Weekly Fishing Report: January 16, 2014

UPPER PENINSULA
Menominee: 
  A few whitefish were caught in front of Hennes Park however the ice is very rough which makes for difficult travel.

Menominee River:  Anglers had fair to good catch rates when jigging for panfish at the Menekaunee landing area and off the Foundry parking lot. They are using wax worms and minnows. In front of the Mystery Ship Marina and boat launch, anglers were targeting pike and walleye but the bite was slow. Steelhead were caught in the open water near Stephenson Island when casting spoons and rapalas or drifting spawn. Open water on the Michigan side near the Hattie Street Dam was also producing some steelhead. Anglers are fly fishing, casting rapalas or drifting spawn and wax worms. Some nice walleye were caught through the ice on the Wisconsin side. Anglers are jigging minnows or wax worms and the bite improved after dark.

Little Bay De Noc:  Still has ice but the warm weather caused the pressure cracks to open up and getting across them is causing some issues especially for those taking motorized vehicles out. Anglers still need to use CAUTION especially in the southern part of bay where the ice varied more than the northern end. Walleye catches were fair to good between Aronson Island and Portage Point for those jigging rapalas or using tip-ups with a minnow in 25 to 35 feet. Fish were also caught near the mouth of the Escanaba River in 20 to 35 feet. The perch were active but most caught only small fish. Try out from Brach’s Cabins in 15 to 24 feet with wigglers or minnows or out from the Day’s River in eight to 26 feet. Good catches of whitefish were taken at Gladstone in 30 to 40 feet with minnows or spawn.

Munising:  Anglers are catching splake and whitefish in the bay.

Manistique Lake:  Is producing some yellow perch and pike. Walleye were slow, but a few have been caught.

Munuscong:  Has more snow on the ice than Cedarville and Hessel. Perch fishing was fair but the walleye were spotty for those fishing tip-ups with minnows in three feet of water near Grassy Island.

Cedarville and Hessel:  Musky Bay and Hessel Bay are slow. Anglers are seeing fish and trying a variety of baits but catch rates were slow.  

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