DNR's Weekly UP Fishing Report | Sports & Recreation
Keweenaw Bay: Anglers need to stay off the ice in the Baraga Marina and north towards Carla’s because the ice is no longer safe. Boats are still not able to get out into the bay even though the ice is breaking up. The launch in Traverse Bay is open but the dock was not in. Few parking spots were open because of the snow. At the South Portage Entry, the launch ramp is open and the parking lot was almost completely open.
Falls River: Had fair rainbow trout action. Water levels were high and fast. No word on smelt as of this report.
Marquette: Dredging in the Upper Harbor is scheduled to start sometime around May 5 so the entrance to the harbor will be blocked off. Boat anglers will have to use alternate launches such as the one in the Lower Harbor. A couple chinook and brown trout were caught outside the Lower Harbor. Those fishing the “bubblers” caught a couple coho and the occasional lake trout was caught near the “sand hole” in 120 feet of water. Most are trolling assorted crank baits but the hot colors were silver and chartreuse.
Carp River: Catch rates for steelhead and trout were slow with the high water levels. Anglers were fishing spawn, crank baits, small spinners and yarn flies.
Chocolay River: Had high water levels and the M-28 wayside was flooded.
Menominee: Those targeting steelhead and brown trout reported slow catch rates. Some caught walleye and smallmouth bass accidently when trolling spoons and rapalas along the shoreline in 12 to 14 feet of water. Stoney Point still had ice south of the launch site.
Menominee River: Had a lot of anglers jigging for walleye because there was not enough room for trolling at the mouth. Shore anglers were casting different colored rapalas or jigging minnows from Stephenson Island upstream to the Hattie Street Dam. Catch rates were fair to good. The daily bag limit for walleye goes up to five (5) fish on Saturday May 4.
Cedar River: Steelhead action was very slow near the first rapids.
Little Bay De Noc: Has pretty much opened up except for some lingering ice in the north end. Few were out but the perch anglers should be ready. Water temperatures were in the mid 40’s. The ramps are in at the Ford River and Rapid River launches. The Rapid River launch was dredged this winter and has new channel makers.
Day’s River: Is high and fast however some steelhead were caught between the mouth and the highway.
Ford River: Was producing some steelhead just before US-2 and M-35.
Big Bay De Noc: Garden Bay is ice free and hopefully the dock will be in this week. The only docks in were at the Ogontz and the Fayette launch however there was still some ice near Ogontz. A few boats went out for perch but catch rates were still slow. Rivers are running high and fast. At Fairport, the ice is gone from the launch area.
Au Train: The bay is pretty much ice free except for some floating pack ice near shore and a couple large areas toward Au Train Point and Wood Island. The Brownstone launch was still iced in but could be open by the end of the week. The parking lot has small snow banks but is still accessible.
Rock River: Water levels were high and cresting over the banks.
Au Train River: Those fishing the mouth had no luck as water levels were high.
Munising: The ice finally moved out of the bay. The docks are in at the city launch. With high water levels due to run-off, small boats can use the Anna River launch. The small craft launch at Sand Point is sand covered, but available. Catch rates were slow but starting to pick up. Those targeting whitefish in small boats were fishing the open water right next to the ice. Catch rates were fair with a mixed bag of trout and salmon. Pier anglers casting spawn reported slow catch rates due to muddy water. A few whitefish averaging 15 inches along with a couple splake running 16 to 20 inches were caught. Steelhead were three and six pounds.
Grand Marais: The boat launch is open and most of the pier near the lighthouse museum is clear of ice and snow. The upper parking area was still blocked with construction debris. Pier anglers reported a mix of menominee, coho, steelhead and whitefish. Boat anglers have done well for coho and steelhead, some reported limit catches. Boats need to use caution when navigating around the newly completed breakwall as water levels were very shallow between the shoreline and the south end of the breakwall. The water is very shallow on the bay side of the wall so boat anglers will need to use caution and watch for rocks.
Sucker River: Shore anglers at the mouth reported high water and low catch rates.
DeTour: Anglers are steelhead fishing at the mouth of Albany Creek and off the rocks on the west shore.
Drummond Island: Limits of perch were caught in Maxton Bay. Try drifting or still-fishing with minnows in four to six feet of water. Water levels are coming up however boat anglers need to watch for rocks and sand bars around the island.
Cedarville and Hessel: Ice fishing is done for this year. The pier just opened up but the harbors still had ice at the boat launches. Steelhead opportunities exist at Bush and Beaver Tail Creeks.
Carp River: Limits of smelt were taken near the mouth but those upriver were getting few fish. The run seems to be hit-or-miss, perhaps because the water was still cold and muddy.