There was still some ice last week on Munuscong Bay, and anglers were catching good numbers of perch, but with warm weather in the forecast the season is sure to be over by now. Smelt should start showing up in Lake Huron tributaries at any time. When they do, look for fish in Nuns Creek, the Albany River, and the Carp River.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.
Ice was falling apart on Manistique Lakes last week, and the ice-fishing season has ended. The Portage Anglers Club is holding a walleye tournament on Manistique Lakes, May 23-24. Money raised will be used to stock walleyes in the lakes. Steelhead and smelt should begin arriving any day in Lake Michigan tributaries including the Black River. There are very few turkeys in western Mackinac County.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.
Up to 10 inches of heavy, wet snow fell in the Marquette area last week. It was followed by warm weather, so the streams are all running high. The Upper Harbor launch is open, but floe ice can still be seen. Lake Superior has areas with open water, so boat anglers can navigate to the Carp River and beyond, but extreme caution needs to be used. Watch for submerged ice that is not visible but can make navigation treacherous. The Lower Harbor is ice-free. Boaters can launch, but no docks are in yet. Catch rates were low, with only a couple cohos taken near the bubblers.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.
Ice was breaking up last week on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc, and the ice-fishing season was about wrapped up. Anglers are waiting for open water so they can get out after spring walleyes and smallmouth bass. Rivers are high, and steelhead anglers are starting to venture out and meeting fair success on the Days and Whitefish rivers.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.
The ice has blown out of Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay, and boat anglers report limit catches of salmon, steelhead, splake, browns, and kings. The docks are in, and the fishing has been fantastic. Rivers are in good shape, and steelhead anglers report a good bite on the Falls, Huron, and Silver rivers.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.
Warm weather had the ice falling apart last week on Lake Gogebic and lake travel was not being recommended. Anglers are waiting for the May 15 walleye opener
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.