September 19, 2019
Strong winds continue to hamper fishing. While fish were moving into the river systems, warmer temperatures this week may slow the action. Those fishing the inland lakes have reported fair to good bass action and pike were starting to bite.
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Copper Harbor: Anglers caught a couple splake when trolling body baits, small spoons or drifting natural baits however most were sub-legal.
Keweenaw Bay: Splake and salmon were being caught and a few lake trout were caught in Huron Bay when the weather permits. Traverse Bay was producing some lake trout and salmon in shallower water.
Marquette: Had no updates due to weather conditions. Anglers were starting to see a few salmon in the rivers. Chinook were caught in the Dead and the Carp Rivers while coho were in the Carp and Chocolay Rivers. Overall numbers were low for how many anglers were trying. Most were using spinners, worms or spawn. With another warm-up this week, it will be a couple more weeks before large numbers of fish move up into the river.
Little Bay De Noc: Fewer walleye catches were reported as the action was spotty at best along the reefs at Kipling, south of the Ford River near the “Fingers” and near Round Island. Near Kipling, anglers were still working the weed beds when trolling, drifting or jigging crawlers or stick baits. In the southern waters, most were trolling stick baits or a crawler harness in 10 to 25 feet along the “Humps”. Perch catches were down, however the better action was near Kipling with crawlers or minnows in 8 to 20 feet. Good smallmouth action at Garth Point in 4 to 10 feet, Butler Island in 3 to 6 feet and from Hunters Point to Squaw Point in 8 to 14 feet when casting plastics along the weed lines and rocky points. Although few anglers were targeting pike, many were caught throughout the bay.
Manistique River: Salmon numbers in the river were still quite low but fish were caught. Boat anglers trolled the river channels with rapalas or drift and cast at the staging areas. The area below the spill-over was fished the most by shore anglers casting skein in the pools. The area at the “Bass Hole” had shore anglers and although few salmon catches were reported, several nice brown trout were caught in the area. No pink salmon to report. The weather has been all over the place and the water is still quite warm. Hopefully more fish will move in soon.
Munising: The few boats out reported slow fishing with only a couple coho caught. Shore fishing was slow at the Anna River with very few coho and splake caught.
Grand Marais: Did not have much activity. The few fishing the mouth of the Sucker River had no luck.
Two Hearted River: Salmon catches were slow though a few fish were picked up near the mouth on Lake Superior. Only a couple fish were caught in the river using spawn or silver spinners. Water temperature was still in the mid-50’s. We need north winds and cooler temperatures.
Drummond Island: Fair catches of yellow perch were taken from Scott Bay in 14 to 18 feet and between Peck Island and Rutland Island with shiners and worms.
Detour: When they can get out, boat anglers should continue to catch Atlantic, Chinook and pink salmon near the Detour Reef and lighthouse. Try 80 to 100 feet. Salmon were caught on flashers and spin-glo’s near Fry Pan Island.
Cedarville and Hessel: There was fair yellow perch fishing at Connors Point and Shepard Bay when slow trolling and casting into the weed beds with shiners and worms in 6 to 8 feet. Both large and smallmouth bass were hitting chrome spinners in Shepard Bay in the early morning or evening. Those fishing from the platforms on Hill Island Road caught rock bass, sunfish or smallmouth bass. For Hessel, a good number of splake were caught in the marina. Fish were hitting on both natural and artificial spawn. Splake are moving into the finger docks and were caught when jigging spawn bags off the weed beds in 6 to 8 feet. One mile east of the Hessel Marina, walleye were caught at the Les Cheneaux Club Cut that connects Mackinaw Bay with Snows Channel. Try drift fishing with a crawler harness or trolling a black and chrome stick bait in 4 to 8 feet in the early morning or late evening.
Fishing Tip: Finding monster muskie in the fall
Known as “the fish of a thousand casts,” the muskellunge can be a tough species to target. Have you always wanted to catch a big one? Check out this tip to try the next time you head out.
Consider when you’re out on the water focusing your efforts on the corners or inside turns of the lake(s) you’re fishing. These spots consist of bends in the bottom that cause a slight point to form. Muskie will often hide out in these spots, especially if it puts them close to deeper water, excellent cover, and access to food.
Want even more information on fishing for muskellunge? Check out their page on the DNR’s website.