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Upper Peninsula Fishing Reports

Lake Gogebic: Not much has changed over the last 30 days. Walleye were caught when trolling crank baits or crawler harnesses but few limit catches were reported. Fishing weed beds and rock piles with crawlers and leeches has produced some walleye and perch. Anglers are catching more legal size walleye. Some decent bluegills and sunfish along with a couple nice perch and walleye were caught on the north end. Pike are still being caught but few were legal size. Smallmouth fishing remains hot along the breaks just off shore on the south end.

Menominee River: Fishing was slow for boat and shore anglers with only a few walleye, smallmouth bass, catfish and freshwater drum caught.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported fair to good catches around the First and Second Reefs when trolling a crawler harness in 12 to 28 feet. A few walleye were caught near Breezy Point in 12 to 14 feet. Perch fishing was fair to good near Kipling with crawlers in 8 to 13 feet. Several jumbo perch were reported. Northern pike catches were up near the Day’s River and the Escanaba ship docks when trolling spoons or crank baits in 8 to 14 feet. Fair walleye action was reported in the Escanaba River when trolling crawler harness in 8 to 14 feet.

Manistique: Had no salmon reports as many are waiting until the fish move back into the area later this month. Pier anglers caught good numbers of rock bass and bluegills which can be lots of fun for the kids. Walleye fishing was good in the river up near the fast water when casting a jig with a crawler. Smallmouth bass fishing was good but few anglers were taking advantage of it.

Marquette: Strong winds scattered the fish. A few lake trout were caught near Granite Island, the white rocks and off Shot Point. A couple coho were caught near Shot Point.

Au Train: Lake trout were caught in front of Au Train Island and Shelter Bay.

Munising: A few coho were caught over the last week. Gusty winds made fishing difficult. Lake trout anglers continue to produce fair to good catches north of Grand Island, near Wood Island Reef and Big Reef. Pier fishing was slow with only a few splake taken.

Grand Marais: Coho suspended in 30 feet were caught when anglers could get out. Lake trout anglers continue to do well with limit catches reported near the shipping lanes straight out from the port, near Au Sable Point and near Big Reef.

Tahquamenon River: Musky fishing was decent with a fair to good number of fish caught. Few panfish were caught.

St. Marys River: Atlantic salmon were caught behind the Cloverland Powerhouse up near Sault Ste. Marie. The whitefish action was beginning to slow. Try red or brown flies in 7 to 10 feet or black and white or smelt colored stick baits and spoons behind the Federal Powerhouse. The walleye action was beginning to pick up with moderate catches reported in the shipping channel in the early morning. Pike were hitting on spoons and crank baits. Fishing in Lake George was slow. Yellow perch were caught in the North Channel when drifting crawlers on the bottom or floating minnows near the weed beds. In the lower river, walleye fishing was slow. The fly hatches are diminishing and the schools of lake herring were starting to disappear.

Detour: Salmon and lake trout catches were slow. A few chinook, steelhead and pink salmon were caught 58 feet down in over 100 feet near the Detour Lighthouse. Most were using flashers with chrome and chartreuse spoons.

Drummond Island: Walleye fishing was poor but anglers are still trying. Perch fishing improved slightly with some anglers catching 5 to 10 fish between 7 and 11 inches. Most were caught between Peck and Rutland Island but those walleye fishing between Peck Island and Paw Point also caught a few. Try drifting a crawler harness near the bottom over the deeper weed beds in 10 to 14 feet. Smallmouth bass fishing was decent along the rocky drop-offs near the smaller islands and shallow areas with crawlers and chubs or when casting crank baits, swim baits, and spinners.

Cedarville and Hessel: Anglers targeting walleye and perch caught fish near Buoys 18 & 19 which are straight out from the Cedarville golf course. Most were drifting shiners and worms just off the weed beds in 8 to 10 feet. Some nice yellow perch were caught west of Conner’s Point. Northern pike up to 37 inches were caught on red and white spoons just off the weed beds in 8 to 10 feet in Hill Channel. At Hessel, young anglers caught a few yellow perch from the finger docks at the marina. Most were still-fishing with worms. Those targeting pike from the pier caught smaller fish 22 to 24 inches when casting chrome spoons or still-fishing with creek chubs. Moving one mile east to Mackinaw Bay, young anglers caught sunfish and rock bass in 4 to 6 feet. Cube Point which is straight out from the Hessel fishing pier was producing some 16 to 19 inch smallmouth bass for those jigging green and brown tube jigs along the rocky points in 6 to 8 feet in the early morning.

St. Ignace: A couple chinook salmon were caught on spoons when trolling around Mackinac Island. Shore anglers on the Carp River were targeting walleye with worms or leeches on the bottom but most had little to no luck.


Fishing reports courtesy of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources

NOTE TO ANGLERS: This report is intended to give anglers an idea of fishing conditions around the state. The updates come from a combination of creel clerks and other DNR staff around the state and reflect past fishing conditions over the last seven days. Due to the nature of the Great Lakes, fishing conditions on them can change daily if not hourly based on wind and rain events.

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