Upper Peninsula Weekly Fishing Report – Sept. 22, 2021

Ontonagon: Anglers were doing pretty well fishing for lake trout. Fish were coming in around four pounds with a few 15-pound fish being caught while trolling spoons. Fish were caught in 80 to 140 feet, but some anglers were fishing shallower trying to find salmon, brown trout and steelhead to no avail. In Ontonagon River, there were a few boats trolling and jigging the river and they were finding a few sublegal walleye with only one legal fish being reported.

Union Bay: Anglers were starting to find lake trout in 100 feet of water or less while trolling spoons. Similar to Ontonagon, there were some nice fish coming in around 15 pounds with a lot of good eaters being caught.

Black River Harbor: Anglers were starting to look for salmon in shallow waters. Lake trout anglers were getting catches in 140 feet of water while trolling spoons and occasionally flashers in hopes of picking up a stray coho or Chinook.

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers reported having luck trolling early/mid-morning and early evening. Lake trout, coho, and Chinook salmon were most of the catches coming off Keweenaw Bay. Anglers also reported a good catches while jigging in Keweenaw Bay for lake trout. Lake trout were mostly coming out of Huron Bay with some salmon moving their way in.

Munising Bay: A few coho and splake were caught from the Anna River dock. Anglers were casting with combo of assorted stick baits, spoons, jigs and spawn.

Grand Marais: Lake trout anglers did well with good catches from Big Reef with fish up to 19 pounds. Boat anglers trolling for coho reported no luck trolling east towards the Sucker River. A few shore anglers were fishing the mouth of Sucker River and reported no success.

Big Traverse Bay/ South Portage Entry: Anglers were reporting rainbow trout, coho and pike catches. Most fish were caught while trolling but some anglers did have luck while casting for bluegill and rock bass. Shore anglers were able to catch yellow perch as well. Trolling before noon was when the most fish were biting.

Au Train: Anglers reported small steelhead and some coho caught at the mouth of Rock River on spawn bags.

Marquette: There were reports of coho caught in the Chocolay River. Most anglers were using spinners and spoons and pink was the color of choice. Anglers were catching lake trout and a few reports of coho being caught while trolling off of the mouths of the Carp River and Chocolay River.

Little Bay de Noc: Perch anglers were having fair to good success. Most were going out of Kipling and getting small-sized bites and the occasional keepers on crawlers. Walleye anglers had low catch rates while trolling crawler harnesses.

Big Bay de Noc:  Pike anglers were trolling and casting but reported only limited success. Not many smallmouth anglers were in the area, but those that went out were making contact with fish.

St. Ignace/Les Cheneaux: Anglers were catching some Chinook at the mouth of the Carp River. In the Les Cheneaux area, anglers were catching some splake, but the numbers were low. Anglers were catching smaller perch around Dollar Island and pike and bass in Government Bay. There was a lot of activity at Nunns Creek, but only a few Chinook were caught.

 

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