Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula

• Marquette: Fishing was hit-or-miss with some boats getting four to eight fish while others reported zero to three. The fish were scattered throughout the water column. This trend could continue for the next week or two with the recent bug hatches and water temperatures in the mid to upper 40’s. Lake trout was the number one catch followed by a couple Chinook and coho. Most boats were heading north towards Granite Island or the White Rocks and fishing in 130 to 200 feet.

• Keweenaw Bay: Fishing was slow. Those heading out from all ports were putting in their time to catch a few fish. Reports have been coming in that the scum line is up in Eagle Harbor and fishing there was good. Those willing to make the run out to Isle Royal have been rewarded with some nice bags of lake trout.

• Munising: A few boats out targeting lake trout had good results when trolling or jigging various drop-offs along the reef. The salmon and splake action were slow. A couple boats out near the White Rocks did fair with three to four lake trout while others reported slow catch rates.

• Grand Marais: Lake trout anglers continue to do well near Au Sable Point, Five Mile Reef and the Southwest Bank area. Those trolling for salmon outside the harbor reported slow fishing.

• Big Bay De Noc: Was producing some northern pike. Smallmouth bass were hitting spinners and crank baits off Indian Point and St. Vital Island.

• Manistique: Salmon anglers were searching but few fish were marked. Lots of baitfish in the area as surface water temperatures were between 60 and 70 degrees. Conditions are good so anglers are just waiting for the Chinook salmon to arrive.

— Michigan Department of Natural Resources


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