Thursday, August 30, 2018

8/29/2018 Upper Peninsula, Michigan Fishing Report

Upper Peninsula

Lac Vieux Desert:  Muskie anglers caught a few legal fish but not without putting in some effort.  Those putting in the long hours have been rewarded with some decent pike ranging 24-30 inches.  Walleye anglers had limited success in finding legal size fish.  Panfish have been caught in the submerged vegetation with both natural and artificial baits however be prepared to sort through all the small ones.  Bass anglers had good catches using top-water baits along the shoreline.  A few smaller muskie were caught by bass anglers.  

Little Bay De Noc Had another good week for walleye anglers though windy conditions have limited access.  Strong south winds made for good catches off the mouth of the Whitefish River where limits were taken when trolling a crawler harness or using stick baits in 14 to 22 feet and near Breezy Point in 12 to 14 feet.  Fair to good catches were reported along the “Black Bottom” in 20 feet and Gladstone Bay straight out from the Terrace Inn in 35 feet.  Fair to good perch fishing off the mouth of the Escanaba River in 28 feet, off Kipling in 23 to 30 feet and south of the “Narrows” in 30 feet.  Good smallmouth action near Round Island with plastics in eight to 14 feet.  Pike were active throughout but the best areas were the Escanaba Yacht Harbor and just north of the Escanaba River.  

Big Bay De Noc:  Had fair to good smallmouth catches throughout the bays and coves.  Ogontz anglers moved into waters near St. Vitals Island and reported very good catches in eight to 14 feet with plastics, dropshots and leeches.  Off Nahma, anglers fished off Butlers Point in 10 to 12 feet or Ansell’s Point, Puffy Bay and Garden Bluff in six to 18 feet.  Off Fairport, strong winds have kept many off the lake.  Catch rates were spotty when trolling 60 to 80 feet down in 105 to 130 feet.  Salmon fishing was not as good but some very large fish have been reported.  

Marquette  Had very good lake trout fishing with the majority caught 40 to 70 feet down in 100 to 150 feet.  The fish ranged anywhere from 2-10 pounds however there was one fish caught that weighed in at 28 pounds.   Stannard Rock continues to produce lots of smaller lake trout.  Very few salmon were caught.  

Au Train:
  Had only a few boats heading out.  Decent numbers of lake trout were caught east and north of Au Train Island in 130 feet.  The bite was hit-or-miss but look for a pod of fish and stay on them.  Wood Island Reef continues to produce lake trout.  

Munising:  Had very low fishing pressure.  The rain and north winds should bring cooler water to the bay.  No salmon to report.  A few lake trout anglers did well in the west channel and towards Wood Island Reef. 

Grand Marais:  Lake trout anglers reported excellent fishing from Au Sable Point to Big Reef and Five Mile Reef.  Most anglers were getting limit catches of smaller fish.  A few were trying for salmon but had no luck.  Water temperatures should cool with a northerly wind and slightly cooler evenings.  

Fox River: 
Trout anglers had success when using worms or spinners.  Two Hearted River:  Trout anglers had moderate success.  

Manistique Lake: 
Perch and panfish are being caught on both lakes.     

Manistique River: 
Was producing some walleye.  

Brevoort Lake: 
Was producing some good size walleye but anglers had to put their time in because fishing was slow.  

St. Marys River:
  Walleye were caught in the shipping channel when trolling a crawler harness.    

Detour:  Had good walleye action to the north off Swedes Pointe with bottom bouncers and a crawler harness with yellow and red blades trolled in eight to 12 feet off the rocky points and underwater humps.  Those jigging dark orange or green tube baits at Pipe Island caught smallmouth bass.  Target the rocky points and rock piles.  The waters of Lake Huron and the mouth of the St. Marys River turned over which bought the thermocline upward.  A mix of Chinook, Atlantics, lake trout and a few pink salmon were caught around Fry Pan Island, just below the ferry boat lane to Drummond Island and near the green buoy northwest of the lighthouse.  The Atlantics were hitting black, purple and white spoons 55 feet down in 80 to 100 feet.  

Cedarville  and Hessel:  Anglers are still reporting a few nice catches of yellow perch one mile south of the Cedarville launch off Meridian Road.  Try drifting minnows and worms in the 12-foot channel between Connors Point and La Salle Island.  Rock bass were caught between Connors Point and Urie Bay in four to six feet.  Pike fishing was good between the Middle Entrance and the Yacht Entrance at Government Island with creek chubs in eight to 14 feet.  Dollar Island in Musky Bay was producing pike for those trolling bucktail spinners or shallow running crank baits in six to eight feet.  At Hessel, there were no perch reports from the finger docks at the Hessel Marina.  Salmon and lake trout were slow at Goose Island and St. Martins Point.  The panfish bite was good in Mackinaw Bay.  Young angler’s bobber fishing caught rock bass at Lone Susan Island and Echo Island in five to six feet.  

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