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MI DNR Fishing Report 6/22/17

Ontonagon:  
Had good lake trout fishing when trolling spoons in 20 to 60 feet.

Keweenaw Bay:  
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.

Menominee River:  
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.

Manistique:  
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.

Manistique River:  
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.

Munising:  
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.

Grand Marais:  
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.

Tahquamenon River:  
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.

Detour:  
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.

Drummond Island:  
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.

St. Ignace:  
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.

MI DNR Fishing Report 6/15/17

Lake Gogebic:  
The walleye bite has slowed a bit however those trolling were still getting a few fish on crawler harnesses and crank baits.  The smallmouth action picked up for those using stick baits and jigging around structure.  A few smaller pike were caught.  Those using worms caught bluegills, pumpkinseed, rock bass and the occasional perch.

Keweenaw Bay:  
Those trolling caught coho, steelhead, brown trout and splake along the shoreline or from the top 50 feet in 100 to 200 feet with spoons and stick baits.  A few coho and brown trout were caught in Huron Bay or the South Entry in 20 to 30 feet.

Marquette:  
Fishing was slow with only a couple lake trout taken in 200 feet or more between the white rocks and Granite Island.  A steelhead was caught on high lines in the same area.  A couple coho and steelhead were taken off Shot Point.

Menominee River:  
Anglers report small walleye being caught between the Railroad Bridge and the mouth when slow trolling a jig tipped with a crawler.  Muskie fishing was slow but a couple fish were taken on large spinners or crank baits.

Little Bay De Noc:  
Almost all walleye action was up near the Whitefish River.  Anglers used stick baits and drifted or trolled crawler harnesses in 10 to 28 feet.  A few used a jig tipped with a crawler in 12 to 28 feet.  Fair to good smallmouth bass catches were reported throughout the Bay.  Hot spots were near the Ford River, Escanaba River, Gladstone Bay near the highway, Hunters Point and Garth Point when casting plastics and spinners in five to 16 feet.  Good pike fishing off the mouth of the Day’s River with crank baits in 12 to 22 feet.  Smaller fish were caught near the coal piles in Kipling in 12 to 20 feet.  Perch were caught on minnows and crawlers in 24 to 30 feet near the green buoy at Kipling.

Manistique River:  
Had good walleye fishing throughout the river.  Most were floating a jig and leech downriver with the current but some did well with silver stick baits.  Pike fishing was good and some were over 30 inches.  Smallmouth bass were caught on plastics, spinners and crank baits near the banks.  No salmon here yet but the action should start to pick up around the end of June.

Au Train:  
A couple limit catches of lake trout were taken off the flats near Shelter Bay. Salmon fishing was slow.

Munising:  
Water temperatures in the bay were in the low 40’s.  Boat anglers targeting Chinook caught very few fish.  Limits of lake trout were taken near Chapel Falls and the Twelve Mile beach but anglers put in their time to get them.  Boat anglers need to watch for large floating logs and debris in the bay.  Pier anglers reported slow fishing with only a couple splake taken on spawn and Menominee taken on worms.  Carp appear to be spawning near the Anna River dock.

Grand Marais:
Nearshore water temperatures within the harbor warmed into the mid to upper 40’s with offshore temperatures in the low 40’s.  The few boat anglers that were out for coho and steelhead did poorly.  Lake trout anglers managed a few limit catches.  Pier anglers targeting Lake Whitefish had mixed results as some did well getting fish up to 20 inches and other days the average was about 12 inches.  The better days had a north/northwest wind.  A fair number of Menominee were taken off the Sable River when using worms.

Tahquamenon River:  
Had decent fishing with lots of pike and rock bass caught.  A few perch and pumpkinseed were taken off the Dollarville Dam.  A few muskie were also caught but anglers were putting in their time to catch them.

St. Marys River:  
Walleye fishing continues to improve with fish caught on small crank baits and a crawler harness in Lake George.  Smallmouth bass are hitting on spinners of soft plastics.  Pike slowed but a few were caught on minnows and spoons.  In the Lower River, the walleye bite slowed in Munuscong Bay.  Most of the fish caught were sub-legal.  Small muskie were caught near Grassy Island and the mouth of the Munuscong River.  Pike, walleye and muskie were caught when trolling a small crank bait and a crawler harness.  Hot colors were orange, fire-tiger, perch and chartreuse.

Detour:  
A few Chinook salmon were caught 40 to 55 feet down in 70 feet when trolling black and purple spoons.  A mix of Atlantic salmon, lake trout and steelhead were taken 15 to 20 feet down in over 60 feet when trolling spin-glo’s out from the Detour Passage Boat launch.

Drummond Island:
A few walleye were caught when drifting a crawler harness near the bottom or trolling small crank baits in eight to 12 feet.  Hot colors were fire-tiger, chartreuse, and orange.  Smallmouth bass fishing slowed as the fish have moved to slightly deeper water and were caught by walleye anglers.  Try casting body baits, spinners and top water lures in the early morning or evening in Scott Bay, inside Paw Point and between Rutland and Peck Islands.

Cedarville and Hessel:  
Had no good perch reports and the few caught were mainly 6 to seven inches.  Smallmouth bass were caught by those casting spinners with double leaf blades at the mouth of Duck Bay and the Middle Entrance.  A couple splake were caught near Little LaSalle Island when casting or jigging small orange and chrome spoons in six to eight feet.

St. Ignace:  
Had no reports.
Shore anglers on the Carp River caught a couple walleye when drifting a slip bobber or crawler harness with worms but most of the fish were small.  Pike and suckers were also caught.  A couple walleye were taken in the Pine River when drifting worms or leeches with a slip bobber or a crawler harness near the mouth and up by the rapids but most were too small.  A couple perch were caught near the mouth.