Michigan DNR Weekly Fishing Report: September 5, 2019

Man prepares to fish. (MGN Image)

UPPER PENINSULA, Mich. (WLUC) - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has released their weekly fishing report for the Upper Peninsula, along with a new fishing tip.

Keweenaw Bay: Lake trout have been caught in both Keweenaw and Huron Bay when trolling or jigging in deeper water.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye catches were spotty especially with the north winds. The better action came in the evening when trolling stick baits or crawlers along the reefs in 10 to 20 feet or when trolling stick baits near the “Black Bottom” in 14 to 25 feet. A few yellow perch were caught just south of Nelsons Bay with crawlers in 10 feet. Good smallmouth action from Garth Point south to Squaw Point with tube baits in 4 to 8 feet. Most of the pike were undersize, however several large fish were caught by walleye anglers trolling the river mouths with stick baits.

Manistique River: Almost all Chinook anglers were trolling the river. Catch rates were spotty and the numbers were still low but should get better. Most were trolling rapalas up near the High Dam spill over. Shore anglers were casting rapalas or spawn bags between the “Bass Hole” and the spill over. Walleye anglers reported fair catches from the mouth to the US-2 Bridge. Most smallmouth bass were undersize.

Grand Marais: Had low angler pressure. Those out lake trout fishing had fair to good results out near the shipping lanes and Five Mile Reef in 180 to 220 feet. Those trying for coho had no luck.

Drummond Island: The walleye bite slowed though a few catches were reported in Scott Bay in and around Peck Island in 20 feet with a crawler harness and bottom bouncer or smiley face spinners. No yellow perch to report.

Detour: Pink salmon were caught near the Detour Reef and lighthouse as well as west to the first green buoy when trolling smaller spoons. Hot colors were orange and gold or pink and white. Atlantic and Chinook salmon were caught upstream from the lighthouse about halfway down in 90 to 100 feet with flashers and squid. In most areas, the thermocline was still at 45 to 55 feet. Atlantic and Chinook salmon were caught near Fry Pan Island and lake trout were caught two miles straight south of the lighthouse along the 90-foot flat with spin-glo’s behind flashers.

Cedarville and Hessel: Successful anglers reported good catches of yellow perch at the Middle Entrance to the Les Cheneaux Islands. Fish 8 to 11 inches were caught when drift fishing southeast of Peck Bay with worms or shiners on a spreader with orange beads. Try drift fishing on both sides of the Middle Entrance, from Peck Bay east to Sand Bay. Good pike action with creek chubs in the Middle Entrance in 14 to 20 feet at the first hour of daylight or in the evening. Good smallmouth action in Duck Bay when jigging orange and brown tube jigs early morning or evening. Cast up current and let tube jigs drift down and across the rock piles in 5 to 7 feet. Those fishing off the docks on Lake Side Road caught sunfish, rock bass and smallmouth bass. The Cedarville public launch on Meridian Road is open for launching boats with minimal parking and the dock is in the water. For Hessel, pike were caught in Mismer Bay and Mackinaw Bay on both natural and artificial baits, including black bucktail spinners or a chrome spoon with a red eye in the early morning or late evening. Look for pike and smallmouth bass in 4 to 6 feet near Echo Island and St. Ledger Island. No perch were reported at the finger docks.

Fishing Tip: Avoid these mistakes to experience great fishing

Did you know simple mistakes can make-or-break your fishing adventures? Check out these basic things to avoid if you want to have better success on the water:

• Make sure your reel is filled with line – don’t wait until it gets to half-empty and risk losing a great catch due to an inadequate amount of line.
• Check your knots – monitor their strength and durability after each fish. If the strength gets compromised, cut the line down a few feet and start again.
• Set the hook – don’t forget to do this each time you even think you’ve got a bite. Why waste a great catch just because you forgot to set the hook?

Want even more tips for fishing in Michigan? Visit Michigan.gov/Fishing.

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