Upper Peninsula Fishing Report
Little Bay De Noc: Cold weather, winds and rain kept some anglers from participating this week. The perch anglers reported good to excellent catches off Center and 3rd reefs using minnows or wigglers in 25 to 35 feet of water. Best area was between the Day’s River and the Vagabond Resort towards the east bank. Several limits were reported. Smallmouth bass anglers have started fishing the shore off the Ford River and reported fair to good catches casting spinners, cranks or plastics. Fly fishing anglers reported a few steelhead catches on the Escanaba River by the 1st Dam.
Big Bay De Noc: The Garden Bay perch fishery is peaked with good to excellent catches reported this week. Anglers fished by the Fishery on the west bank using minnows or crawlers in five to eight feet of water. Mostly females are being caught with at least a quarter of them spent. Water temperatures in both bays remain quite cold in the low to mid 40s. A few anglers have targeted smallmouth bass in Ogontz and reported spotty catches at best using plastics or spinners in 12 to 14 feet of water. The Fayette launch still doesn’t have the dock in yet but should soon.
Marquette: The fishing overall has been moderate; there have been some days anglers were not able to get out on the water due to the rainy weather conditions and northeast winds. The boat anglers at the upper harbor are trolling for coho and kings around the breakwater with spoons with a few successful catches but no limits. Some boat anglers are also jigging at the “bubblers” with few successful for coho. The lower harbor fishing has picked up this week with boat anglers trolling for coho around the breakwater and at the mouth of the Carp River. There are a couple commercial nets out at the lower harbor near the Sand bar so be aware of net buoys. Carp River steelhead fishing has slowed; a few anglers have caught some that have already spawned out. A few coho and brook trout have been recorded using spawn and artificial spinners.
Au Train: Fishing has been good this week overall for boat anglers. Many are trolling with spoons and crankbaits in Shelter Bay for coho with limits being caught. A few coho have been caught in areas near the Rock and the Au Train River mouths as well. Also, brown trout, steelhead and few king salmon have been reported by boat anglers who were trolling in the Shelter Bay and surrounding areas. Rock River shore fishing has been slow this week but few coho were noted to be caught using both artificial spinners and spawn.
Munising: Boat anglers have had mixed results for the week. Overall, boat anglers trolling within the Bay report little success trolling for coho salmon and splake. Boat anglers trolling near Trout Bay and surrounding areas report slightly more success with some limits of coho salmon reported. Most anglers targeting “coho” are concentrating trolling along the banks in less than 50 feet of water. Shore and pier anglers had a slow week catching only an occasional Menominee, splake or whitefish – mainly using spawn or worms for bait.
Grand Marais: Fishing has picked up the past week, although few boat anglers were out due to cold, rainy conditions. A few boat anglers over the weekend did well with some limits of mainly coho with an occasional steelhead. Water temperatures are currently in the mid to upper 30s. There are reports of good smelt runs in nearby creeks. Action for whitefish on the pier has gotten better the last few days with some limits reported. Most whitefish are running small averaging around 13 to 14 inches. A few “suckers” have been caught off the pier over the past few days. Anglers also have been having good success on menominee. Anglers are using either single eggs/or small worms.
St. Marys River: Drummond Island this past weekend reported better catches of yellow perch in Scott Bay. Some anglers had success stillfishing and drifting with minnows and worms along the very north side of Scott Bay where abandoned weeds and old cattails are bent over in the water. In Maxton Bay the perch are running in the seven to nine inch class with a few 10 inch fish being caught in between the DNR access site and boat launch and the old Sportsman Club Pointe still fishing and drifting with Perch Spreaders tipped with minnows. There was not much fishing effort at Raber Bay or Lime Island. Moving up the St. Mary’s River to Lake George on the east side of Sugar Island off Hay Bay in 30 feet of water, there are reports of yellow perch in the nine to 11 inch class. Shiner minnows seemed to work best for perch in Lake George.
Detour: Detour is still seeing little to no activity. Boat docks had still not been placed in the water at both local boat launches.
Cedarville and Hessel: Cedarville boat launch area is open with the first couple boats launching this past weekend. There were vague reports that some yellow perch were being caught. The Lakeside Road launch is open but seeing very little activity. Overall, fishing activity is on the quick upswing with warmer weather though catch rates have remained slow in general. Hessel boat activity has picked up significantly with the improving weather over the last week. Reports are of most boats targeting Hessel Bay and Wilderness Bay trolling with slow results. Boat anglers have reported catches of zero to two splake for typically long hours of fishing. Pier fishing results for anglers targeting splake were mixed. Catch rates have been generally slow although a few nice fish in the 10 pound range were reported and are helping to continue to keep anglers’ interest. Most anglers continue fishing under slip bobbers with smelt or minnows. A few anglers were also casting some deep-diving body-baits with a little luck.
St. Ignace: One dock has been put in at the St. Ignace city boat launch but there is little to no fishing activity occurring out on Lake Huron. The fish cleaning station remains closed. Catch rates have been reportedly higher for steelhead in the Carp River with warmer water bringing in a few fresh fish. The water remains high in the river so attempting to fish still remains tough. Suckers are starting to show up in greater numbers in the Carp River as well. The smelt run in the eastern Upper Peninsula streams appears to be waning or at an end. However, there are a few anglers who are hopeful that more smelt will push in this weekend.