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The U.P. of Michigan Fishing Reports

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - May 22nd, 2015

Drummond Island Area
Perch fishing was very spotty around Drummond Island last week. Anglers reported catching a lot of undersized fish. Catch-and-immediate-release bass fishing has been good in Maxton Bay. A few pike and walleyes have been caught, too, and the pike/muskie/walleye opener was expected to be very good.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area
Bluegills were hitting on South Manistique Lake last week, and anglers there were dialing in on a good bite. A few perch were starting to bite on Big Manistique. Trout anglers are catching decent numbers of brookies on most of the local streams. Water levels have come down and are back to normal flow rates.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

Marquette Area
Light numbers of salmon have been caught in Lake Superior’s Marquette Harbor. Lake trout are biting in 60 to 80 feet of water in the upper harbor and farther out in the lake in 150 feet of water east of Marquette.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area
Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics all have produced good results when fished along shore. The walleye season should be good, and anglers last week were gearing up for the opener. Perch fishing has been slow.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.

Bergland Area
Anglers around Lake Gogebic were anticipating the walleye opener last week. Ice has been out for weeks, and walleyes are done spawning. Expect a good low-light bite in shallow areas. Many larger fish will still be deeper or near the shoreline breaks. Sucker minnows and fatheads will be the first choice for baits. Because of higher water temperatures, try leeches and nightcrawlers, as well.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

Keweenaw Peninsula
Splake fishing has been good in Lake Superior’s Copper Harbor. Action has been hit or miss, but when the fish are in, limit catches have been reported. Spawn bags, cut suckers, and smelt, along with spoons have all produced good action. Good numbers of lake trout have been caught in Lake Superior’s Bete Grise Bay in 200 feet of water. Cut smelt was producing the best results. Anglers were anticipating a good walleye opener on May 15.
Fish-On II Guide and Charter Service, (906) 369-4341.

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