Gone fishin’


• Keweenaw Bay: Still had ice with snow cover on top however the snow could be gone by the end of the week so anglers might want to bring cleats for easier travel on the ice. Lake trout fishing was fair off the Whirl-I-Gig. The whitefish bite was slow. Splake fishing was hit-or-miss in 8 to 40 feet. Smelt fishing was great after dark but only fair during the day.

• Lake Gogebic: Was producing a few walleye and pike. A few more perch were caught on the north end.

• Little Bay De Noc: The ice remains although travel can be hampered by rutted or crusty snow. A few anglers reported good walleye catches down near the Ford River in 20 to 30 feet when jigging rapalas. Other walleye reports remain slow with spotty catches reported throughout the Bay. Fair catches of decent size perch were taken in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor with minnows or wigglers. The better catches were taken around the Kipling flats in 30 feet when jigging minnows or wigglers. Some did well with small rapalas. The quality of fish was great with some huge jumbo perch taken but the number of fish caught was down. Fair perch catches at the head of the bay with minnows and wigglers in 12 to 20 feet. A couple walleye were also caught but most anglers reported good pike action with fish taken between Garth Point and the Day’s River when using tip-ups with sucker minnows in 14 to 22 feet. The whitefish anglers reported little action off Sand Point in Escanaba.

• Munising: Had high fishing pressure especially on the weekends. Anglers are mainly targeting coho and smelt and reported fair to good catches. The whitefish action was slow with most fish under 12 inches.

• Manistique Lakes: Anglers caught walleye and perch. Tip-ups with minnows were the most productive.

• Brevoort Lake: Had a fair bite for walleye, pike, and perch.

— Michigan Department of Natural Resources