Firesteel/Ontonagon Rivers, Ontonagon County

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5/13/18 @ 7:19 PM
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Fishlaw007
Fishlaw007
USER since 12/30/14

MOON PHASE (4%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F
Friday Firesteel River; Saturday Presque Isle River.  Firesteel was a bit cloudy.  First time I fished it.  It has had steelhead planted, and I have been looking for a steelhead river in the western UP.  From the bridge to the mouth is about 300 yards.  West bank of the river downstream of bridge is very swampy.  Hard to get to the mouth without getting full of mud.  Fished for about 3 hours without a bite--tried spinners, spoons and cranks.  Decent flow but the mouth still had a fairly large sandbar blocking most of the current.  Talked to a couple locals who said the smelt were coming in to spawn.  Upstream of the bridge at least the first two miles, the land is privately owned and full of tag alders--can't wade.  If you want to fish the Firesteel besides the mouth you will need a canoe or kayak.  Saturday fished the mouth of the Presque Isle.  Presque Isle was its usual tannic self--but clear. Guy coming out when I was going in said he had no luck and did not see any fish trying to jump the falls.  Presque Isle mouth also had a large sandbar blocking a lot of the flow. Fished about 4 hours from the suspension bridge to the mouth.  Snagged a smelt--otherwise nothing.  Saw a few smelt jumping.  Saw one 14" trout/salmon like fish which jumped but it looked completely black.  Wonder if it was a salmon that somehow survived the winter.  Tried spinners, spoons, rapalas and spawn bags.  Might have had one hit.  I did not see any fish trying to jump the falls either.  A couple loons were fishing the mouth and I saw them catch a few small fish.  When I drove over the Ontonagon River on the way to the firesteel, the Ontonagon was like chocolate milk.


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4/10/17 @ 3:52 PM
Jpp78
Jpp78
USER since 4/9/17

Any steel head in yet?

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4/10/17 @ 3:42 PM
Slapp
Slapp
USER since 2/12/17
  • Have you been fishing since? I'm a local and never catch steelies like that. What river were you on?

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9/17/16 @ 12:54 PM
hoffman@lakeshore
hoffman@lakeshore
USER since 3/14/16

The river mouth is very narrow and constantly moving. If you start out and get grounded and there is any kind of surf, it could be very difficult. I would motor from Ontonagon.


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9/6/16 @ 8:25 PM
Bredda
Bredda
USER since 2/12/14

On the firesteel river can a boat 19ft bass fiberglass boat get to lake superior from lakeshore dr (about 2 miles or so up river) ? Easy? Or have to be very carefull? How deep is this stretch? Pm please!!!

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5/27/13 @ 11:17 PM
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MoonEyes88
MoonEyes88
USER since 3/10/11
Got out for two days over Memorial weekend. Had a blast, caught a lot lost even more. Got a couple bonus browns too. Took half a day to find clear water but once we did fishing was great. Mostly males run is definitely on the way out but still fish to be had for the next couple days I would guess.

Firesteel/Ontonagon Rivers, Ontonagon County Photo
Firesteel/Ontonagon Rivers, Ontonagon County Photo
Firesteel/Ontonagon Rivers, Ontonagon County Photo
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5/22/13 @ 12:44 PM
MoonEyes88
MoonEyes88
USER since 3/10/11
Hey guys I'm headed up to the Ontonagon this weekend prolly gonna hit a couple rivers have fours days to fond some chrome. Anyone been fishing below agate falls or military bridge on the ontonagon? Firesteel? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Hoping if the steelies already ran to hit some walleye anyways thanks in advance for any info PM if you want.

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7/5/11 @ 1:42 PM
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Togue Hunter
Togue Hunter
USER since 8/16/07

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

ICE DEPTH
0 inches

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F
Fished the mouth of the Ontonagon River to about a mile out, varying depths from 20fow to 90 fow. Kept spoons on the bottom for lakers with a few spoons 20ft down for salmon. Ended up with 4 Lakers, the biggest being 7lbs and 3 salmon, the biggest being 10lbs. All with spoons on downriggers.

Firesteel/Ontonagon Rivers, Ontonagon County Photo
Firesteel/Ontonagon Rivers, Ontonagon County Photo
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3/28/10 @ 8:19 PM
brookie1957
brookie1957
USER since 5/25/07
is any one fishing the rivers for early spring run trout. Is any one fishing the firesteel.

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5/29/08 @ 7:51 AM
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fishmunkee
fishmunkee
USER since 3/20/02
Late report but we got a few coho, laker and brown trolling cranks on boards in 10- 24 fow outside of the Ontonagon River over Memerial Day weekend. Saw lots of fish stacked up in the river on hte depthfinder but foolishly didn't take the time to work them (whiners in the boat.) Guys were getting waldos trolling in the river but we didn't try it. Did get some small smallies and a small burbot upstream on jig/minnows one evening. Hopefuly will get back up soon.

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