Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula

• Copper Harbor: The cold weather slowed catch rates however just before that fishing was fair with some nice splake caught along with lots of smaller fish by boat and pier anglers. Most were using spawn, smelt, spoons or crank baits.

• Keweenaw Bay: Was producing coho, splake and steelhead for shore anglers. Slow fishing was reported in Traverse Bay. Those that did find fish caught a mix of coho, lake trout, brown trout and steelhead.

• Marquette: Had its first snow of the season. Most boat anglers struggled to catch more than a fish or two, but a few did manage to get a mixed bag of Chinook, coho, lake trout, steelhead or brown trout in 70 feet or less from the Lower Harbor to the Chocolay River. Surface water temperatures were in the low 50’s. Anglers are starting to fish from the Lower Harbor breakwall. Fishing picked up slightly with a couple coho and steelhead caught on the Carp River as well as coho, brown trout and the occasional steelhead taken on the Chocolay River. Overall, the action was still hit-or-miss. The Dead River still had a few Chinook and though anglers had a hard time catching them, they did manage to pick up a few coho and pink salmon.

• Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers trolling stick baits in 10 to 15 just south of the Ford River near Round Island as well as those trolling stick baits or jigging crawlers along the reefs near Kipling caught a few fish.

• Manistique River: Was too fast to fish near the dam after all the rain. There were a lot of hook-ups in the fast water, but few were landed. Many of the large salmon were quite dark but the younger fish were still somewhat silver.

• Munising: It appears the fall coho run is on the downslide as those out trolling caught very few coho or splake. One nice native steelhead was caught recently. Pier anglers reported slower catch rates. Those using spoons did a little better. Shore anglers fishing Bay Furnace caught a few coho and splake on spawn, but the action was hit-or-miss for the most part.

• Grand Marais: Boat anglers trolling for coho and steelhead did not have much luck. A nice brown trout more than 8 pounds was caught. A few more shore anglers were surfcasting at the mouth of the Sucker River. A couple nice steelhead were taken on spawn.

— The Michigan Department of Natural Resources


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