Upper Peninsula Fishing Report – April 8th, 2016
There was still some ice on Munuscong Bay last week, but it was melting quickly and may not be safe for foot traffic by now. Those who were venturing out reported catching decent numbers of yellow perch. Pier anglers report a pretty good perch bite in Lake Huron at Cedarville and Hessel.
Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.
Drummond Island Area
The bays around Drummond Island are open, but fishing pressure has been very light.
Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.
St. Ignace Area
There was still some ice on lakes in the St. Ignace area last week, but it was not safe for foot traffic. The open-water fishing season looks like it is still a couple weeks away.
Ace Hardware, (906) 643-7721.
There was still some ice on Manistique Lakes last week, but it had broken away from shore and was no longer safe for foot traffic. There was rain and warmer weather in the forecast, but open-water perch and panfish fishing is likely still a couple weeks away.
Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.
The docks are in and boaters have full access to upper and lower Marquette Harbor on Lake Superior. Cooler weather and rain have slowed fishing. Anglers fishing with jigs and cut bait at the bubblers are catching fair numbers of coho salmon during the mid-morning and early afternoon period. Those trolling artificial baits have caught fish, too. Pier anglers using artificial and cut bait in the lower harbor reported catching splake and whitefish. Steelhead fishing has been good in the Carp River, with fish up to 9 pounds caught.
Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.
There was still a little ice at the north end of Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc last week, and a couple anglers were fishing at Kipling and in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor. The ice was not expected to last much longer and is likely shot by now. The only boat launch that could be used last week was the Rapid River launch, although the dock wasn’t in yet and there was a 12-inch heave where the asphalt meets the pad. The Ford River and the Gladstone launches should be open by the end of this week. Those fishing the Day’s River, Tacoosh, and the Whitefish River report a good steelhead bite. The Ford River is open for shore anglers with the possibility of catching a trout or smallmouth bass. Spring turkey season should be fair in Delta County.
Bay View Bait & Tackle, (906) 786-1488.
BayShore Resort Bait & Tackle, (906) 428-2950.
Iron Mountain Area
The ice was gone from lakes in Dickinson County, but most of the public boat ramps were still closed last week. Spring fishing had yet to begin. The spring turkey season should be fair, with decent numbers of birds in the area. Toms are strutting and gobbling.
Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.
Walleyes were being caught in the Menominee River from the Hattie Street Bridge to Stephenson Island by shore anglers using zip lures, stickbaits, jigs, and plastics. Boundary waters remain open for walleye fishing. The best action was in the early morning or evening. Walleyes and brown trout were being caught by those trolling and jigging, especially in the Turn Basin. The 6th Street launch was still iced in, but all the other launches were open last week. The spring turkey-hunting season should be fair.
Waterfront Sport Shop, Waterfront Sport Shop, (906) 424-4108.
Trout and salmon fishing has been red hot on Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay. Boat anglers reported catching very good numbers of coho salmon, and brown trout up to 9 pounds last week. Good numbers of splake and steelhead have been caught, too. Steelhead fishing has been pretty good on the Falls, Silver, and Slate rivers, too, but the big runs have yet to begin.
Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.
Fishing has stalled on Lake Gogebic. There was a mix of ice and open water last week, making access impossible for both ice anglers and open-water anglers.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.
Iron River Area
Wet, heavy snow invaded the area last week. Ice on most lakes in Iron County has broken up and was not safe for foot traffic last week. Open-water fishing is still likely a couple weeks away. Turkey numbers are pretty good, and the spring season should be good.
Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.