Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - December 19th, 2014
Posted on Thu, 18 Dec 2014
There was between 6 and 10 inches of ice on Munuscong Bay last week and anglers were having a blast. Good numbers of yellow perch and walleyes were hitting minnows fished under tip-ups or threaded on jigs. There was no snow on the ice last week, and about a foot on the ground. Deer numbers are low in the eastern U.P., and the muzzleloader and late archery seasons have been slow.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.
Drummond Island Area
There was up to 8 inches of ice in the bays around Drummond Island, but it wasn’t all good ice. A few anglers were getting out and catching pike in Scotts and Maxton bays, but warm weather was in the forecast. Muzzleloader and archery seasons have been slow. Coyote hunting is heating up, and rabbit hunting has been decent, too.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.
There was between 4 and 8 inches of ice on Manistique Lakes last week, and anglers were finally getting out. Walleyes and perch were hitting minnows fished on Big Manistique and South Manistique. There was about 8 inches of snow on the ground and just a dusting on the ice. Late archery and muzzleloader deer seasons were slow.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.
Ice fishing is just getting started on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. There was up to 10 inches of ice in some spots north of Gladstone, but as little as 5 inches in other spots. Anglers are advised to check the ice as they go. Perch fishing has been slow, but a few walleyes have been caught. Tip-ups baited with sucker minnows have produced good results.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.
Iron Mountain Area
There was between 4 and 8 inches of ice on local lakes last week. A few walleyes and panfish have been caught on Badwater Flowage, Lake Antoine, and Cowboy Lake. There was about 8 inches of snow on the ground. Muzzleloader deer season has been very slow. Some hunters chose not to fill an antlerless permit because deer numbers are so light.
Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.
Fishing has been fair in Menominee County. There was ice on inland lakes, but warm weather during the day has kept it to a minimum. The Menominee River and Lake Michigan’s Green Bay were still open last week. A fair number of walleyes have been caught in the Menominee River, and the whitefish bite has been pretty good, too. Wax worms and spikes have produced good results. The muzzleloader and late bow deer seasons have been slow.
Waterfront Sport Shop, (906) 792-0467.
Lake Gogebic has frozen over and a few anglers are getting out on the shallow bays. Conditions vary and anglers should call ahead before venturing out. Upwards of 10 feet of snow has fallen in the area so far and has created a lot of slush on the ice. Anglers who have ventured out are catching a few walleyes on sucker minnows and jigs in 4 to 12 feet of water. There was about 2 feet of snow on the ground last week. Muzzleloader season has been slow. Deer numbers are low.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.
Iron River Area
There was up to 10 inches of ice on inland lakes in Iron County last week. Walleyes and perch were hitting on Chicagon Lake, and a fair number of bluegills have been caught on Fortune Lake. A few hunters were muzzleloader hunting last week, but the action has been slow. Deer numbers are down. There was up to 2 feet of snow in the woods. Coyote hunting is off to a good start.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.