Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers fished mostly in the southern waters as they were looking for bigger walleye. Try the Minneapolis Shoals area and off Seagull Point. Further north, the best areas were along the Second and Third Reefs in 18 to 28 feet or the mouth of the Escanaba River in 20 feet. Some trolled stick baits as fewer anglers were using a crawler harness. Perch catches were fair to good mostly around the head of the bay in 10 to 24 feet when using minnows.

Big Bay De Noc: Had low angler participation. Smallmouth bass were in and around the Garden Bluff area and around Snake Island. Best catches were in 25 to 35 feet with minnows or plastics with drop-shot setups. Perch are showing up in the deeper waters of Garden Bay so try minnows in 40 feet or so.

Manistique River: Anglers were still getting salmon including some pinks and some Chinook which were turning dark. Walleye have also been caught.

Lac Vieux Desert: The cool wet weather did not hamper muskie anglers hoping to land a big fish. A handful of fish 32-47 inches were caught on suckers or artificial baits. A few small pike were caught right along with fish ranging 30 inches or so. Walleye and panfish anglers were few and far between however some decent size perch were caught on minnows. Anglers had to sort through a lot of small ones to get them.

Marquette: The weather has once again limited fishing. The few boats heading out did catch a couple Chinook, lake trout and steelhead just outside the breakwall. Overall catch rates were low with most getting just one or two fish. Shore anglers had some luck catching coho and steelhead on both the Carp and the Chocolay Rivers. The Dead River is still producing a few Chinook, but the fish are beginning to die off.

Au Train: A few anglers picked up the occasional steelhead, brown trout, and coho in front of the mouth of the Rock River and Au Train River when trolling spoons in 50 feet. Within the next two weeks, the Forest Service will be removing the dock a bit early to make some repairs, so anglers may not have too many chances left to get out.