UPPER PENINSULA, Mich. (WLUC) - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has released their weekly fishing report for the Upper Peninsula, along with a new fishing tip.
Overall: Anglers report better ice conditions in this portion of the state. On the west end, anglers were fishing the inland lakes including those in Iron and Dickinson Counties where most were targeting panfish and pike. Around Newberry, area lakes had a lot of traffic but the panfish bite was slow.
Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions are a problem and are creating limited access and very unsafe conditions in many areas. A few anglers have been fishing out from the harbor in the Gladstone area, but this is a DANGEROUS area where the ice thins out quickly as you head south. The northern bay from the Whitefish River south to First Reef had a little better ice but still had areas that were not safe. The pressure cracks are moving daily. Open water was reported at Saunders Point, Hunters Point, Day’s River and the mouth of the Whitefish River. Most anglers are walking out. NO VEHICLES SHOULD BE OUT ON THE ICE AT THIS TIME. Walleye and perch reports were fair at best. Perch were hitting minnows or wigglers in 18 to 31 feet. Walleye anglers reported many undersize fish. The better catches were on tip-ups or when jigging rapalas with minnows in 23 to 35 feet. Good pike action out past Butler Island with tip-ups and sucker minnows in 10 to 30 feet.
Munuscong Bay: Had a lot of activity however the yellow perch bite was slow.
Cedarville and Hessel: Has ice but also some areas with open water. There is a pressure crack in Hessel Bay that had only a couple inches of ice on the west side of it. Beware of pressure cracks and currents around the islands. There was not much fishing pressure, but anglers have caught perch with wax worms and spikes in 10 to 17 feet. The fish were seven to 10 inches. A few pike were seen but no word on any fish harvested.
Brevort Lake: Anglers caught pike, walleye and perch on minnows. Try the east end of the lake.
Fishing Tip: Have you caught a Master Angler fish?
Did you catch an unusually large fish? It could qualify for our Master Angler program, which includes more than 50 species and recognizes large fish by anglers who practice catch-and-release or catch-and-keep.
All fish must be taken by legal Michigan sportfishing methods, during the open season and in waters open to the public., and the application for submitting a 2019-caught fish is now available!
Find the applications – and the full set of rules – online at Michigan.gov/masterangler.