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Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - January 18th, 2013

Posted on January 17, 2013

Pickford Area

Ice was holding at about 9 inches on Munuscong Bay. Decent numbers of perch and a few walleyes were hitting minnows. There was no safe ice on Lake Huron at Cedarville, but a few anglers were getting out at Hessel where there was up to 8 inches of ice. The perch bite has been good. There was about 6 inches of packed snow on the ground. Coyote hunting has been slow, but rabbit hunting has been good.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Curtis Area

Ice was running up to 8 inches thick on Manistique Lakes last week, but some areas only had an inch or two, so anglers were exercising caution. Walleyes and a few perch have been caught on Big and South Manistique. There was only about 4 inches of snow on the ground, and rain was in the forecast. Coyote hunting has been fair, and a few bobcats have been trapped.
J.R. Sport Shop, (906) 586-6040.

Garden Area

There was between 6 and 8 inches of ice on Big Bay de Noc last week,  but warm, windy weather was on the horizon, and the ice was expected to break up. Perch have been hitting on Indian Lake, and a few whitefish have been caught in Big Bay de Noc off Garden Bluff. There was still about 4 inches of snow on the ground, but rain was in the forecast.
The Garden Sport Shop, (906) 644-2908.
Foxy’s Den, (906) 644-2817.

Escanaba Area

Ice was forming on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc, and there was up to 7 inches north of Gladstone. Anglers there reported catching fair numbers of perch and walleyes, but were having to sort through their catch to find the keepers. There was no snow on the ice, and just a couple inches on the ground.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle (906) 428-2950.

Menominee Area

There was up to 8 inches of ice on the local ponds in Menominee County last week. Crappies, perch, and northern pike have been caught at Shakey Lakes and in the Menominee River. Coyote hunting has been good.
MBK Sports Shop, (715) 735-5393.
Acorns and Antlers, (906) 863-4868.

Bergland Area

There’s lots of ice on Lake Gogebic and anglers there are beginning to spread out on the lake. Walleyes are hitting sucker minnows in 6 to 10 feet of water, mostly during low-light conditions. Perch anglers also are catching good numbers of fish on wigglers and spikes fished in 20 feet of water or more.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

Iron River Area

Ice was running between 4 and 10 inches last week on some of the smaller lakes in Iron County. Anglers report good action on walleyes and northern pike, and a few bluegills. There was no snow on the ground. Coyote and bobcat hunting has been very good.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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