Fishing report

Little Bay De Noc: Had very little change in ice conditions. A few anglers were fishing south of the Escanaba River but ice conditions are very dangerous and anglers should avoid this area. Overall fishing was slow although perch remained fair. Walleye catches were low with most fish undersize. Most were fishing near Kipling and the First, Second and Third Reefs with minnows and wigglers in 24 to 30 feet. The best perch catches were in 17 to 30 feet near Kipling. Pike catches slowed but fish were still taken in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor, near Gladstone, and out from the Terrace Bay Inn and the Day’s River with tip-ups and sucker minnows in 10 to 35 feet.

Keweenaw Bay: Still had no ice. Shore anglers have caught some coho, steelhead, brown trout and lake herring when casting spoons. Silver and orange were good colors.

Menominee River: Anglers fishing from the 6th Street ramp caught a few perch, walleye, whitefish and crappie.

Munising: Received 8 to 10 inches of snow. Snow squalls and blowing snow along with a lot of slush on the ice will make travel difficult. Anglers were ice fishing off Brown’s Public Launch, the city docks, the Anna River, and Sand Point. There was some slush on the ice. There was open water between Sand Point and Grand Island so access to the ice caves is not possible. Areas that are unsafe or questionable are off the Grand Island Ferry access, Powell Point, Sand Point and towards the “green can” off Christmas. Catch rates were hit-or-miss. Some did well with a few limit catches of whitefish. For splake, most of the fish caught were undersize. Catch rates for perch were low. Spearing shacks off the Anna River report slow action for lake herring. Water clarity was somewhat muddy.

Grand Marais: Had no fishable ice.

Munuscong Bay: Walleye fishing was spotty. The better fishing was around Grassy Island, north of Pine Island, and between Gull and Pine Islands. Perch are scattered all over the bay with low harvest numbers being reported. Splake fishing is good especially in Wilderness Bay. Be very careful on the ice and stay out of the deep water because the ice there was not safe.

Cedarville and Hessel: Perch fishing in Musky Bay has declined but the pike fishing was very good. Those targeting perch have done well in Hessel Bay and around Little Joe Island.

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