Thursday, March 19, 2015

Lake Superior or Lake Ontario Fishing Reports
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

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Marquette: The ice is deteriorating out near the "bubblers" and there are pressure cracks near shore on both the Upper and Lower Harbors. The ice is no longer safe and several miles out you can see stretches of open water with ice flow. Water levels at the mouth of the Carp River and the Dead River have started to rise slightly because of runoff. Those fishing the Carp River have caught the occasional steelhead on spawn or crawlers.

Au Train Bay: The mouth of the Rock River and the Au Train River are slowly starting to open up. There was no activity at the Brownstone launch. The bay remains frozen with some pressure cracks near shore.

Menominee River: The dam at Menominee has 2 gates partially open so anglers are now open water fishing. A couple dozen anglers were fishing near Hattie Street.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions have deteriorated quickly and shoreline ice has opened up in many locations. Although some anglers were still driving out on the bay, the ice is getting dangerous and driving on it is no longer safe. Extreme caution needs to be used near the rivers, Sand Point, Saunders Point and the entire southern sections. Perch anglers had fair catches but most of the fish were small. The better catches were between the Second and Center Reefs with wigglers or minnows in 17 to 28 feet.

Munising: Warmer weather equals more anglers but catch rates were slow. Walking conditions are slick so bring your cleats. Ice conditions in the bay were still good, the snow cover is gone but there were pockets of slush near shore. Pressure cracks are beginning to show up around the shoreline at Sand Point and small open water pockets are beginning to pop up. A couple keeper size splake were taken on jigging lures, eggs or minnows. Catch rates for whitefish did improve some after several hours of effort. Try a single egg or wax worm on the bottom. Anglers were marking schools of smelt but none were caught. A few coho were taken and catch rates should pick-up soon. Those in the spearing shacks had poor to fair results for herring in the early morning. Trout Bay continues to have fishable ice though catch rates were slow for a mixed bag of chinook, coho, lake trout, herring and burbot.

St. Mary's River: Walleye season is closed so anglers are now targeting perch which were scattered in Munuscong Bay. The better fishing was up in Fowlers Bay when using minnows in 4 to 6 feet. The ice has water and slush on top.

Cedarville and Hessel:Pike season is closed but perch fishing is starting to improve in Musky Bay and Hessel Bay. Fish were caught on wigglers and wax worms in 6 to 10 feet of water.

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