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.

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.

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.

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.