Saint Ignace






Keweenaw Bay

The E coli warnings have been lifted for fishing in this area. A few Chinook salmon were caught in 70 to 200 feet with spoons or a flasher/fly combo in the early morning.  In Traverse Bay, a few lake trout were caught in 100 to 150 feet when trolling spoons.  For the South Entry, the action was slow but a couple Chinook and brown trout were caught in 75 feet in the evening. The water is still dirty from all the flooding but is clearing up a little more each day. 

Lac Vieux Desert

Walleye fishing remained slow. The bigger fish were found in the deeper holes when trolling or jigging artificial baits. A couple legal size musky as well as smaller fish were caught by those putting in the time and casting large lures over the weed beds. Pike and largemouth bass were caught around submerged vegetation when casting spinners and crank baits. The vegetation in both Indian and Rice Bay is coming in thick. Panfish were hitting on live and artificial baits in 6 to 12 feet.   

Little Bay De Noc

Walleye fishing slowed with an abundance of food from fly hatches and alewife. The best reports came from Breezy Point and south to No-See-Um Creek when trolling a crawler harness or rapala in 14 to 28 feet. A good number of small perch were caught in the Butler Island area and south to the Escanaba Yacht Harbor with crawlers along the weeds lines. The Escanaba River still has a lot of undersize walleye but several nice pike were reported by those trolling crank baits or spoons near the mouth. A few anglers were looking for salmon but the best catches were close to Wisconsin waters and the Washington Island area.

Big Bay De Noc

Had few walleye anglers. Some were fishing in the “Boot” and south to Big Bay Shoals but no fish were caught. The bay had mostly smallmouth bass anglers taking fair to good catches off the golf course in Nahma in 10 to 16 feet and Puffy Bay in 8 to 14 feet with plastics and spinners. Fish were caught off Ogontz but they were small.  Pike are still abundant. Off Fairport, anglers were marking fish right along with baitfish but catch rates were slow. A few were found 80 feet down in 130 feet near Poverty Island. 


Fishing was steady, with a good number of lake trout caught along with the occasional coho and steelhead when trolling spoons near the “white rocks” and Granite Island. Most were 20 to 50 feet down in 120 feet or more. 

Au Train  

Also had good fishing including a few limit catches taken when jigging off the East Bank in 160 feet or trolling near Laughing Fish Point where the fish were suspended at 20 to 50 feet. Most of the lake trout were 2-5 pounds. 


Most boat anglers did well for lake trout with limit catches taken near Wood Island Reef and the Grand Portal Reef in 150 to 180 feet. Salmon fishing and pier fishing were slow with the warmer water temperatures. 

Grand Marais

Boat anglers reported limit catches when trolling for lake trout with assorted spoons and flies off Five Mile Point, the Big Reef, ten miles out from Au Sable Point and about seven miles out near the shipping channel in 160 to 200 feet. A few were jigging but the bite was better for those trolling. Most fish were 3-5 pounds. The salmon action was poor. Pier anglers had some good days for whitefish when the wind would bring fish in near the breakwall. A single egg works best. 


Most of the fishing effort has been for lake herring and whitefish in Detour and the waters surrounding Drummond Island. A few Menominee were caught 36 inches off the bottom in 25 to 30 feet at the southwest entrance to Whitney Bay. Most are using a red teardrop tipped with a wax worm. Lake herring were caught along the southern borders of Bow Island and Arrow Island located on the north side of Drummond Island. The sun warms these waters first generating more fly hatches which attract fish.    

Cedarville and Hessel

Young anglers are catching rock bass and sunfish from docks or boats in 4 to 6 feet around the weed beds. Largemouth bass were also caught when casting spinners.  Those targeting Menominee and lake herring throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands had a few catches. Menominee were caught in 30 feet off the stone quarry and Leach Island with a brown and red teardrop tipped with a wax worm about three cranks off the bottom. Lake herring were caught in the Moscoe Channel with the same in 8 feet.  Off Hessel, a few yellow perch were caught off the docks in the marina in 8 feet. A couple 25-28 inch pike were caught off the east end of the fishing pier when casting red and white spoons or still-fishing with creek chubs.