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DNR Fishing Report

May 15, 2024

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St. Ignace: A couple anglers brought in lake trout while trolling and jigging with spoons off Mackinac Island. Good colors to use were chartreuse, blues, silvers and pinks. Anglers fishing for steelhead at the Carp River found no success.

Ontonagon River: Activity on the river was extremely low. Fishing efforts are expected to see a great increase over the next few weeks. Reports suggest that few fish were being caught.

Ontonagon/Silver City/Union Bay: These ports saw a significant increase in anglers over the past week. Reports show that some coho salmon and brown trout were caught in low numbers in addition to increasing numbers of lake trout. Anglers had the best luck when trolling shallow waters. The fish cleaning station at the Ontonagon marina is now open for the season.

Black River Harbor: Fishing out of the harbor was reported to be decent. Anglers reported catching coho salmon, brown trout, lake trout and Chinook salmon in small numbers. Reports show fish were caught by those trolling shallow waters. Anglers described the bite as sporadic.

Lex Cheneaux/Detour: Anglers were catching a few splake and Atlantic salmon off the pier at the Hessel marina, but the bite was reported to have slowed. The perch were slowly making their way into the marina, but there were yet to be any caught. Anglers caught small northern pike and bass on the Hill Island Bridge with plastics and live minnows. In Detour, the Atlantic salmon and lake trout fishing was steady in the flats area. There were also reports of anglers catching a mixed bag of coho and Chinook salmon, as well as a steelhead and a splake caught while targeting Atlantic salmon. 

Keweenaw Bay/Huron Bay: Fishing was reported to be steady. Anglers had luck fishing both from shore and from boats. Shore anglers were able to catch splake and rainbow trout. Boat anglers were successful during trolling and jigging trips, with jigging trips producing more fish in the form of lake trout and the trolling trips producing more salmon. Salmon were also found in some of the bays; however, the anglers had to work hard to find them. Jigging trips were successful with both cut bait and plain hooks, while trolling was entirely done with plain hooks and artificial baits. Try getting on the water early and trolling near shore for those morning trout and salmon!

Traverse Bay/South Portage Entry Canal: Anglers had successful fishing trips while both trolling and jigging, with the focus being on salmon. These fishing events produced many more lake trout than salmon; however, a few coho and Chinook salmon were caught. Salmon were caught mostly during the morning in nearshore waters of varying depths. Lake trout were found primarily in 100 feet of water, biting on both natural and artificial baits, and were full of smelt at the surface. Follow bait in the water column and fish just off where you find them for the best lake trout fishing! 

Fishing tip

Many anglers search for the latest tips and tricks when fishing for trout, and one of the best may also be the simplest: Don’t forget that trout can see! Trout are known to have excellent vision, so consider the following if you head out this spring:

  • Cast out far ahead of you to prevent the trout from seeing you.
  • When wading, do so carefully and avoid rapid movement, which could spook the fish.
  • Don’t wear any shiny objects, including watches or tools on your vest.
  • Stay away from wearing bright colors – stick to dark browns and greens.
  • Remember that trout usually face into the current, so cast upstream.

Learn more about fishing for trout on the DNR’s fish species informational webpages.

This report is intended to give you an idea of what is going on around the state. Updates come from Fisheries staff and conservation officers. With more than 11,000 inland lakes, the Great Lakes and thousands of miles of rivers and streams, not all locations can be listed. However, it is safe to say if a species is being caught in some waters in the area, they are likely being caught in all waters in that section of the state that have that species.