Overall: Salmon and brown trout are still present in area streams in Keweenaw, Baraga and Marquette counties. Winter fishing has begun in Iron County with 6-inches of ice reported on some of the smaller lakes. With that said, anglers will need to use extreme caution if going out as early ice can be dangerous ice! There were reports of limit catches of walleye taken on Stanley Lake. The boat launches on Lake Superior and pretty much all the inland lakes are iced in, most likely for the rest of the winter.
Little Bay De Noc: With the arrival of winter, the docks have been pulled at Gladstone Harbor, Rapid River and the Ford River boat launches. Both the Rapid River and the Ford River launches were iced in and the North Shore launch had only one dock in. Walleye anglers were doing good along the reefs at Kipling. Night anglers reported good catches in 18 to 24 feet when trolling stick baits. Daytime anglers reported the same in 30 to 35 feet when trolling the edge of the reefs and along the east bank. Limit catches were reported but some were too small to keep. Surface water temperatures are below 40 degrees making this an excellent time to fish for walleye. Ice fishing is just around the corner so those looking for their last boating adventure will want to get out there.
Fishing Tip: Tips for targeting steelhead this fall
If you decide to target steelhead on Michigan’s rivers while in a boat, there are two options you can turn to. Consider offering bait underneath a centerpin style reel. The line will come off smoothly, allowing for float-suspended baits to work long distances downstream, plus it offers drag-free drifts.
If you’re not confident on a centerpin style or you’re a novice angler, try a level-wind reel. It allows you to drop the float behind the boat and wait for the strike. It will take care of the hard work while reeling in your catch by guiding the line on properly.