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The U.P. of Michigan Fishing Reports

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - January 29th, 2016


Pickford Area

Ice was up 12 inches thick last week on Munuscong Bay, and ice fishing has been very good. Walleyes and perch were being caught all over the bay. The Walleye Jamboree will be held on the bay Jan. 28-30. There was 18 to 24 inches of snow on the ground, and coyote hunting has been good, although hunting pressure has been light.

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Safe ice has formed around Drummond Island, and anglers are finally getting out. Scotts Bay had 10 inches of ice last week, and ice fishing has been pretty good. A few perch and northern pike have been caught, but the water is still a little murky. Rabbit hunting has been fair.

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

There was up to a foot of ice on most of the Manistique Lakes last week, but some areas still had only 5 inches. Walleyes, perch, and pike have been caught on both Big and South Manistique. With a foot of snow on the ground, coyote and rabbit hunting have been good. Whitetails have just started to migrate south.

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.



Marquette Area

There was up to 8 inches of snow on inland lakes in Marquette County last week. Panfish and pike have been hitting on Shag Lake. With only 10 inches of snow on the ground, whitetail migration has just begun. Coyote hunting has been outstanding in Marquette County, but hunting pressure has been light.

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

The north end of Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc was open for ice fishing last week with between 9 and 11 inches of ice north of Gladstone. To the south there was still some open water. Walleye and perch fishing has been pretty good. The fish are spread out all over the bay. Some anglers reported catching fish around the reefs in 8 to 15 feet of water, and others were catching fish on the east side of the bay in 30 to 40 feet of water. There was only a few inches of snow on the ground. Predator hunting has been fair in the area. 

Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.

BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.

Iron Mountain Area

There was up to a foot of ice on most of the smaller lakes in the area. Walleye fishing has been good on Paint Pond. Decent panfish action has been reported by anglers fishing on Lake Antoine, Cowboy Lake, and the Mine Pond. The flowages haven’t frozen quite as well. There was about 8 inches of snow on the ground last week. Predator hunting has been slow to get started. Frigid weather and high winds have kept some hunters indoors.

Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.

Menominee Area

Ice was running up to 10 inches thick last week on Lake Michigan’s Green Bay and about the same on the backwaters of the Menominee River. Whitefish, perch, and a couple walleyes have been caught in 15 to 25 feet of water. Northern pike were hitting suckers and chubs. Bluegills and crappies have been hitting, too. There was about 3 inches of crunchy snow on the ground, which has hampered hunters who use hounds. Callers have killed a few coyotes. 

Waterfront Sport Shop, (906) 424-4108.



L’Anse Area

There was about 6 to inches of ice on Lake Superior’s Huron Bay and most of the inland lakes in the area last week. Ice fishing has been good, with some panfish and pike being caught inland and a few lakers being landed on the bay. With a foot of snow on the ground, coyote hunting has been good in Baraga County.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Fishing has been slow on Lake Gogebic. Low temperatures kept anglers off the ice last week, and the bite was very tough for those who braved the cold and went fishing. Milder weather is in the forecast. Ice conditions are fair to good throughout the lake, but slush has been a problem in many areas. Snowmobiles are now the best way to travel. The best walleye bite has been in 12 feet and about 20 feet of water. Perch action has been slow so far. The best perch reports have come from those fishing in 24 to 28 feet of water.

Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

Iron River Area

There was safe ice on most lakes in Iron County last week, and anglers were taking advantage of the opportunity. Pike fishing has been good on Chicagon, Ottawa, and Michigamme. Good numbers of perch and bluegills have been caught in 8 to 12 feet of water. Bobcat hunting and coyote hunting have been very good. There was about 6 inches of snow on the ground. An ice-fishing derby will be held Jan. 30 on Sunset Lake, and Pike on the Paint runs Jan. 29-30 at the Paint River landing.  

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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