Weekly Fishing Report September 6, 2012

Black River Harbor:  Fishing was good in the early morning and evening. Anglers are using a flasher/fly combo as well as glow spoons. Look for surface water temperatures of 65 degrees or less.

Ontonagon:  Fishing was slow with only a few lake trout caught on green spoons in 70 to 115 feet of water.

Marquette:  Anglers did quite well for lake trout east of the White Rocks, near the Sand Hole, the Clay Banks and Stannard Rock with downriggers near the bottom in 120 to 160 feet of water with spoons and flies. Coho were caught in the evening when trolling near the Chocolay River.

Dead River:  The dam is in at the Tourist Park so water levels will vary depending on the power company. Few were fishing as no salmon were in sight.

Menominee:  Night fishing for walleye is going well but a few fish were also caught during the day. Anglers are heading north and south of the Carp River and fishing in 20 to 30 feet of water with crawler harnesses or reef runners. Fish were also caught near Green Island in 30 to 50 feet of water with rapalas or reef runners. Bluegills, perch and rock bass were caught near the launch at the Lighthouse. Try crawlers or wax worms. Pike were caught off the pier in the marina.

Menominee River:  Catch rates for walleye were slow on both sides near the Hattie Street Bridge. Smallmouth and rock bass were caught by those targeting walleye.

Cedar River:  Those fishing from the mouth to the Interstate Bridge caught smallmouth bass but many were sub-legal. Try crawlers or crank baits.

Little Bay De Noc:  Water levels have dropped but the cooler nights have helped the walleye anglers. Night anglers are fishing the Second or Third Reefs when trolling crawler harnesses in 12 to 23 feet of water and off the Terrace Bay Inn in 16 to 33 feet of water. Catch rates were fair. Those fishing during the day have caught a few fish near the mouth of the Escanaba River in 14 to 28 feet of water. Those fishing down near the shoals had mixed results when trolling crank baits or crawler harnesses in 20 to 35 feet of water. Perch were caught in eight to 23 feet of water off Kipling and 20 to 25 feet of water off the Escanaba River when still-fishing with crawlers.

Big Bay De Noc:   Catch rates for bass were down a bit. Anglers are fishing off Ogontz, Poplar Point, and Garden Bluff.  Try crank baits, plastics or spinners in 12 to 20 feet of water. Perch were caught in Garden Bay but many were small. Try eight to 12 feet of water along the old pilings. No walleye to report. At Fairport, salmon catches were fair out in the “Gap” when trolling spoons or artificial cut bait in 90 to 125 feet of water. The season here started early this year and seemed to peak in June.

Au Train:  Lake trout action was fair for those trolling spoons in 100 to 150 feet of water. A couple coho were caught in the bay. No activity at the Rock River.

St. Mary’s River:  Smallmouth bass are hitting on the north side of Lime Island in six to eight feet of water. Try tube jigs off the rock piles.

Detour:  Those fishing near the Detour Lighthouse are catching pink salmon on orange and gold or green and white spoons. Anglers are trolling in over 90 feet of water and the fish were hitting 35 feet down. Lake trout have been caught near the reef when trolling east to the Red Buoy on the Drummond Island side in 60 to 70 feet of water. Off the north side of the island, smallmouth bass were caught in Scotts Bay and off Bruce’s Point when casting or jigging tube jigs around the rock piles in four to eight feet of water.

Cedarville and Hessel:  Has excellent salmon fishing in 60 to 80 feet of water off Hessel. Good numbers of pink salmon are also being caught. Those fishing the east end of Hessel Bay and off the Hessel Marina pier have caught perch and smallmouth bass. Pike action picked up for those trolling, casting or still-fishing around the islands with minnows or chubs.

St. Ignace:  Remains good for Chinook salmon. This is also the year that pink salmon are present in high numbers! Fish the Coast Guard Station, north past the old fuel tanks and off both the east and west sides of Mackinac Island. Anglers are fishing 60-90 feet down with orange lures.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

3 × 3 =