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Gone fishin’

A rundown of the region’s best fishing holes

September 3, 2010
The Mining Journal

Marquette: Catch rates for lake trout were fair, but some limit catches were reported near the white rocks and toward Granite Island. Most fish were caught near the bottom but a few were suspended in 150 feet of water. Spoons and flies work best. No reports on salmon or steelhead.

Au Train: A few limits of lake trout were caught north of Shelter Bay and near Grand Island. Fish averaging 3 to 5 pounds were caught on spoons and flies.

Munising: Catch rates were slow due to weather conditions. Reports from the Big Reef area indicate there are still good numbers of nice lake trout into the 20 pound range to be caught. Some perch were caught off Grand Island in Murray Bay. Pier and shore anglers caught a few splake. Try spawn bags or spoons.

Grand Marais: Those able to get out caught lake trout along the drop offs in 150 feet of water about five miles north of the bay.

Little Bay De Noc: Had fair to good walleye catches out from the Terrace Bay Inn in Gladstone Bay when trolling crawlers and harnesses in 25 to 35 feet of water. The southern end of the Black Bottom was fair in 10 to 40 feet of water but several nice perch and crappie were caught when jigging crawlers. Salmon fishing was fair in the southern waters when trolling spoons 65 to 95 feet down in 110 to 125 feet of water.

Big Bay De Noc: No walleye or perch to report but smallmouth bass catches were good for those using tube or crank baits in 15 to 30 feet of water from Ansell's Point south to Snake Island. Fairport had good catches when weather permitted. Boat anglers after salmon were heading south to Poverty Island and trolling spoons 80 to 140 feet down in 120 to 160 feet of water.

Black River Harbor: Strong winds have kept anglers off the lake.

Indian Lake: Walleye were caught by those trolling or drifting near the weed beds with crawler harnesses or surface raps. Perch anglers were fishing close to shore with crawlers.



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