Gone fishin’

UPPER PENINSULA

Inland lakes in Delta, Alger and Schoolcraft Counties have been slow with thick ice and deep snow deterring most anglers from even trying. Au Train Lake was producing a few perch and pike.

Keweenaw Bay: Bitter cold temperatures are keeping most anglers at home. Those brave enough to head out said the bite was very slow.

Munising: A hard top crust in the bay makes for easier walking. Anglers are targeting splake, whitefish and coho. Try 60 to 70 feet when bouncing an egg off the bottom. Many were small but keepers were reported. The bigger splake and a couple 15 inch coho were caught off Sand Point. Smelt are being marked but none were caught. Catch rates were spotty in Trout Bay however anglers did manage to catch coho, lake trout and steelhead.

Menominee River: Still has unsafe ice from where the ice breaker went upstream to the Marinette. Those fishing at the Menikaunee launch caught small yellow perch when jigging wax worms. The bite was still slow for northern pike. Anglers can see them with cameras but the bite is not there. Those jigging for walleye through the ice at the dam caught a few fish. They are using a piece of minnow or wax worms.

Little Bay De Noc: Many anglers have installed extensions on their augers because the ice is so thick. Travel conditions improved and more anglers were targeting walleye. Catch rates were fair between Gladstone and Garth Point. At the head of the bay, most used tip-ups with sucker minnows in eight to 20 feet. Those fishing the Second and Third Reefs were jigging rapalas or using tip-ups in 18 to 30 feet and those at Gladstone were jigging rapalas in 28 to 32 feet. Catch rates were best at dusk. For whitefish, catch rates were fair in 30 to 35 feet at Gladstone or 75 to 85 feet at Sand Point. Perch reports were down but a few were taken on minnows and wigglers in 19 to 30 feet along the Second Reef.

Munuscong: Has excellent ice however catch rates remain slow in Raber Bay.

Cedarville and Hessel: Those fishing Government Bay at Cedarville or Wilderness Bay at Hessel are seeing perch but very few bites.

– The Michigan Department of Natural Resources