Upper Peninsula Fishing Report – December 21st, 2012

Pickford Area

Ice was forming on Munuscong Bay last week, but no one was fishing just yet. With cooler weather in the forecast anglers were holding out hope. Muzzleloader deer season was pretty good. Predator hunting has been good, and trappers report a decent season so far.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Ice was forming in the shallow bays around Drummond Island last week, and anglers were hoping to get on the ice soon. There was a dusting of snow on the ground. Hunting pressure has been light.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Garden Area

There was no ice on Lake Michigan’s Big Bay de Noc last week, and unseasonably high temperatures were in the forecast. There was a dusting of snow on the ground. The muzzleloader deer season was decent. Predator hunting has been slow to get started.
The Garden Sport Shop, (906) 644-2908.
Foxy’s Den, (906) 644-2817.

Escanaba Area

Ice was still forming on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc last week, and anglers there were champing at the bit to get out. Some of the local inland lakes had up to 4 inches of ice, but fishing pressure was light and no one was saying which lakes had the ice. There was a couple inches of snow on the ground, but mild temperatures were in the forecast. The deer season was good, and predator hunting is picking up, with a good number of coyotes in the area.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle (906) 428-2950.

Menominee Area

A few anglers were getting out on the ice on the Menominee River off Cottonbach Island last week, but warm weather and rain doomed the early fishing. A fair number of perch and crappies were being caught. There was no ice on Green Bay. Deer hunting has slowed. Predator hunting is off to a good start.
MBK Sports Shop, (715) 735-5393.
Acorns and Antlers , (906) 863-4868.

Bergland Area

Lake Gogebic is frozen, but the main part of the lake was not safe for foot traffic last week. Anglers are starting to walk out on the shallow bays and report catching fair numbers of walleyes. Suckers and jigging Rapalas have been taking fish. There was a couple inches of snow on the ground. Deer season was good. Trapping season has been very good for beavers, otters, mink, muskrats, and raccoons.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

Ontonagon Area

Good ice was forming on some of the inland lakes in Ontonagon County last week, but a brief warm spell chased anglers back to shore. There was no ice yet on Lake Superior. Deer hunting has been excellent, and predator hunting is starting to pick up now that the deer season is winding down.
Grieg’s Taxidermy & Tackle,  (906) 884-2770.

Iron River Area

Safe ice is forming quickly in the western Upper Peninsula. There was up to 4 inches last week on some of the smaller lakes in the area. Small northerns and bluegills have been keeping anglers busy so far. Deer hunting remains pretty good. Trapping season is off to a great start.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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