Fishing Report –
Little Bay De Noc: Walleye catches were spotty, but most were caught in 18 to 35 feet when trolling stick baits or crawlers. Several fair to good catches of perch were reported in the Day’s River with minnows in 16 to 24 feet and around Kipling in 22 to 30 feet. Fair smallmouth action between Hunters Point and Squaw Point when casting crank baits, plastics or drop-shot in 18 feet or so. Fair to good pike fishing around Butler Island and in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor when casting crank baits or spinners in 10 to 17 feet.
Big Bay De Noc: Water temperatures in both bays were in the high 60’s. Catch rates for walleye were spotty near Round Island. Strong winds have limited the fishing.
Ontonagon: Fishing is good with nice catches of lake trout taken in 25 to 75 feet. A few coho and brown trout have also been caught.
Keweenaw Bay: Fishing picked up a little but was still slow. There has not been a push of fall fish in the local rivers, but they should be moving in soon. In Traverse Bay, a few lake trout were caught in 50 to 90 feet when trolling spoons.
Lac Vieux Desert: Cooler temperatures caused a decline in panfish production but there were still a few decent perch being caught on minnows. Some had success chasing walleye, but the majority were sub-legal. Muskie were caught when casting artificial lures. Some started to use suckers but had no luck. A good number of small pike are being caught however fish measuring 30 inches or more were becoming more common. Bass angling pressure has slowed.
Marquette: Fishing started to pick up around the mouth of the Chocolay River and outside the breakwall in the Lower Harbor. Most were targeting salmon, steelhead and brown trout when trolling in front of the Chocolay and Carp Rivers in 30 to 50 feet. Shore anglers on the Carp, Dead and Chocolay Rivers had low catch rates. More coho were starting to get caught at the mouth of the Carp and Chocolay Rivers. Those on the Dead River spotted a good number of Chinook.
Au Train: The boat ramp is usable once again. There are still some small rocks in the water however they did not seem to hinder the launching process. Those targeting lake trout around Au Train Island continue to catch a good number of fish. Those fishing in front of the Rock River caught lake trout as the fish come in shallow to spawn. A few salmon have been caught. Those fishing just off the Au Train River caught coho and brown trout but the action was still slow. Surface waters were in the low 50’s.
Munising: A few coho have been caught. The fish were smaller at 14-17 inches with a few around 20. A few splake averaging 18 inches or so were caught but the bite was hit-or-miss. No Chinook, steelhead or brown trout to report.
Grand Marais: Boat anglers had reports of a few coho taken but the action was slow. Surf and river anglers at the Sucker River caught a few coho. Strong wind and large waves at the mouth made surf-casting more difficult.
Two Hearted River: Anglers had some good opportunities for coho on the river and out from the mouth. Those trolling in front of the river mouth did well on the calm days. Those fishing in the river had luck all the way up to the Reed and Green Bridge.
Drummond Island: Water temperatures are cooling down and anglers reported a few more perch being caught at Ashman Island and on the north side of Grape Island with shiners just off the bottom in 12 to 14 feet. Good pike action was reported on the southeast side of Grape Island when casting or trolling a spoon with a red eye just off the weed beds in seven to nine feet. Those targeting the bigger pike were drifting chubs early morning and late evening.
St. Marys River: A few nice catches of walleye were taken in Raber Bay. Most fish averaged 16-19 inches. Walleye were also caught south of Raber Point when trolling a crawler harness with a bottom bouncer in eight to 12 feet near the mouth of Carlton Creek.