The U.P. of Michigan Fishing Reports
Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - July 18th, 2014
Posted on Thu, 17 Jul 2014
Herring are running in McKay Bay. Anglers fishing with tear drops and wax worms report a good bite. Walleye fishing has been fair in the eastern U.P. with a few fish being taken in Munuscong Bay and Raber Bay.
The mayfly hatch has come to an end on Manistique Lakes and the fish are biting again. Walleye, bass, and perch are being caught in good numbers on Big and South Manistique lakes. Good numbers of bluegills and occasionally a muskie have been caught in South Manistique. Fair numbers of walleyes, bass, and perch also are being caught from Millecoquin Lake.
Walleye fishing was slow last week on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. A few fish have been caught at the mouth of the Ford River, especially when a south wind is blowing. Perch fishing has been slow all over the bay. A couple salmon have been caught by anglers trolling spoons off the Ford River can and over at Fairport.
Iron Mountain Area
The crappie bite has been very good on Badwater Flowage. Bass fishing has been very good on Lake Antoine with topwaters and nightcrawlers both producing. Walleye fishing has been decent on the Menominee River. Anglers trolling nightcrawler harnesses report the best action. Walleyes are also being caught on Peavy and Michigamme reservoirs. Bluegills are hitting beadheads on the Badwater Flowage and some of the smaller lakes in the area. Northern pike also are being caught in Badwater. Fly fishing has been slow on area streams. The late spring has hatches a couple weeks behind.
Lake Gogebic fishing continues to be very slow. Smallmouth bass have been providing most of the action with anglers fishing hard bottom rocky areas, where the smallies are feeding on crayfish. Perch anglers are pulling in a few nice fish from 12 to 16 feet of water near the edges of the mud. Walleye are hitting leeches and nightcrawlers fished near the weedline and in the mud but success has been light.
Iron River Area
Muskie fishing has been good on Chicagon Lake, but most have been undersized. A lot of small northern pike and a few walleyes also have been caught with leeches and crawlers producing the best results Bass fishing has been very good on Hagerman, Sunset and Iron lakes.