Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - November 21st, 2014
Posted on Thu, 20 Nov 2014
Fishing has been slow and fishing pressure light on the St. Mary’s River. There was about 4 inches of crusty snow on the ground last week for the firearms deer season opener. Deer numbers are down in the eastern U.P. and the archery kill was noticeably down in the area. Coyote hunting has been good and duck season has been good, too, with flight birds moving through.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.
Drummond Island Area
Crusty snow and high winds put a damper on the end of a slow archery deer season, but most hunters reported seeing deer. Bucks are chasing does and the firearms season should be decent. A few hunters were still taking good numbers of rabbits and grouse up to the start of the gun deer season. Fishing pressure has been very light.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.
There was around 6 inches of snow on the ground last week in Mackinac County and hunters were eager for the start of the firearms deer season. The rut is on and bucks are hounding does. The archery season was slow and deer numbers are down in the area. Walleyes and good numbers of nice-sized perch have been caught on Big and South Manistique lakes.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.
Walleye fishing has been pretty good on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. The best bite has been on nightcrawlers trolled at night at the north end of the bay, north of Gladstone. There was a couple inches of snow on the ground for the gun opener last weekend.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.
Iron Mountain Area
Fishing pressure has been very light on the Menominee River. There was between 10 and 30 inches of snow on the ground in surrounding areas and about a foot of snow in Iron Mountain. Single digit temperatures at night had skim ice forming. Bow season was slow. The rut is on, but deer numbers are down in Dickinson County. Grouse season was very good. Trappers report good numbers of raccoons and muskrats.
Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.
Whitefish have moved into the Menominee River and anglers report a good bite below the Hattie Street Dam. A few walleyes and chinook salmon are being caught, too. Fishing pressure has been light. The archery deer season was slow and deer numbers are down in Menominee County. There was a dusting of snow in Menominee last week for the firearms deer opener.
Waterfront Sport Shop, (906) 792-0467.
The rut is on and bucks are chasing does, but deer numbers are down in the west end of the U.P. There was about a foot of snow on the ground last week and most hunters were eagerly awaiting the opening of the firearms deer season. Fishing has been slow and fishing pressure light on Lake Gogebic. A few walleyes have been caught by shore anglers fishing with minnows during low-light conditions.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.
The archery deer season was slow and deer numbers are down. There was up to a foot of snow on the ground last week heading into the firearms deer season. Fishing pressure has been light on Lake Superior around Ontonagon.
Grieg’s Taxidermy & Tackle, (906) 884-2770.
Iron River Area
Fishing came to a halt in Iron River last week when Mother Nature dumped about 21 inches of snow in Iron County. Muskie fishing had been good on Chicagon, Stanley, but the snow storm ran anglers off the water. The archery deer season was slow. Deer numbers are down in the western U.P. The rut is on and the firearms deer season should be OK. Grouse hunting was good.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.