Upper Peninsula Fishing Report
Lac Vieux Desert: Crappie were moving off the beds and were caught with less frequency. Bluegill and sunfish were in the shallows around the weed beds and hitting on natural or artificial plastics. Be ready to sort out the small ones. Some perch were caught including some bigger ones taken on minnows and other natural baits along the breaks. Those targeting perch have also caught a couple walleye. A few muskie anglers were getting out but catch rates were slow.
Little Bay De Noc: Walleye fishing slowed with most activity at the mouths of the Whitefish or Escanaba rivers. At the Whitefish most trolled or jigged crawlers in 10 to 18 feet while at the Escanaba they drifted or jigged along the weed lines in 20 feet. Fair catches of perch were reported out from the Gladstone beach area in and around 25 feet using minnows or crawlers. Most smallmouth anglers reported fair catches at best. Best catches were in and around 12 feet using plastics or cranks. South of the Ford River was best along the reeds in 8 to 12 feet. Northern pike were active throughout the bay with several large fish reported caught off the mouth of the Day’s River trolling stick baits in 14 to 18 feet.
Big Bay De Noc: Walleye catches were still good here between the Ogontz Launch and Indian Point trolling stick baits or crawlers w/harnesses in 14 to 21 feet. At the head of the bay by Valentines Creek anglers trolled crawlers harnesses or stick baits in 10 to 16 feet. Some walleye were also reported up by the Little Fish Dam River. Smallmouth bass were active throughout the bay. Near Ogontz good catches came along the weeds casting cranks, spinners or plastics in four to eight feet. Martins Bay had fish also, mostly northern pike. Fish Dam area was best while trolling or casting cranks or plastics in four to 10 feet. South River, Puffy Bay and Garden Bay area all reported smallmouth catches using the same in four to 12 feet.
Munising: Boat anglers took fair catches of Chinook and coho salmon in Trout Bay and west of Grand Island. Most are trolling in shallow waters less than 20 feet deep between 2 and 2.5 mph. A few lake trout were caught in 130 to 150 feet around Wood Island. Water temperatures remain in the mid 40’s. Pier and shore fishing were slow.
Grand Marais: Those trolling have caught lake trout along with a few coho and steelhead. Lake trout anglers did well straight out and along the “Banks” and towards Sable Point. Salmon anglers did best a few miles east of Grand Marais in less than 20 feet. Pier anglers did well for lake whitefish with most taking limit catches, however the fish were small averaging 11 to 12 inches. A single egg worked best. .
Detour: Chinook salmon were suspended about 58 feet down in over 80 feet between the lighthouse and the red buoy on the Drummond Island side of the river. Hot bait was a black and gold 6-inch spoon trolled at 2.2 mph. A couple Atlantic salmon were taken on 4-inch spoons 15 feet down in 60 feet between Fry Pan Island and the green buoy. Good lake trout action when trolling from the lighthouse east to the red buoy at 35 to 40 feet down in 80 to 100 feet with orange and white or plain hammered chrome spoons.
Cedarville and Hessel: No reports of yellow perch yet, but northern pike fishing has been good throughout Musky Bay and at the mouth of Duck Bay by trolling with red and white spoons in six to eight feet of water along the shorelines and docks. Good catches of pumpkinseed were reported while anglers fished with worms from shore, off Hill Island Road, and the bridge leading to Hill Island. At Hessel the best place for pike has been in and around Haven Island and Cube Point. Anglers saw success by still fishing with live chubs or drift fishing with frozen smelt in six to eight feet of water.