The U.P. of Michigan Fishing Reports
Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - March 27th, 2015
Posted on Thu, 26 Mar 2015
There was still up to 3 feet of ice on Munuscong Bay last week. Perch fishing has been excellent. Anglers fishing with minnows in up to 18 feet of water report a very good bite. There was still over a foot of snow in the woods, but hunting pressure has been light for rabbits and coyotes.
Drummond Island Area
Ice was in good shape last week around Drummond Island. There was up to 30 inches of ice, and shore ice was still in good shape. Light number of perch have been caught in Scotts and Maxton bays, but success has been spotty. Successful anglers are fishing with minnows and wax worms in 15 to 18 feet of water. Coyote hunting has been very good. There was still between 8 and 12 inches of snow in the shaded areas in the woods last week.
Perch fishing has been pretty good in Mackinac County. The best action has been on Milakokia Lake and South Manistique Lake. Minnows, butter worms, wax worms, and wigglers are all producing good results. The fish are scattered, and anglers are having to move around to keep up with the schools. There was still up to 18 inches of snow on the ice and in the woods. Slush has formed on the ice on the warmer days.
Fishing has been fair in Lake Superior’s Marquette Harbor. Light numbers of cohos and chinook salmon have been caught in the upper harbor, and coho, whitefish, and splake have been hitting in the lower harbor. Anglers are reminded to be cautious when venturing out on the ice at this time of year, as the conditions are changing daily. Predator hunting is winding down.
Perch fishing has been decent in Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. Wigglers and minnows fished in 10 to 25 feet of water have produced good action. Whitefish have moved into the bay, and anglers dunking minnows in 25 to 45 feet of water in Gladstone Bay are putting good numbers of fish on the ice. Anglers are reminded to use extreme caution when venturing onto the ice. Rising temperatures and high winds can have a detrimental impact in the ice.
Ice fishing pressure has been light in Menominee County. The Menominee River is open below the dam and anglers are catching a few steelhead. Light numbers of walleyes are being caught, and anglers are reminded that the walleye limit is one in the boundary waters.
Ice was in good shape on Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay last week. Lake trout, salmon, steelhead, and brown trout have all been caught. Steelhead are moving toward the river mouths and are hitting spawn. There was no snow on the ice last week, and anglers were wearing cleats and creepers to stay vertical.
Perch fishing has been slow on Lake Gogebic despite warm weather. Anglers continue to target yellowbellies with spikes and wigglers fished in 20 to 28 feet of water. Anglers report catching good-sized jumbo perch, but the numbers are light. Lake conditions vary with wet conditions and slush. Some areas were still good for ATV travel, while others were best with a snowmobile.