Salmon continue heading up rivers
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 27 September 2006 05:20

Rain and below-normal temperatures have salmon moving closer to shore and into the river systems, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday in its weekly fishing report.

Boat and shore anglers have reported good catches at most ports, and all other fishing should pick back up once the weather improves, the DNR said.


Ontonagon: Salmon have been productive near the mouth of the river and rainbow trout are showing up.

Keweenaw Bay: Fishing pressure has been low. Anglers trolling for salmon have taken a few coho and lake trout trolling spoons in 30 to 60 feet of water fishing 25 to 55 feet down. A few coho have also been taken off the pier in L’Anse casting with Little Cleos. There are a few pink salmon in the Falls River, although the water is very low and clear.

Lake Michigamme: Fishing has slowed due to rain and high winds. Anglers that were out had success catching walleye near the rock reef off of Presbytery Point, south of Flat Island, and in the east arm near Van Riper State Park in waters 10 to 40 feet deep. Best baits were leeches, crawlers, rapalas, thundersticks and minnows. Smallmouth bass were being taken near the islands in the east arm and south of the islands while still fishing with leeches, jigging with both artificial and live bait, and casting spoons. Rock bass were found throughout the lake and were caught using worms, leeches and artificial bait. A few northern pike were found south of the islands casting spoons and rapalas.

Marquette: Lake trout fishing remains fair for anglers trolling in 140 to 170 feet of water. Anglers trolling near the shoreline are fishing in 30 to 70 feet of water. Near shore boaters are catching coho salmon or lake trout, with an occasional chinook, brown or rainbow trout. Boats have been concentrated toward the Lower Harbor or the Chocolay River. Good salmon fishing can be found in Marquette Harbor.

Dead River: Shore fishing has been slow, however, chinook and pink salmon have been taken.

Green Bay: Boat anglers trolling late evening hours off Cedar River green buoy marker south to Hayward Bay have had excellent walleye catches.

Menominee River: Fair to good catches of salmon and trout between Hattie Street Bridge upstream to First Dam. Some brown trout and steelhead were also taken casting spoons or drifting spawn or yarn.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye fishing has been slow. Anglers marked good numbers of fish throughout the bay but few catches have been reported. The best fishing is in the southern areas trolling or drifting in 14 to 25 feet of water using crawlers. Smallmouth bass action is good throughout the bay with best catches reported in the Kipling area jigging minnows in 10 to 20 feet. A few yellow perch have been taken out of the Kipling area jigging minnows and worms in 10 to 17 feet. Northern pike action has been good while trolling and casting spinners and cranks along the edges by the Gladstone coal piles and south to the Escanaba Yacht Harbor in 6 to 12 feet of water. Several large northern pike were reported. Salmon fishing is good at the Ford River. Shore anglers are casting spoons and cranks out by the mouth with good morning and evening catches.

Big Bay De Noc: Snake Island is producing good catches of large bass while drifting or trolling minnows in 15 to 35 feet of water all along the break.

Munising: Coho fishing is slow to fair trolling dodgers with flies and spoons 40 feet down in water 80 feet deep. Shore angers are using spawn bags. Sizes are ranging from 2 to 6 pounds. A few splake have been taken as well. Lake trout fishermen are having fair to good success in waters 150 feet deep.

St. Mary’s River: Chinook salmon fishing is good at the north end of the St. Mary’s River, with limits of chinook and pink salmon being taken trolling J-plugs and spoon baits in 30 feet of water fishing 12 to 18 feet. Salmon fishing is also good in front of the Sault Edison power plant in 30 feet of water. Yellow perch are being taken using small cuts of nightcrawler fished in 18 to 28 feet of water just off the bottom with perch spreaders just north of the Garden River on the Lake George side of the St. Mary’s River. The south end of Sugar Island is also producing good catches of yellow perch using minnows and pinches of worm in 22 feet of water in the early morning. Yellow perch can also be found in open water one-quarter mile south of Timber Ridge Resort. Northern pike fishing has been productive casting rattle traps in 6 to 10 feet of water in and around weed beds, at Bear Lake, and Sankie Bay on the south end of Lake George.


Cheboygan River: Chinook salmon are being caught from the Cheboygan River to the shallower waters of Lake Huron along the channel.

Hammond Bay: Most of the fish are being caught out from the Ocqueoc River mouth or in front of the biological station, with most fishing early in the morning or in the evening past dark. Trolling with J-plugs or spoons is the most common method used, with green and silver or white being popular colors

Rogers City: Fish are staging off Swan Bay and the river. Fish waters up to 60 feet deep using planer boards with mono or one or two colors of lead. Good lures have been J-plugs, bombers, flashers like the hoochie mammas and spoons. The best colors are white or pearl, green with a black ladder back, green splatter, purple splatter, silver, and blue. Use anything that glows when fishing early and late. Fish waters 50 to 60 feet deep straight out or north toward 40 Mile Point using spoons or early summer fishing techniques.

Presque Isle: There is good fishing in 30 to 60 feet of water using spoons, J-plugs, bombers and attractors. Best colors have been white, green, blue, and black and white. Use anything that glows when fishing early or late. Reef runner body baits off planer boards have been working well. The best areas have been straight out from the can and south toward Stoneport. Fish are also being taken off Albany Point north of the big lighthouse.

Rockport: Salmon are being taken off the pier in early morning just before sunrise. Most anglers fishing off the end of the pier are casting into the waters on the north side. Walleye have been caught along the shelf, which is about halfway out to Middle Island and runs parallel to shore. Try trolling 18 to 20 feet down in waters 20 to 30 feet deep for walleye, lake trout and steelhead. Good trout and salmon fishing on the east and northeast sides of Middle Island. Try 60 to 70 feet of water with spoons or small plugs. The sink hole located just off the lighthouse is also a good place to fish for salmon, lake trout and walleye.

Hubbard Lake: Walleye fishing is still very good. Anglers trolling with crank baits in 50 feet of water have had good success. Most of the action is on the south end of the lake or along the shoreline from East Bay leading to the South Bay. Bass action has been fair with some being picked up while trolling for walleye in water around 50 feet. Some are also being taken at 8 to 12 feet along the shoreline. Crawlers work best but spinner baits have been successful as well. Perch action is good with many anglers keeping 10 to 15 perch a trip. Minnows are working better than crawlers and they are being taken in 12 to 14 feet of water.

Alpena: Fishing has been fairly slow. Only a few river anglers have caught fish. Boating anglers fishing closer to the river mouth had more luck.

Thunder Bay River: Boat and shore anglers are still fishing the river for salmon.
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