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DNR Fishing Report

May 25, 2022

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Little Bay de Noc: Walleye anglers reported fair to good fishing success. Anglers were having results with a variety of tactics, including casting jerk baits or jigs, as well as trolling. The mouths of the Escanaba and Whitefish rivers were the primary focus areas for many anglers. Smallmouth bass fishing increased throughout the Bay, with many targeting the Ford River. Bass anglers were casting soft plastics and jerk baits. Yellow perch anglers reported fair catches in the upper Bay, as well as having some success near the Escanaba River.

Manistique: Anglers reported good results steelhead fishing with a good number of fish still in the river. Beads were the preferred presentation. Walleye anglers reported fair to good catch rates with most drifting or trolling crawlers.

Keweenaw Bay/Huron Bay: Anglers were finding fish mostly while trolling in mid-depth waters, 25 to 175 feet of water. Some anglers had success with lake trout while jigging in the deeper end of that depth range. Fish caught jigging were on cut bait while most fish caught trolling were caught on artificial baits.

Traverse Bays/ South Portage Canal Entry: Anglers were able to find fish in near shore waters while casting lures and spoons. While trolling, other anglers found brown trout, coho and lake trout. Most of these fish were caught near the Jacobsville Lighthouse in waters below 15 feet and above 75 feet. Silver and blue baits were showing the most success in the past week, but other patterns and colors were showing promise too.

Munising: Boat anglers were mainly fishing for coho and Chinook west of Munising towards Au Train with an occasional Chinook with a mix of coho. A few lake trout anglers ventured out however the winds were not favorable for fishing. Shore fishing continued to be low fishing pressure as there was a large sand bar from the winter season and water levels continued to be low.

Grand Marais: Whitefish pier anglers continued to do well with majority of anglers fishing in the morning and towards dusk/evening. Single eggs did best for the whitefish. A few coho were caught off the pier while casting with assorted deep running crank baits. Boat anglers were doing well for coho with a few small Chinook and brown trout mixed in. Majority of anglers were trolling just outside the harbor, trolling east in about 30 feet of water. Boat anglers were targeting lake trout and doing well. Anglers were fishing from the first break in less than 80 feet towards the Sable and west. A few boat anglers were out to Five Mile Reef and beyond and did well.

Marquette: Fishing pressure was low. However, anglers had success catching Chinook and coho while trolling near the mouth of the Carp River. For most success, try trolling at speeds just under 2 miles per hour. Also, try using flickers and spoons for best chances. Anglers trolling in the upper harbor area had success catching lake trout. For lake trout in the upper harbor, try trolling bottom at slow speeds using spoons. Fishing pressure on the Carp and Chocolay rivers remained limited. For best success, try using natural bait or a shiny lure in the river. For fishing out of the mouth of the Carp River, try using spawn or crawlers for best results.

Au Train: Salmon fishing slowed down. Anglers were still reporting catches of Chinook and coho. For boat anglers, try fishing east of the Brownstone Boat Launch while using top-water or mid-water lures. Anglers fishing west of the Brownstone were catching mainly lake trout, but there were some reports of Chinook salmon and brown trout. Trolling bottom in deep waters (120+ feet) seemed to have had the most success at catching lake trout and brown trout. Fishing pressure was very limited at the Rock and Au Train rivers. Try drifting spawn bags in the river or try casting out spawn/crawlers into Lake Superior for best results.

Upper St. Mary's: The perch bite slowed down, making room for walleye and whitefish. Anglers were trolling and jigging for walleye and whitefish while using different natural bait setups. A recent drop in water temperature slowed whitefish fishing. There were positive reports from walleye tournaments in the area. Some small steelhead were caught from shore locations. Anglers were having success fishing about 3 feet off the bottom of the river.

Whitefish Bay: Some anglers fishing near the Tahquamenon River mouth caught limits of walleye in a short time. Anglers were trolling with crawler harnesses in 3 to 5 five feet of water, which produced good results.

Fishing Tip: How to catch your own nightcrawlers

Are you interested in catching and keeping your own nightcrawlers? It’s fairly easy to do – just follow these simple steps:

  • Know where to look. Scout locations such as parks, playgrounds and open, grassy areas after a good rain. Look for nightcrawler castings (the little piles of dirt they leave behind) and then plan to visit again following the next good rain.
  • Know when to collect. Nightcrawlers are best caught an hour or so after dark.
  • Bring the right equipment. Nightcrawlers are sensitive to vibrations, so wear lightweight shoes. They’re also sensitive to bright light, so consider rigging your flashlight with a red cover over the lens.
  • Store them properly. When you catch nightcrawlers, just lay them on top of some storage bedding – don’t mix them in. This will allow you to remove sick or dead ones more easily.