Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported spotty catches with most targeting the Escanaba River area or south near Breezy Point. Anglers are still reporting a lot of undersize fish in the Escanaba River but better reports in the “Black Bottom” when trolling or drifting a crawler harness in 14 to 26 feet and near Breezy Point in 16 feet. Fair to good perch catches off the mouth of the Escanaba River with crawlers in and around 18 feet, and just south of the “Narrows” in 28 to 32 feet. Smallmouth bass anglers reported fair to good catches from Hunters Point to Squaw Point using plastics or crank baits in 10 to 14 feet, Gladstone area near US-2 and south to the Escanaba River in eight to 16 feet.

Good catches near the Ford River but many were small. Those targeting pike did well off the mouth of the Day’s River trolling spoons, spinners or crank baits in and around 20 feet. Salmon anglers reported a few catches 50 feet down in 100 feet near the Minneapolis Shoals.

Big Bay De Noc: Had all smallmouth anglers. The Nahma area off the Golf course was good with plastics in eight to 10 feet along the weeds. Ogontz was on fire with good numbers of large fish along the weed lines as far south as Martins Bay.

Several anglers caught and released as many as 40 large fish. Most of the bass were still in shallower water. At Fairport, salmon anglers were getting fish but not many limit catches when using spoons 50 to 60 feet down in 105 feet off Big Summers Island. Some found fish 60 to 70 feet down in 140 feet. A good number of fish were 20 pounds and more.

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