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Little Bay de Noc’s ‘Black Bottom’ producing

MARQUETTE — River fishing continues to improve and inland lakes are producing a fair to good number of bass, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said.

This Upper Peninsula activity was reported —

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers fishing Huron, Keweenaw and Traverse Bays are all reporting similar catches. Jigging for lake trout is producing the highest yield of fish. Those trolling for salmon found a few but caught more lake trout.

Marquette: Surface water temperatures rose to about 70 degrees nearshore and in the mid-60s offshore. With a large fly hatch, lake trout were surface feeding, so the bite was very slow. Most were getting only one or two fish per trip.

Little Bay de Noc: Overall walleye fishing was slow, with the exception of the “Black Bottom” area, where anglers trolling a crawler harness or stick baits in 14 to 35 feet along the east bank had a few limit catches in the early morning. Fair perch fishing between the second and third reefs or south of the “Narrows” using crawlers or minnows in 30 feet. Small bass were caught near the Ford River mouth with crawlers or when casting plastics. A few salmon showed up just north of the Ford River buoy and were found 60 to 90 feet down in 110 feet.

Manistique: Salmon catches were spotty, with most fishing 60 to 105 feet down in 100 to 120 feet around Barques Point. The Chinook are either very big or small with few in between. Anglers are reporting big lake trout this year, with many over 12 pounds.

Manistique River: Walleye anglers reported fair catches on jigs with crawlers or casting stick baits up near the dam and around the breakwall. Smallmouth bass fishing was good for those casting plastics or using crawlers.

Manistique Lake: Fishing slowed in both lakes; however, anglers still were taking limits of panfish in South Manistique.

Munising: Lake trout fishing was very slow due to a large fly hatch. The fish are surface feeding. Few anglers had been out, as many were fishing from Manistique and off Fairport for Chinook.

St. Marys River: Those fishing near Sault Ste. Marie caught Atlantic salmon, whitefish and lake herring. Most were fishing behind the federal powerhouse or the Cloverland Powerhouse.

Detour: Limit catches of lake trout were taken 2 miles south of the Detour Reef and lighthouse when trolling a purple and chrome or black and white 4-inch spoon. Best catches came when skipping cannon balls across the 90 Foot Flat.

Cedarville and Hessel: For smallmouth bass, fish the Middle Entrance to the Les Cheneaux Islands.

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