Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Snow has made access difficult pretty much all winter. Catch rates for walleye were spotty. The better reports came from the mouth of the Escanaba River when jigging rapalas in 25 to 35 feet, off Gladstone and the Kipling Flats with tip-ups and sucker minnows or when jigging rapalas. Those fishing near the Ford River reported few catches. The better perch fishing was between the First and Second Reefs off Kipling with minnows and wigglers in 27 to 35 feet. Whitefish and burbot were caught off Sand Point with minnows or spawn in 70 to 80 feet.

Keweenaw Bay: Travel on the ice was difficult for 4-wheelers and foot travel due to slush and snow. The slush is too deep for short track snowmobiles. Those walking were using the snowmobile tracks and setting up a short distance from them. Water coming up on the ice after holes are drilled has been a common problem. Lake trout fishing was slow with limited success in 100 to 250 feet. Splake were caught in 15 to 40 feet. The coho bite was slow. A few Chinook salmon were caught about 50 feet off the bottom in 150 to 200 feet though anglers were not targeting them. No whitefish report. The smelt bite was fair after dark when using a jig and wax worm with a light.

Munising: Travel on bay is difficult because of deep snow and more slush closer to shore. A few coho and splake were caught. Anglers reported possible markings of either herring or smelt suspended within the bay. Those targeting burbot continue to do well at night primarily off Sand Point, Trout bay and in the area off Christmas.

Grand Marais: Has deep snow on the ice. Anglers fishing for menominee within the harbor are using a single egg or wax worm. There have been some recent reports of anglers doing well on smelt along with a few coho. Most were jigging with shiver minnows, jigging spoons and Swedish pimples with or without cut bait or minnows. One nice steelhead was caught on a Hali jig when fishing for smelt.

Cedarville and Hessel: Ice conditions were holding however anglers and snowmobilers need to be aware of the areas with a strong current around the islands. Perch fishing picked up with anglers taking fish up to 12 inches on jigging raps, wax worms and spikes. More anglers were seen in Government Bay, but no reports came in.

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