DNR FISHING REPORT
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Little Bay De Noc:
Walleye anglers reported fair catches at best. High numbers of undersize fish are still being reported throughout the Bay with the southern most
part being best for the bigger fish. Anglers trolled crawlers or stick baits in 14 to 18 feet off Breezy Point,
south of the Ford River near Round Island in 10 to 20 feet and along the “Black Bottom” in 18 to 25 feet. Perch fishing was fair
to good with crawlers in 20 to 28 feet in the Gladstone Beach area. The smallmouth bite was good near Garth Point, Hunters Point, between Aronson
Island and Portage Point and the mouth of the Escanaba River with plastics or crank baits in eight to 14 feet.
Good size salmon were caught south near St. Martins Island with spoons 45 to 60 feet down in 105 to 130 feet.
Big Bay De Noc:
Had lots of smallmouth anglers. Nahma was best with good catches of large fish taken in 12 to 18 feet off the golf course and north of the launch along the weeds in
eight feet with plastics, crank baits or spinners. Garden Bay, Kates Bay and Puffy Bay all reported good catches in 18 to 20 feet. Ogontz reported lots of fish
but most were smaller. Several large northern pike were caught off Ansell’s Point when trolling crank baits in 17 to 22 feet. Off Fairport, there seems to
be fewer salmon but the fish caught were bigger overall. Try 40 to 60 feet down in 105 to 130 feet near St. Martins Island and in the “Gap”.