|Little Bay de Noc: Anglers reported good walleye fishing with large fish caught and some potentially in the trophy size category. Areas out of the Ford River were productive. Most anglers were fishing shallower water where they were able to sight fish in depths of around 10 to 15 feet of water. However, some anglers were able to locate fish at the bottom of deeper drop offs. Other anglers fishing the head of the bay had varied success. Anglers were using assorted types of jigging raps or shiver minnows. Anglers reported an increase in bites on the set lines this week. Perch anglers reported scattered schools out in front of Kipling and between first and center reef. Anglers had the most success with wigglers.
Keweenaw Bay: Anglers reported an increased number of smelt during night and daytime fishing. The increased number of smelt was reported in waves appearing from the bottom of the water column to as high as 15 feet below the ice. Anglers had success catching smelt as well as lake trout, whitefish and burbot over the last week. Many anglers had luck fishing for burbot at dusk with natural bait. During the day, anglers were finding whitefish in decent numbers when imitating flashy fish such as smelt. Some anglers reported seeing fish such as rainbow trout mixed in with the movement of smelt. With warmer weather coming, anticipate more movement of fish chasing this increase of smelt.
Munising Bay: Fishing picked up dramatically with anglers catching coho, splake and smelt. There were reports of some nice herring being caught. Some nice catches of whitefish were also reported over the weekend. The coho were averaging around the 15 to 17-inch range. Some of the splake were up to 20 inches. There were schools of smelt anywhere from 30 to 60 feet of water. Anglers were fishing from Sand Point to Bay Furnace.
Les Cheneaux/Munuscong Bay: Anglers were catching perch in Musky Bay and a few perch in Hessel Bay while using minnows, wiggles and wax worms. They were also catching a few splake and lake trout in Wilderness Bay. Munuscong Bay anglers were catching a few walleye, but the bite was slow. The same went for the perch bite at the Conley Point ramp.
Michigan’s numerous piers and breakwalls offer great fishing opportunities throughout the year. Anglers often participate in this activity to target a variety of species, with trout and salmon being two of the most popular.
If you decide to partake in this type of fishing you’ll need a high-quality rod and reel. Technique-wise you’ll want to vary the depth and speed of your retrieves and consider fan-casting as opposed to casting perpendicular to the pier/breakwall.
There are lots of bait options to consider, including spawn bags with steelhead, trout or salmon eggs; live alewives; or night crawlers. You’ll also want a long-handled net to aid in landing your catch!
As always, take plenty of safety precautions when fishing piers and breakwalls.
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