Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Most of the ice is gone with the exception of Kipling and the Escanaba Yacht Harbor. Water temperatures remain cold in the high 30s. There is still some floating ice out in the bay so use caution. Pier anglers at the North Shore launch caught a few smallmouth bass. All rivers are high and fast.

Big Bay De Noc: Had no anglers. Garden Bay was still iced over but the ice was too dangerous to venture out on. There could be open water by the end of the week. Almost the entire upper bay was ice covered but showing signs of breaking up. The area off Nahma and Ogontz Bay look to be the first areas to open up. The Sturgeon River was overflowing its banks in the first several miles by the lake. The launch at Fairport was not operational.

Marquette: Fishing on the big lake has been slow because of ice in the area. When the ice was gone for a couple days anglers did well catching coho and brown trout when trolling or jigging on the bubblers. At the beginning of the week, the ice had returned to the harbors. There is a dock in place in the Upper Harbor so when the ice leaves anglers will be able to launch. On the Carp and Chocolay Rivers, the steelhead run has not really started yet but a few were caught. Water levels have come up on both rivers so anglers should expect a good run soon.

Munising: Had low fishing pressure. All of Munising Bay remains ice covered. Anglers were still ice fishing for trout and whitefish but catch rates were poor. Pier anglers are able to fish open water but are limited to a section in front of the Anna River mouth.

Grand Marais: Remains ice covered and will stay that way until we get rain and temperatures 60 degrees and above for an extended period. The pier was ice covered. The only open water is an area in front of the Sucker River mouth where a few anglers have caught a couple coho.

Tahquamenon River: Reports on smelt in the river were limited. A few anglers had success getting a gallon or two, but with lots of effort. Warmer temperatures this week should certainly bring fish into the river. Length of the run all depends on water temperatures and the amount of fish.

Newberry: Water levels in the area streams are high due to the snowmelt. The warmer weather is really hitting the snowpack in the northern areas of Luce and Alger Counties. The inland lakes were still ice covered.

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