Little Bay De Noc: Had good catches of walleye at the mouth of the Whitefish River when trolling a crawler harness or stick bait and when jigging a crawler near the weed beds. Fish were also caught on the Escanaba River when jigging crawlers. Some limit catches were reported. Fish were also caught along the “Black Bottom” when trolling crawlers or stick baits in 18 to 30 feet and off Breezy Point in 15 to 20 feet. Perch anglers reported fair catches off Gladstone Beach with crawlers or minnows in 15 to 25 feet and at the head of the bay near the green buoy off the Day’s River in 24 feet. Garth Point, Gladstone Bay and the Ford River all reported fair catches of smallmouth bass when casting or trolling crank baits, spinners or plastics in eight to 16 feet. Lots of pike action at the mouth of the rivers, the ship docks in Escanaba and along the weeds south of the Ford River. Most were trolling or casting crank baits, spoons or spinners in five to 15 feet.
Big Bay De Noc: Fewer walleye were caught here as the fish are starting to move south. The “Boot” out from the Fish Dam Rivers and Indian Point was best when trolling a crawler harness in 15 to 28 feet. Fair to good smallmouth action out from the Little Fish Dam River and off Porcupine Point with plastics or crank baits in 10 to 14 feet. Ogontz was good with smaller fish hitting on plastics or spinners along the weeds. Pike were abundant throughout the bay.