Michigan DNR Weekly Fishing Report: November 22, 2018

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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.

Very few anglers have been out however with a warm up by the end of the week, this would be a good time to head out. Pier anglers target steelhead and whitefish this time of year. The pike action is also good as the fish go on a feeding frenzy before first ice.

Little Bay De Noc: Had walleye anglers. The bay is starting to ice up but there is no safe ice yet. The only boat launches being used are Kipling and Gladstone Harbor. Walleye anglers reported fair to good catches with most fishing the reefs in the north end. There were some shallow water catches reported but most were trolling stick baits between the Second and the Center Reefs in 35 feet. Good numbers of baitfish were still being reported throughout the area. Those putting in the time caught more fish.

Two Hearted River: More snow had fallen in northern Luce County. Those braving the conditions have caught a couple steelhead near the mouth.

Fishing Tip: Where to find northern pike in Michigan

As the temperatures continue to cool, fishing for northern pike will really pick up. Pike are extremely popular during the ice fishing season but are readily available throughout much of the year.

There are many notable northern pike fisheries located throughout Michigan, including on Muskegon, Portage and Manistee lakes and also Michigamme and Houghton lakes. But this species can be found in many lakes and virtually all larger rivers in the state.

Please note there are many regulations for northern pike regarding minimum size and possession limit. Be sure to read up on this species in the 2018 Michigan Fishing Guide.