Upper Peninsula Fishing Report – March 1st

Slush has become an issue on most of the inland lakes.

Lake Gogebic: Had good walleye fishing with many legal size fish caught. Anglers are using tip-ups or jigging rapalas in 10 to 18 feet of water. Perch action was fair with wigglers in 12 to 17 feet.

Lac Vieux Desert: Has some areas with deep slush so be careful as you travel out on the lake. Access may be difficult at the Misery Bay landing due to deep snow. Ice anglers have done well for bluegill and crappie over the last few weeks. Bluegills were hitting on wax worms in 6 feet of water in Rice Bay. The bigger perch were hard to find along the west side of the lake however those willing to put in the time did take enough for a meal. Walleye were still hard to come by but the few that were caught were taken at sun up or sundown. Those targeting pike have caught good numbers of smaller fish but a few were over 30 inches.

Chicagon Lake: Catch rates were slow. A few walleye were taken on tip-ups with sucker minnows right before and right after dark in 10 to 15 feet of water. Perch were small but a few averaged nine inches. Bluegills were now hitting wigglers and wax worms in 10 to 17 feet of water. Whitefish action was slow with only a few fish taken in 40 to 50 feet. Slush is bad in some places so use caution when heading out.

Iron Lake: Bluegills are hitting on small jigs tipped with wax worms but many are small. Crappie fishing is fair for those using minnows just before dark. Pike action remains steady but many were small.

Groveland Mine Ponds: The lakes had a lot of fresh snow with water and slush under it and that makes travel more difficult. Island Lake was producing small bluegills while West Lake was giving up bluegills and yellow perch for those using tip-ups or jigging with minnows and wax worms. Few anglers were out on East Lake or South Lake.

Lake Antoine: Still has ice but drifting snow made it difficult for anglers to get to their ice shanties. A few panfish were caught by those jigging minnows and wax worms.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions remain favorable however travel in some areas is difficult with a foot or more of snow. Anglers were moving ice shanties closer to shore. Walleye catches were fair to good. The better fishing was near the Center and Third Reefs when using tip-ups with sucker minnows in 12 to 20 feet of water or near Garth Point in eight to 17 feet. The walleye appear to be staging for spawning. Jumbo perch were caught just south of the “Narrows” when jigging wigglers in 30 feet of water. Good catches of smaller perch were reported near Kipling in five to 17 feet. Good whitefish action off Sand Point for those jigging dead minnows in 75 to 85 feet. Good pike action near the mouth of the Escanaba Yacht Harbor with tip-ups and sucker minnows along the break.

Munising: Still had fishable ice between Christmas and Sand Point. Some areas have up to a foot of snow and slush which makes travel on the ice a challenge. Catch rates were slow for whitefish. Most were jigging a single egg or wax worm. Splake were scattered. A few perch were caught at Sand Point but most were seven to eight inches. Those trying for lake trout in the West Channel reported no fish. Reports of smelt were beginning to trickle in.

Munuscong Bay: Was slow for perch and walleye.

Cedarville and Hessel: For perch, anglers are fishing 10 feet of water using wigglers, wax worms and minnows.

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