Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula

• Keweenaw Bay: Continued to produce salmon, splake and lake trout including a few being caught in shallower water in Traverse Bay. Chinook and coho started to enter area streams. Anglers will find salmon in the Huron, Falls and Silver rivers. Chinook and brown trout were caught at the mouth and in the deeper holes.

• Marquette: Most boat anglers targeting salmon near the Carp and Chocolay rivers caught coho and the occasional steelhead. Lake trout were starting to get caught up in shallow waters as well. Water levels were up on the Carp, Chocolay and Dead rivers. Chinook salmon were being caught in the Dead and Carp rivers and a decent number of coho along with a few brown trout and steelhead were caught in the Chocolay River. Most were using spawn, worms or spinners.

• Little Bay De Noc: Poor weather limited angler activity. Most walleye anglers fished the reefs off Kipling in 18 to 26 feet or the “Black Bottom” in 14 to 25 feet with crawler harness or stick baits. Smallmouth bass are still being caught around Butler Island and near Hunters Point when casting plastics along the weeds in 5 to 10 feet. Perch catches were spotty with the best area near Kipling in 5 to 16 feet with minnows or crawlers. A few salmon anglers fished up near the dam on the Escanaba River, but no fish were caught.

• Manistique River: Anglers caught a good number of Chinook and brown trout. Most were fishing from the “Bass Hole” to the dam with yarn, spawn, skein or crank baits. A few boats reported catches in the deeper holes up near the Paper Mill when casting a single egg. A good run of steelhead was reported with good to excellent catches taken up near the dam when using spawn.

• Munising: Boat anglers targeting coho caught few fish within the bay or in Trout Bay. They were marking fish but getting no hits. Water temperatures were still in the mid to upper 50’s. Shore and pier anglers had slightly better action with a few coho taken on spawn or spoons.

• Grand Marais: Had no anglers and no reports. Water levels on the Sucker River were high after all the rain.

• Drummond Island: Yellow perch fishing continued to improve in Scott Bay. The better catches came between Peck Island and Rutland Island in 15 to 18 feet with worms and shiners two cranks off the bottom.

— The Michigan Department of Natural Resources


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