Upper Peninsula Fishing Report – September 14th, 2012
Drummond Island Area
Anglers are catching a few perch around Scotts Bay, Maxton Bay, and Whitney Bay on minnows. Most are being caught in 8 to 17 feet of water. Some smallmouth bass are being caught with minnows and crawlers. Trolling with body baits or stickbaits will get you a few northern pike. While walleye fishing has been slow, anglers are catching cohos and king salmon in the St. Mary’s River from the Detour Lighthouse to the ferry crossing.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.
Some anglers are catching yellow perch in the Big Manistique by using minnows or crawlers. Fishing for bluegills on South Lake has been excellent, particularly in 10 to 12 feet of water on worms or minnows. Walleye fishing has been poor, but some northerns are being hauled into boats.
J.R. Sport Shop, (906) 586-6040.
Those fishing for perch and smallmouth bass at Garden Bay and off of Garden Bluff are doing well. Perch can be caught by using minnows or crawlers in weedbeds. Smallmouth bass are hitting nightcrawlers. The bass are starting to stage. Walleye fishing has been nonexistent. Some king salmon are being caught near Fairport, but they will be gone soon.
The Garden Sport Shop, (906) 644-2908.
Foxy’s Den, (906) 644-2817.
Anglers are catching perch and some walleyes at the north end of Little Bay de Noc. Anglers are running slip bobbers for walleyes, and minnows or crawlers for perch. Some smallmouths have been caught off of Butler’s Island and near Hunter’s Point on suckers and plastics. Salmon are starting to turn a little dark and move up into rivers, particularly those in Little Bay de Noc. Some salmon also are being spotted in the Manistique River.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle (906) 428-2950.
Iron Mountain Area
Ample crappies and bluegills are being caught in the Menominee River and Michigamme backwaters. Fishermen also are catching northern pike by using spinners and spoons with live bait. Both smallmouth and largemouth bass are hitting topwater gear, like poppers. Walleye fishing has been quiet, but those that are being caught are hitting crawlers and fathead minnows. Stream fishing has been OK, with brook and brown trout hitting flies.
Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.
Lake trout fishing on the north shore of Copper Harbor has been excellent. Anglers are trolling with downriggers 80 to 100 feet down and they’re using purple Finn spoons. Walleye fishing has been slow, but smallmouth bass are beginning to bite on Lac La Belle and Portage lakes.
Fish-On II Guide and Charter Service, (906) 289-4481.
Those fishing Ontonagon Harbor are catching lots of lake trout using stinger spoons and either Candy Corn or Green Apple baits. Some coho salmon are being caught in Union Bay. As it has been throughout the rest of the Upper Peninsula, walleye fishing has been slow.
Grieg’s Taxidermy & Tackle, (906) 884-2770