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Upper Peninsula Fishing Report – May 8th, 2015

Pickford Area
Perch fishing has been pretty good in Munuscong Bay and in Lake Huron at Cedarville and around the Les Cheneaux Islands. Perch minnows and nightcrawlers are both producing good results. Most anglers are gearing up for the May 15 pike, muskie, and walleye opener. Turkey hunting is off to a slow start.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area
Perch have moved into the waters of Lake Huron surrounding Drummond Island. A good bite has been reported by anglers fishing in 4 feet of water in Maxton Bay. Minnows have produced the best action. There was still a little ice around some of the islands last week, but not enough to interfere with fishing. Spring turkey hunting has been fair on the mainland of the eastern U.P.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area
Smelt dipping has been decent at the mouths of the Black, Carp, and Tahquamenon rivers. Steelhead fishing has been pretty good, too, in the same waters. A few bluegills and perch have been caught in Manistique Lakes, as well as in Lake Michigan’s Big Bay de Noc. Most anglers are waiting for the May 15 walleye, pike, and muskie opener.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.

Marquette Area
Light numbers of salmon have been caught in Lake Superior’s Marquette Harbor, but water temperatures were still on the cool side last week. The best action has been in the lower harbor. A couple steelhead and coho salmon have been caught in the Carp River. Anglers fishing with spawn and spoons early in the mornings have reported the most consistent  bites. The spring turkey season got off to a slow start with light hunting pressure.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.
 

Escanaba Area
Docks are in on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc and anglers are hitting the water. Good numbers of yellow perch have been caught on minnows and wigglers fished in 30 to 40 feet of water around the center reef. Steelhead fishing has been pretty good in and around the Days and Ford rivers. Catch-and-immediate-release bass fishing has been good, with lots of smallmouth bass being caught along the shore of the bay. Spring turkey hunting has been fair. Toms are responding to calls.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.

Menominee Area
Fishing pressure has been light around Menominee. Fair numbers of brown trout are hitting in Lake Michigan’s Green Bay off the mouth of the Menominee River. Boat anglers trolling 100 yards off shore are reporting the best success. A few walleyes are being caught, too. Decent numbers of perch and bluegills are hitting in the Menominee River. The spring turkey season is off to a slow start, and hunting pressure has been light.
Waterfront Sport Shop, (906) 792-0467.

Bergland Area
Perch fishing has been slow and fishing pressure light on Lake Gogebic. Most local anglers are waiting for the May 15 walleye, pike, and muskie opener. Spring turkey hunting is off to a slow start, and hunting pressure has been limited.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

Iron River Area
Fishing pressure has been very light in Iron County. The trout opener was slow and water temperatures remain low on local streams. A few bluegills and small crappies have been caught on some of the smaller inland lakes, but few anglers are getting after them. Most are waiting for the May 15 game fish opener. Spring turkey hunting is off to a good start. Turkey numbers are in pretty good shape.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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