|Little Bay de Noc: Walleye fishing was good. Anglers reported success when trolling or drifting crawler harnesses. Primary areas of focus for walleye anglers included south of Gladstone, out of the Ford River, as well as near the mouth of the Whitefish River. Additionally, some anglers had success at the first reef. Smallmouth anglers reported good fishing when casting soft plastics or crank baits. Perch anglers had mixed results fishing the upper portion of the bay.
Manistique: Steelhead anglers reported a slight decline in success, but there were still some fish in the river. Walleye anglers had some success, although fishing was generally slow.
Keweenaw Bay/Huron Bay: Anglers had success in both bays over the past week. Multiple catches of Chinook, coho and lake trout were reported. Most successful angling was while trolling however some anglers did have luck jigging. Most trolling was done in water between the depths of 40 and 170 feet. Anglers had luck trolling with artificial baits as well.
Les Cheneaux/Detour: Anglers were catching pike off the pier in Hessel. In Detour, anglers were catching Atlantic salmon and lake trout around the lighthouse. Anglers were also catching walleye and smallmouth bass around Drummond Island. The bass and walleye fishing was good around the island when anglers were using artificial and live bait.
Traverse Bays/ South Portage Canal Entry: Anglers had success fishing for lake trout this past week. Fishing pressure was split evenly between jigging and trolling with them being equally successful. A few coho and Chinook were also caught however lake trout dominated the catch. Anglers had luck using natural baits while jigging and artificial baits while trolling. Near shore waters seemed to produce the most fish while trolling and some near shore and some deep areas produced fish while jigging.
Munising: Fishing pressure was low with only a few boat anglers fishing mainly in the mornings. Anglers were targeting coho with reports of a few Chinook being caught averaging around 5 to 9 pounds. Anglers were mainly trolling within the bay and the west channel areas and then towards Five Mile Point and in the Au Train area. Shore fishing pressure was low due to low water conditions on Lake Superior.
Grand Marais: Whitefish anglers continued to do well with limits as long as there was a northwest wind. South winds were not favorable for any kind of bite. Anglers reporting limits in the early morning and were also doing well at dusk and just shortly after. Anglers were using mainly single eggs with a few anglers trying spawn, or worms and also casting with assorted spoons or heavy jigs. Whitefish were averaging around 13 inches with some incidental fish over 15 inches. Boat anglers were starting to target lake trout and did well with some reports of limits near the drop off just outside of harbor to the Five Mile reef area and shipping channels with most fish averaging around 3 to 4 pounds.
Marquette: Fishing pressure remained slow. Anglers were switching from salmon fishing to lake trout fishing as the Chinook and coho seemed to be slowing down. There was relative success catching coho, Chinook and lake trout offshore trolling in between the Carp and Chocolay rivers. Anglers should try trolling using a spoon while moving at a speed of just under 2 miles per hour. Anglers had success catching lake trout and brown trout from near the break wall in lower harbor. Try trolling near the break wall moving at slow speeds using spoons, stick baits or flickers. Lake trout were also caught from the upper harbor area. Lake trout were caught in a variety of depths of water but try fishing deeper water for better success.
Au Train: The salmon fishing slowed down, but there were some anglers with some success at catching coho and Chinook salmon. For best chance at catching Chinook or coho salmon, try trolling or casting using flickers or spoons. For Chinook and coho, try fishing east of the Brownstone Boat Launch as that seemed to be where most of the success has come from. Try fishing to the west of the Brownstone for lake trout and brown trout. Anglers had success catching lake trout and brown trout while trolling and jigging in deep water (about 150+ feet). Try trolling using spoons, or also try jigging using cut bait/smelt. Fishing pressure in the Au Train River was very low. The Rock River had a limited number of people as well, but there were a few reports of coho being caught from shore. Try casting out using spawn or crawlers for best success.
Upper St. Mary’s: Whitefish anglers were jigging in 3 to 5 feet off the bottom of the river for whitefish, which produced good results using different types of artificial and natural wax worms, as well as crawlers. Some anglers were occasionally catching steelhead near the Locks on crawlers or single eggs setups.
Whitefish Bay: Over the weekend, Chinook salmon fishing was producing. Multiple anglers reported several fish including the occasional coho. Trolling at low speeds with different colors of spoons at 30 to 80 feet was successful. Anglers were fishing within 1 to 10 miles from Whitefish Harbor. The walleye fishing pressure near the Tahquamenon River mouth continued to stay high. Boats traveling in and out of the river mouth and out into Lake Superior reported walleye, musky, pike and different types of bass. With the Tahquamenon River mouth campground now fully open, many shore anglers are out, primarily catching small panfish and bullhead.
Attend the “Didymo: What You Need to Know” webinar (9 a.m. Thursday, June 9) which will provide important information for anyone fishing or boating in Michigan’s rivers. The December 2021 discovery of didymo (also known as “rock snot”), an aquatic nuisance algae species, in the Upper Manistee River signals the need for increased decontamination practices by all river and stream users.
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