DNR Report

May 25, 2017

Salmon activity on Lake Michigan has been very active over the past few weeks with quite a few catches of Chinook and coho. Activity elsewhere is starting to pick up and consistently warmer temperatures should help.

Don't forget the catch-and-keep season for bass on most waters opens this Saturday, May 27 (season on Lake St. Clair and St. Clair and Detroit rivers doesn't open until June 17). 

Marquette: Lake trout were caught near White Rocks and Granite Island. A few coho were caught at Shot Point but activity for them in the harbors was slow with only one or two fish per angler. Anglers targeting coho, browns and steelhead by trolling stickbaits saw success between the Carp and Chocolay rivers. Good colors included purple and white, blue and white and fire-tiger.

Lake Gogebic: Storms kept anglers at bay, but those who could get out were catching walleye sporadically on both natural and artificial lures while trolling, jigging or drifting. Sublegal pike were also caught.

Menominee River: Had three gates wide open and two gates half open so there is a tremendous amount of water and debris coming down which makes fishing more difficult. Muskie anglers did manage to catch a few fish.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers had a few catches near the mouth of the Whitefish River when trolling or drifting a crawler harness in 12 to 20 feet. Many were undersize and the keepers were 15 to 18 inches. The "Narrows" and the reefs in the northern bay produced fish though the numbers were limited. The smallmouth opener should be good. Try fishing Garth Point, Hunters Point, Gladstone, and the area near the Ford River while casting artificial baits. Pike were active and caught by walleye anglers when trolling stick baits near the reefs. The better perch fishing was in 20 to 35 feet around the "Narrows" and a just south of there when using crawlers.

Drummond Island: Fishing activity has picked up with anglers bringing in good catches of pike. Walleye action was slow but improved slightly as waters started to warm. All activity was in Maxton and Scott bays with the most success near McCormick Marsh and the interior part of Maxton Bay near the DNR boat launch. Pike and walleye were taken casting and trolling spoons, stick baits and crank baits in six to 12 feet. Hot colors were red and white, fluorescent green, orange and fire-tiger.

Manistique River: Steelhead anglers caught fish in the flows off the high dam. A few smallmouth bass have moved into the area just before the opener. Boats are starting to head out onto the big lake but water temperatures are still quite cold. The municipal boat launch is under construction but will remain open until crews lay new asphalt.

Munising: In general both boat and shore/pier anglers have been doing well, despite poor weather conditions. Those in boats have been catching coho while trolling within the bay, along Trout Bay and beyond towards Twelve Mile Beach. Fish were under 60 feet. Others are reporting catches of Chinook, brown trout, splake and an occasional rainbow. Those on the pier have been catching splake using spawn and a few lake whitefish using worms.

Grand Marais: Few boat anglers were out as conditions weren't great. There were a few coho and rainbows caught. On the pier anglers were doing well on lake whitefish in the morning or during the day. They were using single eggs.

Tahquamenon River: Boat anglers caught a couple muskie at the Dollarville Flooding. Some were targeting the dam but had no luck. Pier and boat anglers caught undersize pike. Those putting in the time managed to catch a couple rock bass and small perch up near the dam.

St. Marys River: The upper river had good perch fishing in 50 feet on Lake George. Anglers had a tough time finding walleye and not many were caught. Pike fishing was good in the bays mid-morning and early afternoon. Whitefish were caught bottom bouncing spawn near the power house. In the lower river, walleye and pike were caught when trolling stick baits and crawler harnesses in bright colors like green and orange in Munuscong Bay but a good number of those fish were undersize. Water temperatures have still been cold.

Detour: Water temperature at the Detour Lighthouse and the mouth of the St. Marys River was only 45 degrees. Few anglers were out, however a couple Atlantic salmon and lake trout were caught when trolling from Fry Pan Island just south of the ferry boat lane that goes to Drummond Island and out to the green buoy. Anglers were long-lining lead core with chartreuse and white spoons 15 to 20 feet down in 60 to 80 feet.

Cedarville and Hessel: Pike were caught near the boat launch in Cedarville Bay when casting crank baits near the cattails and weed beds in the early morning and a couple hours before dark. Bigger fish were taken by those trolling in Snows Channel in four to six feet. Many were small but most anglers were getting their limit. At Hessel, small perch were caught from the marina pier and finger docks. Those casting red and white spoons outside the pier caught 26 to 28 inch pike. For smallmouth bass, anglers were using worms four to six feet down outside the Hessel fishing pier.

St. Ignace: Had no reports. Water levels in the Carp and Pine rivers were high.