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Smallmouth fishing good in Big Bay de Noc

October 31, 2008
Daily Press

The Associated Press

Windy and wet weather over the last week kept most Michigan anglers on the shore, says the Department of Natural Resources.

The salmon runs are pretty much done with the remaining fish dark in color. The rivers are filling up with steelhead, and whitefish are being caught in Lake Huron and the northern waters of Lake Michigan.

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UPPER PENINSULA:

Menominee River: Small perch have been caught off the marina pier using minnows. Steelhead and brown trout are being caught with bright-colored spoons between Stephenson Island and the Hattie Street Dam.

Little Bay de Noc: A few walleye have been caught north of the Narrows and up to the head of the Bay when trolling crawlers during the day and switching to stick baits at night. The better fishing remains off the Second and Third reefs in 10 to 35 feet of water when jigging crawlers. Night anglers are trolling stick baits in 6 to 20 feet of water. Fair to good perch action when jigging minnows in 8 to 20 feet of water between Strawberry Island and Butler Island. Northern pike are hitting on spoons and crank baits when trolling north of Saunders Point and near the Escanaba River. Several fish in the 40-plus-inch range were taken.

Big Bay de Noc: No walleye to report, but the smallmouth bass fishing has been good when trolling or drifting minnows between Snake Island and Garden Bluff. Try 16 to 30 feet down along the break.

 
 

 

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