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Weekly Fishing Report

By The Michigan DNR

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Alpena: Anglers reported limits of lake trout. Anglers were headed out towards Thunder Bay Island, Nordmeer Wreck and out towards the first set of humps. Best depths were in 65 to 120 feet of water. Anglers were running a few lines near bottom and the rest scattered in the water column. The deep lines were using attractors with spin glo flies or spin glos. The lines higher were running mostly spoons – greens, chartreuse, blue and silver, green, orange and silver. Yellow mostly brighter colored spoons. The lines higher up were catching lake trout but also an occasional Atlantic, steelhead or Chinook. Walleye fishing was slow. The walleye were mostly caught at night. Try fishing Northshore, north point, Grass Island, Sulphur Island, Scarecrow Island for best results. Anglers were trolling crank baits, crawler harnesses and spoons. The best depths were in 15 to 30 feet of water.

Thunder Bay River: Anglers were catching smallmouth bass, walleye, pike, freshwater drum, bullheads and bowfin. Anglers were casting body baits, spoons and bass type lures. Anglers were also using live bait, night crawlers and leeches.

Presque Isle: Anglers reported a mix of Atlantic, Chinook, coho and steelhead. Run lines throughout the water column for best results. Fish were hitting mostly spoons in greens, blues, orange and silver, orange green and silver, orange, or glow stuff early and late. Lake trout limits were also being caught. Run flashers with spin glos or spin glo flies near the bottom for best results.

Rogers City: Lake trout limits were common. The fish were moving around a lot with the wind and water temperature changes. So once located keep circling back on them. The best depths were 40 to 70 feet of water and running lines throughout the water column and fishing flashers and spin glos near the bottom but not right on the bottom. Short segments of lead core and copper were getting lures away from the boat and not spooking the fish.

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