Had good lake trout fishing when trolling spoons in 20 to 60 feet.
Coho, steelhead, splake and browns were caught when trolling spoons and stick baits along the shoreline or in the top 50 in 100 to 200 feet. Those jigging for lake trout had fair catch rates. Huron Bay was also giving up a few coho and brown trout when trolling. A couple whitefish were taken by those jigging spoons in 50 to 100 feet. Coho and brown trout were caught in 20 to 30 feet at the South Entry. Spoons and stick baits were the ticket.
Those trolling or casting caught walleye and smallmouth bass however the river was high with a strong current after the last storms.
Little Bay De Noc:
Walleye anglers fishing the southern Bay reported fair to good catches from Breezy Point south to Round Island. Some went out as far as the Minneapolis Shoals. The best catches were taken in 12 to 17 feet around Breezy Point or in 20 feet near the “Fingers” when trolling a crawler harness. Walleye were still caught at the head of the Bay but most were undersize. The best perch catches were taken around Butler Island with a minnow or crawler in the shallows. A couple bigger fish were caught in 30 to 34 feet near the ship docks in Escanaba. Good pike fishing with a few large fish taken off the Day’s River. Warmer water had channel cats and freshwater drum showing up. Fair walleye catches for those trolling up to the US-2 Bridge. Bass were caught in the Ford River when casting spinners or plastics.
Boat anglers took good catches of Chinook and steelhead out near the green buoy which is about six miles out from the river when trolling spoons 60 feet down in 80 to 90 feet.
Walleye catches slowed. Smallmouth bass anglers reported fair to good catches just south of the high dam and up to the bridge with crank baits, plastics or crawlers in the fast water. Lots of baitfish were marked just off the mouth of the rivers. Boat anglers fishing just off the mouth caught a couple steelhead.
Surface water temperatures are in the mid 40’s offshore and 45 to 47 degrees nearshore. There were a few reports of some legal size splake taken off the Anna River dock however most reported little action with several smaller fish released. Boat angler did get a mix of splake, coho and ever a few Chinook.
Boat anglers were few however they reported excellent catches of lake trout when jigging out near Big Reef. Fish over 10 pounds were caught. Cooler temperatures and winds turning from the north/northwest should bring some whitefish in. Surface water temperatures climbed to near 50 degrees and schools of perch in the marina were providing some good fishing for kids.
A good number of muskie were caught up near the Dollarville Dam. Boat anglers had fish following their bait but did not have much luck landing them. Shore anglers caught rock bass and pumpkinseed on worms.
St. Marys River:
Fishing around Sault Ste. Marie and Sugar Island was inconsistent due to weather patterns. In Baie De Wasai and Lake George, walleye were caught on crawler harnesses and crank baits. Smallmouth were caught on spinners or soft plastics. Pike were caught on minnows, spoons and stick baits. A few Atlantic salmon and whitefish were caught on flies behind the Edison Power Plant. From Neebish Island to Sweets Point, the walleye bite was slow in Munuscong Bay so most were moving south to Raber Bay where they were taking a few more fish in seven to 12 feet when trolling small crank baits or a crawler harness. Fire-tiger, silver, chartreuse and orange were good colors. Small muskie and some catfish were also caught.
A mix of Atlantic salmon, Chinook and steelhead were taken at the Detour Reef. The Chinook were caught off the rocky shelf that sits at 40 feet then drops to 80 feet just south of the freighter loading dock on the west side of the Drummond Island Stone Quarry. There is good structure there that seems to hold a few salmon. Anglers did best by trolling purple and black spoons. Fair numbers of small Atlantic salmon were taken on dodgers and lead core 12 to 35 feet down in 60 to 80 feet between Fry Pan Island and the green buoy west of the Detour Lighthouse. The fish seem to be scattered and were also hitting 15 to 25 feet down in 30 to 50 feet on orange, chrome or green and white lures.
Walleye fishing improved as the bays warmed and fish were coming into the shallows to feed in the evening. Those trolling or drifting a crawler harness found walleye suspended in six to 10 feet. Hard-bodied stick baits and small crank baits were also producing fish. Hot colors were fire-tiger, chartreuse and orange. Smallmouth bass fishing was good in four to eight feet over gravel. Pike fishing was fair along the weed beds when casting soft-bodied swim baits, shallow running crank baits, jerk baits and spinners. Most of the action was around the northeast portion of Scott Bay and Maxton Bay outside of Monaghan Pier and near Sportsmen’s Point.
Cedarville and Hessel:
A few splake were caught along the south shore of Little La Salle Island when jigging or drifting an orange and chrome spoon just off the bottom in eight to 12 feet. Walleye were hitting early and late at the west end of Snows Channel from the golf course to the east end of Hessel Bay when trolling or drifting a crawler harness just off the weeds in eight to 14 feet. For young anglers targeting panfish, the small bay at Hill Island Road was producing some rock bass for those using red worms or casting a small white beetle spinner just outside the weeds in three to six feet. At Hessel, a few more yellow perch showed up in the Hessel Marina. Try small red worms about 12 inches off the bottom in six to eight feet. Smallmouth bass were caught on the north end of Marquette Island when drifting and casting tube jigs in five to seven feet. Some bigger pike were caught around Echo Island when trolling a yellow and black spinner.
Had no reports. Catch rates on the Carp River slowed for those drifting leeches or minnows at the pier. A few walleye were caught in the Pine River. Boat anglers were trolling a chartreuse crawler harness between the boat launch and the rapids. Shore anglers drifting worms had little success. Water levels were elevated.