Upper Peninsula Fishing Report – April 11th, 2014
Perch fishing has been good in Munuscong Bay where there was still about 30 inches of solid ice last week. Jigging spoons and teardrops tipped with minnows have produced good results. Wigglers and minnows have been taking good numbers of perch around the Les Cheneaux Islands at Cedarville, where there was still up to 2 feet of ice.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.
Drummond Island Area
A few perch have been caught in Whitney Bay and around Harbor Island in Maxton Bay. Minnows and wax worms have both produced good results. There was still about 3 feet of ice in the bays, and shore ice was in great shape with freezing temperatures returning nightly.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.
Perch and bluegill fishing has been pretty good on Big Manistique and South Manistique lakes. Ice was running up to 28 inches thick on the lakes, and the shore ice was in great shape. Wax worms, minnows, and wigglers all have been producing good results.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.
Fishing pressure has been light on Lake Michigan’s Big Bay de Noc. A few perch have been caught off the Garden Peninsula. Shore ice is starting to soften, and anglers venturing out are urged to use extreme caution.
The Garden Sport Shop, (906) 644-2908.
Foxy’s Den, (906) 644-2817.
Fishing pressure has been light on Lake Superior. There was still up to 24 inches of ice in Marquette Harbor and a lot of pack ice out in Lake Superior. Anglers who have ventured out report catching fair numbers of steelhead and cohos.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.
Ice was in good shape last week on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. Perch fishing has been good at Kipling and south to the Narrows in 38 to 41 feet of water. Anglers jigging with minnows and wigglers report a good bite. Good numbers of whitefish also have been caught in 30 to 40 feet of water at the Narrows.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle (906) 428-2950.
Salmon, browns, and steelhead are hitting at the mouth of many of the local rivers. There was still lots of ice on Lake Superior last week, and lake trout fishing remains very good. Coyote hunting has been good along the lake shores.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.
Ice was still in good shape on Lake Gogebic last week. Some of the snow has melted, but more was in the forecast. All the snow cover has made access difficult for all except those with snowmobiles. Fishing has been hot or cold, with limits one day and slow fishing the next. Perch anglers who report the best success are using wigglers in 22 to 26 feet of water.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.
Iron River Area
There was still plenty of ice in the western U.P. last week with up to 30 inches on most of the lakes. Perch fishing has been good on Chicagon, and Ottawa lakes, and anglers report catching fair numbers of lake trout on Chicagon.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.