WESTERN UPPER PENINSULAThe Menominee River forms our border with Wisconsin and it offers some of the best fishing for smallmouth bass in the Upper Peninsula. There are a bunch of dams on this river and the reaches below them are loaded with smallmouths, along with some walleyes and northern pike. The Hattie Street Dam is the first one up from Green Bay and that reach is the best for walleyes; there are lots of smallmouth bass that are larger than average.
The Michigamme and Brule rivers join to form the Menominee and are great places to fish in the summer. The Michigamme is a warmwater stream from the start and has a nice mix of smallmouths, walleyes, and pike wherever it is flowing between its several dams. The upper Brule contains good numbers of brook and brown trout, but smallmouths and walleyes begin to mix in near Pentoga and increase as you go downstream. The Paint River is a major tributary to the Lower Brule, and offers good fishing for smallmouths, walleyes and pike along with a decent shot at a muskie near Crystal Falls. The South Branch of the Paint is one of the best trout streams in the western U.P.
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