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Gone fishin’

August 10, 2012
The Mining Journal

Marquette: Lake trout action for the most part was poor to fair with most anglers reporting two to four fish in five hours of fishing. A few did manage limit catches about six miles east towards Shot Point in 200 to 230 feet of water. Fish the bottom 20 feet. Surface water temperatures cooled to the upper 60's.

Menominee: Is still producing salmon, steelhead and brown trout in 85 to 100 feet of water though the number of fish caught decreased. Anglers traveling past the Whalesback did catch a few in 110 to 120 feet of water. The baitfish are scattered so fish different depths. Walleye were caught in front of Wells State Park when trolling crawler harnesses in 12 to 15 feet of water. Those launching off Stony Point were targeting trout and salmon out near Chambers Island. Catch rates were slow but a few chinook were caught near the bottom in 85 to 100 feet of water.

Menominee River: Is producing smallmouth bass, channel catfish, freshwater drum and the occasional pike when trolling. Walleye were caught but many were small. Try crawler harnesses or rapalas. Shore anglers fishing in the late evening were targeting walleye and smallmouth bass.

Little Bay De Noc: Is still producing some walleye for those trolling or drifting crawlers in 20 to 30 feet of water along the Second and Third Reefs. Catch rates were fair between the Black Bottom and the lighthouse in 14 to 35 feet of water and between the "Fingers" and the Minneapolis Shoals in 25 to 35 feet of water. Perch fishing was fair for those jigging or still-fishing crawlers in 10 to 25 feet of water near Butler Island or 10 to 30 feet off Gladstone Beach.

Ford River: Shore anglers caught smallmouth bass when casting crank baits or top water baits along the bank.

Big Bay De Noc: Walleye seem to be located between the middle and the southern sections of the bay. Smallmouth fishing was excellent as the fish have already started to concentrate south of Garden Bluff and down by Snake Island. This activity is about a month early from previous years. Anglers are drifting along the break with minnows, crawlers or plastic baits 15 to 25 feet down. Fairport had good catches 40 to 90 feet down in 90 to 120 feet of water in the Gap but some were still traveling out to deeper water in search of bigger fish. Try spoons or cut bait.

Au Train: Catch rates for lake trout were poor to fair with most boats averaging only one to three fish in a five hour trip on the flats near Shelter Bay and the shipping channel in 180 to 220 feet of water. The cold front did cool the surface water temperatures to the upper 60's.

Munising: Boat anglers are targeting lake trout in the early morning on the west side of Grand Island, Trout Bay, Grand Portal Point, Trout Reef and Wood Island. The fish were two to eight pounds and some limit catches were reported for those putting in long hours. Pier fishing was non-existent.

Grand Marais: Had fair to good lake trout action five to seven miles north of the bay in 140 to 220 feet of water. Salmon were caught by those trolling halfway down in 50 to 60 feet of water with purple and gold spoons. The coho were 3 to 4 pounds and were feeding on schools of sticklebacks. Chinook were 6 to 8 pounds. Shore anglers caught a few small pike when casting in the weeds.

St. Mary's River: Walleye are being caught in Raber Bay at Carlton Creek by those fishing just off the weed beds in 12 to 14 feet of water using bottom bouncers with red and white spinner blades and crawler harnesses. Good smallmouth action on the north end of Lime Island around the rock piles in 6 to 8 feet of water when casting tube jigs. A few northern pike were caught off the west side of Kemps Pointe in Fowler Bay when trolling or casting split body baits along the edge of the weeds. Some are targeting perch but few fish were caught. Boat anglers need to watch for rocks and sand bars along the river.

Detour: Is producing a few chinook salmon for those trolling orange and gold spoons 65 feet down in 80 feet of water along the west shore of Drummond Island. Lake trout were caught two to three miles south of the lighthouse in 90 feet of water. Try purple spoons 65 feet down in 90 feet of water. Swedes Point just north of Detour Village is producing some walleye for those trolling bottom bouncers and crawler harnesses with purple and gold spinners. Late evenings were best. Boat anglers around the island need to watch for rocks and sand bars.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing continues to pick up. Musky Bay and Cedarville Bay are the hot spots. Anglers are also targeting northern pike when still-fishing with chubs.

St. Ignace: Anglers are salmon fishing 40 to 55 feet down between the Coast Guard and the old fuel tank, off the west and southwest shores of Mackinac Island and the northwest and east side of Round Island.



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