Upper Peninsula Fishing Report – January 31st, 2013
Drummond Island Area
Fishing has been fair around Drummond Island. A few pike and perch have been speared in Whitney Bay and Scotts Bay. Lots of 24- to 28-inch fish have been taken in 4 to 6 feet of water, along with a few up to 35 inches. There was about a foot of snow on the ground. Coyote hunting has been pretty good.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.
Walleye and perch fishing has been fair on Munuscong Bay, but heavy snow is making access difficult. Perch fishing has been good in Muskie Bay and Hessel Bay in 10 to 12 feet of water. Hunting pressure has been light, but coyotes are on the move.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.
Fishing has been good on Manistique Lakes. Walleyes are hitting on South Manistique and pike up to 40 inches have been caught on Big Manistique. A few perch have ben caught on both lakes. There was over a foot of snow on the ground, and coyote hunting has been fair.
J.R. Sport Shop, (906) 586-6040.
Big Bay de Noc’s Garden Bay has up to 12 inches of ice. Anglers are picking up whitefish in 40 feet of water and perch in 17 to 20 feet of water in Kates Bay and Garden Bay. There was about 6 inches of snow on the ground. Coyote and bobcat hunting has been fair.
The Garden Sport Shop, (906) 644-2908.
Foxy’s Den, (906) 644-2817.
Walleye fishing has been good in Little Bay de Noc between Gladstone to Garth Point. The best action has been in the evenings in 17 to 30 feet of water. Perch fishing has been good between the Kipling Flats and Garth Point in 18 to 22 feet of water. Anglers still need to use caution because ice thickness varies greatly.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle (906) 428-2950.
Panfish action has been decent on Shakey Lakes, Hayward Lake. and at Cottonbach Island on the Menominee River. Walleye and pike fishing has been slow. There was a couple inches of snow on the ground last week, and predator hunting was heating up.
MBK Sports Shop, (715) 735-5393.
Acorns and Antlers, (906) 863-4868.
Ice was forming on Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay last week and anglers should be fishing there any day. Inland, anglers report pretty good walleye and northern pike action on Vermillac and Otter lakes. Coyote hunting has been pretty good and is heating up as mating season approaches.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.
Fishing slowed a little last week on Lake Gogebic, and fishing pressure was light. Perch anglers report a good bite on wigglers fished in 22 to 26 feet of water. Walleye anglers have been catching fish in 7 to 11 feet of water during low-light conditions. Walleyes are hitting sucker minnows and jigging Rapalas.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.
Iron River Area
Fishing pressure has been light in Iron County with bitterly cold weather keeping anglers indoors. There was about 2 inches of snow on the ground, and coyote hunting was starting to heat up.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.