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Upper Peninsula Weekly Fishing Report – July 14, 2022

Little Bay de Noc: Walleye anglers report mixed results. Those fishing the head of the bay continued to have some success, but most fish were undersized. The east bank of Black Bottom was producing walleye, as well as some perch. Additionally, anglers were having some action when fishing out of the Ford River where the fish have generally been larger. Perch fishing has been fair to good; anglers were targeting Nelson’s Bay and Butlers Island. A few Chinook salmon were caught on the outer portion of the bay.

Manistique: Salmon fishing was good. Anglers were catching multiple year classes and large fish catches were common. Flasher flies seemed to be the best producer, although spoons and meat rigs were also taking fish.

Keweenaw Bay/Huron Bay: Anglers found some success while fishing for trout and salmon in the bays. Most of the fish caught were lake trout with a low number of Chinook salmon and rainbow trout caught as well. Most fish were caught while trolling with artificial baits. Most anglers use spoons during this time of year, and they seemed to be working as well as ever when fish are around. Trout and salmon were both caught in water around 170 feet. Those fish were found anywhere from 10 feet off the bottom all the way up to suspended at 60 feet down. Most fish were caught during the morning and the early afternoon.

Traverse Bays/ South Portage Canal Entry: Anglers were catching more lake trout compared to other species. Most anglers were trolling with artificial baits like flasher flies and spoons. Some anglers found luck while jigging for lake trout in and around nearby islands. Most anglers were having their best catch hours during the morning with a few fish caught in the afternoons. Fishing pressure seemed to die down during the late afternoon.

Les Cheneaux/Detour: Anglers in the Les Cheneaux area were catching perch at the marina in Hessel and also at the CORA launch in Cedarville within McKay Bay. Nightcrawlers, leaches and mayflies were the best for perch. Anglers were also still catching a few pike at the marina in Hessel, early in the morning using live bait. Lake herring were caught within McKay Bay, as well as a few master anglers caught around Goat and Haven islands. There were also some walleye reported within Hessel Bay. In Detour, most anglers were headed north for the herring bite. They were catching a lot of fish; however, they were on the smaller side. Top bait for herring were mayflies and wax worms. The walleye bite was hot to the north up around Drummond Island as well.

Marquette: Fishing activity remained constant, and most anglers reported catching mainly lake trout. There were some reports of coho, Chinook and steelhead coming from the shot point area. For the best opportunity to catch lake trout, Chinook, coho and steelhead, try fishing in 40 to 50 feet of water near the Chocolay River down through shot point. While trolling, run deep lines for lake trout and high lines for salmon and steelhead. Try using multi-color spoons for best opportunity. Lake trout were reported being caught near White Rocks. Try trolling spoons or flickers in deep water (140+ feet).

Munising: Fishing pressure was very low however there were reports from a few anglers that a few Chinook were caught along with a few splake near Trout Bay and towards Miner’s Castle. A few boats had some good catches of splake and lake trout out towards Williams Island and the west channel in less than 50 feet of water.

Grand Marais: Fishing pressure was low however some nice catches of lake trout were caught in areas west of Grand Marais towards Sable and also a few miles offshore towards Five Mile Reef in about 150+ feet of water. Boat anglers near Big Reef produced some limits of nice lake trout while trolling on top.

Au Train: Anglers were reporting catches of lake trout coming from deep water around Au Train Island. Anglers should try trolling spoons or jigging cut-baits in 150+ feet of water. While trolling, try going at speeds just under 2mph while using bright colored spoons or stick baits. As for jigging, try jigging cut-baits in 140 to 160 feet of water.

Upper St. Mary’s: Whitefish anglers were continuing to catch lake whitefish up-river of the Soo locks. Anglers were reporting an increase of menominee over the past couple of weeks while jigging with wax worms. Some anglers were also targeting rainbow trout with slow but steady results using primarily natural bait. In the Brimely area, anglers were targeting walleye and northern pike within Waishkey Bay. An increased number of anglers were also moving out to deep water targeting Chinook and coho. Salmon anglers were reporting catches in 100 to 120 feet deep while fishing around 50 feet deep.

Fishing Tip: Taking great catch-and-release photos

Are you an avid catch-and-release angler? Do you like to take photos of the fish you catch, prior to returning them to the water? Do you know the safest way to take these photos so you ensure the fish can live to be caught another day?

Here are some steps you can follow:

  • Wet your hands before you handle the fish; that way you won’t remove any of the protective mucus (or slime) that coats the fish’s body.
  • Remember fish can’t breathe out of water, so they will become uncomfortable rather quickly. Keep the fish in the water until your camera is ready to take the shot.
  • Take the photo with the fish fairly close to the water, so if it squirms out of your hands it will land in the water and not on a hard surface.
  • While holding the fish, don’t pinch or squeeze it and don’t stick your fingers in its gills.
  • Be mindful of the different kinds of fish that have teeth and/or spines that could stick you.
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