LaFayette Collision Center in Marquette

Weekly Fishing Report August 23, 2012

Posted on August 24, 2012 in Professional Sports News.


Black River Harbor: Fishing was good when anglers can get out. Most were trolling spoons in 120 to 140 feet of water for salmon and lake trout.

Keweenaw Bay:  The bite has picked up with nice catches of salmon, lake trout and rainbow trout caught between Sand Point and Newton’s Reef. The fish seem to be in pockets so you will have to look for them while trolling spoons in a variety of colors.  Good trolling speed was between 1.9 and 2.8 mph. Those trolling around Farmers Reef caught fish 60 to 100 feet down in 80 to 120 feet of water. Trolling speeds were between 2.0 and 2.6 mph. Some reported limit catches. Those trolling in Traverse Bay caught trout and salmon between the marina and Big Louie’s Point. Try 35 to 70 feet down in 40 to 100 feet of water with spoons.

Marquette:  Most are fishing early morning before the winds pick up. Anglers are fishing four to five miles east towards Shot Point or east of the White Rocks. Some caught the occasional coho or lake trout.

Peavy Reservoir:  In Iron County is producing some walleye. Live baits such as minnows, crawlers or leeches are best in the dark waters.

Lake Antoine:  In Dickinson County is producing large and smallmouth bass.

Menominee:  Anglers are switching their gear from salmon to walleye. Some are trolling near Green Island but catch rates were slow. Those fishing off the Cedar River did best in 12 to 15 feet of water with crawler harnesses or rapalas after dark.

Menominee River:  Fishing was poor due to low water levels.

Little Bay De Noc:  Catch rates for perch were fair to good in the northern parts of the bay. Try 14 to 20 feet of water just off the Third Reef, 10 to 14 feet off Garth Point or 18 to 25 feet off Gladstone Beach when using crawlers. Walleye action was spotty but a few fish were caught in 16 to 24 feet of water off Kipling, 25 to 35 feet out from the Terrace Bay Inn, and 14 to 22 feet off the southern end of the Black Bottom.

Big Bay De Noc:  Had excellent smallmouth bass action in the northern bay up near Poplar Point and Porcupine Point. Try crawlers or crank baits in 12 to 18 feet of water. The better catches came off minnows or crawlers in 15 to 35 feet of water off Garden Bluff. Fair perch fishing was reported in 16 to 20 feet of water in Kate’s Bay or 18 feet on the southern end of Ansell’s Point. Crawlers worked best. Off Fairport, salmon fishing has tapered off but fish were still caught in the “Gap” between the islands. Try 75 to 110 feet down in 90 to 140 feet of water when trolling spoons or artificial cut bait.

Au Train:  A few fish were caught off the flats of Shelter Bay or east of Au Train near the shipping channel in the early morning. Lake trout were suspended 40 to 50 feet from the bottom in 150 to 200 feet of water.

Munising:  Boat anglers caught lake trout ranging two to eight pounds on the west side of Grand Island, Trout Bay, and the reefs around Wood Island. Those able to make it out to the Big Reef did well for fish averaging five to 10 pounds. A few fish weighed over 30 pounds. Pier fishing was slow.

Grand Marais: Was producing lake trout in 140 to 220 feet of water five to eight miles north of the bay. Salmon were caught about halfway down in waters 50 to 60 feet deep. Those trolling east and west outside the harbor caught coho with purple spoons. Shore anglers caught pike on minnows but most were sub-legal.

Manistique Lake:  Is producing a few walleye and pike.

Detour:  Produced limits of pink salmon off the lighthouse when trolling small orange and gold spoons in 45 to 60 feet of water. A few Atlantic salmon were also caught. Those trolling from the Red Buoy back towards the lighthouse caught salmon. Pike were caught by those trolling spoons in eight to 12 feet of water near the coal dock. For Drummond Island, smallmouth bass are hitting on the north end of Scotts Bay and Bruce’s Point. Try jigging dark colored tube baits in six to eight feet of water. Some reported perch hitting on minnows in 12 to 14 feet of water on the inside of the horseshoe near Harbor Island.

Cedarville and Hessel:  Perch and smallmouth bass were caught along the east end of Cedarville Bay, Hessel Bay, north end of Snows Channel, Musky Bay and the Middle Entrance in eight to 12 feet of water. Catch rates for pike have picked up for those using minnows or chubs.

St. Ignace:  Remains good for salmon from the Coast Guard Station north to the old fuel tanks and off the northeast side of Mackinac Island. Those fishing 60 to 90 feet down are harvesting big healthy fish. A couple pink salmon were also caught.


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