The U.P. of Michigan Fishing Reports

Upper Peninsula Fishing Report - August 29th, 2014

Pickford Area

Fishing has been slow in the eastern Upper Peninsula with a lot of rain holding anglers back. When the weather allows anglers to get out, fair numbers of walleyes have been caught in Raber Bay, and a few perch and pike have been boated, too. Perch and pike are hitting in Lake Michigan at Cedarville, but the bite has been a little slow. Canada goose numbers are down a little, and the early September hunting season should be fair.Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Fishing has been slow around Drummond Island. A few perch have been caught in Maxton Bay off Grape and LaPointe islands. Anglers report a fair perch bite in Whitney Bay, too. Smallmouth bass are keeping bass anglers happy in all the bays. Crankbaits, soft plastics, swim baits, and live bait are all catching fish. Occasionally a bass angler will tie into a northern pike. Walleye fishing has been slow all around the island. Lake trout fishing has been good in the St. Mary’s River. Light numbers of king salmon have been caught, too. The early goose season should be fair, with light numbers of birds around the island.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

Fishing remains good on Manistique Lakes. Fishing pressure has been light, but those heading out report good action for walleyes, pike, bluegills, and bass on North and Big Manistique Lakes. Early goose season is on the horizon, and the hunt should be pretty good with lots of geese on the lakes.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

Garden Area

Perch fishing has been very good in  Lake Michigan’s Big Bay de Noc. Nightcrawlers are producing the best results. Bass fishing has slowed a little, but the fishing has still been steady. Topwater baits and soft plastics are attracting a lot of attention. Salmon and steelhead fishing has picked up farther out in Lake Michigan off the Garden Peninsula. Early goose season should be fair. Goose numbers appear to be down a little.
Foxy’s Den, (906) 644-2817.

Marquette Area

Lake trout fishing has been pretty good in Lake Superior. Boaters heading out to Stannard Rock report good action. A good bite also has been reported by anglers fishing off Little Presque Isle and the clay banks. A few fish have been caught by shore anglers fishing with spinners and spoons in the harbor. Early goose season should be decent.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

Perch fishing has been good on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. Anglers fishing with minnows report a good bite at Gladstone and just north of the point at Gladstone. Catches of 20 to 30 keepers a day have been common. Northern pike are hitting in the same areas, off the pier in Gladstone, and in Escanaba Harbor. Spinnerbaits and suckers or chubs fished under bobbers have produced good results.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.

Menominee Area

Bass fishing has been good off the light house in the Menominee River. Bass and walleyes have been caught upstream in the Menominee between the dams. Trout and salmon are hitting in Lake Michigan’s Green Bay off Green Island in 75 feet of water. The early Canada goose season is on the horizon and should be good. There are a lot of birds in Menominee County.
Waterfront Sport Shop, (906) 792-0467.

L’Anse Area

Lake trout fishing has been very good in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay. Anglers trolling and jigging in  200 to 250 feet of water are catching good numbers of fish. Salmon fishing has been fair. Smallmouth bass action has been good, too, along the shore of the bay and at Prickett Dam Backwaters on the Sturgeon River.  Brook trout fishing has been very good. Streams have a good amount of water, and the fishing has been excellent.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Perch fishing has been fantastic on Lake Gogebic. Anglers fishing with nightcrawlers in 7 to 9 feet of water are catching “jumbos by the bucket.”  Good numbers of fish also have been caught over the mud flats in 25 to 30 feet of water. Walleye fishing has been steady, but a lot of small fish have been caught. Minnows have produced the best results. Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be good near the hard-bottom areas.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

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