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Gone fishin’

A rundown of the region’s best fishing holes

August 27, 2010
The Mining Journal

Marquette: Fishing slowed with the weather, however lake trout were still being caught north of the White Rocks and in the Sand Hole when fishing between the bottom and 30 feet up. Spoons worked best and good colors were silver, gold, orange or melon. Surface waters here were averaging 68 degrees. Lake trout were also caught around Stannard Rock.

AuTrain: Lake trout action was slow except for a few fish taken north of AuTrain Island and Wood Island Reef. Surface water temperatures have cooled this past week due to rain. The average surface water temperature was 68 degrees.

Munising: The Big Reef continues to produce good lake trout action with fish between 10 and 25 pounds being caught with spoons just off the bottom. Small perch were caught in Murray Bay and a few small splake were seen by those fishing around the Grand Island dock.

Grand Marais: Good numbers of smaller lake trout have been caught about five miles north of the bay when trolling spoons in 150 to 200 feet of water. Shore anglers were pike fishing but catch rates were poor.

Keweenaw Bay: The bite was slow but anglers did manage to pick up a mix of coho and lake trout when trolling between Sand Point and Carla's Restaurant in 60 to 100 feet of water. Along the South Portage Entry, a limited number of coho and lake trout were caught by those trolling along the Newton and Farmers Reef.

Black River Harbor: Fishing has picked up with coho caught by those trolling flies with a flasher or dodger about halfway down in 75 to 100 feet of water. Lake trout were also caught on spoons.

Ontonagon: Had good lake trout fishing just off the bottom in 65 to 85 feet of water. Coho salmon were also active in the same area.

Little Bay De Noc: Had fair to good catches of walleye when weather permitted.

The best fishing was off the Black Bottom when trolling or drifting crawlers in 10 to 38 feet of water.



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