Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula

• Marquette: Lake trout fishing is starting to ramp up with most boats catching a few each trip and some getting limits. Salmon fishing slowed with only a few coming in each day but many boats are fishing deeper which could be why. Lake trout of all sizes were caught between the White Rocks and Granite Island in 130 to 200 feet and near Shot Point. The fish are scattered throughout the water column. Those fishing shallow in 50 feet or less caught Chinook, coho, steelhead and the odd lake trout.

• Keweenaw Bay: Anglers going out of the South Entry caught a good number of lake trout along with a few brown trout. Some good size fish were caught out of Baraga and in Huron Bay however those fishing Huron Bay had to put in a little more effort to get them.

• Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported fair catches. The best action was near the mouth of the Whitefish River when drifting or trolling a crawler harness in five to 12 feet. Many were too small, but a few limit catches were reported. Perch anglers had fair to good catch rates near the Day’s Rivers with a crawler or minnow in four to 14 feet. Smallmouth bass were caught on plastics in three to five feet near Garth Point and Strawberry Island. Fish were also caught under the brush at the mouth of the Escanaba River and near the large rocks in shallow waters of the Ford River.

• Manistique: Very few salmon anglers have been out as most are waiting for the water to warm up. Several fly hatches have taken place creating bug lines for the steelhead.

• Manistique River: Had low angler participation for several reasons. First, shore anglers have not fished the lower river near the dam due to lack of flow. Word has it the lamprey weir will be in place all summer. Also, dredging operations have started from the US-2 Bridge to the mouth. Good numbers of largemouth bass were reported along the edge of the river. Alewife have started to enter the river which should bring the walleye back.

• Detour: The Atlantic salmon bite slowed as anglers put in some long hours to catch a few. Those that were patient caught Chinook, steelhead and lake trout. Try trolling the west bank of Drummond Island from the first red buoy of the freighter dock south to the Detour Lighthouse with a 4-inch spoon 15 to 35 feet down. Hot colors were orange, chrome and chartreuse. Good lake trout action along the 90-foot flat. Try flashers with a 28-inch leader trailed with white and chartreuse spin-glo’s. Seymour Creek which is located one mile west of Detour Village off Hwy M-134, has been producing nice smallmouth bass when casting from shore.

— Michigan Department of Natural Resources


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