|Ontonagon: Anglers found lake trout in 80 to 120 feet of water with spoons.
Union Bay: Lake trout were very active with the average fish coming in between three and five pounds but there were some 10 to 15 pound fish caught. Typical water depths that performed well ranged from 100 to 150 feet of water.
Black River Harbor: Anglers were finding good numbers of lake trout while using spoons in 100 feet of water. A few pink salmon were caught as well.
Big Traverse Bay/ South Portage Entry: Salmon and lake trout were caught out from the South Entry Canal as well as up in Big Traverse Bay. Salmon and lake trout were caught while trolling in depths of water ranging from 80 to 140 feet of water. Fish were found near the top and bottom of the water column. Shore anglers caught northern pike as well as bluegill and rock bass.
Marquette: Good numbers of lake trout were caught. Limits were caught during the fishing tournament. However, very few salmon were caught. Some brown trout and small steelhead were also caught.
Little Bay de Noc: Walleye anglers were experiencing good fishing. Anglers were reporting catches when trolling around Minneapolis Shoals and other areas in the bay with baitfish concentrations. Some anglers were spotted trolling north of Gladstone. Perch anglers were having mixed success. Trolling with crankbaits and crawler harnesses performed well.
Big Bay de Noc: Smallmouth bass anglers fished around the islands and on the shallow side of the drop offs. Most adult Chinooks made the trek towards Manistique. Soft plastics used close to the bottom were productive. Anglers should try looking for rock structure as many smallmouth bass were found in the rocky areas.
St. Ignace/Les Cheneaux: Anglers were catching lake trout and Chinook on the back side of Mackinac Island. They were also catching pink salmon by Lafayette Point off of Bois Blanc Island. The two rivers continued to be slow with little to no fishing activity. In the Les Cheneaux area, anglers were catching Chinook, along with a few pike in and around Nunns Creek and St. Martins Bay. Anglers were catching a few perch at the pier.
Fishing Tip: Get your fall fish on!
Summer may be drawing to a close, but great fishing is far from over. Many anglers agree that fall is a wonderful time to cast a line as fish prepare for the colder months by ramping up their feeding efforts. Most target – and see much success pursuing – salmon, walleye, perch, panfish and bass.
Get ready to reel in some of these beauties at fall fishing hot spots across the state.
Find more tips on targeting various species at Michigan.gov/Fishing.