Upper Peninsula Fishing Report – July 5th, 2013

Pickford Area

Herring are hitting in Lake Huron at Hessel and Cedarville. Teardrops and wax worms or Swedish pimples tipped with wax worms have produced the best results. Fair numbers of walleyes are being caught in Raber Bay in 5 to 12 feet of water. Nightcrawler harnesses and crankbaits are both producing fish. A few walleyes have been caught in Munuscong Bay, too.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Fishing has been fair at Drummond Island. A few walleyes are being caught on nightcrawler harnesses in Maxton and Scotts bays. Smallmouth bass are hitting all around the island, and a decent perch bite has been reported in Maxton Bay. The herring should be in any day now.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

Walleye fishing is heating up on Big and South Manistique lakes. Crawlers and leeches have both produced good results. Good numbers of yellow perch are hitting minnows on South Manistique, and bluegills have finally moved into the shallows. 
J.R. Sport Shop, (906) 586-6040.

Garden Area

Walleye fishing has been pretty good in Big Bay de Noc. Anglers trolling crawler harnesses in Kate’s Bay report a good bite. Smallmouth bass and rock bass action has been red hot in Garden Bay, and a few northern pike have been picked up there, too.  Salmon have yet to make an appearance at the north end of the big lake, but lake trout and steelhead fishing has been good out of Fairport and Manistique. Bluegills are spawning on most of the inland lakes in the area.
The Garden Sport Shop, (906) 644-2908.
Foxy’s Den, (906) 644-2817.

Marquette Area

A few lake trout have been caught in Lake Superior in 60 feet of water. 
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

Walleye fishing has been slow in Little Bay de Noc. Alewives are spawning in the bay. Perch fishing has been good in 8 to 9 feet of water and out in 20 to 30 feet of water. Minnows and worms have both produced good results. No word on salmon yet, but anglers are hoping they start showing up in the next week or so.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle (906) 428-2950.

Bergland Area

Lake Gogebic fishing remains slow. Anglers trolling or drifting with crawler harnesses are catching fish in 22 to 25 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are still providing some good action near shore on artificial and live bait. The perch bite has been good on nightcrawlers, but there has been no definite pattern yet.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

Keweenaw Peninsula

Lake trout are hitting in Lake Superior around the  tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula. The fish are scattered and have been caught in 100 to 200 feet of water, 45 to 100 feet down. Only a couple salmon have been caught so far. Walleye fishing has been pretty good along the weed edges on Gratiot Lake. A few walleyes have been caught on Portage Lake, too. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good on Portage, Lac La Belle, and Gratiot lakes. Occasionally a northern pike is being boated.
Fish-On II Guide and Charter Service, (906) 369-4341.

Iron River Area

Bluegills are bedding on most inland lakes in Iron County, including  Stanley, Hagerman, Chicagon, and Ottawa. Northern pike fishing has also been good. Stream levels are in good shape, and brook trout fishing has been good. A few walleyes have been caught on Chicagon, Iron, Hagerman, and the Michigamme Reservoir.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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