MDNR – Upper Peninsula Weekly Fishing Report

Ontonagon:  Fishing is good. Cool water is on shore so salmon are in 20 to 40 feet of water near the river mouth. This can change with one day of north wind so take wind direction into account. Trolling with spoons and crank baits on boards has been productive. Lake trout have been active in 60 to 100 feet of water with spin and glows and spoons being the most productive. Orange and purple have also been hot colors.

Black River Harbor:  The early morning bite has been good with cold water near shore. King and Coho salmon have been caught in 30 to 60 feet of water with flies and flasher/dodgers being the most productive.

Traverse Bay:  Anglers trolling for salmon picked up a mix of Coho and lake trout, trolling in 40 to 80 feet of water between Traverse Bay Marina and Big Louie’s Point. Anglers also did well trolling for lake trout on or near 7 Mile Reef to the southeast of Big Louie and just to the north of Rabbit Island.

Keweenaw Bay:  The fish bite has been slow in the Bay. Only a few Coho were picked up between Sand Point and the roadside Park in Keweenaw Bay. Anglers were trolling in 40 to 80 feet of water.

Marquette: High north winds this past week prevented most anglers from fishing activity. Best areas were east of Marquette towards Shot Point where anglers were fishing approximately 150 feet down in depths of 200 to 220 feet of water. Most anglers reported scattered catches of lake trout with a few Coho salmon reported. Most fish averaged two to three pounds.

Cedar River:  There are a few Chinook still being caught in 85 to 95 feet of water with the fish being caught 50 to 60 feet down. Walleye anglers are getting some fish in 12 to 15 feet of water heading north and south from the mouth using crawler harnesses. Some boats are doing fair to good. The many high wind days this week made fishing difficult. Bass anglers are fishing from the mouth of the Cedar River upstream until the water level gets low. You can not go much farther than the Interstate Bridge by boat. Shore anglers can go a little further upstream than the bridge but the water levels are very low upstream.

Menominee:  Chinook salmon, steelhead and brown trout have been mostly caught in 85 to 100 feet of water near Green Island. The numbers being caught have also decreased in this area. Some anglers are trolling the shoreline drop-off in both Michigan and Wisconsin waters looking for walleye. The catches have been fair with late evening being the best time.

Menominee River:  Those trolling the Menominee River had a rough week with both high winds and low water levels. There were some smaller class walleye with a few in the bigger class being caught on different colored rapalas or crawler harnesses. Smallmouth bass and rock bass were also being caught with those casting crank or tube baits. Those still-fishing near the mouth were catching bluegills and yellow perch but most of them were small. A few shore anglers were mainly targeting smallmouth bass or walleye. Night crawlers and leeches worked the best.

Little Bay De Noc:  Walleye anglers reported fair catches when weather permitted throughout the Bay. The Second and Third reefs in Kipling reported fish being caught while drifting or trolling in 18 to 28 feet of water using crawlers w/harnesses. Catches were also reported out from the Terrace Bay Inn in 25 to 35 feet of water. Several catches out from the mouth of the Escanaba River in 14 to 30 feet of water trolling and drifting crawlers w/harnesses. Fair catches of perch reported in Kipling north of Butler Island. Most anglers still-fished with crawlers in and around 20 feet of water.   Good catches of smallmouth bass were reported off Hunters Point in 18 to 22 feet of water and also south down to Farmers Dock area in 18 to 25 feet of water. Some used crawler’s w/jigs and others used tubes or crank baits. Some salmon anglers have been going out but no reports were received.

Big Bay De Noc:  Very low angler participation here this week because of winds. Smallmouth catches have been good to excellent when weather permitted. Most have been off Garden Bluff and towards Snake Island area. Anglers fished the break using crawlers, minnows or cranks 15 to 30 feet down. No walleye reports this week.

Fairport:  Low angler participation all week. Anglers that did go out stayed in the Gap area trolling mostly spoons in 80 to 110 feet of water and 60 to 75 feet down. Greens, blacks and reds were doing best.

Munising Bay:  Boat anglers are targeting lake trout almost exclusively. Fishing continues to be slow due to strong variable wind conditions. Lake trout anglers are spreading their efforts over multiple areas including the west side of Grand Island, Trout Bay and Wood Island reefs catching fish in the two to eight pound range. A few anglers have been able to make it out to the Big Reef recently and have reported very good success with fish on average in the five to 10 pound range and some lunkers over 30 pounds. Pier angling was slow especially for those targeting splake and perch. Splake anglers were primarily still fishing natural baits and casting though few catches were reported.

Grand Marais:  Fair levels of fishing activity when wind conditions allow. Boat anglers are targeting lake trout with fair to good success. Typical trips yielded five to 15 fish in the two to six pound range. Lake trout anglers had success anywhere from 140 to 220 feet of water five to eight miles north of the Bay. Boats trolled outside the Bay to both the east and west with purple spoon color combinations working well.  Coho salmon were in the three to four pound range and appeared to be feeding mainly on schools of sticklebacks.

St. Mary’s River:   Walleye have slowed down at Raber Bay but a few fish can still be caught in the early morning and late evening hours trolling purple crawler harnesses along weed beds between the Lime Island Dock, and back to the Raber Boat launch.  Walleye in the 17 to 19 inch class are being caught just southeast of Kemps Pointe at Moon Island off weed beds trolling bottom bouncers with chartreuse and white crawler harnesses in the early morning hours.

Detour:  Lake trout and Chinook salmon are still being caught at the Detour Reef trolling green and chrome Herringbone spoons just south of the Drummond Island Stone Quarry Freighter Dock. Anglers were trolling in 80 to 90 feet of water 58 to 65 feet down. A few catches of Pink salmon are now being reported trolling just below the Drummond Island Ferry Boat lane south to the Detour Lighthouse. The Atlantic salmon bite at Detour has slowed down this week as the Atlantics have begun to leave Detour and move north to the Rapids in Sault Ste. Marie.

Cedarville and Hessel:  Perch fishing has picked up around the Les Cheneaux Islands.  Anglers were harvesting perch and smallmouth bass at the east end of Hessel Bay, Snows Channel, Musky Bay, Middle Entrance and Moscoe Channel.  Anglers are also targeting northern pike while still-fishing with chubs. Government Bay is producing excellent pike results.

St. Ignace:  Anglers were fishing salmon from the Coast Guard north past the old fuel tanks and off Mackinac Island in waters from 60 to 70 feet down.