DNR Report

June 14, 2018

Ontonagon:  Fishing was good with Chinook showing up near the mouth of the river.  Lake trout and brown trout were caught along the shoreline in 20 to 60 feet.  Fish up high for the salmon and brown trout and lower for lake trout.  
Keweenaw Bay:  Fishing was good as those trolling off Sand Point and the head of the bay have caught Chinook, coho, lake trout, brown trout and splake.  Hot baits were chartreuse stick baits and green, black or blue spoons in the top 1/3 of waters 40 to 80 feet deep.  In Huron Bay, Chinook and lake trout were caught in 30 to 60 feet but the fish were scattered.  Good fishing in the South Entry with Chinook, coho and lake trout caught around the lighthouse and south along the shoreline.  

Lac Vieux Desert:  Anglers were getting limits of bluegill and pumpkinseed on worms, minnows and soft plastics in shallow waters.  Perch and crappie were caught in five to 12 feet but many were small.  Largemouth bass are becoming more active and were hitting on crank baits and soft plastics up in the shallows.  Walleye fishing slowed for legal size fish but lots of small ones were caught.  Pike were hitting on spoons, spinners and crank baits along the weed beds.  A couple anglers found musky in deep waters.    

Little Bay De Noc:  Had good catches of walleye at the mouth of the Whitefish River when trolling a crawler harness or stick bait and when jigging a crawler near the weed beds.  Fish were also caught on the Escanaba River when jigging crawlers.  Some limit catches were reported.  Fish were also caught along the “Black Bottom” when trolling crawlers or stick baits in 18 to 30 feet and off Breezy Point in 15 to 20 feet.  Perch anglers reported fair catches off Gladstone Beach with crawlers or minnows in 15 to 25 feet and at the head of the bay near the green buoy off the Day’s River in 24 feet.  Garth Point, Gladstone Bay and the Ford River all reported fair catches of smallmouth bass when casting or trolling crank baits, spinners or plastics in eight to 16 feet. Lots of pike action at the mouth of the rivers, the ship docks in Escanaba and along the weeds south of the Ford River.  Most were trolling or casting crank baits, spoons or spinners in five to 15 feet.    

Big Bay De Noc:  Fewer walleye were caught here as the fish are starting to move south.  The “Boot” out from the Fish Dam Rivers and Indian Point was best when trolling a crawler harness in 15 to 28 feet.  Fair to good smallmouth action out from the Little Fish Dam River and off Porcupine Point with plastics or crank baits in 10 to 14 feet.    Ogontz was good with smaller fish hitting on plastics or spinners along the weeds.  Pike were abundant throughout the bay.  Most were still quite shallow in five to 15 feet.  Lots of fish were marked near Martins Bay but many were sub-legal.  At Fairport, a few boats were starting to show up but no reports had come in yet.  

Munising:  Boat anglers did well taking a few Chinook, coho, steelhead and brown trout.  Those fishing have seen a number of Chinook in all sizes from 17 to 36 inches including fish just over 16 pounds.  Most were fishing in the bay and both the east and west channel.  Lake trout anglers were few but those heading out might want to try the Wood Island Reef.  Pier fishing was slow as access is currently limited due to road construction in the area.  

Grand Marais:  Boat anglers did well for lake trout along the “Banks” and out to Au Sable Point when fishing near the bottom.  Salmon and steelhead anglers reported fair action outside the harbor and when trolling east past the Sucker River. Surface water temperatures were in the low to mid 40’s.  Pier anglers reported slow whitefish action.

Detour:  Had good salmon and trout fishing at the Detour Reef and lighthouse.  Anglers took a mix of Chinook, Atlantics and lake trout 25 to 35 feet down in 60 to 80 feet.  Most were fishing on the Drummond Island side from the red buoy back to the lighthouse or when trolling from the lighthouse to the green buoy.  Atlantic salmon fishing was excellent with anglers taking fish eight to 14 pounds 25 feet down in 140 feet with four-inch spoons.  Hot colors were cracked orange or a gold and orange combo.  The best fishing was from the red buoy on the Drummond Island side of the river and trolling east to the very next buoy then turn around and head back to the red buoy.  When the fly hatches are occurring, Atlantic salmon can be caught when long-lining, off points and along the shoreline in eight to 12 feet.  This is an easy way for anglers that do not have large boats with downriggers to catch them.    

Cedarville and Hessel:  There have been no reports of yellow perch being caught in Cedarville Bay.  A couple seven to nine inch fish were caught off Connors Point in 12 feet with a worm or minnow.  Pike were slow throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands but a few were caught when still-fishing with frozen smelt or chubs along the south end of Little LaSalle Island in Sand Bay.  If the bite is slow, try moving to deeper water and slow your presentation.  At the Hessel Marina, pike were caught in the early morning.  The best area was in six feet around Echo Island with a worm and slip bobber.  Rock bass were caught around the docks and weed beds.  Smallmouth bass were taken when casting or jigging off Cube Point and Haven Island.