DNR Fishing Report

September 16, 2020

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With the windy conditions, fewer anglers have been out. Those heading to the rivers to find salmon are getting some fish. On the inland lakes, fish will soon be starting their feeding frenzy before winter sets in.

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Keweenaw Bay: Those trolling caught a few salmon along with the occasional steelhead and brown trout, but on average, most are getting lake trout. 

Marquette: Boat anglers caught lake trout. No limits but three to four fish per trip. No major reports of coho in the area; however, a few were caught, along with the occasional steelhead and brown trout. Shore anglers fishing the Carp River and the Chocolay River reported slow fishing, with only a few coho caught. 

Menominee River: Walleye and pink salmon were reported in the lower river. 

Detour: Had no report due to strong winds along the St. Marys River and northern Lake Huron. 

Drummond Island: When they could get out, anglers caught yellow perch throughout Maxton Bay and Scott Bay. Try still fishing with worms and shiners at the south end of James Island in 8 to 10 feet. Fish were caught at Ashman Island in 8 feet and just off the weed beds at Harbor Island. Try a jig with a white twister tail. Smallmouth bass fishing was good on the north side of Burnt Island near the red buoy with a dark orange or green speckled tube jig.   

Cedarville and Hessel: Good pike action continues at the Middle Entrance to the Les Cheneaux Islands when using chubs in 18 to 20 feet. Fish were also caught when trolling between Little La Salle Island and Peck Bay in 8 feet. Yellow perch were found in Musky Bay when drifting worms and shiners in 8 to 10 feet and when jigging a small white or chartreuse twister tail off the weed beds in 4 to 6 feet near Connors Point. For Hessel, a good number of splake were caught off the finger docks in the marina when jigging both natural and artificial spawn bags. Good catches of rock bass and sunfish were taken between Hessel Point and Highway M-134.

Carp River: Anglers caught smaller Chinook salmon when drifting skein and spawn bags or casting crankbaits and spoons at the sea wall. Skein worked the best. Boat anglers caught pike at the mouth when trolling or casting along the shoreline. 

Nunn’s Creek: Some have taken limit catches of Chinook salmon when drifting skein or casting spoons and crankbaits at the mouth. 

Fishing Tip: When fishing for trout in Michigan’s rivers and streams – cast into the seams  

A “seam” is area where two currents converge, and it looks like a line or bubble trail in the water. Trout like seams because the joining currents create feeding lanes that collect drifting food – insects and larvae. 

Before casting, take a moment to read the river and observe structures in the water such as rocks and logs, then locate any seams. With some experience, you’ll be able to detect seams as subtle lines along the surface where slower current meets with fast current, and in the seam is one of the places you’ll find trout!

Visit Michigan.gov/TroutTrails to learn about lesser-known sites for excellent trout fishing. 

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