DNR's Weekly UP Fishing Report | Sports & Recreation
Marquette: Had fair lake trout action for those using spoons tipped with cut bait in 180 to 220 feet of water. Try north of the White Rocks and out near Granite Island. Some fish were marked in 100 feet, they could be salmon.
Little Bay De Noc: Had few walleye anglers as catch rates were slow. A couple fish were taken on crawler harnesses in 18 to 25 feet of water along the “Black Bottom” or in 16 to 30 feet along the shoals. Perch were spotty but caught in 10 to 19 feet near Kipling and off the mouth of the Ford River in eight to 12. Crawlers and minnows worked best. Smallmouth bass fishing was good near Round Island and south of the Ford River in five to 12 feet. Try crank baits, spinners or plastic baits.
Big Bay De Noc: Had no walleye reports but the smallmouth action was good in Kate’s Bay, the mouth of Garden Bay and off Nahma. Use crank baits, spinners or plastics in six to 18 feet. Fairport was producing few salmon. Better catches were 60 feet down in 80 to 120 feet with spoons or cut bait.
Au Train: Had a few boats heading out to target lake trout. A few fish were caught spoons in 160 to 180 feet of water. Surface water temperatures remain cool in the mid to upper 50’s.
Munising: Catch rates were fair at best. Most were targeting lake trout but some have shifted to salmon but the fish were small. The popular spots to fish were Munising Bay, Trout Bay, Murray’s Bay and north of Wood Island in 100 feet of water. Surface water temperatures were in the low 60’s. Pier anglers have caught a few fish when still-fishing with spawn. The bigger splake were up to 21 inches and three pounds.
Grand Marais: Boat anglers had good lake trout action and a few limit catches were reported. Fish were caught in 150 to 250 feet of water in the shipping channel or five to seven miles north. Many were small at two to four pounds but some went as high as 12 pounds. Those targeting salmon in 50 feet of water west of the bay had fair results. The fish were 18 to 20 inches long and about two pounds. Pier anglers were still-fishing with a single egg for whitefish.
St. Mary’s River: Walleye fishing was very good at the north end of Lime Island which is in Raber Bay. Most are trolling bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses in 12 to 14 feet of water. Walleye also moved into the shipping channel near Buoy 25. Try crawler harnesses with bottom bouncers in 25 to 30 feet of water.
DeTour: Atlantic, Chinook and lake trout are all active in the early morning. Anglers are using green and white flashers and flies or spoons in blue and silver, green and gold, green, white or yellow.
Drummond Island: Had excellent walleye action in Scott Bay, around Peck Island. Try the northwest side when trolling bottom bouncers and crawler harnesses in 12 to 15 feet of water. Smallmouth bass were good at Peck Island for those using tube jigs or still-fishing with minnows.
Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing is good in Musky Bay, Hessel Bay, Middle Entrance and the Moscoe Channel. Use minnows, leaf worms or crawlers. Hessel Bay was good for those targeting pike. Large and smallmouth bass are being caught in Musky Bay, Duck Bay and Snows Channel.
St. Ignace: Anglers are targeting Chinook and Atlantic salmon in waters up to 150 feet deep on the backside of Mackinac Island, Round Island and the Coast Guard Station.