The U.P. of Michigan Fishing Reports
Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - April 25th, 2014
Posted on Thu, 24 Apr 2014
Anglers reported catching perch through the ice on Lake Huron at Cedarville and in Munuscong Bay last week. Minnows were producing the best results. There was still up to 20 inches of ice, but the shore ice was starting to break up.
Drummond Island Area
There was still 2 feet of ice in the bays at Drummond Island last week. Perch were hitting in 12 feet of water in Whitney Bay and on the west side of Peck Island in Scotts Bay in 15 to 17 feet of water. Minnows have produced the best action. The fish are running between 8 and 12 inches. Occasionally a 14- or 15-incher has been caught.
Ice was starting to break up last week along shore on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc, and the ice-fishing season may be over by now. Anglers were catching fair numbers of perch near Kipling, which was the only area being fished at this time. Minnows and wigglers have taken fish in 6 to 35 feet of water. Rivers in the area are starting to open up. The Rapid River and the Days River were cresting or near flood stage.
Iron Mountain Area
There was still up to 30 inches of ice on most of the inland lakes last week, and recent snow has put a damper on fishing pressure. A fair number of bluegills and some perch have been caught on Lake Antoine and the Badwater Flowage (Twin Falls) on the Menominee River. There was still about a foot of snow in the woods.
Fishing has slowed a little on Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay where there was about 30 inches of ice last week. A few steelhead, brown trout, splake, and lake trout were being caught, but fishing pressure has been light. There was still a lot of snow on the ground, but warmer temperatures were in the forecast.
There was up to 30 inches of ice on Lake Gogebic with at least a foot of solid ice. Shore ice was starting to break up, especially around the stream mouths and canals. Snowmobile travel has been good. The perch bite has been fair in 24 to 27 feet of water. Wigglers have produced good results. There was still about 24 inches of snow on the ground.