It has been AWESOME fishing all season long on Stannard Rock out of Marquette. Giant lake trout have been hitting heavy leaded jigs tipped with white grub bodies. Tipping these jigs with a strip of herring or sucker meat can help you a lot if the bite is slow. They are also starting to catch them on 1 to 2 ounce jigging spoons with excellent success. Calm to 10mph winds are a must as boat control becomes very tough if winds are more than 10 mph.
I think her smile says it all! Talk about setting the bar high first thing in the morning... Her first Lake Trout, on the first drift of the day.
The bite was hot today offshore, with well over 50 Lake Trout boated between 4 guys on a glass calm day. The water temps on the other hand were not hot at all. 35-36 degree water from top to bottom still in mid-June! ❄️John and the crew at Daybreak Charters out of Marquette can get you your Stannard Rock fix!
Marquette is still locked in ice as of today. Boat launch is still frozen. Ice breakers are struggling to even get the ore boats into the harbor. It'll be a little while yet ladies and gents.
April 3rd, 2018 at 10:47 am
Currently we are still deep in winter mode here across the Upper Peninsula region, I sure wish some warmer weather would head our way. Very minimal melt off has occurred & the Great Lakes have a large amount of ice coverage. Some Steelhead are available, covering water has been key. Virtually no new spring Steelehead have shown up yet, all holdover fish at this point still. Eventually spring will come! Be sure to get the right help at Rivers North Guide Service
Well this is the type of winter that we are all wanting to come....and it's here! Everything is frozen up nicely and we are getting reports of lots of panfish and pike action all around Marquette county. We should have some specific reports and photo's shortly.
The summer season in Marquette continues to roll along as does the great fishing.
Stannard Rock has been experiencing an excellent fishing season. This iconic trophy fishing spot has been kicking out lots of 25# lakers and some 30-35# fish have been boated and released by the happy anglers that brave the trip to the "Rock"
Inland lakes are producing nice consistent stringers of bass, walleye and panfish. Most species have settled into the summer patterns and are being caught out on the deeper weed lines as well as mid lake humps and bars. Try slow drifting live bait or snapping plastics on these structures.
Lake Superior near shore continues it's production of "Grillin sized" Lake Trout and if taken to a local eatery they can be prepared for you through the Catch N Cook program.
The summer has been cool and wet but that has not dampened the vacationers or the fishing. Big Lake fishing for trout has remained solid all around the port of Marquette and the the trollers are getting all the eater sized fish that they can handle.
Inland lake fishing for bass and panfish remains great on the many cottage lakes that are scattered all about Marquette county. The larger lakes have also been good with Silver Lake Basin yielding nice catches of walleye. Trolling crankbaits has been the ticket.
Stannard Rock has remained excellent as big lake trout continue to bite and the winds have been reasonably cooperative.
The Largemouth bass fishing has been very good all around Marquette county! I have had numerous reports of very good catches as well as size. I just returned from a day of fishing and everything that I have heard is true. Me and a friend boated 20 keepers in the day and 5 were in the 4-5 pound class. We pitched wacky worms on 1/16th oz. jigs and let them slow sink on the shoreline side of the weeds in about 5-6' of water. We also worked the docks in the morning. The best worms were Strike King Zero's and Shimmy Sticks in Purple/Brown and Blue/Pearl. Blue gills have been active in the shallow water and we caught several large ones!
The near shore fishing is starting to settle down and be productive. Good fishing for lake trout between white rocks and granite island in 180-220' The fishing out on Stannard Rock has been awesome. Lot's of fish and of course large ones that are the norm for this iconic fishery.
The smallmouth bass fishing in lake Independence has been very solid so far. Top water, spinner baits as well as wacky worms have all produced good catches.
Inconsistent has been the name of the game lately for the fishing nearshore Marquette. Weather patterns that are changing almost daily, lots of wind, and colder than average temps have really made us work for them. Cohos still hitting in the top 15-20' of the water column, in tight to shore or out deep. Laker action in shallow has been slow, but out deeper, 130-160+ it has been pretty good, some days better than others. Fish are still moving around quite a bit and have not set up in one particular area or another for very long. Water temperatures near the harbors still ranging from 40 to 43°, and water temperatures offshore are still as cold is 37°. Feels more like late April than the 1st of June. Some sunshine and warm temperatures would do wonders for warming up the water and picking up the bite. FINN spoon such as Solar Flare and Kiddie Cocktail have been great, as well as Granny Smith. As always, the Silver Streak Greasy Chicken Wing is a stud on Lake Superior.
Another amazing run to Stannard Rock. Over 60 fish boated today, biggest weighed in at 33lbs on the scale, and was caught in 40' of water on a jig. All but 6 small fish were released today in great shape. 🇺🇸🎣
Well to say the season started well for this group of Stannard Rock fisherman would be an under statement! Look at these beauties that John at Daybreak Charters and his group jigged up from the depths of Lake Superior. This is truly a one of a kind lifetime experience! There has also been a better than average number of Brown Trout around the shorelines this season.
Steelhead have been slowly migrating into the streams in the central upper peninsula region lately. Rainfall over the last weeks will only help increase the migration to full strength. It is that time of the year for the river fisherman to really get out and experience this wonderful fishing. Right now it seems that egg patterns have been the most productive. Bait anglers using spawn are also doing very well as are the traditional fly guys. Need a guide? Brad Petzke at Rivers North is the best in the region!
Just waiting for open water. River fishing will be really heating up soon!
The warm weather is upon us! There may be some lakes with safe ice around but I would use extreme caution going forward. The fish will be on the move to the shallows now as ice-out is about 2 weeks away. I will not be reporting again until open water. I don't want anyone getting in trouble on "bad ice" See you at "Ice out"
The Chocolay river should be starting to heat up with good fishing.
Really good pan fishing is starting to occur through out Marquette county. There has been solid action county wide for Crappie and Blue Gills. It is now "late ice" and I don't expect us to have an early ice out as it is projected to be quite cold for a good 2 more weeks. The fish of all species naturally begin to head shallow from their deeper water holding areas in mid March. Tear drops and wax worms will work great for pan fish while crappie are very easy to catch on minnows.
Set up tip ups along main lake structures and point as well as first breaklines.
The lakes of Marquette county are still frozen and producing lots of fish. The cottage lakes are all producing nice catches of pan fish. Tear drops tipped with wax worms have been very good when fished around the weeds. The larger lakes are also producing nice pike and walleye. Pike and walleye are being caught the old fashion way, tip ups tipped with shiners or suckers set about 2' off the bottom. Set up near weed edges for pike and the walleye are also there as well as on the shallow areas of main points in the mornings and again in the evenings.
Teal and Silver Lake basin are reporting decent action for walleye and pike. Same deal, tip ups on the drop offs and jigs and minnows. Pan fish and perch are biting wax worms and small tungsten jigs
Great Crappie action is being reported after dark around the smaller lakes in the Gwinn area. Fishing after dark.