Upper Peninsula Fishing Report – March 25th, 2016
Perch fishing has been slow on Munuscong Bay. Ice conditions were deteriorating last week, and a few snow machines had gone through the ice. Perch fishing has been slow on Lake Huron at Cedarville and Hessel, too.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.
Drummond Island Area
There was no safe ice around Drummond Island last week, and with warm weather in the forecast, the outlook was bleak for any more ice fishing this year. There was just a dusting of snow on the ground, and rabbit-hunting pressure has been very light.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.
Shore ice was falling apart last week on Manistique Lakes, and with warm weather in the forecast, there wasn’t much hope for the ice-fishing season to stick around much longer.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.
Lake Superior’s Upper and Lower Marquette Harbor are ice-free, but conditions outside the harbor are unknown. The docks are not in yet at the boat launches. Anglers did well for cohos at the bubblers when jigging cut bait. Hot colors were green, pink, and white. Splake are starting to move into the Lower Harbor and around the breakwall. Anglers caught them on artificial and natural baits. Steelhead are moving into the Carp River, and those using spawn bags have caught pretty good numbers of fish.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.
Heavy rain and warm weather last week took the ice out quickly. Ice-fishing season there is over. Anglers should not venture out onto any remaining ice. At Christmas, the ice was gone and Sand Point is all open water. The Anna River boat access is free of ice and snow, so boat anglers can start launching, but watch the ice about 100 feet from the entrance of the river. Shore fishing is possible from the Anna River dock. Most anglers are using a single egg or spawn. Those trying minnows or crawlers had no luck. A few splake and steelhead were caught, but catch rates for whitefish were poor. The city launch and docks are still iced in, but the ice is thinning. The Grand Island access site has open water, but there is floating ice in the area.
Curly’s Hilltop Grocery, (906) 387-3056.
The remaining ice was no longer safe last week on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. The Day’s River and parts of the Escanaba and Ford rivers were open, but the flow was fast. The spring turkey season should be decent in the south-central Upper Peninsula.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.
Fishing activity has switched over to mostly open water on the Menominee River. The majority of anglers were fishing up near the Hattie Street Dam. A few trout were caught on jigs tipped with Twister tails, small spoons, or crankbaits. Water temperatures were still in the low 30s.
Waterfront Sport Shop, (906) 792-0467.
Ice fishing is over for the year on Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay. Boat anglers trolling at the head of the bay and northward just past the pump house along Bay Shore Road in L’Anse were catching cohos, lake trout, and brown trout. The best action has come to anglers using a variety of spoons in 40 to 70 feet of water. Shore anglers fishing off the rock dock near the L’Anse Marina were catching a few cohos and rainbow trout when using spawn and crawlers. The Falls River opened up, and those fishing did well for rainbow trout when using spawn and yarn flies. Those in small boats near the Falls River had no success when trolling or still-fishing.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.
Ice conditions were fair at best last week on Lake Gogebic, and anglers were accessing the lake by foot travel only. With warm weather and rain in the forecast, the ice will likely deteriorate quickly. Anglers reported catching fair numbers of perch in 22 to 28 feet of water. Wigglers were the bait of choice.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.
Iron River Area
Shore ice was breaking up last week on lakes around Iron River, but a few anglers were still getting out and catching panfish on Chicagon, Peavy, and Fortune. With warm weather in the forecast, the ice-fishing season wasn’t expected to last much longer. There was no snow on the ground last week, until a late-season snowstorm dropped about 5 inches of snow on the ground.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.
The DNR contributed to this report.