Upper Peninsula Fishing Report for the week of June 10, 2020
Keweenaw Bay: Anglers have found a decent number of lake trout combined with a few Chinook salmon, splake, steelhead and brown trout. Huron Bay and Traverse Bay were producing a few fish, though anglers may have to put in some time to find them.
Marquette: The fish cleaning station is up and running. Fishing pressure was light, with mixed results for Chinook salmon and lake trout. Most of the lake trout were about 3 pounds. A good number of fish were caught near Granite Island. Chinook salmon varied from young fish around 20 inches to some up to 10 pounds. Near Shot Point, anglers caught a few coho, lake trout and rainbow trout. A few lake trout were found near Stannard Rock; however, the water temperature was only 38 degrees. No reports of any brown trout being caught so far. Water temperatures were still on the cold side. Both the Carp and Chocolay rivers had low angler activity. Water levels are about normal for this time of year.
Little Bay De Noc: Even though walleye season was off to a slow start, the action is picking up, with limit catches reported in several areas by those trolling or drifting a crawler harness or flatfish tipped with a crawler in 18 to 24 feet. Try near the Escanaba River and the Whitefish River. At Kipling, a few perch were caught on crawlers and minnows in 25 to 30 feet. Smallmouth bass anglers reported good to excellent catches throughout the northern bay and south by the Ford River when casting plastics in 3 to 10 feet. Most have spawned, but some were still on the beds. Good pike action at Kipling, south of the Days Rivers and the Escanaba Harbor and ship docks.
Escanaba River: Reported fair to good walleye action up to the U.S. 2 bridge when using a crawler harness.
Manistique: A few salmon anglers have been going out, and the early reports are promising, as they are marking good numbers of bait fish. A couple Chinook were caught in and around 90 feet. Most anticipate fewer fish but bigger fish.
Manistique River: Still had some steelhead, but no anglers were seen. Walleye anglers reported a slow start, but a few are being picked up.
Au Train: Anglers have caught lake trout and Chinook salmon. Several limits of lake trout were taken east of Au Train Island in 120 feet and near Wood Island Reef when trolling. Chinook salmon up to 10 pounds were caught.
Munising: Boat anglers trolling for salmon and splake reported slow fishing within the bay. Trout Bay also has been somewhat quiet. Earlier in the week, there were some fair catches of Chinook but no limits. Lake trout were caught in 100 to 150 feet near Wood Island Reef. Pier anglers report very poor catch rates for coho and splake. They only caught a few Menominee or undersize splake when using spawn or casting spoons.
Grand Marais: Lake trout anglers did good off Au Sable Point, along the east end of Big Reef, off Five Mile Reef and near the shipping channel.