Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Water temperatures remain quite warm in the high 60’s to low 70’s. Walleye anglers reported spotty catches. Fish were found at the mouth of the Escanaba River and straight out to the “Black Bottom” with crawlers in 14 to 20 feet. Several fair to good perch catches were reported from the mouth of the Day’s River to Strawberry Island and out to the green buoy with minnows or crawlers in six to 20 feet. Smallmouth bass were spotty also as they have been on the move. Pike catches were good especially in the Escanaba area between the shipping docks and the beach when trolling spoons, spinners or crank baits in eight to 22 feet.

Big Bay De Noc: A few anglers targeted perch but few were found. Smallmouth were elusive as they are still transitioning as we move into fall. Most anglers fished the Ogontz area and reported fair catches of smaller fish along the weed lines and south to St. Vitals Island when casting plastics, drop-shot or artificial frogs.

Manistique River: Is producing salmon, trout and a few walleye. The Chinook are turning dark.

Lac Vieux Desert: As fall arrives fishing remains active for northern pike with a decent number over 24 inches. Muskie anglers were still taking a few fish even during the rain and strong winds. Walleye fishing has remained rather dormant. Panfish anglers did manage to catch a couple sub-legal walleye. Both the crappie and perch bite were starting to turn on in six to 12 feet near the weed beds. Bluegills are becoming more common in eight feet. Bass anglers are still finding fish up in the shallows.

Marquette: Most anglers are now trolling in 40 to 70 feet inside or near the lower harbor and in front of the Chocolay River. Chinook and coho salmon are being caught but they are few and far between as most boats were lucky to get one or two fish. Lake trout are still being picked up by salmon anglers. At this time of year trips to Stannard Rock will be limited but the fishing has been very good out there with many lake trout over 20 and even close to 30 pounds. A couple brown trout were caught in front of the Chocolay River. Shore anglers on the Carp, Chocolay and Dead River have caught the occasional Chinook salmon.

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