Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Heavy snowfall is making travel on the ice much more difficult for many. Snowmobiles were the best means of travel. The weight of the snow has opened some of the ice off Saunders Point so extreme caution needs to be used in this area. Overall fishing was slow. Anglers were marking good numbers of fish but only a few were caught. The better perch fishing was near Kipling with minnows or wigglers in 29 to 35 feet. Best walleye catches were taken in the Gladstone area with rapalas or minnows in 28 to 35 feet however most the fish were undersize. Several large pike were caught near the Escanaba Power Plant when using tip-ups with minnows in about 30 feet.

Keweenaw Bay: Has a lot of snow on the ice so travel conditions are very difficult because of the deep slush. Foot travel will also be difficult so angler may want snow shoes. Anglers need to use extreme caution when traveling on the stack ice around the Pump House and watch for stacked ice north of Sand Point which can be hard to see in windy conditions. Slush was also making travel difficult including the area of smelt village near the Baraga Marina. Ice conditions can change rapidly so be sure to check the ice before venturing out. Lake trout were caught when jigging 1-ounce spoons or jigs with cut bait in 170 feet or more. The whitefish action was spotty in 50 to 90 feet with a single salmon egg or spoons. Coho fishing was slow and the splake bite slowed with only a few taken in 30 to 60 feet on spoons, jigging raps or tip-ups. A couple brown trout were caught randomly at different depths ranging 12 to 90 feet. In the deeper water, the fish were in the upper 3rd of the water column. Anglers are seeing good numbers of smelt however the bite was spotty in 30 to 90 feet in the morning or just before and after dark.

Munising: Ice conditions have remained about the same except now there are areas of slush. Some areas have six inches or more of snow cover so travel will be difficult. Trout Bay was marginal for fishing. With the heavy snow, be safe. Those venturing out caught coho and burbot. In general, fishing continues to be slow. A few whitefish over 14 inches were caught but the majority were small.