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Gone fishin’

July 6, 2012
The Mining Journal

Upper Peninsula

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers picked up salmon and lake trout when trolling from Sand Point north to the Red Rocks at the Keweenaw roadside park. Try 50 to 100 feet down in 50 to 120 feet of water with a variety of colors. Those jigging for lake trout caught fish in 240 to 280 feet of water off Pequaming. Perch were caught off the Baraga Marina. Those fishing the South Portage Entry caught fish off the Mud Banks, Farmers Reef, Newton's Reef and the Big Reef. Try the bottom 50 feet in waters up to 150 feet deep. Off the south end of Big Reef and Farmers Reef, try 220 to 260 feet of water. In Traverse Bay, those trolling for lake trout did well between Gay Point and Big Louie's Point.

Marquette: Lake trout fishing was fair with most anglers taking one fish per hour. Try east of the White Rocks and towards Granite Island in 160 to 180 feet of water with a combination of spoons and flies. Those jigging for lake trout did well at Stannard Rock. Surface water temperatures near shore were in the upper 60's but offshore waters were in the low 60's.

Menominee: Chinook and brown trout have been caught in front of the marina in 50 feet of water. Anglers are also trolling the north and south side of Green Island. Limit catches were reported by those fishing 100 feet of water near the Whalesback in the early morning. Most of the fish were 30 to 50 feet down. Those trolling 50 feet down in waters 70 to 85 feet deep off Wells State Park caught chinook and the occasional brown trout on spoons.

Menominee River: Those trolling caught freshwater drum, channel cats, smallmouth bass, pike and walleye. Try crawler harnesses or rapalas in a variety of colors. The bigger walleye were caught in the deeper holes like the one in front of the Foundry. Shore anglers caught freshwater drum, smallmouth, rock bass, channel cats and a couple small walleye between Boom Landing and the First Dam. Water levels were low in many areas.

Cedar River: Is still producing smallmouth bass. Shore anglers near the boat launch did well drifting crawlers or casting crank baits. Channel cats and freshwater drum were also caught.

Little Bay De Noc: Mayfly hatches and alewife have slowed catch rates considerably. Walleye anglers did best in southern waters with the exception of night anglers but catch rates were spotty. Those jigging crawlers along the weeds out by "Black Bottom" scored a few keepers in early morning in 10 to 20 feet of water. Breezy Point and south to the "Fingers" also produced a few catches with some trolling crank baits while others used crawler harnesses in 12 to 24 feet of water. Fair to good smallmouth bass action off Hunters Point, the coal docks in Escanaba and the Ford River when casting crank baits or jigs in 10 to 15 feet of water. Salmon fishing was fair out by the Ford River buoy when trolling spoons 75 to 90 feet down in 80 to 120 feet of water.

Big Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers were fishing the "Boot" and south to the Shoals but no fish were caught. Smallmouth bass were caught near Ogontz, Poplar Point, Kates Bay and off Garden Bluff when casting crank baits, plastics or crawlers in 12 to 18 feet of water. A good number of rock bass were caught by those drifting crawlers in 8 to 12 feet of water in Garden Bay. Fairport has excellent salmon fishing out in the "Gap" when trolling spoons 70 to 90 feet down in 80 to 125 feet of water. Black or green glows have done very well.

Au Train: Anglers are picking up a few lake trout towards Wood Island in 200 feet of water. Chinook and coho were caught on high lines. Surface water temperatures were in the mid to upper 60's.

St. Mary's River: Raber Bay is producing walleye in the evening for those trolling bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses along weed beds in 8 to 10 feet of water. Cisco, and lake herring are still being caught on the west side of Lime Island in 12 to18 feet of water using red tear drops tipped with wax worms or natural fly hatches. A few pike and musky were caught early morning and evening in Raber Bay while trolling spoons and crank baits along weed lines off the Point. Boat anglers are reminded to watch for rocks and shallow sand bars along the river.

DeTour: Chinook and Atlantic salmon have been caught between the lighthouse and the first red buoy on the south end of Drummond Island. Anglers do best trolling orange, gold, and black spoons 55 feet down in 70 to 100 feet of water. Drummond Island had fly hatches around all the Islands. Lake herring were caught at Butterfield Island and Salton Stall in 25 feet of water using tiny red teardrops tipped with wax worms, or the natural fly hatches. Boat anglers around Drummond Island need to watch for rocks and shallow sand bars.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing off the pier and in Hessel Bay has picked up in 8 to 12 feet of water. Try crawlers or minnows. Good northern pike action in Hessel Bay when using chubs. McKay Bay and Prentice Bay are excellent for herring as limit catches were reported.

St. Ignace: Had excellent chinook salmon fishing directly in front of the Coast Guard Station and the city launch in 70 to 80 feet of water.

 
 

 

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