DNR Fishing Report

October 20, 2021 

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Ontonagon: Anglers were catching lake trout but having to put in some time to catch them. The average size was between two to four pounds with a few coming in around 10 pounds. Depths were ranging between 50 and 100 feet.

Union Bay: Anglers were catching lake trout. A small number of Chinook and brown trout were also caught. Fishing depths were between 60 and 100 feet while running spoons.

Black River: Boat anglers were catching lake trout in around 100 feet of water while trolling spoons.

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers were reporting lake trout, coho, rainbow trout and Chinook catches out of Keweenaw Bay. Anglers were having success with salmon both shore fishing beaches and river mouths. On boats, anglers were catching coho and rainbow trout while trolling in shallow water. Fish seemed to be coming off the water in the mornings more than in the afternoons. Salmon and steelhead coming out of the lake were also beginning to develop their run colors.

Munising: Pier and shore anglers were catching coho and steelhead. Some splake were also caught. Anglers were having the best action with spawn sacs or casting with orange/gold cleos or spoons.

Grand Marais: Shore anglers off the mouth of the Sucker River reported a few steelhead catches.

AuTrain: Anglers shore fishing off the Rock River caught a few small steelhead. Boat anglers were mainly catching lake trout and steelhead.

Big Traverse Bay/ South Portage Entry: Anglers coming off the water were mostly reporting lake trout catches from fishing in waters of medium depth. Some salmon and trout were caught from the break wall and piers. Most fish were caught on spoons of green and blue color. Most anglers were having luck around the lighthouse at the  mouth of the South Portage entry canal.

Little Bay de Noc: Perch anglers reported a significant slowdown but were still catching small numbers. Anglers were drifting or setting anchor in front of Kipling. Walleye anglers continued to struggle but remained optimistic that as the fall turnover approaches action will improve. Anglers were trolling crawler harnesses or jigging with minnows or soft plastics.

Big Bay de Noc: Smallmouth bass anglers were having success when fishing in deeper waters. Anglers fishing in areas around 25 feet of water produced some fish. The southern portion of the Garden Peninsula and the drop offs in Ogontz were the preferred focus areas.

St. Ignace/Les Cheneaux: Fishing efforts slowed down in both ports. There were a few Chinook swimming up into Nunns Creek but the majority of salmon were done. There were a few smallmouth bass and pike caught around Haven Island.

Fishing Tip: 

Although many folks have hunting on the brain, there are some anglers who are enjoying a few more trips to the streams right now to find steelhead. Those having success are probably following a few basic tips:

  • Target lesser-known streams that may have been stocked by the DNR in the past few years.
  • Don’t fish on the weekends – when everyone else is – and instead, focus on midweek if you can.
  • Tough out the weather. Some of the best fishing occurs when the weather is the worst.
  • Focus on going in the early morning or at night.