Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye catches were down over the last week. Night anglers reported the best catches between the Center Reef and the Second Reef or south around the “Black Bottom”. Anglers were trolling stick baits at night in 14 to 20 feet or stick baits and crawler harnesses in 18 to 30 feet during the day. Several good catches of jumbo perch were reported in Kipling in 22 feet and off Gladstone Beach in 20 feet when using minnows. Smallmouth bass were spotty as the fish are starting to move south. A few were taken on plastics or drop-shot in 18 to 20 feet. A couple Chinook have shown up in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor. The numbers are far less than last year and a little harder to catch.

Big Bay De Noc: Smallmouth bass were scattered but the large fish can be found in the southern waters. Ogontz reported good catches of undersize fish using plastics or drop-shot in 12 to 18 feet. Some bigger fish were found around the Garden Bluff area but catch rates were spotty. Cooler temperatures moving in this week should bring the bass in and around Snake Island.

Lac Vieux Desert: Muskie anglers caught a few fish right along with a decent number of pike. Walleye fishing remained slow however a few were found off the docks in the late evening. Bass anglers did well with top water lures in the morning or late evening. The panfish bite was hit-or-miss as the fish seem to be moving out to deeper water.

Munising: Fishing pressure was low. Water temperatures have started to drop and were just under 60 degrees near shore. The salmon action was still slow and splake fishing was spotty with only a few caught.

Grand Marais: A few boat anglers were out with no fish reported. Most were targeting salmon. A few shore anglers were fishing the Sucker River but had no action. Water in the river was very dark and stained from the heavy rains last week. Surface water temperatures have slowly dropped to the upper 50’s.

Drummond Island: A few yellow perch were caught at Harbor Island. Try fishing at the mouth of Harbor Island in six to 10 feet or inside the harbor in six feet while using spreaders with beads in open water or small worms near the weed beds. Smallmouth bass were caught on the north side of Burnt Island when using tube jigs off the rocks.

Detour: Windy conditions had once again prevented anglers from fishing beyond the Detour Lighthouse. Southeast winds turned the lake over and scattered the fish. Those fishing in the St. Marys River and closer to the Drummond Island side caught Chinook along with a few pink salmon. When winds are from the east and southeast try trolling in front of the Drummond Island Stone Quarry. Start at the first red buoy below the loading dock and head south to the tip of Drummond Island Point.