Upper Peninsula Fishing Report – May 20th, 2016


Pickford Area

Perch and splake were hitting in Lake Michigan off the docks at Hessel. The rivers are still full of suckers. Fair numbers of perch have been caught in Lake George and above the locks on the St. Marys River. Good numbers of Atlantic salmon have been caught at the power house. Most anglers were waiting for last weekend’s walleye opener. Turkey hunting has been good. Morels are popping. 

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Perch fishing slowed at Drummond Island last week and most anglers  were waiting for the pike and walleye opener. Perch anglers in Maxton Bay were catching a lot of pike incidentally. A few morels are popping.

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

St. Ignace Area 

A few boats have done well lake trout fishing in Lake Huron near Bois Blanc Island and near St. Ignace. Spoons and Spin-N-Glos have caught fish. Steelhead action has been slow in the Carp River. Anglers were moving upstream to target steelhead. A few  brook trout and brown trout were caught.

Ace Hardware, (906) 643-7721.



Marquette Area

Surface water temperatures were 38 degrees last week in Lake Superior’s Marquette Harbor. Anglers trolling spoons, jigging or casting for trout and salmon caught a few brown trout near Shot Point. Lake trout were caught near the Chocolay River, a few miles north of the breakwall in the Lower Harbor and near Partridge Island in 130 to 170 feet of water. Very few chinook salmon were caught. Fishing on the Carp River has slowed. Anglers had no luck with spawn so they were switching to artificial baits and spinners, which landed a few brook trout.

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

Perch anglers are still reporting catches in Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc south of the Days River. Anglers were using minnows or crawlers in 34 feet. Smallmouth bass were hitting in the Ford River in 6 to 14 feet of water and near Garth Point. Most were casting plastics, spinners or crankbaits. Anglers were awaiting the recent walleye opener. Water in the bay was in the mid-50s. Turkey hunting has been pretty good. 

Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.

BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.



L’Anse Area

Steelhead and suckers have kept anglers busy in the Falls River. Good numbers of coho salmon, brown trout and splake have been caught in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay. One angler caught a 30-pound laker last week. The best bites have come to those trolling body baits in Huron Bay in 25 to 30 feet of water. Turkey hunting has been fair. Morels are popping.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Fishing pressure has been very light on Lake Gogebic. Anglers there were waiting for last Sunday’s walleye opener. The walleyes are done spawning but the black flies are out in force. Anglers are reminded that the walleye limit is five fish, but two of them can be between 13 and 15 inches long.

Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.


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