Upper Peninsula Fishing Report – February 12th, 2016


Pickford Area

A few walleyes were being caught around Grassy Island in Munuscong Bay. The perch are scattered. The ice east of Roach Point was still “iffy.” Always use caution when traveling on the ice. A good perch bite has been reported by anglers fishing on Lake Huron at the Les Cheneaux Islands and in Hessel Bay. A few splake also were caught. Pike fishing has been good in Government Bay. Hunting pressure has been light in the eastern end of the Upper Peninsula.

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

A few northern pike have been caught in Scotts Bay. Perch fishing has been decent in 6 to 8 feet of water under 12 to 14 inches of ice. There was about 10 inches of crusty snow on the ground last week. Hunting pressure has been light. A couple coyotes have been killed.

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

Curtis Area

There was between 8 and 15 inches of ice on Manistique Lakes last week, but there was slush up to a foot deep in some areas. Fishing has been very good. Walleyes, perch, and pike have been caught in Big Manistique. Walleyes, pike, and bluegills have kept anglers busy on South Manistique Lake. There was about 18 inches of snow on the ground. Coyote hunting has been pretty good. Snowshoe hunting has been fair.

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.



Escanaba Area

Warmer weather was creating a few hazards on Little Bay de Noc, especially the southern waters where the ice was not that thick. Anglers reported minor problems crossing Butler Island in a few areas. Anglers were fishing north of Gladstone Bay. Fair walleye catches were reported south of the Escanaba River and out from the power plant in 25 to 35 feet of water when jigging Raps or with sucker minnows on tip-ups. Use caution in this area, which is known for dangerous ice. Fair catches were reported from the Center Reef south to the Second Reef in 20 to 35 feet of water when using tip-ups with sucker minnows. The number of perch caught has not been high, but the fish are averaging 8 to 16 inches. The best areas were between the second and third reefs on minnows or spikes in 17 feet of water. Anglers on the head of the bay reported catches in 10 to 20 feet of water. The Escanaba Yacht Harbor had good catches, but many were small. Whitefish anglers started fishing off Sand Point, but the ice conditions worsened, so no one was fishing. A few whitefish were caught on minnows in Gladstone in 27 to 35 feet of water. Northern pike action was good off the mouth of the Days River and the second and third reefs, but many were undersize. Most anglers were using tip-ups with minnows. 

Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.

BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.

Iron Mountain Area

Ice fishing is picking up in Iron Mountain where there was up to 14 inches of ice. Some good bluegills and perch were caught on Lake Antoine and Badwater Flooding. Crappies and bluegills have been caught on Cowboy Lake. There was about 8 inches of snow on the ground. Predator hunting has been pretty good.

Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.

Menominee Area

There is open water in Green Bay and the Menominee River. Walleyes were hitting in the backwaters of the Menominee last week. Some perch have been caught there, too. There was up to 10 inches of ice before an ice breaker came through last week. There was between 7 and 20 inches on inland lakes in the area. Panfish action has been decent on Shakey Lakes. The pike bite has been good, too. Crappies have been hitting in the hole next to the beach. There was about 8 inches of snow on the ground. Coyote hunting has been pretty good.

Waterfront Sport Shop, Waterfront Sport Shop, (906) 424-4108.



L’Anse Area

Keweenaw Bay was wide open last week. Inland lakes in the area have 5 to 12 inches of ice. Otter Lake has been serving up some good northern pike, and Vermilac Lake is producing good pike and panfish. There was a foot of snow on the ground. Coyote hunting has been good. 

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Walleye fishing has been pretty good on Lake Gogebic. Good numbers of jumbo perch also have been caught. Hunting pressure has been light.

Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

Iron River Area

Ice was running between 7 and 11 inches thick in Iron County last week. Bluegills are hitting on Fortune Lake, and walleyes on most of the lakes in the area. There was about 12 inches of snow on the ground. 

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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