Weekly Fishing Report from DNR

UPPER PENINSULA

Keweenaw Bay: The lake trout bite continues to be hit-or-miss out near Big Reef, Newton’s Reef and Farmers Reef in 130 to 180 feet of water. Those fishing off Whirl-I-Gig Road did well when using lead jigs with cut smelt. Try 200 to 265 feet of water.

Falls River: Is fishable. Anglers will find some rainbow trout.

Marquette: Strong northwest winds have opened up areas close to shore. There is still substantial ice flows on the lake and the area from the Chocolay River to Shot Point remains iced in. Both launches at the Upper Harbor are free of snow but the Lower Harbor remains iced in. The breakwalls are still ice covered.

Carp River: Has steelhead moving into the river. Anglers have caught a few when casting real or artificial crawlers and small crank baits.

Groveland Mine Ponds: Ice fishing is still going strong however deep snow is making travel much more difficult. Those fishing Island Lake caught lots of small bluegills when jigging wax worms.

Lake Antoine: Still has ice but the accumulation of snow has made travel difficult. A few perch were caught by those jigging with wax worms or using tip-ups with minnows in the middle of the lake.

Little Bay De Noc: Still has significant ice north of Escanaba. To the south is open water starting at Portage Point. Perch anglers with portable shanties are fishing near Butler Island and the “Narrows.” Catch rates were fair in 18 to 30 feet of water when using wigglers, minnows or mousies. Rivers in the area were still iced over but starting to show signs of breaking up.

Au Train: The bay is still iced in. A few anglers were jigging for coho off the Brownstone Launch but no fish were caught. There is still a good foot of fishable ice however strong northwest winds have created pressure cracks near shore. The Brownstone launch still has close to three feet of snow.

Au Train River: Has open water at the mouth. Those jigging caught no fish.

Rock River: Is slowly opening up but remains frozen at the mouth.

Munising: Fishable ice could still be found from the West Channel near Christmas to Sand Point. Walking conditions improved as melting from the sun followed by cold nights helped to firm up the top layer. Catch rates for coho were slow but a few whitefish were caught by those jigging a single egg or wax worm. Splake were still scattered so catch rates were slow. Good catches of smelt were reported near Sand Point. Anglers were jigging about halfway down. Burbot have been caught in the evening. Those hoping to catch lake trout in the West Channel had no luck. Trout Bay had fishable ice. Those targeting coho reported some limit catches.

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