The U.P. of Michigan Fishing Reports
Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - February 28th, 2014
Posted on Thu, 27 Feb 2014
Walleye fishing has been pretty good on Munuscong Bay in 2 to 8 feet of water. Pike are hitting in Lake Huron at Cedarville, and a few jumbo perch have been caught, too. Coyotes are moving onto the bays and bigger lakes, but hunting has been tough with up to 3 feet of snow on the ground and on the ice.
Drummond Island Area
Perch fishing has been slow around Drummond Island. Pike fishing has been decent in Scotts Bay where spearers report good action in 6 feet of water. Up to 3 feet of snow in the woods has put a damper on bunny hunting, but coyote hunting has been good.
Walleye fishing has slowed on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc, and fishing pressure has been light. Anglers need a snowmobile to access the bay because there is over 2 feet of snow on the ice.
Iron Mountain Area
Fishing has been slow and fishing pressure light in Iron County. There was several inches of slush on the ice and travel has been difficult. Hunting pressure has been light.
Lake trout fishing remains fantastic in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay. Fish are being caught in 100 to 400 feet of water, with the best action coming in 200 feet of water or more. The salmon and whitefish bites have been slow. There was up to 4 feet of snow in the woods last week, which has put a damper on coyote hunting.
Fishing remains pretty good on Lake Gogebic. Perch anglers report catching good numbers of jumbos on wigglers fished in 22 to 26 feet of water. Warmer weather last week perked up the fish and anglers. Walleye action has been fair, with the best bite coming on sucker minnows fished in 24 to 26 feet of water. Hunting pressure has been light.
Northern Michigan Fishing Reports
Norther Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - February 28th, 2014
Posted on Thu, 27 Feb 2014
Traverse City Area
Atlantic salmon are hitting on Torch Lake. The fish are suspended 30 to 35 feet down over 100 feet of water or more. Spoons tipped with minnows have been producing good results. Lakers are hitting near the bottom in 130 to 150 feet of water. Lake trout also are being caught in Lake Michigan’s East Grand Traverse Bay in 150 feet of water. Good numbers of cisco also are being caught in the same areas. A few burbot are being caught in Crystal Lake and West Grand Traverse Bay. Anglers jigging with Swedish pimples are catching fish in 100-plus feet of water. There’s was about 3 feet of snow on the ground.
Fishing has been slow on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. A few crappies have been caught on Cadillac, and pike anglers report a decent bite on both lakes when fishing with minnows and tip-ups. Hunting pressure has been very light.
Fishing has been fair on Lake Margrethe. A few perch and bluegills have been caught, and light numbers of pike are hitting, but walleye fishing has been slow. One angler speared a 51-inch, 40-pound muskie last week. There was up to 3 feet of snow in the woods in Crawford County last week.
Hubbard Lake Area
Anglers reported a decent bite on Hubbard Lake last week, where there was about 3 feet of ice. A good walleye bite was reported by anglers fishing in 40 to 60 feet of water, and perch were hitting in 8 to 15 feet. Hunting pressure has been light. There was about 20 inches of snow in the woods, and dogs were having a tough time chasing coyotes and rabbits.
Southern Michigan Fishing Reports
Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - February 28th, 2014
Posted on Thu, 27 Feb 2014
Lake St. Clair
Fishing has been good all over Lake St. Clair. Travel is tough, with heavy slush piling up under 10 inches of snow. Anglers report a good perch bite in front of Gino’s Surf, at Metro Beach, and in front of the 400 Club. Walleye anglers are catching fish in 8 to 10 feet of water off 13 and 14 mile roads. The best action has come between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Fishing has slowed a little in Oakland County. Fair numbers of pike have been caught and speared on Crescent Lake. Most are under 30 inches. Crappies are hitting on Pontiac Lake. Pink, glow, and purple jigs have produced the best results. A few perch have been caught on Union Lake. Hunting pressure has been light.
Fishing has slowed a little in Cass and Berrien counties. Anglers report a decent bite from bluegills, crappies, and northern pike on Eagle, Diamond, and Little Cory lakes. River fishing has been tough on the St. Joe, with lots of ice making it difficult to access and fish the river. Coyote and rabbit hunting has been fair.
Fishing has slowed a bit on most inland lakes in Van Buren and Allegan counties. Pike fishing remains the one constant, with decent reports coming from anglers fishing on Paw Paw, Swan, and Hutchins lakes. Bluegill and crappie fishing has been tough. Lakes are snow-covered and slushy. Rabbit and coyote hunting has been slow, too.
Local rivers and streams are pretty frozen up, but at the Berrien Springs Dam on the St. Joseph River fishermen are catching a few steelhead. Anglers also are catching steelies, along with some walleyes, at the Allegan Dam on the Kalamazoo River. Minnows and crankbaits have been taking some walleye in the 8- to 10-pound range. Fair numbers of bluegills have been caught on Sugarloaf, Lake of the Woods, and Hogsett lakes. Perch fishermen have found some fish on Lake Brownwood, Scott Lake, and Gun Lake, and northern pike are on the feed on Twin Lakes, Long, Portage, Crooked, Gourdneck, and Barton lakes. Smelt fishermen on Gull Lake are fishing in 75 to 90 feet of water and are catching more and more every evening.