Upper Peninsula Fishing Report – August 30th, 2013

Pickford Area

Walleye and pike fishing remains very good in the St. Mary’s River. Quite a few perch have been caught in the river, too. Good reports have come from anglers fishing in Raber Bay and up at the Soo. A few salmon are being caught in Lake Huron at Hessel and Cedarville. The fish are scattered and being caught in water depths from 60 to 220 feet. Early goose season should be very good, with lots of geese in the area.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Walleye fishing has been good in Scotts and Maxton bays. Crawler harnesses fished in 10 to 14 feet of water have produced good results. Perch fishing also has been good on Maxton and Scotts bays, and there are plenty of smallmouth bass and northern pike in the bay. The early goose season should be pretty good.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

Walleye and perch fishing has been fair on Manistique Lakes. There are lots of small perch and bluegills in the lake that the adult walleyes and perch are feeding on so the bite has been hit or miss. There are a few resident Canada geese in the area. Hunters will have to do their homework to enjoy a successful early season.
J.R. Sport Shop, (906) 586-6040.

Garden Area

Salmon fishing has been pretty good in Lake Michigan off the tip of the Garden Peninsula. Bass fishing remains good all over the bay with a very good bite reported by anglers fishing off Ogontz and off the point in Nahma. There are quite a few Canada geese in the area.
The Garden Sport Shop, (906) 644-2908.
Foxy’s Den, (906) 644-2817.

Escanaba Area

Walleye fishing has been slow on Little Bay de Noc with the best action occurring after dark. Perch fishing has been good along the breaklines from Gladstone to Escanaba. Minnows have been the preferred bait. There are a lot of resident Canada geese on the bay, and the early season should be pretty good. 
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle (906) 428-2950.

Iron Mountain Area

Fishing has been slow around Iron Mountain. A few northern pike have been caught in the Menominee River. Splake fishing has been decent on Squaw Lake. Trout fishing has been slow and fishing pressure has been light on the Menominee River. A few walleyes are being picked up by anglers trolling crawlers at the  Kingsford Flowage. Decent numbers of smallmouth bass are being caught on Lake Antoine and on the Menominee River, between the Sturgeon Falls dam and the Faiththorn landing. It looks like the early goose season should be good, but hunting pressure has been light in recent years.
Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.

L’Anse Area

Lake trout and salmon are still hitting in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay. Salmon are being caught in 125 to 160 feet of water 25 to 50 feet down, and the lakers are hitting on the bottom in 60 to 90 feet of water. Water levels are still up on trout streams and brook trout fishing has been good. Walleye fishing has been fair on Portage Lake with a lot of “just-legal” fish being caught.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Lake Gogebic fishing has improved some. Walleyes have been hitting leeches around the weeds and mud flats. Anglers trolling nightcrawlers over the mud are doing OK, with mixed reports from great to poor.  Smallmouth  bass and northern pike  have been fairly active near the edges of weedlines.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

Keweenaw Peninsula

Walleye fishing has been good along the Keweenaw Peninsula. Good reports have come from anglers fishing on Gratiot Lake. The smallmouth bass bite has been best on Lac La Belle. Lakers are hitting in Lake Superior along the north shore up to Copper Harbor and down the south shore, too.
Fish-On II Guide and Charter Service, (906) 369-4341.

Iron River Area

Bass fishing has been very good on Chicagon, Fortune, and Otter lakes. Muskie fishing also has been very good. Canada goose numbers are down a little.

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