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Gone fishin’

September 23, 2011
By The Associated Press , The Mining Journal


Keweenaw Bay: There are a few salmon and brown trout showing up in the rivers around the bay. In Traverse Bay, fishing was spotty with a few chinook and coho taken by those trolling in 40 to 50 feet of water off the Buffalo Reef. Those trolling off Big Louie's and Gay Point caught fish when trolling spoons in 130 to 185 feet of water. The bigger fish were caught by those jigging in 170 feet of water.

Marquette: Lake trout action was fair with most anglers picking up two to five fish that averaged 3 to 5 pounds. The better fishing remains north of the White Rocks to Little Presque Isle and the Clay Banks in 100 to 140 feet of water.

Carp River: Coho and chinook action were slow.

Menominee: Walleye anglers are catching some fish near Green Island when jigging minnows or trolling crawler harnesses or stick baits. Some are also trolling the drop-off along the Wisconsin shoreline.

Menominee River: The Boom Landing launch, restrooms and cleaning station in Marinette are closed for the season. Those trolling the deeper holes have caught smallmouth bass, pike, and a few walleye on crawler harnesses, rapalas and crank baits. The area upstream of Boom Landing and the Mystery Ship Launch produced the most catches. Perch were caught at the marina and off the breakwall. Early morning and late evening produced the bigger fish. Anglers are reminded that the sturgeon season is catch-and-release only from the mouth upstream to the first dam.

Little Bay De Noc: A few walleye were caught between the Black Bottom and the Narrows when trolling or drifting crawlers in 15 to 25 feet of water. Fish were marked near Round Island but few were caught. Perch fishing was fair off the Center Reef in 20 feet of water or Gladstone in 20 to 30 feet of water.

Both are using crawlers or minnows. Smallmouth bass were caught when casting tube baits or crank baits in 10 to 20 feet of water off Hunters Point and Farmers Dock.

Ford River: A few salmon have been caught at the mouth when casting spoons, crank baits or spinners.

Big Bay De Noc: The smallmouth bass are still a bit north of Snake Island and not quite staged for the fall fishing. Try between Kate's Bay and Garden Bluff in waters 4 to 15 feet deep.

Munising: Boat anglers are now focused on coho salmon and the better fishing seems to be in the early morning in 20 to 50 feet of water when trolling dodgers, flies and spoons. Some caught the occasional pink salmon. Pier anglers caught splake and coho when using spoons, spinners or spawn.

Grand Marais: Lake trout fishing was slow and those trolling caught coho and pike. No reports of any steelhead in the bay yet. Pier and shore fishing was slow.

Manistique: Chinook salmon are being caught near the mouth of the river and just past the breakwall by boat anglers trolling small spoons or rapalas. No steelhead or brown trout were taken but some walleye were caught.

Manistique River: Anglers wading at the first dam are targeting chinook but the fish are starting to turn color.

St. Mary's River: A few walleye were caught on the southeast side of Sugar Island in Sault Ste. Marie. Anglers are trolling bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses. Walleye were also caught down in Raber Bay, around Lime Island and Munuscong Lake. Hot colors were orange and black or chartreuse and purple.

Detour: Fishing was slow for perch, walleye and pike. Salmon and trout are still present when trolling the shipping channel to the (hash)3 green can and the lighthouse area, but watch for the gill nets. Orange and yellow spoons worked best.

Cedarville and Hessel: A few perch were caught in Cedarville Bay, Middle Entrance, Musky Bay, the north end of Snows Channel and off the Hessel Pier in 8 to 10 feet of water with crawlers or minnows. Smallmouth bass opportunities have picked up so try fishing the rocky points off Hessel Bay, Musky Bay and Snows Channel.

Carp River: A handful of salmon have made their way upstream to the Mackinac Bridge Trail and the McDonald Rapids. Try small Cleo's in green and white or orange with black dots.

St. Ignace: Boats are targeting chinook, lake trout and steelhead off the Coast Guard Station and the Edison Plant when fishing high in the water column with silver and green or gold and green J-plugs and fire-tiger spoons. Pink and chinook salmon are at the mouth of the Carp River but anglers need to use caution and watch for gill nets in the area.



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