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Upper Peninsula Weekly Fishing Report – June 9, 2021

Trout streams in the Eastern Upper Peninsula currently have fly hatches taking place which has triggered the trout to start surface feeding. Good waters to try would be the Fox River, Two Hearted River, Sucker River and Au Train River. These rivers are wider, offering a more open fly angling experience. Best time to fish would be in the morning and evening. Common fly hatches would be sulphur, brown drake, stonefly, caddis and midges.

Ontonagon: Lake trout fishing was good with mostly small fish being caught. Some also caught coho, kings, steelhead or brown trout. Depths varied up to 100 feet as the fish were scattered. Most were using spoons and crankbaits. Walleye fishing remains hit-or-miss on finding legal size fish. Most are trolling, jigging or drifting.

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers caught lake whitefish when jigging and coho when trolling. Lake trout were caught in Huron Bay and Traverse Bay while trolling in less than 100 feet. There has been minimal pressure on both the Silver and the Falls River.

Au Train: Had good lake trout fishing with limit catches reported. Most are fishing in 140 to 200 feet. The occasional steelhead or brown trout were also caught.

Munising: Boat anglers were fishing early morning though most caught no lake trout.  No reports of any coho or splake either as fishing was slow. The occasional splake was caught from the Anna River dock. Water temperatures are in the low 50’s offshore and 60 degrees or more near shore which is very warm for this time of year.

Grand Marais: Surface water temperatures offshore were in the mid 50’s and close to 60 degrees nearshore. Lake trout fishing was good with limits reported just off the first break near the shipping channels. Pier fishing for whitefish slowed with only a few caught in the early morning. Most were released as they were small.

Fishing Tip: How to catch your own nightcrawlers

Are you interested in catching and keeping your own nightcrawlers? It’s fairly easy to do – just follow these simple steps:

  • Know where to look. Scout locations such as parks, playgrounds and open, grassy areas after a good rain. Look for nightcrawler castings (the little piles of dirt they leave behind) and then plan to visit again following the next good rain.
  • Know when to collect. Nightcrawlers are best caught an hour or so after dark.
  • Bring the right equipment. Nightcrawlers are sensitive to vibrations, so wear lightweight shoes. They’re also sensitive to bright light, so consider rigging your flashlight with a red cover over the lens.
  • Store them properly. When you catch nightcrawlers, just lay them on top of some storage bedding – don’t mix them in. This will allow you to remove sick or dead ones more easily.
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