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Walleye catch is strong in area

October 9, 2009
Daily Press

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye were caught by those trolling stick baits in nine to 15 feet of water around the island south of the Ford River. Many small walleye were caught between the Escanaba River and the Black Bottom when trolling or drifting crawlers in 10 to 25 feet of water. A few perch were taken in the Narrows when jigging minnows in 18 to 30 feet of water.

Ford River: Salmon are in, but high water levels lowered the catch rates.

Big Bay De Noc: There were fair to good catches of smallmouth bass as the fish are congregating along the break between Fayette and Snake Island. Some fish were caught when drifting minnows 15 to 30 feet down. Off Fairport, a couple salmon were caught when trolling spoons 40 to 90 feet down in 110 to 130 feet of water.

Menominee: Those trolling spoons north and south of the river have caught a few chinook, steelhead and brown trout. Blue and silver were good colors. Up near the Cedar River, walleye were caught at night off Deadmans' Point. Some walleye along with a few bass were caught as far south as Hayward Bay by those using rapalas, crawler harnesses or stick baits.

Menominee River: Smaller brown trout and steelhead were caught up near the dam by those wading near the rocks in the middle. Anglers are reminded to use extreme caution when wading that close to the gates as the rocks are slippery. A brown trout weighing in at 15.5 pounds was caught on spawn near the rocks on the Michigan side. Walleye are being caught from the Cat Walk after dark when using jigs with crawlers, zip lures or rapalas.



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