Saint Ignace






Lac Vieux Desert:  The cool wet weather did not hamper muskie anglers hoping to land a big fish. A handful of fish 32-47 inches were caught on suckers or artificial baits. A few small pike were caught right along with fish ranging 30 inches or so. Walleye and panfish anglers were few and far between however some decent size perch were caught on minnows. Anglers had to sort through a lot of small ones to get them. 

Marquette:  The weather has once again limited fishing. The few boats heading out did catch a couple Chinook, lake trout and steelhead just outside the breakwall. Overall catch rates were low with most getting just one or two fish. Shore anglers had some luck catching coho and steelhead on both the Carp and the Chocolay Rivers. The Dead River is still producing a few Chinook, but the fish are beginning to die off.

Little Bay De Noc:  Walleye anglers fished mostly in the southern waters as they were looking for bigger walleye. Try the Minneapolis Shoals area and off Seagull Point. Further north, the best areas were along the Second and Third Reefs in 18 to 28 feet or the mouth of the Escanaba River in 20 feet. Some trolled stick baits as fewer anglers were using a crawler harness. Perch catches were fair to good mostly around the head of the bay in 10 to 24 feet when using minnows. 

Big Bay De Noc:  Had low angler participation. Smallmouth bass were in and around the Garden Bluff area and around Snake Island. Best catches were in 25 to 35 feet with minnows or plastics with drop-shot setups. Perch are showing up in the deeper waters of Garden Bay so try minnows in 40 feet or so. 

Manistique River:  Anglers were still getting salmon including some pinks and some Chinook which were turning dark. Walleye have also been caught. 

Au Train:  A few anglers picked up the occasional steelhead, brown trout, and coho in front of the mouth of the Rock River and Au Train River when trolling spoons in 50 feet. Within the next two weeks, the Forest Service will be removing the dock a bit early to make some repairs, so anglers may not have too many chances left to get out. 

Munising:  Heavy rain and strong winds have made fishing difficult. Surface water temperatures are in the 50’s. Fishing in general was poor with only a few coho caught when casting. Very few splake were caught. 

Grand Marais:  Had very slow fishing with most anglers catching one or two coho and steelhead. Very few anglers were surfcasting at the mouth of the Sucker River because of the strong winds. The river was extremely high with a strong current.   

Two Hearted River:  Continues to produce some coho. The action did slow with the warmer weather but should pick back up with the cold front. 

Drummond Island:  Anglers reported good pike catches on the south end. Try Pike Bay which is east of Whitney Bay with black bucktail spinners with yellow spotted blades. For the bigger fish, try drifting the weed beds with a south wind. A few perch were caught on the north end at Grape Island which is west of Maxton Bay. Pike were found on the southeast side of Grape Island. Some smaller perch were taken on the south side of Ashman Island. Try shiners and worms just off the bottom in 10 to 14 feet. 

Cedarville and Hessel:  Many have not been able to get out. At Cedarville, a few perch were caught in Musky Bay. Anglers may also want to try off Connors Point with worms and minnows in 12 to 14 feet. Off Hessel, no yellow perch were caught at the marina. Splake were caught at the finger docks however that season is closed. Some pike were caught when trolling crank baits throughout Mackinac Bay. Try from Hessel Point to St. Ledgers Island and on to the edge of the channel at Les Cheneaux Club Point with orange and chartreuse body baits with black ladder marks along the belly.