Upper Peninsula Fishing Report – March 15th, 2013

Pickford Area

Anglers report catching good numbers of perch in Lake Huron around the Les Cheneaux Islands at Cedarville and in Hessel Bay. Wax worms, wigglers, and minnows are all taking fish. Perch fishing has been slow in Munuscong Bay. Predator hunting pressure has been light.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Curtis Area

Fishing has been slow on Manistique Lakes. A few perch have been caught on both South and Big Manistique lakes, but most have been on the small side. Coyote hunting has been slow, and hunting pressure has been light.
J.R. Sport Shop, (906) 586-6040.

Garden Area

Fishing has been slow on Lake Michigan’s Big Bay de Noc, and travel conditions are rough with upwards of two feet of snow on the ice. Light numbers of perch have been caught in 20 feet of water. Lots of fish in the 8- to 10-inch range have been caught. Predator hunting has been slow with the deep snow keeping hunters out of the woods.
The Garden Sport Shop, (906) 644-2908.
Foxy’s Den, (906) 644-2817.

Marquette Area

Floating ice packs are making fishing difficult in Lake Superior’s Marquette Harbor. A few anglers were catching trout around the bubblers. Predator and beaver trapping has been good, but heavy snow is making access difficult. Hunting pressure has been light.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

Drifting snow, slush and pressure cracks are making travel difficult on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. Walleyes were being caught at the north end of the bay around Center Reef and Third Reef in 12 to 23 feet of water. Good numbers of perch have been caught in 19 to 23 feet of water off Kipling. A few whitefish have been caught at Gladstone in 30 to 35 feet of water. Fish also were caught near Escanaba and Sand Point in 75 to 85 feet of water. Hunting pressure has been light.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle (906) 428-2950.

L’Anse Area

Lake trout fishing has been good in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay. The best action has come to anglers fishing in 200 to 260 feet of water off Pequaming and 150 to 240 feet of water near Big Reef. A few salmon and herring have been caught off sand point, but action has been slow. Fair numbers of whitefish have been caught east of the Baraga Marina in 80 to 100 feet of water. In Huron Bay, smelt fishing continues to improve along the west side of the bay. Predator hunting remains decent.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Fishing has been fair on Lake Gogebic, and travel is tricky with slush stacking up on the ice. A snowmobile is recommended. Perch action has been good, with fish being caught in 20 to 22 feet of water and 24 to 27 feet of water. Wigglers have produced the best results. Hunting pressure has been light.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

Iron River Area

Ice conditions remain pretty good on lakes in Iron County, but travel conditions are shaky with lots of slush on the ice. Travel by snowmobile is encouraged. Perch fishing has been good on Chicagon Lake, but anglers are having to sort through their catch to find the keepers. Predator hunting pressure has been light.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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