Upper Peninsula Fishing Report – December 7th, 2012

Pickford Area

The firearms deer season in Chippewa County was the best in several years, with a lot of big bucks being taken. Fishing pressure has been light. Skim ice is forming on some lakes. A few walleyes are still being caught in Raber Bay, but that fishery will likely end any day, now that cold weather has moved in and the bay is starting to freeze.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

The firearms deer season was fair on Drummond Island. A couple decent bucks were killed, but deer numbers appear to be down. Fishing pressure has been light. Perch fishing had been very good in the bays around the island, but most sportsmen traded their fishing poles for rifles when the firearms deer season opened.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

The firearms deer season has been fair in Luce County. Fishing pressure has been very light since the skid docks were removed on Manistique Lakes. Skim ice was forming on some of the smaller lakes in the area.
J.R. Sport Shop, (906) 586-6040.

Garden Area

The firearms deer season was pretty good on the Garden Peninsula, with several big bucks being killed. Deer numbers were up a little bit. Perch fishing has been good in Lake Michigan’s Garden Bay, but fishing pressure has been light. Skim ice has been forming in the mornings.
The Garden Sport Shop, (906) 644-2908.
Foxy’s Den, (906) 644-2817.

Escanaba Area

The firearms deer season was pretty good, and deer sightings were up in Delta County. Several nice bucks were killed. Fishing pressure has been light. Those venturing out were catching good numbers of walleyes in Little bay de Noc. The best action has been in the upper bay north of Gladstone. The fish are scattered and are being caught in anywhere from 5 to 45 feet of water.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle (906) 428-2950.

L’Anse Area

The firearms deer season was good, and there are still a lot of deer around for muzzleloader and archery hunters. There was no ice on local lakes or on Lake Superior, yet. Fall salmon runs were spectacular, but are tappering off.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Keweenaw Peninsula

The firearms deer season was pretty good this year, with several nice bucks being killed in the Keweenaw Peninsula, where deer numbers appear to be stable. Fishing pressure has been very light, as most sportsmen have been deer hunting.
Fish-On II Guide and Charter Service, (906) 289-4481.

Ontonagon Area

The firearms deer season was a good one in Ontonagon County. Deer numbers are up a little. Fishing pressure has been extremely light on Lake Superior and area inland lakes, as most sportsmen and women have been out in the woods hunting deer, with some success.
Grieg’s Taxidermy & Tackle,  (906) 884-2770.

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