Upper Peninsula Weekly Fishing Report – June 30, 2021
|Ontonagon: Anglers have been finding lake trout consistently, but they have been scattered out to 100 feet of water. Trolling with spoons has been a productive tactic and anglers are picking up a few late trout in the 10 to 15 pound range. Coho, browns, rainbows and Chinook are becoming rarer but anglers are bumping into them on occasion. The Ontonagon River started to clear up towards the end of the week and anglers were starting to fish it a bit more. Walleye fishing has been hit or miss with a lot of sublegal fish being caught. Drifting and jigging have been the main fish producers.
Keweenaw Bay: In Keweenaw Bay anglers had luck pulling in whitefish as well as a few lake trout and the occasional salmon. Most fish were caught in deeper water. In Huron Bay anglers were catching lake trout when fishing at the mouth of the bay and further east. Most successful trips were during periods of calm water, but a few anglers were able to find fish in the rougher water as well, especially in Keweenaw Bay. Pressure on the Silver River was low, but the Falls River saw more action. Some anglers on the Falls River had luck catching rock bass. With steady warm temperatures and less storms coming later this week expect fishing to pick up.
Au Train: Fishing has been good the past week. Decent catches of lake trout were reported. Anglers who were trolling did better than those jigging. Lake trout were being caught all over the board in various depths. No salmon were reported this week.
Marquette: Fair numbers of lake trout were brought in over the past week. Various depths were fished. No reports of any salmon were caught.
Munising: A few boats have been doing well for lake trout fishing on the west channel, White Rocks, and towards Wood Island Reef from 80 to 140 feet of water. Fishing pressure continues to be low – again local anglers are targeting Chinook out at Manistique and Fairport. A few nice splake have been caught off the pier but in general fishing is pretty slow with somedays local anglers not catching any to a few fish.
Grand Marais: Pier fishing for whitefish is on a downhill slide with very few anglers out and only a few fish being reported. Boat angling has been light with a few anglers going out for lake trout and doing well and catching limits of lake trout.
Little Bay de Noc: Walleye anglers are struggling to find active schools. Some fish were found out in front of the Whitefish River, although many were reporting undersized catches. Mixed reports were reported from perch anglers. Anglers launching out of the Whitefish had the most success when using crawlers. Shore anglers along the Ford River caught smallmouth bass and pike.
Big Bay de Noc: Smallmouth bass anglers reported a tough bite after the cooler weather caused water temperatures to drop. However, many still had success when trolling crank baits or casting soft plastics. Most fishing activity was out of Nahma and Ogontz. In Fairport, anglers were catching Chinook and steelhead. Most fish were taken on spoons.
St. Ignace/Les Cheneaux: The fishing has picked up some but not much. In the St. Ignace area few lake trout are being caught but anglers are traveling longer distances to get to them. Pike, walleye, and few perch are still being caught at the Pine and Carp rivers. In the Les Cheneaux area, anglers are still catching smaller perch and pike off the pier. Anglers are also seeing smallmouth bass in the area but cannot seem to catch them. Cisco have recently moved into the Cedarville area and anglers are doing well catching those.
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