Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported good catches from the Escanaba River area south to Round Island. The bite was best in early morning or late evenings, usually in and around eight feet of water. Perch anglers reported fair catches with some large size fish coming in. Catches at Kipling were reported in 22 to 30 feet using minnows or crawlers while at Gladstone Beach they were in 18 to 25 feet. At the ship docks in Escanaba anglers reported spotty catches with still fishing with minnows in 28 to 32 feet. Northern pike were active, especially around the river mouths. Smallmouth bass anglers reported good catches throughout the bay with the best areas are Squaw Point in 10 to 12 feet, the mouth of the Escanaba River in 16 to 20 feet, and south of the Ford River along the weed lines in six to 10 feet using plastics, crawlers or minnows. Those targeting salmon found a few out by the Ford River buoy, mostly in 90 to 110 feet and 50 to 80 feet down.

Big Bay De Noc: This past week’s smallmouth bass fishing was reported as fantastic. The Ogontz area and south to Martins Bay reported catches in three to 10 feet using plastics, cranks, minnows and leeches. In the Nahma area, straight out to the Rock was also good in and around eight feet. Garden, Puffy and Kates bays reported good catches using the same gear in four to 10 feet.

Fairport: Salmon numbers were low but anglers reported better catches in 105 to 130 feet and 60 to 80 feet down from the Gap and north off Point De Tour. Smallmouth bass anglers reported fish off the west side of Little Summer Island while casting plastics in two to six feet.

Marquette: Most boats found good numbers of lake trout in deeper water between White Rocks and Granite Island in 130 to 200 feet while trolling dodgers, spin-glows and various spoons.