Gone fishin’


• Keweenaw Bay: Strong winds broke up the ice which left many areas unsafe. Anglers were found at the head of the Bay and out in front of the Falls River in L’Anse. A couple anglers went through the ice on the Baraga side when walking out to the whitefish hole. With snow in the forecast, always check the ice with a spud as you walk out. Fishing for splake and brown trout was fair in 20 to 50 feet when jigging shiners or using tip-ups. Spawn was also productive.

• Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions worsened a bit with the warmer temperatures. Drifting snow made for difficult travel in some areas. Pressure cracks also presented problems so please use caution in those areas. Those fishing off Portage Point caught some walleye but the area was considered dangerous and extreme caution must be used. Out from the Terrace Bay Inn and south to the Escanaba River was also good for walleye when using tip-ups or rapalas in 30 to 35 feet. Perch anglers reported fewer catches with the best area in the Kipling Flats with wigglers in 28 to 35 feet or near Brach’s Cabins in 18 to 27 feet. Whitefish anglers reported fair catches off Sand Point with spawn or minnows in 80 feet. Northern pike have been active throughout and most catches were reported by walleye or perch anglers. If you like to spear pike good areas to try would be near Butler Island, the Day’s River mouth, off the coal piles in Kipling and the Escanaba Yacht Harbor.

• Cedarville and Hessel: Near Hessel, the ice is black and clear but there has been a lot of movement along the west side of Hessel Bay. Be cautious of pressure cracks, moving ice and areas with currents. Perch fishing picked up around the Les Cheneaux Islands. Many are still catching lots of small ones but a few 7 to 11 inches have also been caught when using wax worms, spikes, wigglers and minnows. Anglers have spotted some pike and splake but no harvest reports yet.

— The Michigan Department of Natural Resources