Gone fishin’


Munising: Ice fishing is on for whitefish and splake in the bay.

Little Bay De Noc: Has plenty of ice. Catch rates were good for perch and walleye in the northern parts of the bay before the extreme cold so they should return once it warms back up. The better walleye fishing was along the flats at Kipling and south near Gladstone when jigging rapalas in 25 to 28 feet. A few walleye were caught south of Aronson Island as well and a 21-inch splake was taken. Perch were caught near Kipling but the bite did slow. Try minnows and spikes in 10 to 23 feet. Some were fishing near the Escanaba Power Plant.

Manistique Lake: Has good ice on both lakes. Anglers caught perch and pike but the walleye bite was slow.

St. Marys River: Is producing a few whitefish in the upper river.

Munuscong: Has ice fishing but catch rates for perch and walleye were slow.

Cedarville and Hessel: Pike and perch fishing were slow in Musky Bay and Hessel Bay. Anglers still need to use caution and remember to carry a flotation device.

Menominee: The bay was slow because of rough ice.

Menominee River: Had anglers targeting panfish at the Mennekeaunee slough. They caught mainly perch and bluegills when jigging wax worms. Some are targeting pike off the Mystery Ship landing by setting up tip-ups with large minnows but catch rates were slow. Those near the Hattie Street Dam caught walleye on the Wisconsin side when jigging wax worms or minnows through the ice. Anglers fishing on the Michigan side had open water so they are casting rapalas for trout and walleye. A few brown trout and steelhead were also caught.

– Michigan Department of

Natural Resources