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Upper Peninsula Weekly Fishing Report – March 3, 2021

Ice conditions remain solid in the region due to colder temperatures.  Ice anglers are catching fish though success varied from day to day. Ice can be found on the Great Lakes though there are areas that are compromised due to wind and current. Use extreme caution near the edge of any ice pack.

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers caught some whitefish that were on the small side.  Lake trout were caught but anglers had to move often to find them. Coho, splake, the occasional Menominee or brown trout were also caught. Those targeting smelt at night saw fish but very few were caught.  Burbot were caught during the day and at night.

Marquette: The ice has blown out of both the Upper and Lower Harbors. Both the Carp and the Chocolay Rivers had steelhead anglers on the Type 3 waters.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions were holding though anglers will need to still use caution and avoid any pressure cracks. Most anglers are traveling on snowmobiles and ORV’s when targeting walleye and perch. No word on catch rates.

Munising: The ice in Trout Bay had blown out and the ice beyond Williams Island is breaking up.  More anglers were out with the nice weather, but catch rates were poor. The whitefish bite slowed considerably. Only a few coho and splake were caught, but most anglers never got a hit.

Cedarville and Hessel: Anglers off Cedarville were catching 8-11″ perch when jigging minnows and wax worms in Musky Bay and Duck Bay.  Hessel Bay still had ice with a good deal of slush on top.  Catch rates were hit-or-miss. On the good days, 8-10″ perch were caught on minnows or wax worms in 15 to 17 feet though anglers were sorting through a lot of fish under 7″.

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