Fish Report

Little Bay De Noc: Anglers caught fewer walleye but some were found in 12 to 14 feet off Breezy Point and near Round Island in 10 to 18 feet. Most were trolling crank baits or crawler harnesses. Windy conditions kept many from heading south to Seagull Point but when they could; fish were caught by those trolling crank baits in 15 to 25 feet. Perch catches were also down with most fishing crawlers in 10 to 18 feet from the Day’s River south to the “Narrows”. Pike were very active throughout. Smallmouth were caught near Round Island, the east side of the “Black Bottom” when trolling crank baits in 12 to 20 feet and inside the Escanaba Yacht Harbor when casting crank baits, spinners or plastics. Salmon are starting to show up at the Ford River but fishing was a little harder with the high water levels. The Escanaba River probably has salmon also but hard to fish because of construction on the US-2 Bridge. Try trolling the channels from the mouth to the construction site.

Manistique: Had all salmon anglers as more fish moved up into the river. Boat anglers were trolling mega lips and jointed body baits along the deeper channels between the mouth and where the fast water starts. The best fishing was near the mouth. Several salmon anglers caught walleye as well. Shore anglers fishing the “Big Bass Hole” where the upper and lower dam split had fair catches when using spawn, flies, body baits or spoons. The water is faster than previous years and much more stained limiting angle access and sightings. The fish cleaning station is still down and probably won’t be fixed this year. The DNR freezer is still located at the fish cleaning station so those catching a trout or salmon with a missing adipose fin can still drop off the fish head.

Marquette: Had good fishing with many taking a mix of lake trout, coho, steelhead, and even a few chinook 50 to 60 feet down near the white rocks and between the Upper and Lower Harbors. Most were using downriggers with 3 to 5 colors of lead core. A few salmon were caught in the Carp and the Chocolay Rivers.

Au Train: Limit catches of lake trout were taken a few miles off Au Train Island.

Munising: Coho fishing was still slow but a few bigger fish along with a couple brown trout were caught recently. Anglers were trying several areas from the West Channel to Trout Bay in 50 to 80 feet. Only a few lake trout were caught in 140 to 180 feet near the Wood Island Reef. Pier anglers at the Anna River report slow action with only a couple undersize splake taken on spawn bags.

Lake Gogebic: Those trolling the main lake caught walleye. A crawler harness or crank bait was the weapon of choice and this method far out-produced anglers drifting or anchoring. Those fishing the weed beds along the north end picked up some nice panfish and a few perch with leeches and crawlers under a slip bobber or when jigging. Pike were caught but most were small.