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The U.P. of Michigan Fishing Reports

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - September 25th, 2015


Pickford Area

Walleye fishing has been excellent in Raber Bay. Anglers fishing with nightcrawler harnesses and stick baits in 12 to 30 feet of water report some success. Perch fishing has been good at Barbeau in 15 feet of water. Grouse hunting is off to a good start, and bear hunters report good numbers in the area.

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Perch fishing has been fair in Scotts Bay, with lots of little fish being caught. Light numbers of bass and pike are still being caught in Maxton and Scotts bays. 

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

Perch and walleye fishing has been very good on Big Manistique and South Manistique lakes. Decent numbers of pike and bass also are being caught. A few bears have been taken in the area, and goose hunting has been good. 

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.



Marquette Area

Fishing has been very slow around Marquette. No one is fishing in Lake Superior’s Marquette Harbor and inland lakes are empty. Grouse hunting got off to a good start, and bear hunters are tagging a few bruins.

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

Fishing slowed a little last week on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. When the wind wasn’t blowing anglers off the bay, a good walleye bite was being reported by those fishing south of Gladwin at Minneapolis shoals. The fish were suspended, and crankbaits were producing the best results. The perch bite has been pretty good north of Gladwin in 6 to 36 feet of water. Bear hunting has been good, and the ruffed grouse season also got of to a good start. 

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

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

Menominee Area

Pike and muskie fishing has been good on the Menominee River. Walleye fishing has been pretty good in the shallows on the Menominee, too, but timing is everything. The ‘eyes are moving in and out, and anglers have to move quickly to fish for them when they’re in the shallows. Salmon and trout fishing is picking up on Lake Michigan’s Green Bay as the fish move in toward shore. Bear hunting has been fair. Grouse hunters report good flush rates. 

Waterfront Sport Shop, (906) 792-0467.



L’Anse Area

Anglers venturing out on Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay report a mixed bag of lakers, browns, and kings, although lake trout fishing has been pretty consistent. Grouse numbers are down, but the birds are still in coveys. Bear hunting got off to a good start.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Lake Gogebic fishing has improved slightly. Anglers fishing in the weeds in 9 to 12 feet of water are catching fair numbers of walleyes on leeches and minnows. Fair numbers of fish also are being caught on crawlers fished over the mud in 23 to 27 feet of water. A few perch have been caught, too. Overall the perch bite has been slow and walleyes have been running small. Bear hunting has been good. One hunter killed a bruin last week that dressed out at 390 pounds.

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

Iron River Area

Bass fishing has been very good on Chicagon Lake and the Michigamme Reservoir. Northern pike fishing has been very good, too. Bear hunting has been fair. Grouse hunting has been good, and flush rates are up. 

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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