Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula

• Keweenaw Bay: Fishing was sporadic as those coming in with lake trout had anywhere from one to limit catches. A few reports of salmon, steelhead and brown trout however anglers were marking baitfish as well. More anglers were launching from Traverse Bay which was a little slow after spring storms partially silted in the site.

• Marquette: While many boat anglers are picking up a few fish, overall fishing had been slow with zero to four fish taken including smaller lake trout and the occasional Chinook and coho. Fish were scattered throughout the water column.

• Chocolay River: Brown trout were caught in the upstream sections, but many were five to eight inches. Some are fly fishing but those using spinners have done well. Water levels were quite low in the upstream sections so target the deeper holes.

• Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported very little action with undersize fish caught most likely due to the recent fly hatches. Best areas were the head of the Bay in five to 12 feet, Black Bottom in 14 to 28 feet, or Breezy Point in 10 to 20 feet. Fair to good perch fishing off the beach in Gladstone in 18 to 27 feet and at the head of the Bay along the weed beds in five to eight feet with crawlers or minnows. Northern pike were active from the Escanaba ship docks to the municipal docks when trolling spinners or crank baits in 12 to 30 feet. No salmon to report.

• Manistique: Had few anglers. Those targeting salmon and lake trout had little to report.

• Munising: Those targeting salmon had poor catch rates as they were lucky to get two fish. Catch rates for lake trout were spotty. Splake fishing continues to be slow when casting spoons or fishing with spawn sacs. Water temperatures were in the mid 50’s.

• Grand Marais: Had very low fishing pressure but those trying for lake trout had good catches near Five Mile Reef. Those fishing from the breakwall caught a few whitefish.

• Detour: Anglers out of Detour Village have switched from salmon and trout to cisco. Fly hatches have been mild this summer; however, anglers are now catching a few cisco on the east side of the shipping channel at Macomb, Maple, and Howard Islands when jigging in 25 to 30 feet. Try reddish brown or gold tear-drop jigs tipped with wax worms or natural cadis flies. Fish were also found on the southeast side of Burnt Island when jigging in 13 to 15 feet mid-day.

— The Michigan Department of Natural Resources


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