UP fishing report

Black River Harbor: Lake trout fishing was fair in 100 to 120 feet.

Lake Antoine: Boat and shore anglers are still catching sunfish, bluegills, yellow perch and rock bass when drifting crawlers. Many were small however a few nice ones were caught. Bass anglers continue to do well when casting or trolling crank baits or plastics. A few walleye and northern pike were also caught.

Marquette: Most are targeting lake trout and salmon. A few coho were caught on high-lines and dipsey divers. The better success was near the White Rocks, north to Granite Island and near Little Presque Isle and the Clay Banks. Those trolling caught lake trout 40 to 50 feet down in less than 150 feet. Those fishing the “Sand Hole” found fish in waters 200 feet or more when using spoons tipped with cut bait. Colder water temperatures may be keeping the lake trout suspended. Those fishing around Stannard Rock had good success but the fish were smaller.

Little Bay De Noc: The Kipling boat launch is now open. Angler participation was down with the exception of salmon anglers. Walleye catches were fair. In the Kipling area anglers trolled or drifted crawlers on harnesses in 18 to 30 feet and along the Center and Third Reefs in 10 to 20 feet. The Escanaba River anglers also reported fair catches using the same in 8 to 12 feet. Perch anglers did a little better with fair catches in the Gladstone Beach area when still-fishing crawlers or minnows in 10 to 25 feet and east of Butler Island in 10 to 14 feet. A few good catches of perch were reported just south of the Day’s River in 12 to 14 feet. Northern pike were active with fair to good catches reported around the mouth of the Day’s River using crank baits or spoons in 10 to 12 feet, by the shipping docks in Escanaba in 8 to 12 feet and the Escanaba Yacht Harbor when trolling the channel with spinners, spoons or crank baits. Good smallmouth action between the Ford River and Breezy Point when casting plastics, crank baits or spinners in 12 feet. Salmon anglers reported fair catches north of the Ford River Can 50 to 60 feet down in 80 to 90 feet. The better catches were further south almost to the Cedar River when fishing 40 to 60 feet down in 80 feet.

Big Bay De Noc: Pretty much all the anglers were bass fishing. The hot spots were between Poplar Point and Porcupine Point when casting or trolling crank baits, spinners or plastics in and around 12 feet of water. Fair catches were reported in 10 to 14 feet near Ogontz. Lots of freshwater drum in 10 to 15 feet in the south end of Kate’s Bay. Catch rates for salmon off Fairport were fair to good 40 to 60 feet down in 80 feet. Some did well while others struggled. Try copper, spoons or meat rigs.

Munising: Catch rates for lake trout were poor to fair with anglers putting in long days while trolling the popular spots like Pictured Rocks, Grand portal, Grand Island and Wood Island Reefs. Water temperatures were still in the low to mid 50’s. Pier fishing was slow with only a couple legal-size splake taken. A few pike 26 to 30 inches were caught recently. Reports from the Big Reef indicate fishing was starting to improve.

St. Ignace: Anglers are harvesting lake trout from Mackinac Island to the north. Chinook were hitting in the bay right in front of the city launch. Early morning was best and the hot colors were orange, green and gold or blue and silver.