DNR's Weekly UP Fishing Report | Sports & Recreation
Marquette: Lake trout fishing was fair as the fish move in closer to shore. Most are fishing off the Lower Harbor Breakwall. Some have caught a couple lake whitefish or menominee off the black rocks in the Upper Harbor. Coho and steelhead were also taken. Surface water temperatures have dropped to the upper 40’s.
Carp River: Anglers are still catching a few coho near the mouth. Try spinners or spawn bags. No steelhead to report.
Chocolay River: Boat and shore anglers are catching a few coho. Most of the fish are dark males but some have caught the occasional silver fish. They are using stick baits, small spoons, spinners and spawn bags. Some caught steelhead or brown.
Menominee: A few walleye were caught at night in 15 to 25 feet of water when trolling north and south of the river. Smallmouth bass were also caught.
Cedar River: Shore anglers were casting spoons or drifting spawn. Salmon were seen but no fish were caught. Boat anglers caught smallmouth bass near the boat launch and under the interstate bridge.
Menominee River: Catch rates were fair to good for perch. Anglers are drifting crawlers or minnows between the mouth and Stephenson Island. Lake trout and salmon anglers wading near the Hattie Street Dam reported slow catch rates when drifting spawn. Some were starting to target walleye off the Cat Walk but none were caught. A recent survey did show steelhead and brown trout moving up into the river.
Little Bay De Noc: Those able to get out were mainly perch fishing. Most were targeting waters eight and 23 feet deep around Butler Island, Brach’s Cabins or the flats. Minnows and crawlers worked best. Northern pike are still being caught.
Big Bay De Noc: Had no walleye reports however smallmouth bass anglers were active in Garden Bay. Fish were caught in 15 to 38 feet off the Bluff. Minnows worked best. Only a few perch were caught.
Munising: Look for late arriving coho in front of the Anna River. Catch rates for pier anglers were very slow for coho, splake and steelhead. Coho were hitting on spawn bags and splake were hitting on a single egg. Salmon were smaller this year and most of the coho were females.
Anna River: Those fishing upstream reported good catch rates for coho and splake.
Grand Marais: Fishing was generally slow for those trolling near the mouth of the Sucker River, pier anglers and shore anglers. A couple steelhead were taken by those drifting spawn or casting.
Big Manistique Lake: Had good walleye and perch fishing.
Two Hearted River: Was still producing the occasional coho.
Tahquamenon River: Had good walleye and musky fishing.
St. Mary’s River: Walleye are still good at the Dumping Grounds just south of Kemps Point, and Moon Island. Catches were made by those trolling rattle traps and reef runner crank baits in eight to 12 feet. Smallmouth bass have been caught by those trolling or jigging tube jigs just off the rock ledges at Birch Point and just north of the Gogomain River in six to eight feet.
Drummond Island: A few perch were caught by those drifting minnows between the south end of James Island and the Drummond Island Sportsmen Club in Maxton Bay.
Cedarville and Hessel: Had good perch fishing in Musky Bay.
Carp River: Is producing coho and pink salmon. Those targeting steelhead were having a good time. One lucky angler harvested one weighing 10 pounds.
St. Ignace: Salmon were hanging out near the city launch but the fish are deteriorating quickly.