Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lake Superior or Lake Ontario Fishing Reports
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Keweenaw Bay: Anglers should use caution when driving out on the bay. There are fields of pack ice which are sharp and sticking up and could damage ones ORV or ATV. Those lake trout fishing off Jentofts Dock, Whirl-I-Gig, Old Mission and Pequaming have picked up a few fish but overall catch rates were slow. Smelt fishing is still good around the bay.

Sturgeon Bay: Anglers need to be aware of ice breaking activities February 23rd through the 26th. The vessel will enter the Ship Canal from Lake Michigan on its way to Bay Ship Building in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Recreational users of the ice should avoid the immediate area and use extra caution near it.

Menominee River: Ice anglers have been targeting walleye near the Hattie Street Dam. Early morning or late evening is usually best.

Little Bay De Noc: Still has ice fishing and travel conditions were good although some drifting has occurred. The cold weather has lowered angler participation and catch rates for all species. The best walleye catches were in Gladstone Bay when jigging rapalas with or without minnows in 28 to 35 feet very early morning or after dark. Those fishing around Portage Point caught fish however this area is considered DANGEROUS so anglers must use extreme caution at all times. Very few perch were kept as many were too small. The Center Reef and the Second Reef produced most of the catches when using wigglers or minnows in 8 to 24 feet. Several whitefish were caught on minnows in 30 to 35 feet in Gladstone Bay. The best whitefish action was off Sand Point near Escanaba when using a minnow or spawn in 80 to 90 feet. This cold February has started to take a toll on anglers. Many are no longer participating and several have removed their ice shanties.

Munising: Has good ice however deep snow cover and pockets of slush make walking difficult. Few anglers have been out. Reports indicate generally poor catch rates. Many are fishing in 40 to 70 feet and most of the splake were sub-legal with only a few ranging 16 to 20 inches. Try jigging lures, eggs and minnows. Whitefish reports continue to slow with anglers keeping very few fish in the 10 to 13 inch range after several hours of fishing. Try a single egg or wax worm on the bottom. Anglers reported marking schools of smelt within the bay. Those in the spearing shacks had poor to fair results for herring. Trout Bay has ice but fishing was limited by poor weather. Anglers caught a mix of coho, lake trout, herring and burbot.

St. Mary's River: Fishing in Munuscong Bay remains very slow; however those fishing the northwest end of the bay near Grassy Island may see some perch and walleye

Cedarville and Hessel: With the extreme cold weather, fishing has been slow for perch and pike. There is a lot of snow on the ice making travel difficult. A limited number of perch were caught in 22 feet in Government Bay.

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