Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula

• Keweenaw Bay: Good numbers of lake trout were caught by those trolling or jigging. Anglers were starting to see Chinook and coho as well. Fishing depths and tactics are still sporadic, but if you find significant changes in water temperatures, drop some spoons and put in a little time; you just might catch some fish.

• Marquette: Lake trout fishing was still hit-or-miss as lots of fish were marked but they did not want to bite. Boats had better luck near Granite Island in 120 to 170 feet where the fish were in the bottom 60 feet. No reports of salmon, but we should start seeing some fish anytime now.

• Little Bay De Noc: Walleye action picked up for those trolling or jigging in 14 to 30 feet along the reefs. There are still a lot of undersize fish in the area. The best catches were near the “Fingers,” Minneapolis Shoals in 18 to 26 feet or near Round Island in 10 feet when trolling crawlers and stick baits. Fair perch catches near the Second Reef with crawlers in 10 to 14 feet and off Gladstone Beach in 18 feet. Pike were caught throughout with the best catches taken near Kipling along Butler Island, near the coal docks and between the mouth of the Escanaba River and the Municipal docks with spinners and crank baits. Smallmouth bass slowed; however the better catches were up near Garth Point and along the banks of the rivers when using plastics. Salmon anglers were having a tough year, but some were still trying. Salmon along with baitfish were marked just north of the Ford River Buoy in 50 feet, but no fish were caught.

• Manistique: Salmon anglers reported very few catches. Many are starting to check the staging areas north of the Buoy and closer to the launch. Northern pike anglers reported excellent catches near the mouth of the river when trolling spinners or crank baits along the breakwalls. Shore anglers casting crank baits were also taking fish.

• Munising: Fewer anglers were out as lake trout fishing was slower. Target the White Rocks, Wood Island Reef and Grand Portal. Those heading out towards Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore will want to keep a safe distance from the cliffs, especially after a massive section of the cliff fell into Lake Superior recently. It happened between Miners Beach and Mosquito Beach, where the cliffs are 200 feet high.

• Grand Marais: Fishing pressure has been low. Surface water temperatures within the marina were in the upper 60’s. Those targeting lake trout reported fair catches from Five Mile Reef to Au Sable Point.

— The Michigan Department of Natural Resources