Sault Ste. Marie lake preview
An area preview for Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
Sault Ste. Marie Michigan area fishing report for the St. Maries River, Lake George and Munuscong BayE
11.16.2017 Sault Ste Marie
The last couple of weeks have been awesome for Walleye and occasional large Muskee on Munuscong Bay. We have been trolling large crank baits 15 to 25 feet behind Offshore Boards. We have set the boards in a wide spread to cover a large area of water. Trolling speed is between 1.2 and 1.5 MPH. The general depth of the bay is under 6 ft deep. Most productive presentation, trolling over gravel piles and humps. However, not every pile or hump hold fish. So, keep checking until you find the pile or humps that are holding fish. Good Luck and have lots of fun.
Well the walleye fishing in the southern areas of the St Mary's river near Detour have been producing nice catches of larger walleye. Presentations vary but trolling crank baits around the shallow rock piles and humps has been the best. A few guys are also pulling spinners in the same areas. When you fish this pattern it's important to figure out "where" on the structure the fish are holding. Attacking from the wrong direction can get you little or nothing whereas hitting these humps from the proper side can get you lots of nice fish. Basically you must fish the wind. Also remember to keep your baits above the shallowest parts of the structure. Moss and Zebra mussels will fowl your baits if you get to close. The water is clear and the active fish will come "UP" to hit your baits. Good Luck! Look at these great fish Captain Dane from "Live to Fish" Charters just caught at the recent Walleye tournament in this area.
St. Mary's River: At Sault Ste. Marie
Atlantic salmon fishing was slow for those fishing the discharge side of Cloverland Electric. Those fishing off the Federal Power House near the Canadian Rapids just below the Locks had good catches of steelhead when using multi-colored, hi contrast crankbaits. Walleye fishing was fair around Sugar Island and Lake George with crawler harnesses and crank baits off planer boards in 4 to 8 feet off Hay Pointe in the early morning. Pike and smallmouth bass fishing has been good trolling or casting small crank baits around Gem Island. Walleye fishing in the lower river continues to improve in Raber Bay, with good numbers of 15-20" fish being caught. Most anglers were trolling a crawler harness with planer boards or driftng bottom bouncers. The fish have moved south and were caught on both the north and the south side of Lime Island, Burnt Island and near the Raber Township pier. A few pike and yellow perch are also being caught.
Perch fishing is right around the corner. Stay tuned
Still waiting for spring...
I will not be reporting for a couple weeks as the ice has begun to deteriorate and I don't want to encourage tragedy. There will be goof fishing on open water in just a few weeks. See ya then
The late ice bite is still available on Munuscong Bay south of the Soo. The perch and walleye fishing has been good all season long on the bay and around the islands. Remember to use caution as the warm up occurs. The ice around the islands will go first as the ground sucks up the heat of the sun. Be careful!
The ice is still good on Munuscong Bay. The bite is still solid for a nice mixed bag of perch and walleye. The fish have been close to the islands all season. This has been one of the more consistent bites all year. Ice is not going to hold long this season with the early warmth. Get out and fish while you can!
The fishing continues to be solid on Munuscong Bay. I've had several reports come in from the inner parts of the bay. The perch and pike fishing is very good. The perch are biting well in 2-4 foot depths and are being caught mostly on minnows under a bobber as well as soft jigging "Do Jiggers" tipped with a minnow. You drill a pattern of holes and spread out till you find them. They are running 8-12" and in good numbers, walleye are 15-21" eaters. The best area is known as "Grassy" by the locals. You will see the people on the weekends. The fish are moving a bit so be mobile, try all around the humps and weed edges.
Good Walleye fishing is also being reported around Pine and Gull Islands. Northern's have been very active in the shallows!