Here is a brief overview for springtime anglers who would like to take advantage of the great fishing opportunities in the Ontonagon area.

The salmon and lake trout fishing is still good, but you have to travel a mile or two out to get into the better fishing. Pike and bass fishing is very good right now, you’ll find the best fishing in the 8-10 ft. range along the weed beds. Brook trout fishing is good, but the bugs are so bad that its hard to sit out there long enough to fish. Lake Victoria, is out of commission this year, they have drained it to repair the dam ( too bad, it was finally getting good again since the last drain down).

LAKE SUPERIOR
The season starts early for White Fish and Coho Salmon fished from shore with crawlers on the bottom for white fish and cleos and spawn for the coho. This usually starts from April 1 until the ice is gone. Then we get the boats out and troll the shallow depths (10 ft. – 20 ft.) with spoons and stick baits for Lake Trout, Browns and Coho. As the water warms you can still catch all the same species but you’ll have to switch to downriggers since the fish gradually go deeper and deeper.

Also starting usually around the end of April the Smelt start running. We’ve been having excellent runs the last few years. All the river mouths are good, and there is very little pressure.

ONTONAGON RIVER
You’ll find one of the best areas for Walleye fishing in the Western U.P. along the Ontonagon River. There is very little pressure except for locals. The best fishing starts around June 1st. Most people either troll rapalas or jig with night crawlers. The water is always stained, so usually the best fishing is after a period of stable weather with little rain. There are also Small Mouth Bass and Northern Pike, but in fewer numbers. The river has a lot of dead heads so fishermen should be cautious when motoring up river.

LAKE VICTORIA
Best known for its Pike and Small Mouth Bass, but also has an excellent Jumbo Perch fishery and some Walleye. The best fishing starts about June 1st after the weeds have started. Spinner baits are best all around bait for pike and bass buzzed fast over the weed beds. For the perch we use small jigs tipped with crawlers and drift over the mud flats. This lake is a beautiful lake with a rapids at the end and many eagles that nest on its shore. Wildlife sightings are common so bring a camera.

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