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Upper Peninsula Fishing Report – December 5th, 2014

Pickford Area
The firearms deer season was slow in Mackinac and Chippewa counties. There was about 15 inches of snow early in the season and a lot of windy weather, which made it tough on hunters. Deer sightings were light. Open-water fishing has come to an end.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area
Deer hunters reported a slow firearms season on the island, but a few hunters did kill bucks. Wind, snow, and rain took a toll, and hunting pressure was light. There was  skim ice in the bays around the island last week.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area
The firearms deer season was slow around Curtis, and hunting pressure was light. Snow and high wind didn’t help matters much. Skim ice had formed on Manistique Lakes last week, but anglers were waiting for a few more inches before venturing out.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

Garden Area
Deer season was very slow. Hunting pressure was light, and deer sightings were down. There was about 6 inches of snow for the opener and about 8 on the ground last week. Fishing has come to an end and there was no safe on Lake Michigan’s Big Bay de Noc.
Foxy’s Den, (906) 644-2817.

Marquette Area
Hunting pressure was light for the firearms season, but those who hunted the migration trails reported pretty good success. Three feet of snow and frigid conditions pushed whitetails south earlier than normal. There was no safe ice inland or in Lake Superior’s Marquette Harbor last week.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area
The firearms deer season was a tough one with snow and high winds hampering hunters. A couple nice bucks were tagged in the area, but overall hunting was slow. Skim ice was forming last week on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.

L’Anse Area
Gun hunting was tough in 3 feet of snow. The only option for a lot of hunters was hunting on snowshoes. A few mature bucks have been killed, but few young bucks. The best action has come to those hunting the migration trails. Inland lakes were starting to freeze last week, but heavy snow was slowing the process.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area
Deep snow put a damper on the  firearms deer season in Gogebic County and on ice conditions on Lake Gogebic. The only travel was by snowshoe and snowmobile, and even that was difficult with up to 60 inches of snow already. Gogebic froze over Nov. 17, but heavy snow made for dangerous ice conditions.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

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