Upper Peninsula Fishing Report – April 26th, 2013
Ice was still over a foot thick last week on lakes in the eastern Upper Peninsula, and the ice-fishing season was still in good shape. Anglers were catching lots of perch in Lake Huron at Cedarville and in Munuscong Bay. Steelhead fishing has been good on the Carp and Albany rivers, and there has been a good smelt run in the Carp River. Turkey numbers are light.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.
Drummond Island Area
A fair numbers of perch were being caught in Whitney Bay and Maxton Bay last week, where there was still up to 24 inches of ice. Rain and higher temperatures were in the forecast, so anglers should call ahead to see if the ice-fishing season is still holding on.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.
Ice was still hanging around on Manistique Lakes, but shore ice was falling apart and most anglers were staying home. Those who were getting out caught a few bluegills.
J.R. Sport Shop, (906) 586-6040.
Fair numbers of perch were being caught last week on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc, but ice was starting to fall apart along the shore. Caution is advised. Perch anglers reported a good bite on minnows and wigglers at “The Narrows.”
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle (906) 428-2950.
The Menominee River is open and a fair number of walleyes have been caught. Crankbaits and jigs tipped with minnows were both taking fish. A few brown trout have been caught, too. Ice is busting up on Green Bay. Turkey numbers are strong, and the spring season should be a good one.
MBK Sports Shop, (715) 735-5393.
Acorns and Antlers, (906) 863-4868.
A few salmon have been caught in Lake Superior’s Marquette Harbor, but high winds last week blew ice back in toward shore. Jigs tipped with cut bait produced good results at the bubblers. Turkey numbers are fair.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.
Ice anglers report good perch action on Lake Gogebic, where there was still up to 14 inches of ice last week. Those fishing with wigglers over the mud in 20 to 30 feet of water had the best action. Lake and travel conditions were good, with a few inches of slush on top and more snow in the forecast. Anglers are cautioned that shore ice is starting to deteriorate, especially near inlets, and ice conditions can change quickly. Call ahead for updates before venturing out.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.
Iron River Area
Panfish action has been pretty good on Chicagon, Hagerman, and Fortune lakes. Fishing pressure has been light, but those getting out report good success with wax worms. No word yet on the perch bite.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.