Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula

• Copper Harbor: Has seen quite a few anglers with mixed results. More small fish have been caught on natural baits. A few nice splake were caught by pier and boat anglers, but they are putting in lots of time and success was limited. Eagle Harbor had very few pier anglers and no boat activity.

• Keweenaw Bay: Boat and shore anglers have taken a mix of lake trout, splake, coho, steelhead and brown trout. Catch rates were a little slower in Traverse Bay. Boat anglers will need to be aware of the research buoys just north of the launch in Traverse Bay. These buoys are tracking lake trout movement on and around the reef. Tagged fish will have a dorsal tag to identify them as research fish. While there is no reward if these fish are caught, releasing them will certainly help with the research efforts. Fish are still making their way into the Falls, Silver and Huron Rivers, and those targeting them did have success.

• Marquette: Boat anglers stayed in shallow waters just outside the breakwall and in front of the rivers. Those trolling spoons and body baits caught steelhead, lake trout, coho and the occasional Chinook salmon. Overall, most landed 1-3 fish. Lake trout are spawning right now, and pier anglers have caught a decent number of fish. If the weather doesn’t change too quickly, good fishing should last for a couple weeks. River fishing slowed. The Carp River was producing coho and steelhead. Anglers struggled to get a fish or two in the Chocolay River; however, with the amount of coho and steelhead in the big lake, anglers could see another big push with the next rain.

• Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported fair catches, with most fishing the reefs near Kipling. Try 18 to 25 feet when trolling stick baits or jigging crawlers and minnows. Smallmouth bass anglers reported fair to good catches in 10 to 20 feet along the Frist and Second Reefs or just south of Squaw Point in 8 to 16 feet when casting plastics. Perch fishing was fair with minnows or crawlers in 10 to 25 feet near Kipling.

• Munising: Those casting spoons or using spawn at the Anna River dock reported slow action, with only a couple coho and undersize splake caught.

• Grand Marais: The only action here was at the mouth of the Sucker River, where a few anglers were targeting trout and salmon. No coho, but a couple steelhead were caught. Water levels were still high.

— The Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Detour: Had no reports of any salmon caught at the Detour Reef and lighthouse. To the north, a few walleye were caught on the east side of Pipe Island. The fish were suspended and hitting any black and chrome bait off planer boards.

Drummond Island: Strong winds have stained the water throughout Scott Bay. Though the bite has slowed, a few perch were caught in Maxton Bay in front of the Monahan Dock in 6 to 8 feet.

Cedarville and Hessel: The launch on Meridian Road is open. There have been no reports of any perch caught in Cedarville Bay. A couple nice pike were caught in Snows Channel at Buoy 21, which is 100 yards west of the boat launch. Most were using a chrome or copper spoon with a red eye in 8 to 12 feet. At Hessel, a few Chinook salmon were moving in around the finger docks at the marina. Those casting spoons or plugs had no luck. Try casting or jigging spawn bags.


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