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Gone fishin’

A rundown of the region’s best fishing holes

July 2, 2010
The Mining Journal


Black River Harbor: Salmon are being caught in 75 to 120 feet of water trolling with dodgers and flies. No reports on lake trout.

Lake Gogebic: Is producing some 12 and 13 inch perch. Walleye have been caught by those trolling along the west shore. Weeds are on the surface now and some areas are almost too thick to fish.

Ontonagon: Lake trout are just off the bottom in 35 to 65 feet of water.

Ontonagon River: Walleye fishing was slow because the river was muddy.

Keweenaw Bay: The salmon and lake trout bite were slow. A few perch were caught in the Baraga Marina when using crawlers or minnows and a few pike were caught on minnows. In Traverse Bay, the bite was hit-or-miss however a few lake trout were caught in 140 to 150 feet of water. At the South Portage Entry, good fishing continues on the Farmers Reef, Newton Reef, Big Reef and the Mud Banks.

Marquette: Had a few reports of coho and lake trout caught by those trolling between the Lower Harbor and the Chocolay River.

Little Bay De Noc: Mayfly hatches did slow the bite however walleye were caught off the Day's River when drifting or jigging crawlers in 14 feet of water. Some yellow perch were caught off Butler Island when still-fishing worms in 10 to 20 feet of water. Good pike action near Kipling when trolling crank baits in 10 to 16 feet of water over the coal piles. Catch rates for salmon were slow.

Escanaba River: Walleye were caught when drifting crawler harnesses in 10 to 25 feet of water up to the first bridge.

Big Bay De Noc: Had some good walleye reports from Ansell's Point when trolling or drifting crawler harnesses in 16 to 22 feet of water. Smallmouth bass were hitting on tube baits or crank baits in 12 feet of water off Porcupine Point and Ogontz. Perch anglers reported fair catches in Snail Shell Harbor when jigging or still-fishing worms in 10 to 20 feet of water. Fairport had good salmon action with limit catches reported by those trolling spoons or meat rigs 60 feet down in 100 feet of water. Steelhead were caught along the bug line.

Indian Lake: Had slow catch rates combined with undersize fish in regards to walleye and northern pike. Anglers were trolling the west shore, south shore and the rock pike. Yellow perch were also small. Anglers were jigging crawlers and minnows along the north and south end of the lake.

Au Train: Lake trout were caught near Au Train Island when trolling gold and silver spoons. No chinook or coho to report. Surface water temperatures were averaging the low 50's.

Munising: Fishing remained slow with only a few small lake trout caught by boat anglers. Shore fishing was also slow.

Manistique: Salmon were caught about a half mile from shore.

Grand Marais: Lake trout fishing was good with limit catches reported north of the port. The average size was 6 to 8 pounds. Anglers were using a combination of lures and cut bait. Pier fishing has tapered off, but a few whitefish were still being caught on a single egg in the early morning or at night.

St. Mary's River: A few walleye were caught at 4 Mile Road and in Bay Dewausi off Lake Nicolet. Best time to fish is when the water is stained when trolling a crawler harness with purple beads. A few small walleye are being caught in Raber Bay when trolling bottom bouncers and crawler harnesses in 22 feet of water between buoys 20 and 24. Try Antelope Point with a crawler harness and purple beads or crank baits.

De Tour: Boats are still trolling both sides of the shipping channel to the red cans on the Drummond Island side, near the No. 3 green can and south of the lighthouse to the ''Humps'' for lake trout and salmon. Fish were caught 55 feet down on green and silver or black and white spoons. Lake Herring were caught in Canadian waters around Cass Island and Tenby Bay when using teardrops with wax worms.

Cedarville and Hessel: The Cedarville launch will close on July 1st for dredging which will take place in the bay, Middle Entrance and Snow Channel. It is anticipated that the launch will be closed for about three months. A handful of legal size pike were caught in the early morning off the marina pier in Hessel. Those trolling stick baits in 10 to 12 feet of water along the south shore and Musky Bay had fair results for pike, but many were small. McKay Bay is the place for lake herring with limit catches taken in 8 to 12 feet of water when casting small Swedish Pimples or using wax worms. Perch fishing was slow however sunfish and rock bass were caught in Cedarville Bay.

St. Ignace: Anglers are targeting chinook salmon in front of the Coast Guard Station, near the flats and around the old fuel tanks. Shore anglers caught some nice 12 pound fish on green spoons.



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