Upper Peninsula Fishing Report – January 4th, 2013

Pickford Area

There was up to four inches of ice on Munuscong Bay, and anglers were catching walleyes and perch. There was up to 16 inches of snow on the ground. Predator hunting has been good and there are lots of coyotes in the area. Rabbit hunting has been good. The snowshoe population appears to be up.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Ice was forming on the bays around Drummond Island last week, but two feet of snow didn’t help the ice-making process. Coyote hunting has been pretty good, while rabbit hunting has been slow.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

Ice is forming on Manistique Lakes. There was up to four inches of ice in some areas, and a few anglers were getting out and catching decent numbers of walleyes. A few pike and perch also have been caught. Call ahead for current ice conditions. Over a foot of snow has fallen in Mackinac County. The late archery deer season has been good, but the migration was winding down. Predator hunting has been slow.
J.R. Sport Shop, (906) 586-6040.

Garden Area

Ice was forming on Indian Lake last week, and a few anglers were getting out and catching fair numbers of perch. There was no safe ice on Lake Michigan’s Big Bay de Noc, but anglers were hoping to get out over the New Year’s weekend. Up to eight inches of snow had fallen. The late archery deer season was slow. Coyote hunting has been fair.
The Garden Sport Shop, (906) 644-2908.
Foxy’s Den, (906) 644-2817.

Escanaba Area

Up to four inches of ice had formed as of last week north of Gladstone on Lake Michigan’s Big Bay de Noc. A few anglers were walking out and catching a couple walleyes. There was about six inches of snow on the ground, but none on the ice. Deer hunting season was decent. Predator hunting has been fair, but should improve in coming days, as there are lots of coyotes around.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle (906) 428-2950.

Menominee Area

There was up to five inches of ice at Shakey Lakes and around Cottonbach Island in the Menominee River. Panfish anglers reported some success. Up to seven inches of snow had fallen in Menominee County as of last week. Predator hunters and trappers report decent success so far.
MBK Sports Shop, (715) 735-5393.
Acorns and Antlers, (906) 863-4868.

L’Anse Area

There was no safe ice on Keweenaw Bay last week, but it was getting close. In areas of open water, anglers were casting from shore and catching a few steelhead.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

There was up to eight inches of ice on the bays on Lake Gogebic and up to five inches on the main lake. ATV operators and snowmobilers have been getting out in the bays, and low temperatures continue to make more solid ice. Walleye fishing has been very good in 5 to 8 feet of water on sucker minnows. Low-light periods have produced the best results. A few perch have been caught, too. Late archery deer season has been good. Predator hunting is just getting started.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

Iron River Area

Ice was forming, and some of the smaller lakes in Iron County have up to eight inches of safe ice. Anglers report good action regarding walleyes and northern pike. There was a couple inches of snow on the ground last week and more was in the forecast. Coyote hunting and trapping has been pretty good.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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