The U.P. of Michigan Fishing Reports
Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - February 27th, 2015
Posted on Thu, 26 Feb 2015
Frigid temperatures have kept many anglers off Munuscong Bay. Those who are venturing out report good walleye and perch fishing all over the bay. Minnows have produced the best results, either fished on a tip-up or under a bobber. There was about 2 feet of snow in the woods last week. Predator hunting has been very good. Coyotes are plentiful, and they are on the move.
Drummond Island Area
Low temperatures have kept fishing pressure to a minimum around Drummond Island. Light numbers of pike and perch were being caught last week in Scotts Bay. Rabbit hunting has been fair, but hunting pressure has been light. There was about 15 inches of snow on the ground. Coyote hunting is heating up and ‘yotes are being seen on the ice. There is no shortage of wild canines on the island.
Larger pike are starting to hit as they move toward spawning areas on Big and South Manistique lakes. Perch fishing has improved, too, but walleye fishing has been slow. There was about 2 feet of snow on the ground and 8 inches on the ice. Coyote hunting has been fair, but hunting pressure has been light.
Walleye fishing has been fair on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. The fish are scattered, and anglers are catching them from Portage Point all the way up to the Whitefish River. Good numbers of yellow perch have been caught north of Gladstone. Wigglers are producing the best results. There was up to 12 inches of snow on the ground and less on the ice. Predator hunting has been good. Coyotes are moving out on the ice.
Panfish action has slowed on local inland lakes. A few whitefish have been caught in Lake Michigan’s Green Bay. Fair numbers of perch, northern pike, and walleyes are hitting in Noquebay Lake, but sub-zero temperatures and heavy winds have kept most anglers off the ice. Predator hunting has been fair, but hunting pressure has been light.
Lake trout fishing has been very good in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay. Good action has been reported by anglers bobber fishing in 150 to 300 feet of water. Splake and cohos are hitting closer to shore in 10 to 40 feet of water. Good action has come to anglers fishing at the mouth of the Falls River. Coyotes are on the ice, and predator hunting has been very good. Some anglers are carrying rifles with them out on the ice so they can hunt when the fishing slows down.
Bitter cold temperatures down to 20 below, coupled with stiff winds, have kept most anglers off the ice on Lake Gogebic. Perch and walleye fishing remains slow. Anglers working 25 to 28 feet of water have reported marking lots of fish but have been unable to get them to bite. Low temperatures and heavy snow have put a damper on predator hunting, too.
Northern Michigan Fishing Reports
Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - February 27th, 2015.
Posted on Thu, 26 Feb 2015
Traverse City Area
Grand Traverse Bays have finally frozen over, and anglers are dialing in on a pretty good lake herring bite. Herring up to 3 pounds have been caught on spoons fished in 90 feet of water and deeper. Area rivers are frozen, but steelhead fishing has been poor. Lake trout and whitefish have been caught on Crystal Lake, and Atlantic salmon have been caught on Torch Lake. The Atlantics are suspended about 20 feet below the ice. Coyotes are moving out onto the ice, and hunting is heating up.
Bluegills and crappies are hitting on Todd, Rose, and Big Long lakes. Walleye fishing has been slow. Pike fishing has been good on Rose. There was about 4 inches of snow on the ice and up to a foot in the woods. Hunting pressure has been light.
Pike fishing has been good on Lake Margrethe. Walleye action has been slow, but the perch bite has been pretty good. Anglers are sorting through them to find the keepers. Fishing pressure has been light due to sub-zero temperatures and high winds. There was about 18 inches of snow on the ground last week, and coyote hunting has been good.
Hubbard Lake Area
Walleye fishing has been decent on Hubbard Lake, but fishing pressure has been light due to high winds and sub-zero temperatures. The best action has come to anglers fishing in 60 feet of water. Perch fishing has been slow. Predator hunting is improving. A few coyotes and a couple bobcats have been killed in Alcona County.
Southern Michigan Fishing Reports
Southern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report - February 27th, 2015
Posted on Thu, 26 Feb 2015
Lake St. Clair
Frigid temperatures and high winds kept many anglers off Lake St. Clair last week. For those braving the elements, perch fishing has been good from Gino’s Surf to Metro Beach Metropark, but anglers are having to move around to find the fish. On the Canadian side of the lake, perch are hitting in Mitchell’s Bay in 5 to 15 feet of water. A few walleyes are coming through the ice there, too.
Fishing has been slow in Oakland County, and frigid temperatures have kept fishing pressure to a minimum. A few anglers were heading out last week and catching fair numbers of northern pike on tip-ups baited with shiners and chubs. A decent bite was reported by anglers on Long Lake, Union Lake, and Middle Straits Lake. Hunting pressure has been light, but a few coyotes have been taken in the outskirts of Oakland County.
Luna Pier Area
A few perch have been caught in Lake Erie at the Lake Erie Metropark, but it’s nothing to write home about. Walleye fishing has been slow in Michigan waters, with a few fish being picked up in Brest Bay. Low temperatures kept fishing pressure light last week.
Fishing pressure has been light in Cass County. Bluegills and crappies are hitting on Stone Lake in Cassopolis. The best action has been in 6 to 12 feet of water along the north end of the lake. Crappies were hitting on Eagle Lake, too. There was about 16 inches of snow on the ground. Hunting pressure has been light, with frigid weather keeping hunters indoors.
A few crappies have been caught on Randall Lake, and some good-sized perch were hitting on Randall and Coldwater lakes. Bluegill anglers report good action on wax worms fished on Gillead Lake. Anglers on Madison Lake report catching fair numbers of walleyes. Coyote hunting has been good, but hunting pressure has been light.
Smelt fishermen out on Gull Lake have been doing pretty well. Anglers are getting anywhere from 30 to over 300 smelt a night. A few crappies have also been caught on Gull. Bluegills are hitting on School Section, Portage, Brandywine, Big, and Long lakes. The bluegills on Long Lake are running about 8 inches. Tip-up fishermen are also getting pike on Long and Gun lakes. Wigglers, minnows, and tungsten flies are putting perch on the ice on Lake Cora and Gourdneck Lake. One angler caught 10 perch on Gourdneck ranging from 12 to 14 inches in length, and a 15-incher came out of Cora.