DNR Weekly Fishing Report

Little Bay de Noc: Yellow perch anglers reported fair to good success. Anglers were mostly targeting deep water areas in the upper bay using worms and minnows.

St. Ignace: A few lake trout were caught in Lake Huron. Anglers should try trolling artificial baits adjacent to river mouths as the trout were reportedly feeding heavily on smelt.

Manistique: Steelhead fishing improved. Anglers were catching steelhead when drifting beads primarily, but some were caught on spawn. Suckers were in the river in good numbers.

Keweenaw Bay/Huron Bay: Anglers were finding luck trolling around Sand Point and near the head of Keweenaw Bay when searching for salmon. Anglers were able to catch steelhead and coho in good numbers in and around river mouths as well. Walleye numbers appeared to be in good shape with reports of quite a few catch-and-release walleye coming from Huron Bay. Some anglers were finding success casting lures for salmon and steelhead in nearshore waters north of the Sand Point Lighthouse. Anglers should try natural baits in near shore waters and artificial bait in deeper waters while trolling.

Traverse Bays/ South Portage Canal Entry: Better weather conditions have led to an increase in fishing pressure. Anglers were catching coho, Chinook salmon, brown trout, rainbow trout and lake trout. Most successful anglers were trolling while they brought in fish and of those many were using artificial baits. Most fishing pressure was taking place in waters shallower than 50 feet. Some anglers found success specifically jigging for lake trout in deeper waters. Try using silver, blue, or white lures in shallow water for chances at Chinook salmon and steelhead.

Munising Bay: Boat anglers were mainly fishing for coho and the occasional lake trout. There were good catches of coho and some splake. Anglers were mainly trolling stick baits with best luck in morning. Few pier anglers were out with most reporting slow catches or several hours of effort to catch a limit. The rainbow trout appeared down spawning at this time. Some incidental catches of brown trout were observed.

Grand Marais: Whitefish pier anglers reported slow to fair catches with best catches reported in the morning. The best action was on single eggs. A few coho were reported off the pier. Boat anglers reported catches of coho with some rainbow trout but in general has slowed slightly in the past week.

Marquette: Anglers on the Carp River had some success catching steelhead and coho from the river mouth. In the Chocolay River, anglers reported catching steelhead and brown trout. Boating activity was up, and anglers reported catching Chinook and coho salmon offshore near the mouth of the Carp River. Near the break-wall, anglers reported catching lake trout, brown trout and coho. Drifting spawn or beads in the Carp River and Chocolay River had the most success. Anglers casting from the mouth of the of the Carp River were using spawn and crawlers which had the most success. Try trolling offshore near the mouth of the Carp River, or near the break-wall using spoons or flickers.

Au Train: Anglers were successful catching steelhead in the Rock River, and coho salmon from the mouth of the Rock River.

— The Michigan Department of Natural Resources


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