2017-08-10 / Outdoors

August fishing report for around the Upper Peninsula

Ontonagon River: Walleye anglers were getting fish as the bite picked up.

Lake Gogebic: During the third week of a slow and methodical mayfly hatch fishing has not changed much. The walleye and perch anglers are catching are full to the gills with wiggles yet they are still taking the occasional crawler or leech. Some were hitting on crank baits but the majority were taken on live bait in the deeper parts of the lake during the day and shallow water in the evening. Pike fishing is slow and most of those caught were undersize. Good numbers of smallmouth bass were still hitting natural and artificial baits. Bergland Bay is still producing panfish but there is more sorting then earlier in the season.

Menominee River: Boaters and shore anglers alike reported more catches of walleye and smallmouth bass when trolling a crawler harness and stick baits or when drifting jigs tipped with minnows, crawlers and plastics. Shore anglers using live bait on the bottom have caught walleye, smallmouth bass, catfish and freshwater drum.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye catches were up off Kipling when trolling a crawler harness in 14 to 20 feet around the First and Second Reefs and in 12 feet off Breezy Point. Perch anglers reported good numbers of small fish near Kipling. Several catches of larger perch were reported out by the Escanaba ship docks using minnows or crawlers in 25 to 30 feet. Northern pike and drum were active throughout the bay but most of the pike were undersize. Smallmouth bass fishing was fair to good in eight to 14 feet off Hunters Point, 12 to 20 feet near the Farmers Dock and between the Ford River and Round Island in five to 18 feet. Most used plastics, spinners or crank baits. Salmon anglers reported very few catches.

Manistique: Salmon fishing was slow as water temperatures were too warm. Those fishing the river reported good walleye catches when casting jigs with crawlers near the end of the rapids near the Upper Dam. Good smallmouth action for those casting plastics, spinners and crank baits along the edge of the barriers. Several good size pike were caught in the same areas.

Marquette: Good numbers of coho were still being caught in top 30 of waters 50 to 60 feet deep in the Lower Harbor and off Shot Point. Short cores and copper, dipsies and downriggers have all taken fish. Lots of lake trout were caught between the white rocks and Granite Island in 130 to 200 feet and deeper.

Au Train: Limits of lake trout have been taken at Big Reef as well as the sand flats in front of Shelter Bay. A few coho were also caught.

Munising: Water temperatures finally reached the low 60’s offshore and mid 60’s near shore. Lake trout including some limit catches were caught off Wood Island and the Big Reef. Boat anglers caught a fair to good number of coho and a few chinook salmon. The coho were about 30 feet down in 50 feet outside the breakwall. Pier anglers at the Anna River dock reported slow action with only a couple whitefish and splake caught. Try small red worms for the whitefish or spawn sacs and shallow running stick baits for the splake.

Grand Marais: Lake trout anglers reported good catches near the shipping lanes in 160 to 200 feet and near Big Reef. Those trolling did well on dodgers with spoons or flies and downriggers near the bottom. A few were also jigging around Big Reef. A couple coho were caught when trolling to the east with stick baits or spoons in 50 feet. Hot colors were silver, gray, orange and gold.

Tahquamenon River: Pike and musky were a bit more active for boat anglers casting or trolling. Most of the pike were on the small side but the musky were legal length. Those fishing near the Dollarville Dam caught small bluegills and rock bass.

St. Marys River: Was still producing some Atlantic salmon behind the Cloverland Powerhouse. Walleye were caught in 10 to 15 feet on the sand or mud flats. Lake George had decent smallmouth fishing in the shallows. In the lower river, walleye and perch fishing were very slow. Most of the catches were undersize pike. Schools of lake herring have been found near Lime Island but the fish appear to be inactive or traveling in schools around Raber Bay. Those trying to catch them had not gotten a single bite.

Detour: When boats could get out, a few lake trout were caught with downriggers over the 90 foot flat with short leaders no more than 18 inches and spin-glo’s in chartreuse or orange with white. A few chinook salmon were caught on spoons 50 feet down in over 90 feet with chartreuse and chrome or white and orange spoons. For those targeting chinook, it is about that time to look upstream in the river between the lighthouse and the Ferry Boat lane that runs to Drummond Island.

Drummond Island: Those targeting walleye are back now that the lake herring are gone but catch rates were still poor as very few were caught. Good bass fishing continues along the drop-offs, Scott Bay and the shallow waters near Maxton Bay and Drummond Island Yacht Haven when floating crawlers or chubs. Deep diving crank baits, swimbaits and spinners were also taking fish. Pike were hitting on chubs and stick baits around Harbor, Rutland and Peck Islands.

Cedarville and Hessel: Cedarville and Hessel: Yellow perch were caught off Cedarville when drifting shiners in 8 to 10 feet off Conners Point in the early afternoon. Fish were also caught just north of Island #8, and in six to eight feet around Little Joe Island. Small schools of yellow perch also move throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands, with anglers targeting docks and weed beds in five to eight feet with worms or shiners. Panfish and largemouth bass are being caught off the Hill Island Bridge one quarter mile south of M-134. Northern pike were caught straight south of the Hessel at Cube Point when drifting chubs and frozen smelt in six to eight feet along the weed beds early or late. Small perch and sunfish were caught east of Hessel Marina. For walleye, try drifting or jigging in 12 to 18 feet along the south end of Mackinaw Bay in the early morning. A few walleye were caught with a crawler harness and bottom bouncer.

St. Ignace A few boats were trolling spoons around Mackinac Island but had no luck. Shore anglers on the Carp River caught walleye on leeches and worms under a slip bobber of a crawler harness. Walleye fishing in the Pine River was slow. Shore anglers fishing the bottom with worms and leeches had little success.

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