Avid fishermen line the Union Bay shoreline every spring and fall, clad in waist high waders and cast small spoons for Lake Trout or Salmon.
The lake meets the land in a broad plain extending the entire width of the county. In the spring, Smelt make their appearance in several streams which enter Lake Superior.
Located north of Ontonagon along Lake Shore Drive, this river provides good Northern Pike fishing as well as canoeing.
The largest inland lake in the UP, Lake Gogebic, is know for its outstanding Walleye, Bass, and Junbo Perch fishing. This lake was originally called Agogebic, an Indian name.
Boat rentals, bait, and supplies are available in Bergland, located on the north shore of the lake. An annual Father's Day Fishing Derby and a fishing tournament in September are held each year. For more information on Lake Gogebic, write: Lake Gogebic Chamber of Commerce, Post Office Box 114, Bergland, MI 49910.
Turn off US 45 in Rockland and follow this hilly, mountainous road down to the Ontonagon River bed (also excellent fishing); continue on up and past the historic ghost town of Victoria, now partially restored and open to the public. Because most land along the Ontonagon River, Victoria Dam, and Bond Falls is owned by the UP Power Company, you will find that the roads may have a "You are traveling at your own risk" sign. Don't stop! Continue on to catch your limit of delicious Walleyed Pike at Victoria Lake.
AGATE FALLS AND MIDDLE BRANCH OF ONTONAGON RIVER
Located on the Middle Branch of the Ontonagon River east of Bruce Crossing on M-28, Agate Falls offers the best Rainbow Trout fishing around.
The stretch of river between Bond Falls and Agate Falls is often described and deserves recognition as the most productive trout stream in Ontonagon County and quite possibly in the whole UP.
Walleye, Small Mouth Bass, and Northern Pike can be caught by fishing the Ontonagon River. Spring and fall fishing for Rainbow and Brown Trout can be a lot of fun for those with a boat, and the introduction of Chinook in recent years, along with a Hybrid Salmon called Triploid that are expected to grow to 60 pounds or more will make for much excitement. Supplies, bait and boat launching facilities are available at Ontonagon, which is located at the mouth of this river.
Also excellent for canoeing, this river was once used by early lumberjacks to float their logs down to the mouth in spring where the Diamond Match Company was located. Canoe rentals are available in Ontonagon.
The Railroad Bridge, the pier, and the Ontonagon Marina are some places in Ontonagon where you can fish this river without a boat. Further south, there are places such as Victoria, the Military Bridge (US45), Ewen, and Agate and Bond Falls where the river is also easily accessible.
Maps and other area literature can be obtained by writing to: Ontonagon County Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 266, Ontonagon, MI 49953. (906) 884-4735.
PORCUPINE MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
All streams are designated trout streams in this park. The angler will have ample opportunity to test his skill as excellent fishing for Lake Trout and Salmon is available adjacent to the mouths of the streams that empty into Lake Superior. Fish for Splake, Brook Trout, and Rainbow Trout at Mirror Lake and Lily Pond which are easily accessible by marked foot trails. The Lake of the Clouds contains Trophy Small Mouth Bass fishing. Pinkerton Creek provides fine Brook Trout fishing. For a map of the State Park and hiking trails write: Park Headquarters, Porcupine Mt. Wilderness State Park, M-107, Ontonagon, MI 49953. (906) 885-5275.
OTTAWA NATIONAL FOREST
Anglers take to more than 700 lakes and 2,000 miles of streams every spring for excellent Steelhead, Walleye, Northern, Brook, Rainbow, Brown or Lake Trout, Splake, and Small or Largemouth Bass. The Sylvania Recreation Area, Bob Lake, Echo Lake and hundreds more small lakes offer Sunfish, Bluegills, Perch, Bass and Walleye Fishing. A detailed map is available by writing: Forest Service, US Dept of Agriculture, Ironwood, MI 49938.
For the fisherman, the area holds all varieties of fish, Bond Falls Flowage is excellent for large Walleye and Northern Pike. In several recent years, the annual State Record Northern has been taken from the flowage. Some good Muskie are caught usually in May or October. Pan fish and Smallmouth Bass fishing is fair. Occasionally good catches are made of Bass, Crappie, or Perch. Boats (including cartop) and motors, bait and supplies are available. Camping is allowed.