Thursday, March 12, 2015

Lake Superior or Lake Ontario Fishing Reports
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Postby Aquarius » Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:51 pm

Keweenaw Bay: Had a few small slush pockets on the ice. Catch rates were slow but a few splake and coho were caught out from the Falls River. Some caught the occasional lake trout. Smelt fishing has been hit-or-miss.

Marquette: In general, fishing was slow. Anglers were fishing the "bubblers" at the Upper Harbor but there have been several close calls because of ice conditions. Anglers need to use extreme caution! Coho, a few chinook just over 8 pounds and brown trout up to 6 pounds were caught. Successful days vary with some doing well in the early morning while others did better mid-day. Catch rates were 0 to 4 fish. Baits of choice were heavier pink or white jigs tipped with twister tails, gulp and cut bait but some also did well with Swedish pimples. The "bubbler" further out seemed to be more productive. A few lake herring were caught on jigs. Those fishing the Lower Harbor and out from South Beach were trying for coho and whitefish but few were caught. A couple small splake were reported. A few anglers were targeting steelhead below the 41-Bridge by the Carp River but catch rates were poor. Most of the rivers in this area were still frozen.

Au Train Bay: Had no activity at the Brownstone Launch or the mouth of the Au Train River.

Menominee River: The walleye bite was slow but should pick up with the warmer temperatures.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported the best catches of the season down by the Ford River and some reported limit catches when using tip-ups with sucker minnows or jigging rapalas in 15 to 22 feet. Most of the fish sampled were large females over 23 inches. While anglers were driving snowmobiles and 4-wheelers about ½ mile out, extreme caution needs to be used when traveling near the mouth of the Ford River as this area could become DANGEROUS with the warmer weather. Other areas like the Center Reef had fair catches when using tip-ups with suckers in 13 to 24 feet. Similar results on the Kipling Flats, the "Narrows" and out from the Terrace Bay Inn when using tip-ups or jigging rapalas in 25 to 35 feet. Perch anglers reported fair catches throughout the Bay when using wigglers or minnows in 10 to 26 feet. Some whitefish were caught on minnows in 25 to 45 feet in Gladstone Bay. Be careful and watch for changes in the ice as temperatures start to rise.

Munising: Improving weather had more anglers out but catch rates were still slow. Ice was solid but snow on top of the ice will turn to slush and anglers may encounter deep slush pockets especially around the shoreline. Most anglers are fishing in 30 to 70 feet. Many splake were sub-legal but a few keepers were taken on eggs or minnows. The whitefish and coho action continues to be slow. Those targeting burbot have done well in the evening. Catch rates were spotty in Trout Bay with only a few coho, lake trout, herring and burbot taken.

St. Mary's River: Fishing remains slow in Munuscong Bay. Anglers may want to target waters along the northwest end of the bay near Grassy Island for perch and walleye.

Cedarville and Hessel: Those fishing off Hessel were targeting perch in 18 to 24 feet in Wilderness Bay. Musky Bay was full of undersized pike.

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