DNR weekly fishing report

Manistique: The river’s water level dropped some. Anglers reported some steelhead were caught, but overall success had been limited.

Keweenaw Bay/Huron Bay: With the change in weather seeming to be sticking around, anglers had more access to the water via boats and other watercraft. Anglers found success fishing for salmon and trout with natural and artificial bait. These anglers were in waters near river mouths as well as near shore waters in depths ranging from 100 feet and shallower. Some anglers found fish while trolling and others had luck casting and some jigging while sitting still.

Munising Bay: Boat launches were all open. Boat anglers were reporting limits of coho with recent catches comprising a smaller size range around 12 to 13 inches. An occasional 16-to-17-inch coho was caught. Boat anglers were trolling mainly assorted stick baits. Smelt were moving in the past week. The splake action increased dramatically with some nice catches of up to 22 inches with limits. The rainbow trout action produced some incidental catches with most rainbow trout, brown trout and a few kings running around 3 to 6 pounds with some up to 5 pounds. Anglers were trolling or jigging/casting. Areas commonly fished were Five Mile Point, within Munising Bay to Trout Bay, Miner’s Fall and all the way to Chapel Beach. Shore and pier anglers reported fair to good action on splake and coho with some nice size menominee’s around 16 inches. Best producer had been spawn sacs for splake and worms for the menominee.

Marquette: Anglers reported catching coho salmon out of the mouth of the Carp River. Steelhead fishing slowed down in the river, but there were a few reports of steelhead. Anglers reported catching steelhead, brown trout, and occasional suckers from the Chocolay River. Boat anglers reported catching coho, king salmon, lake trout and brown trout. Fishing pressure had been low in the Dead River with no reports of any fish. The best success for coho, and king salmon were caught trolling spoons and flickers. Drifting beads or spawn in the Carp and Chocolay rivers has had the most success.

Au Train: Boat fishing activity increased within the last week. Boat anglers reported catching mostly coho salmon and brown trout trolling near the Rock and Au Train River mouths. Shore anglers reported catching coho salmon from the Au Train and Rock River mouths. Fishing pressure in the Rock River decreased, but there had been some success catching steelhead from the Rock River. Anglers have had the most success trolling using flickers, spoons, and spinners. Anglers fishing in the river had the most success by drifting spawn and beads. Anglers using spawn bags and crawlers had the most success catching coho out of the mouth of the Au Train and Rock rivers.

— The Michigan Department of Natural Resources


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