Gone fishin’

UPPER PENINSULA

Marquette: Had good lake trout action but the chinook, brown trout and splake were a little slower. Lake trout are hitting on assorted spoons east of harbors, north of Granite Island and near Little Presque Isle. Best area for chinook and brown trout was east of the Chocolay River toward Sand River and Shot Point. Surface water temperatures were in the upper 40’s but low 50’s closer to shore. Those shore fishing at the Carp River reported slow fishing.

AuTrain: Fishing pressure increased for lake trout in the early morning. Most were averaging five to 10 fish per trip. chinook were also caught. Lake trout anglers are fishing east of AuTrain Island, along the shipping channel and around Wood Island Reef in 150 to 200 feet. Fish were caught on spoons, flies or cut bait within 25 feet of the bottom. chinook were caught in the early morning near the rivers, the east end of Shelter Bay and near Laughing Whitefish Point.

Keweenaw Bay: The ice is finally gone and the bite is slow but steady for chinook, coho, rainbow trout and splake. Anglers are trolling in 20 to 60 feet with a mix of spoons and body baits in a variety of colors. Lake trout were caught by those jigging off the Whirl-I-Gig, Old Mission on U.S. 41 and Pequaming. Try 180 to 260 feet with a 1 to 1.5 ounce jig with cut bait. Lake trout anglers in Traverse Bay caught fish off Big Louie’s and Gay Point when trolling spoons in 130 to 180 feet. Those jigging off Big Louie’s Point caught fish in 20 to 260 feet. The South Portage Entry was good for lake trout off Farmers, Newton’s and the Big Reef when trolling 50 to 100 feet down in 60 to 130 feet. Try spoons or body baits. Salmon were caught by those trolling 15 to 25 feet down in 20 to 30 feet along U.S. 41.

Lake Antoine: Was producing some nice bluegills and perch. Anglers had to move around to find them but once they did, catch rates were fair. Most are drifting crawlers or a jig and crawler. Bass anglers are happy with the number of fish caught and the size. Most are casting crank baits from a boat. Shore anglers are catching lots of panfish but most are running small. No word on pike.

Little Bay De Noc: Had fair to good walleye action throughout. Several fly hatches may have slowed catch rates but overall fishing was good in 18 to 30 feet along the Kipling Flats and the Second Reef or 12 to 18 feet off Garth Point. Some also caught fish near the Escanaba River and the Ford River. Smallmouth bass anglers reported good catches near the mouth of the Ford River when using plastics, crank baits or crawlers in three to seven feet.