Upper Peninsula Weekly Fishing Report – March 10, 2021

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers should be cautious when venturing out on the ice with the current warm temps hitting the bay. Anglers have caught a good number of lake trout and lake herring recently. Some splake, whitefish, coho and the occasional brown trout were still being caught. Smelt anglers at night are still reporting low catch rates and those venturing out for burbot at night managed to catch a few.

Cedarville: Anglers have been doing really well catching 8 – 11-inch yellow perch while jigging minnows and wax worms in Musky Bay and Duck Bay. There was very little fishing pressure in the Cedarville channel and the point going into Government Bay.

Hessel: Yellow perch fishing has been slow this week with little fishing pressure being reported. However, anglers have been catching splake while jigging minnows in Hessel Bay and in Wilderness Bay.

 

Fishing Tip: Storing ice-fishing equipment for next season

You may want to think about getting ready to store your ice fishing equipment. The key is doing it properly, so you’ll be ready to hit the ice next winter. Here is a checklist of things to do:

  1. If you have an auger, check for any damage and dry all the blades before storing it. You may want to consult your power auger’s manual to know how to appropriately handle any leftover gas and how to protect the engine.
  2. Remove batteries from any electronics to prevent any potential damage from leaking batteries.
  3. Make sure your portable shelter is completely clean and dry before storing. You may want to put some moth balls in it or hang it to keep pests at bay.
  4. Take a full inventory of your rods, reels and tackle to see what you might need/want next year. Also remove all bait or line from your hooks and lures for storage and make sure everything is dry.

By the time everything is properly stored, you’ll be itching to get out on your favorite stream, river or lake for some spring fishing!

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