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Upper Peninsula Weekly Fishing Report – May 20, 2021

Ontonagon: Those out trolling on the big lake caught primarily lake trout along with a few salmon and trout. The fish were found throughout the water column and were full of small smelt.

Marquette: Decent numbers of lake trout were taken in 160 to 180 feet. Some are still picking up steelhead and the occasional coho when trolling close to shore.

Little Bay De Noc: Anglers are catching perch near Kipling.

Manistique River: Was producing walleye and steelhead.

Au Train: Lake trout are being caught and those trolling close to shore were still picking up a few coho and brown trout. A few kings were caught recently.

Munising: Boat anglers report few catches for coho and splake with no reports of any kings in the last few days. Lake trout anglers had mixed catches with limits one day and very few fish the next in the same area. No anglers on the Anna River, fishing is slow.

Grand Marais: Winds from the south slowed the whitefish bite however a northeast wind should bring the fish in. Good lake trout catches were reported towards Au Sable Point and Five Mile Reef.

Mackinac County: Crappie and a few walleye are being caught on the inland lakes.

St. Marys River: The walleye and pike opener were good throughout the river. Anglers did best for walleye in Munuscong Bay while pike anglers headed to the western shore of Lake George.

Fishing Tip: Avoid these mistakes to experience great fishing

Did you know simple mistakes can make or break your fishing adventures? Check out these basic things to avoid if you want to have better success on the water:

  • Make sure your reel is filled with line – don’t wait until it gets to half-empty and risk losing a great catch due to an inadequate amount of line.
  • Check your knots – monitor their strength and durability after each fish. If the strength gets compromised, cut the line down a few feet and start again.
  • Set the hook – don’t forget to do this each time you even think you’ve got a bite. Why waste a great catch just because you forgot to set the hook?

Want more tips for fishing in Michigan? Visit Michigan.gov/Fishing.

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