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Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula

• Keweenaw Bay: A couple limit catches of lake trout were taken by those trolling or jigging in the deeper waters of Huron Bay and the Keweenaw Bay. The launch in Traverse Bay is mostly cleared out from dredging that has been going on. Some coho are starting to be caught along with lake trout by those trolling.

• Marquette: Fishing picked up. Many boats were catching lake trout, and some did very well especially when trolling spoons right on the bottom in 60 to 150 feet. Anglers were marking large numbers of fish up high, but they did not want to bite. Most were fishing the White Rocks area and near Granite Island. Salmon numbers were light however a fair number of steelhead were caught.

• Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported fair catches off Gladstone Beach when trolling or jigging crawlers in 14 to 25 feet or the Kipling reefs in 12 to 30 feet however most of those fish were undersize. Perch catches were fair between the First and Second Reef with crawlers or minnows in eight to 23 feet. Good northern pike action throughout the Bay. Some were undersize but several large fish were caught when trolling spoons, spinners or crank baits in eight to 15 feet. No smallmouth bass reports this week although anglers were doing best around Garth Point or between Hunters Point and Squaw Point when casting plastics with drop shots.

• Manistique: Salmon have started entering the river and so have the anglers. Most boats were looking for staging fish near shore, but few were caught.

• Manistique River: Anglers are fishing the “Bass Hole” and the rapids by the High Dam spill over. Most were casting J-plugs or spawn sacks. Very few catches were reported however it is still early. Good walleye action in the same area when drifting crawlers in the current. Good northern pike catches were reported along the breakwalls and into the river near the marina when trolling spinners, rapalas or sucker minnows.

• Munising: Not many anglers were out and those trolling for lake trout had slow catch rates. Those targeting coho had no luck. Water temperatures were low to mid 60’s.

• Grand Marais: Those targeting lake trout had good results with most taking limit catches out near Five Mile Reef and Au Sable Point. Those trying for coho had no luck.

— The Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Detour: Atlantic salmon and a few Chinook were caught at the green buoy northwest of the lighthouse in 80 feet. The thermocline was up high at 35 to 45 feet depending on wind direction and that is where the salmon were caught when trolling in 80 to 90 feet.

Drummond Island: Had good walleye fishing on the north side of Peck Island which is located at the north end of Scott Bay in 18 to 20 feet when trolling a purple crawler harness with blades and bottom bouncers. Good smallmouth fishing near Bruce Point when casting or jigging dark brown and orange tube jigs off the points. Also try the north side of Burnt Island with tube jigs along the rocky shelfs.

Cedarville and Hessel: Currently, the Cedarville launch on Meridian Road is open for all boats to launch. Good large and smallmouth bass action throughout Government Bay with artificial and live crawlers under the docks. Crank baits were also taking fish under docks throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands. Yellow perch were caught near Connors Point with shiners or worms in 12 to 14 feet. For Hessel, some limit catches of perch were taken from the finger docks in the morning. The perch have attracted some schools of walleye. Pike were hitting early morning outside the pier. Try creek chubs or large minnows two cranks off the bottom in eight feet. Good pike fishing in Mismer Bay along the shallow weed beds or deeper. Good bass fishing in Mackinaw Bay or try around Echo and Lone Susan Island with spinners and crank baits. A couple walleye were found east of Mackinaw Bay in eight to 12 feet with shiners or worms early morning and after dark.