout. Suckers moving into the river to spawn were also caught. Most are using spawn and worms, but some were trying spinners and small spoons.

• Munising: Strong winds blew most of the ice out however there was still some floating ice within the bay. Ice had pushed up on shore near the Anna River and from the east shoreline up to Sand Point and through the east channel. The docks are in at Brown’s Public Launch. A few boats did get out and did well for coho with limit catches reported. Anglers caught coho along with the occasional brown trout or splake out near Five Mile Point. A few smelt were running in area streams.

• Grand Marais: Still had some floating ice which should be gone by the end of the week. Boat and pier anglers were doing well for coho and were taking limits of whitefish. Anglers were trolling spoons and shallow running stick baits from the harbor to Carpenter Creek and from the Sucker River to Lonesome Point and beyond. A few brown trout and steelhead were also caught. Pier anglers did well for coho, steelhead and brown trout with spawn. Limits of whitefish were also caught with a single egg. Shore anglers at the mouth of the Sucker River caught a couple steelhead however the boat and pier fishing were much better. Those targeting Menominee at the mouth of the river had no luck. Smelt anglers were taking a few fish in area streams.

— The Michigan Department of Natural Resources