Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula

• Little Bay De Noc: Was hit with another big snowstorm. There is ice from the Kipling area and north. There was still some open water in the “Narrows,” so the area should be avoided. There are pressure cracks from Gladstone south to the Terrace Bay Hotel. Those fishing near the Escanaba Power Plant and the Escanaba Beach were using caution. A few vehicles have started driving out, but this is dangerous due to variable ice thickness throughout the bay. Others are traveling by foot or snowmobile. Those chasing walleye could be found along the east bank at Gladstone in 30 to 35 feet or the Third Reef in 28 to 32 feet with minnows and jigging raps. Catch rates were spotty, and most fish were undersize. Perch catches remain steady; however, fewer jumbo perch were caught. Try Kipling in 18 to 30 feet, the Second Reef in 30 feet or near the Escanaba Power Plant in 30 to 35 feet with minnows and wigglers. Northern pike were active throughout, with good numbers of undersize fish caught. Those spearing pike reported good action southwest of Butlers Island in 6 feet or so.

• Cedarville and Hessel: Fishing pressure picked up, and catch rates improved. Those fishing Musky Bay caught perch in 7 to 10 feet or pike in 20 feet when jigging minnows and wax worms. The snow and drifts are getting deep, and those with four-wheelers were having trouble in some areas. Ice conditions in Government Bay, Cedarville east channel and Mackinac Bay were unknown. Perch, pike and splake were caught in Hessel Bay. Perch measuring 7-9 inches were caught in 15 to 17 feet when jigging minnows and wax worms. A few splake were caught in 5 to 10 feet when jigging minnows.

— The Michigan Department of Natural Resources


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