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Upper Peninsula Weekly Fishing Report – July 20, 2022

Little Bay de Noc: Walleye anglers had success when trolling the east band of Black Bottom. Most anglers were using crawler harnesses. Perch fishing reports were fair near Butlers Island or near the second reef. Smallmouth bass anglers had success casting soft plastics. A few anglers ventured out salmon fishing on the outer portion of the bay with limited success. Both flasher flies and spoons were productive.

Manistique: Salmon anglers had mixed results with some large fish caught. Anglers had the best success with flasher flies. Walleye anglers reported slow fishing, although some fish were caught in the river when jigging or drifting crawler harnesses.

Les Cheneaux/Detour: Anglers continued to catch perch off the pier in Hessel while using crawlers and leeches. They were also catching a few pike early in the morning while using live bait. There were a few splake caught in Wilderness Bay. The herring fishing was slow, however anglers were still catching a few in both Cedarville and around Drummond Island. The walleye bite was still good up towards Scotts Bay.

Marquette: Anglers mainly reported lake trout with a few reports of Chinook and coho salmon in the lower harbor area. Anglers fishing near upper harbor reported catching lake trout. Lake trout and salmon coming out of the shot point area were caught in around 50 feet of water. Try slower speeds for lake trout (about 2mph), and slightly faster speeds (greater than 2mph) for Chinook and coho salmon. Multi-color spoons had the best success at catching both lake trout and salmon. As for the upper harbor area, light blue and bright color spoons had the best success. Around the white rocks area, try trolling at about 2mph in about 150 to 160 feet of water.

Au Train: Fishing activity slowly increased over the last couple weeks. Lake trout was the only species reported by anglers fishing the Au Train area. Most reports came from around Au Train Island, where anglers were fishing in 150+ feet of water. Some reports also came from near the mouth of the Au Train River, where fish were caught in 80 to 100 feet of water. Anglers should try jigging cut-baits in around 150 feet of water near Au Train Island. Also, try trolling in deep water or trolling in the flats around the island for best success. Tri-color spoons worked best for around the Au Train Island. For anglers fishing to the east of the boat launch, try trolling bright orange spoons or stick baits in around 85 feet of water.

Upper St. Mary’s: Whitefish pressure slowed down over the past week up-river of the Soo Locks. Anglers were using wax worms, crawlers, and other types of natural bait while fishing just above the bottom of the river. Near the Soo Locks, anglers found success fishing for rainbow trout and the occasional menominee throughout mid-day and later in the evening. Anglers fishing out of Waishkey Bay area were targeting and catching steady amounts of Chinook and coho salmon out in the deep water. Anglers were using a mix of spoons in 100 feet of water at around 50 feet deep. Walleye, pike, and perch were targeted with very limited success in the bay.

Whitefish Bay: Salmon anglers near Whitefish Point had slow but steady success over the past week. Reports of Chinook, coho and brown trout were caught in a range of water depths (100 to 150 feet deep, fishing at 20 to 75 feet). Anglers were using artificial lures, primarily spoons and body baits. Anglers near the Tahquamenon River mouth targeted pike and muskie, with success on mainly small and non-legal sizes. Up-river anglers reported several muskie follows and larger 40-inch class fish.

Fishing Tip:

What’s this oily sheen in the water? If it shatters when you poke it with a stick, it’s likely due to natural bacterial processes. If it clings together, take a picture, note your location and report it to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s Pollution Emergency Alerting System (PEAS).

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