Keweenaw Bay: Salmon catches were hit-or-miss. When they were hitting, anglers did well when trolling 25 to 60 feet down in 30 to 70 feet of water between the head of the Bay northward to the Keweenaw Bay roadside Park. Coho and lake trout were also caught. Most were using spoons and trolling between 2 and 2.4 mph. A Chinook salmon weighed in at just over 18 pounds. Those trolling the South Portage Entry caught a few lake trout near Farmers, Newton’s and the Big Reef. Chinook and coho were taken 35 to 40 feet down in 40 to 50 feet of water from the Entry south towards the Keweenaw Roadside Park.
Marquette: Had good salmon action with some getting their limit of Chinook. The fish were averaging four to eight pounds but a few went as high as 10 to 18 pounds. Good coho action as well with the fish running one and a half to three pounds. Best areas to fish are still outside the Lower Harbor breakwall and towards the Chocolay River or the Sand River when trolling in 100 feet or less. The occasional coho, steelhead or brown trout were also mixed in. Lake trout were caught as shallow as 50 feet or as deep as 150 feet between Shot Point and Granite Island. The fish are eating sticklebacks. Stannard Rock is producing good numbers of lake trout for those jigging along the breaks. Fish up to 25 pounds were reported.
Menominee: Anglers jigging with minnows are still picking up some nice walleye in Wisconsin waters not far from the mouth. Those trolling crawler harnesses had fair catches. Those launching off the Cedar River were trolling north and south in 12 to 14 feet of water with crawler harnesses or rapalas.
Menominee River: Is producing walleye, catfish, pike and freshwater drum for those casting spoons or rapalas. Those anchoring by the deep holes near the paper mill did well when jigging minnows. A few walleye were caught at night by those fishing off the Cat Walk. They are casting rapalas or jigging minnows.
Cedar River: Anglers caught smallmouth bass when drifting minnows but the fish were running small. Pike were caught down near the mouth. No trout were reported.
Little Bay De Noc: Perch fishing slowed but a few were still caught near Gladstone Beach in 14 to 25 feet or the Kipling Flats in 17 to 28 feet. Fair to good walleye catches reported at the mouth of the Whitefish River in eight to 12 feet. Crawlers with jig heads or harnesses worked best. The reefs produced a few fish during the day but the better fishing was at night. From the “Narrows” south to the “Black Bottom” was best for walleye. Anglers are trolling or drifting crawlers in 18 to 30 feet of water.
Ford River: Had good smallmouth action around the mouth and up to the bridge. Shore and boat anglers are casting tube baits or crank baits.
Big Bay De Noc: A few walleye were caught in Kate’s Bay and out to the “Boot” when trolling stick baits or crawler harnesses in 18 to 23 feet. Smallmouth bass were drawing anglers to Ogontz, South River, the “Sand Pit”, Tylene’s Bay, Kate’s Bay and Garden Bay. Water temperatures are still cold for this time of year. Try plastics or crank baits in four to 10 feet of water. Fairport had no salmon reports.
Au Train: Is producing a good number of trout and Chinook salmon for those trolling from the Rock River and Shelter Bay to Au Train Point. Most are using spoons or stick baits in water 60 feet deep or less. Gusty north winds cooled the surface water to 40 degrees. Large schools of sticklebacks were reported in the area. Lake trout were common in waters less than 50 feet deep.
Munising: Pier fishing for splake was fair with only a few fish taken by those casting spawn. The fish range 13 to 20 inches. Boat anglers had good results for Chinook in the early morning. The average size was five pounds. A few splake were also caught. They are trolling spoons in 100 feet of water.
Grand Marais: The upper parking area continues to be blocked with construction debris. Pier anglers have done well taking a mix of whitefish, coho and rainbow trout when using spawn off the end of the pier. The majority of whitefish were small but some caught their limit. Early morning is best. Boats trolling east and west caught coho in less than 20 feet of water. Catch rates for pike were slow.
St. Mary’s River: Had very good walleye fishing up near 15-Mile Road, off Cherokee Beach when trolling crawler harnesses at night in two to four feet of water. Good perch fishing at Neebish Island directly across from the Neebish Island Ferry Boat. Try minnows in four to six feet of water.
Drummond Island: Had excellent smallmouth bass fishing off Paw Point in Scott Bay for those casting or jigging tube baits or crank baits in shallow waters about three feet deep. Walleye catches were good in Scott Bay when trolling crawler harnesses with bottom bouncers in four to six feet of water or running planer boards between Paw Point and Peck Island. Bullheads were caught in the shallow waters of Maxton Bay. Smallmouth bass were caught by those casting tube jigs or still-fishing with minnows just north of the DNR launch.
Cedarville and Hessel: Perch have been caught in Cedarville Bay by those using worms in six to eight feet of water near Little Joe Island. Pike fishing remains good throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands. Try still-fishing or casting with chubs. Bass fishing has been very good.
Carp River: Anglers are fishing at the Mackinaw Trail Bridge, the McDonald Rapids and at the mouth. They have caught steelhead, brook trout and brown trout on spinners.
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