Weekly Upper Peninsula Fishing Report – June 8th

2012 Summer Free Fishing Weekend
Get out and fish for FREE this Saturday & Sunday!

Free Fishing Weekend
Saturday and Sunday make up the Summer Free Fishing Weekend – an annual effort to promote Michigan’s plentiful fishing opportunities. While many individuals and families will head out to fish for free on their own, the DNR is pleased to share there are numerous organized events scheduled throughout the state to celebrate the weekend as well.

Weekly Fishing Tip: Fish for FREE this Weekend
Just a reminder that all Michigan residents and non-residents can fish without a license this Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. Please note all other fishing regulations still apply.

Saturday and Sunday make up the Summer Free Fishing Weekend – an annual effort to promote Michigan’s plentiful fishing opportunities. While many individuals and families will head out to fish for free on their own, the DNR is pleased to share there are numerous organized events scheduled throughout the state to celebrate the weekend as well.

Various locations throughout Michigan will host scheduled events, including Bay City, Boyne City, Chelsea, Clare, Coldwater, Crystal Falls, Detroit, East Tawas, Escanaba, Flint, Grant, Grayling, Hale, Holly, Howell, Independence Township, Interlochen, Ionia, Iron River, L’Anse, Lake Linden, Linwood, Lupton, Marenisco, Mattawan, Metamora, Negaunee, Newaygo, Oakland, Okemos, Ontonagon, Osseo, Paradise, Pinckney, Ray Township and throughout Roscommon and St. Clair counties.

If you’d like to see all of the events occurring this weekend, visit the official event chart online!

For more information about the 2012 Summer Free Fishing Weekend please visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing.

On the inland lakes, bluegills were starting to move into the shallows for spawning.

Black River Harbor:  The morning bite was good for those fishing the top one third of waters 120 feet deep. Green or blue flies with dodgers worked best.

Ontonagon:  Was producing some nice catches of lake trout in 40 to 60 feet of water. Target the middle of the water column with green spoons.

Ontonagon River:  Fishing was slow and most of the walleye were sub-legal.    Keweenaw Bay:  Is producing a few lake trout and salmon for those trolling from Sand Point north to the Red Rocks at the road side park. Try a variety of spoons 40 to 75 feet down in 50 to 80 feet of water. Trolling speed was between 2.1 and 2.8 mph. Those jigging caught lake trout in 240 to 280 feet of water off Pequaming and the south end of Big Reef. Some were starting to catch yellow perch off the Baraga Marina when using worms. Near the South Portage Entry, a few salmon were caught on crawler harnesses near the South Lighthouse.

Marquette:  Lake trout averaging three to four pounds were caught just outside the Lower Harbor breakwall towards Shot Point and the “Sand Hole” when fishing 20 feet off the bottom in 180 to 200 feet of water with silver or copper spoons.
Menominee:  Chinook and brown trout were caught in 40 to 50 feet of water near Chambers Island when using black and white spoons. No walleye were caught near the mouth of river or south in Wisconsin waters. A few boats were trolling crawler harnesses off the Cedar River in eight to 12 feet of water for walleye.

Menominee River:  Water levels near the dam were still low. Shore anglers near the Mystery Ship caught smallmouth bass, pike, freshwater drum, rock bass and the occasional walleye when bouncing crawlers on the bottom.

Cedar River:  Bass anglers are fishing between the mouth and the first rapids. Catch rates were slow with smaller fish hitting on green tube baits.

Little Bay De Noc:   Walleye catches were fair to good and some pike were caught along the head of the bay and south along the reefs when trolling or drifting crawlers in 10 to 28 feet of water. The night bite was good for those trolling crank baits in eight to 14 feet of water. Fair catches were reported along the beach at Gladstone in 18 to 30 feet of water and off the mouth of the Escanaba River when trolling or drifting crawlers in 10 to 20 feet of water along the weed line. Fish were caught along the “Shelf” in eight to 16 feet of water but some were deeper in 30 feet of water. Good smallmouth action off Garth Point, Squaw Point and the mouth of the Ford River when casting crank baits or plastics along the weed lines or rocks. Perch fishing was fair out from the Vagabond Resort in 14 feet of water. Most were still-fishing with crawlers. Perch were also caught near Gladstone Beach when using crawlers in 18 to 25 feet of water.

Escanaba River:   Has good bass fishing for shore anglers.

Big Bay De Noc:  Had fair to good smallmouth bass fishing after the storms. Fish were caught all around the head of the bay with Kate’s Bay, Porcupine Point, Stony Point and Ogontz the best. Most were casting crank baits or plastics in 10 to 12 feet of water while others were jigging or drifting crawlers. Walleye action was fair to good for those drifting crawlers in 10 to 20 feet of water between Porcupine Point and Poplar Point or Kate’s Bay when trolling or drifting in 20 feet of water. Fairport had good fishing with salmon caught 65 to 100 feet down in waters 90 to 120 feet deep when trolling green, purple, and blue spoons and flies.

Au Train:  Anglers caught chinook and lake trout near Shelter Bay, Laughing Whitefish Point, Wood Island and outside Au Train Island. They were using a combination of flies and spoons tipped with cut bait. Chinook salmon were caught in 40 to 50 feet of water near Scott Falls where schools of sticklebacks were found.

Munising:  If the winds die down, boat anglers should still find trout, salmon and whitefish. Those in small boats fishing near shore did catch splake and whitefish but most of the splake were sub-legal.  Pier anglers caught a couple menominee on worms.

Grand Marais:  Pier anglers have caught some whitefish. Many were running on the small side however fish weighing up to three pounds were caught. Boat anglers are starting to target coho instead of steelhead. Those seeking lake trout were fishing five to seven miles north of the bay in 100 to 180 feet of water. Those fishing the banks a couple miles north of the bay caught coho, steelhead and lake trout with high-lines. Shore anglers caught a few perch near the boat launch and marina.

St. Mary’s River:  Is producing Atlantic salmon, lake trout and chinook. Those fishing Raber Bay caught walleye straight out from the Lime Island dock when trolling or drifting crawler harnesses in six to eight feet of water.

DeTour:  Had good catches of Atlantic salmon, lake trout and the occasional chinook from the lighthouse east to the first red buoy on the south end of Drummond Island. For Atlantic salmon, use downriggers with sliders at 22 feet with smaller gold and orange spoons. Lake trout and chinook were hitting 45 feet down in waters over 80 feet deep. Green and chrome were good colors.

Drummond Island:  Is producing a few good catches of walleye in Scott Bay when trolling planer boards in eight to 12 feet of water between Paw Point and Pack Island. Boaters are reminded to use caution and watch for submerged rocks when fishing around the island.

Cedarville and Hessel:  Anglers trolling for pike in Cedarville Bay are catching the occasional perch but many were small. A few perch were caught off the Hessel Marina pier however pike and bass are the hot species right now. For bass, try casting along the weeds and gravel. A few salmon have also been caught.

Carp River:  The mouth is producing walleye, rainbow trout and pike.

St. Ignace:  Is producing a few salmon.

 

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