Weekly Fishing Report – May 31, 2012


Keweenaw Bay:  Is producing chinook, coho and some lake trout. Try 40 to 60 feet down in waters 50 to 70 feet deep. Lake trout were caught off Pequaming in 220 to 260 feet of water. Along the South Portage Entry, salmon and lake trout were caught near the lighthouse in 30 to 80 feet of water. Lake trout were also caught near the Mud Bank, Farmers Reef and Newton’s Reef.
Marquette:  Strong winds kept many off the big lake but those venturing out caught salmon and a few limits of lake trout. Try the Sand Hole, the white rocks, north of Granite Island or about five miles east towards Shot Point. Look for schools of baitfish in waters 140 to 200 feet deep and fish off the bottom. A salmon was caught near the Sand River. Surface water temperatures were in the low 40’s.
Menominee:  Boat anglers targeting musky had slow results. A few fish were caught near Boom Landing but most came back empty handed. Those trolling for walleye had fair results near the mouth of the Cedar River when trolling in eight to 12 feet of water with rapalas or crawler harnesses. Boat anglers trolling in 50 feet of water near Chambers Island were picking up some brown trout on spoons with or without flies.
Menominee River:  Water levels near the dam were low which made casting and trolling difficult. Shore anglers near the Mystery Ship caught smallmouth bass, pike, rock bass, freshwater drum and the occasional walleye.
Cedar River:  Anglers were fishing from the mouth up to the first rapids for bass. Catch rates were slow for those using crawlers but tube jigs caught smallmouth bass.
Little Bay De Noc:  Had fair to good walleye catches for those trolling or drifting crank baits or crawlers along the reefs in Kipling to the north of the bay in 12 to 24 feet of water. Fish were caught in Gladstone when trolling crawlers in 25 to 35 feet of water but the better catches were south from Portage Point to the Ford River when trolling or drifting crawler harnesses along the shelf in eight to 14 feet of water. Good pike action along the north end of Saunders Point in 10 to 12 feet of water and near the Day’s River in eight to 14 feet of water. Perch was fair north of Butler Island in 20 to 23 feet of water. Smallmouth bass were caught near Garth Point when casting crank baits or plastics in four to eight feet of water and Hunters Point in three to eight feet of water or the mouth of the Ford River.

Big Bay De Noc:  Had good walleye fishing from late evening into the night. Most were launching from Nahma and heading north to Porcupine Point and out to the “Boot” while trolling crawler harnesses in eight to 16 feet of water.

The bass opener was good at South River, Kates Bay, Porcupine Point and Ogontz Bay in three to 12 feet of water. Some fish were still on the beds while others may have already spawned. Try casting crank baits or plastics. Northern pike were caught on crank baits in 10 to 12 feet of water between Kates Bay and Ansell’s Point.
Au Train:   Those able to get out were targeting lake trout. Try just past Au Train Island in 120 to 180 feet of water but the fish are usually smaller here. Another good area is near Wood Island where there are a series of deep humps that average 150 to 200 feet deep. Be sure to fish right on the bottom. Fish averaging five to 10 pounds can be caught here. Surface water temperatures remain in the mid 40’s in the bay and the low 40’s around the islands.
Munising:  Some boat anglers are targeting a mix of fish including chinook, lake trout, smallmouth bass and perch. Others are fishing for lake trout near Grand Portal Point and Trout Reef. The fish are running smaller at two and three pounds. Pier fishing was very slow.

Grand Marais:
 Had fair to good success for whitefish off the pier. Some limit catches were reported with smaller fish tending to bite before sunrise and the bigger fish after sunrise. Boat anglers are now shifting their attention to lake trout when trolling in 100 to 300 feet of water which is five to seven miles north of the bay.
Shore anglers caught pike when casting or still-fishing with minnows. A few perch were caught around the marina and boat launch.
St. Mary’s River:  Those fishing in Raber Bay caught a few walleye on the north side of Lime Island and just off Round Island. They were slow drifting with crawlers in eight feet of water near the weeds.
DeTour:  Anglers are catching Atlantic salmon when trolling spoons and flies in over 80 feet of water between the red buoy and the lighthouse. Most fish are caught eight to 10 feet down. A few chinook were caught. Lake trout can be found in schools below the Atlantic salmon so fish 35 to 45 feet down.
Cedarville and Hessel:  Still have very good pike fishing. Try off the Hessel pier with chubs or minnows in the early morning or when casting or trolling in Cedarville Bay, Moscoe Channel and Musky Bay. The occasional perch was also caught.
Carp River:  Fishing in slow. Anglers should target trout upstream for better results.