Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported fair catches at the “Black Bottom” when trolling stick baits in 20 to 28 feet and off Kipling when trolling or jigging crawlers and stick baits in 14 to 30 feet between the First and Second Reefs. Perch fishing was fair around Butler Island with crawlers and minnows in 6 to 19 feet. Creel numbers were low, but some nice jumbo perch were caught. Salmon were seen near the mouth of the Escanaba River earlier this fall, but no catches were reported and there has been little fishing activity.
Manistique River: The fall run here has been better than expected. Very little in the way of coho and pink salmon but the steelhead, brown trout and Chinook numbers have been good. While brown trout have been caught since early spring, the steelhead just showed up last week. Most were fishing between the bridge and the lower dam while casting spawn, beads, crank baits or yarn. Last week ended strong and this week could be the peak so anglers should get out there or you could miss it.
Copper Harbor: Had very few boats out. Pier anglers caught splake, but many were undersize. Most were using spawn, worms and smelt as well as spoons, spinners and crank baits.