Upper Peninsula Fishing Report – May 6th, 2016


Pickford Area

There was not much fishing effort at Raber Bay or Lime Island last week. Moving up the St. Marys River to Lake George, anglers report catching yellow perch on the east side of Sugar Island off Hay Bay in 30 feet of water. Shiner minnows seemed to work best. Down on Lake Huron at Cedarville, the boat launch is open and yellow perch were being caught. Anglers at Hessel report catching a few splake in Hessel Bay and Wilderness Bay. Pier fishing results for anglers targeting splake were mixed. Catch rates have been slow although a few nice fish in the 10-pound range were reported. Most anglers were fishing with a smelt or minnow under a slip-bobber.

Wilderness Treasures, (906) 647-4002.

Drummond Island Area

Perch were hitting in Scotts and Maxton bays last week. Some anglers had success stillfishing and drifting with minnows and worms along the north side of Scotts Bay where old cattails are bent over in the water. In Maxton Bay the perch are being caught between the DNR access site and the old Sportsman Club Pointe.  Those still fishing and drifting with perch spreaders tipped with minnows reported a good bite.

Johnson’s Sport Shop, (906) 493-6300.

St. Ignace Area 

One dock had been put in at the St. Ignace city boat launch last week but there was very little fishing activity occurring out on Lake Huron. The fish cleaning station remained closed. Light numbers of steelhead were being caught in the Carp River with warmer water bringing in a few fresh fish. The water was high in the river so fishing was tough. Suckers are starting to show up in the Carp River as well. A short smelt run in eastern Upper Peninsula streams appears to be nearing the end. 

Ace Hardware, (906) 643-7721.

Curtis Area

Perch and panfish action has improved a little on Manistee Lakes, but cool weather last week wasn’t helping things much. Most anglers are waiting for the May 15 walleye, pike and muskie opener in the Upper Peninsula.

Mick’s Bait Shop, (906) 586-6040.



Marquette Area

Fishing has been fair in Lake Superior’s Marquette Harbor when the wind allows anglers to get out. Boat anglers at the upper harbor reported catching light numbers of  kings and coho around the breakwater. Spoons were producing the best results. Some boat anglers are also jigging at the “bubblers” with a few successful for coho. In the lower harbor fishing picked up a little last  week with boat anglers trolling for coho around the breakwater and at the mouth of the Carp River. There are a couple commercial nets in the lower harbor near the sand bar so be aware of net buoys. Steelhead fishing is winding down in the Carp River

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.

Escanaba Area

Cold weather, wind and rain kept many anglers grounded last week on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. Perch anglers who ventured out reported good to excellent catches off center and third reefs using minnows or wigglers in 25 to 35 feet of water. Best area was between the Day’s River and the Vagabond Resort towards the east bank. Several limits were reported. Smallmouth bass anglers have started fishing the shore off the Ford River and reported fair to good catches when casting spinners, crankbaits or soft plastics. Fly fishing anglers reported a few steelhead catches on the Escanaba River. Toms are strutting and coming to the call.

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

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

Iron Mountain Area

Light numbers of walleyes have been caught in the Menominee River, which is a boundary water with Wisconsin. Anglers are allowed to keep one walleye on boundary waters. Cold nights and rain has put a damper on fishing and cooled the water. Bluegills and perch have been caught by anglers fishing from shore on Lake Antoine and the crappie bite has been decent on Twin Falls Flowage. Most anglers are waiting for the May 15 walleye, pike and muskie opener in the Upper Peninsula.  Turkey hunting has been slow to get started and hunting pressure has been light.

Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.



L’Anse Area

Atlantic salmon have found their way into Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay. Anglers trolling in the bay, when the wind allows them to get out, report catching a few Atlantics mixed in with good numbers of cohos and browns, and a few kings. Fishing pressure on inland lakes has been light. The turkey season got off to a slow start, but there are birds in the area.

Indian Country Sports, (906) 524-6518.

Bergland Area

Things were pretty quiet on Lake Gogebic last week. The ice has finally melted and the lake is open but no one was heading out fishing yet. Anglers are awaiting the May 15 walleye opener. Turkey hunting has been decent.

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

Iron River Area

Lakes are open, but fishing pressure has been light in Iron County. Anglers there were waiting for last weekend’s  trout opener and the May 15 walleye, pike and muskie opener in the U.P. The spring turkey season got off to a decent start. Toms are gobbling and strutting. 

Luckey’s Sport Shop, (906) 265-0151.

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