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Gone fishin’

A rundown of the region’s best fishing holes

June 18, 2010
The Mining Journal


Marquette: Bad weather made for slow fishing. A few lake trout along with occasional coho were caught in the Lower Harbor toward the Carp River. Water temperatures were in the mid to upper 40s.

Au Train: Anglers reported good catches of lake trout averaging 3 to 10 pounds. Try north of Au Train Island in 140 to 180 feet of water.

Munising: Few boats have been out. Shore anglers have seen a marginal increase in activity with a few perch caught however catch rates for splake were not good.

Grand Marais: Pier anglers reported slower catch rates for whitefish, might be due to the weather. They are using a single egg. Some have caught coho.

Black River Harbor: Chinook and coho have been caught close to shore. Try 12 to 20 feet down in waters 35 to 55 feet deep. No lake trout report this week.

Ontonagon: Wind, rain, and fog has made fishing difficult. Those able to get out did catch coho and lake trout. Coho were taken a few feet off the bottom in 45 to 65 feet of water and the lake trout were 2 to 4 feet off the bottom in 100 feet of water. There is a well defined mud line in the lake right now so working the edge should produce some fish.

Walleye fishing slowed with the onset of muddy water.

Lake Gogebic: Does have walleye and catch rates should only improve.

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers jigging for lake trout found fish in 220 to 270 feet of water out from Big Louie's Point and near the 7 Mile Reef. Off Gay Point and Hermits Cove, lake trout were found in 135 to 165 feet of water. At the South Portage Entry, good catches of lake trout were reported in 30 to 70 feet of water along Farmers Reef, Big Reef, Newton's Reef and the Mud Banks. Spoons worked best.

Little Bay De Noc: Night anglers were taking the better catches of walleye. Most are trolling crank baits or crawler harnesses along the weeds in 8 to 15 feet of water from the Center Reef and north. Off the Ford River, some large walleye were caught out in the ''Fingers'' in 10 to 14 feet of water. Fair to good perch fishing north of Butler Island when still-fishing with minnows in 6 to 13 feet of water.

Escanaba River: Had fair to good walleye catches for those jigging or drifting crawlers in 10 to 20 feet of water.

Big Bay De Noc: Had fair to good walleye fishing. Those trolling in the evening caught fish from Kates Bay south to Garden Bluff when trolling crawlers or crank baits in 16 to 22 feet of water. The bay had several large mayfly hatches so many were trolling along the so called ''bug lines''. The purple lightening harness was the hot bait. Smallmouth bass action was still good. Try off Ogontz in 8 to 12 feet of water or Porcupine Point and Kates Bay in 12 to 16 feet of water with tube baits, crank baits, crawlers or leeches. Off Fairport, anglers marked good numbers of baitfish and catch rates were picking up. Try 40 to 80 feet down in waters 50 to 120 feet deep.

Indian Lake: Has been experiencing a mayfly hatch. Smaller walleye were caught on harnesses with crawlers and leeches along the west shore and the north end of the lake. Some were fishing the rock pike in the middle of the lake but smaller walleye were caught. Anglers were trolling small rapalas a little faster than usual. Lots of small perch along with a few keepers were caught in front of the State Park. Try different colored jigs with minnows or crawlers. Pike and herring were caught by those trolling however most were small.

Manistique River: Was producing some walleye.

St. Marys River: Northern pike and walleye action were good in Brimley Bay when trolling crank baits in 6 to 9 feet of water. Whitefish were caught near Sault Ste. Marie at the Cloverland Electric Plant. Try wax worms just off the bottom.

De Tour: Boats were still trolling both sides of the shipping channel to the No. 3 can and three miles south of the lighthouse to the area known as The Humps' for lake trout and salmon. Fish were hitting high on orange or green and silver spoons. At Drummond Island, anglers were fishing near the Yacht Club for herring. Try red, pink, or green teardrops with a wax worm.

Cedarville and Hessel: Northern pike are fair off the Hessel Marina pier and in the bay. Anglers are trolling, casting or still-fishing with minnows. With the early mayfly hatches this year, lake herring are present. Those trolling in 6 to 8 feet of water in Cedarville Bay and Musky Bay have caught some nice perch.

St. Ignace: Boats trolling 50 feet down in waters 80 to 100 feet deep have caught chinook and Atlantic salmon on spoons.



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