Upper Peninsula Fishing Report – January 31st, 2014

Pickford Area

Walleye and perch fishing has been good on Munuscong Bay in 2 to 26 feet of water. Perch fishing has been fair in Lake Huron at Cedarville, although pike spearers and pike anglers report good action. There was up to 30 inches of snow in the woods, and hunting has been put on hold.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Pike and perch are hitting in Maxton and Scotts bays. Perch fishing has been good in Whitney Bay, too. Rabbit hunting has been slow, with up to 18 inches of snow in the woods.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Garden Area

Fishing has been slow and fishing pressure light on Indian Lake and Lake Michigan’s Big Bay de Noc. There was up to 20 inches of snow on the ice and travel was extremely difficult last week. Caution is urged. A few nice perch and walleyes have been caught. Predator hunting pressure has been light.
The Garden Sport Shop, (906) 644-2908.
Foxy’s Den, (906) 644-2817.

Escanaba Area

Ice conditions remain good on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc but travel has been difficult due to deep and drifting snow. Several pressure cracks have opened up, and extreme caution is urged. Walleyes have been caught at the south end of the bay between Aronson Island and Portage Point on minnows fished in 40 to 50 feet of water. Whitefish anglers report a decent bite at Gladstone on minnows or spawn in 45 feet of water and off Sand Point in 75 to 85 feet of water. A few jumbo perch have been caught near Gladstone.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle (906) 428-2950.

Bergland Area

Walleye and perch fishing has been good on Lake Gogebic. Mild temps brought everyone out after the cold snap. Along with the higher temps came more slush to deal with on the ice. As always, it is good travel in some areas and worse in others. Snowmobiles are the best way to travel now. Perch anglers have been icing some jumbos on wigglers fished in 21 to 25 feet of water over the mud. Walleye action has picked up, with more “keeper” fish showing up. Use sucker minnows or jigging Rapalas in 10 to 16 feet of water during low-light conditions or fish deeper in the 24- to 27-foot depths. Predator hunting has been fair, but hunting pressure has been light, with harsh weather keeping hunters indoors.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

Iron River Area

Fishing has been very good, but fishing pressure has been light in Iron County. Panfish and pike are hitting on Chicagon, Hagerman, Otter, and Stanley lakes and the Michigamme Reservoir. There was at least 24 inches of ice on most lakes in the area, and anglers were bringing out their extensions. Predator hunting has been very good, too.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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