|Little Bay de Noc: Anglers targeting yellow perch reported a noticeable slowdown in the bite, but most were able to catch fair numbers. Areas targeted were near the Days River, off Kipling and just north of the Gladstone Marina. Smallmouth bass fishing improved with the warmer weather. Anglers were targeting the river mouths. Shore anglers on the Ford River reported success.
Manistique: Steelhead anglers reported good fishing on the river. Most anglers were drifting beads but some were using spawn.
Keweenaw Bay/Huron Bay: Anglers were successful while trolling in near shore and mid depth waters. Some anglers were catching pike in near shore waters while casting with artificial baits. When anglers were trolling, the main catches were coho salmon and Chinook salmon. Anglers reported the occasional catch of rainbow trout and brown trout while trolling but the catch had been less than that of Chinook and coho. While trolling for salmon, anglers should try staying in waters less than 50 feet and use body baits or spoons.
Traverse Bays/ South Portage Canal Entry: Anglers were having luck catching lake trout and rainbow trout with the occasional brown trout and Chinook salmon. Most anglers were trolling in waters between 20 to 70 feet of water. Anglers who were not trolling had either been jigging for lake trout or casting for pike. Near shore fish were responding to both natural and artificial baits so be sure to give multiple presentations.
Munising: Boat anglers had some good days with some other days with very low catches. Anglers were mainly fishing coho, however a few anglers started to target lake trout.
Grand Marais: Pier anglers were consistently doing well with northwest winds with limits reported. Anglers were fishing with single eggs. Anglers reported good catches in the morning and there was a night bite with a few limits reported. With south winds, shore anglers reported slow fishing. Boat anglers reported limits of coho, but it was also hit or miss. Anglers were targeting lake trout with some nice fish up to 12 lbs.
Marquette: Fishing pressure on the Carp and Chocolay rivers decreased. The steelhead seemed to have either returned to the lake or made their way further upstream. Boat anglers were successful catching coho, Chinook, brown trout and lake trout. Trolling with orange spoons, stick baits or flickers seemed to have been the best options for success. For the best chance to have success fishing offshore, try fishing in the morning hours before 11:00 a.m. to noon. Coho, Chinook, and brown trout were caught near the break wall and offshore in between the Carp and Chocolay rivers in shallower water. Lake trout were caught near the upper harbor, mainly in deeper water.
Carp and Pine rivers: The walleye and pike opener was reportedly very slow but it is expected to improve in the coming weeks. Fishing appeared to be slightly better on the Pine River. Drifting natural bait was a safe bet for pike and especially walleye.
Au Train: The steelhead moved out of the mouth of the Rock River, but there were still opportunities to catch some steelhead as they trickled downstream back into the lake. Anglers should try drifting spawn sacs or beads for best chances. Some catches of coho out of the mouth of the Rock River were reported. Shore anglers had success using spawn and crawlers. Boat anglers had success catching coho, Chinook, brown trout and lake trout. Anglers fishing east of the Brownstone Boat Launch caught coho and Chinook salmon. Anglers fishing west from the Brownstone Boat Launch caught coho, Chinook, brown and lake trout. For coho, Chinook and brown trout, try casting or trolling using spoons or flickers nearshore for best success. For lake trout, try jigging cut baits in deeper water (~150+ feet).
Les Cheneaux/Detour: Anglers were catching splake on spawn off of the pier in Hessel, along with a few perch. They were also catching a few pike off the pier. There were many sightings of bass, along with some Atlantic salmon at the pier. The Detour area was slow with few anglers going out fishing.
Whitefish Bay: Anglers were catching salmon, trout, walleye and pike. Several coho salmon were caught with a mix of dock/pier fishing and trolling methods. Fishing closer to shore proved more successful at 10 to 15 feet depths. Both natural and artificial bait landed fish; orange was the hot color. Opening day of walleye and pike produced several good-sized fish near the mouth of the Tahquamenon River. Brook trout, musky, and different species of bass were caught and released in the Whitefish Bay area.
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