DNR Fishing Report

February 25, 2021

If you’re headed out fishing, please do your part to keep yourself and others safe by following COVID-19 public health and safety guidelines. Go fishing only if you’re feeling well. Practice proper social distancing (at least 6 feet away from people who don’t live in your household) and keep a face covering handy for when social distancing cannot be maintained. Frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water, or use hand sanitizer.

2021 fishing licenses will go on sale starting Monday, March 1. This gives anglers one month to purchase their new license, which is required by April 1 of each year. Anglers in the southern half of the Lower Peninsula are reminded that ice shanties must be removed by midnight on March 1 or earlier if ice conditions become unsafe.

All anglers 17 years of age and older are required to have a fishing license.

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Keweenaw Bay: Anglers caught lake trout, splake, coho, brown trout, whitefish and herring. Most of the whitefish were small. Those targeting smelt and burbot were fishing after dark, but no catches were reported. A couple burbot were caught during the day.  With warmer weather this week, be sure to use caution when heading out on the ice. 

Little Bay de Noc: Walleye were caught along the drop-off near Escanaba. Anglers are using tip-ups with sucker minnows, jigs and raps. No word on perch. 

Munising: Fishing pressure was down, as catch rates were very slow with few fish being caught. Most angler trips resulted in few bites and no fish. Ice conditions were stable, but caution still needs to be used. 

Luce County: Anglers on Frenchman’s Lake and Trout Lake were getting walleye, some perch and other panfish.

Munuscong Bay: Is producing some walleye out near the channel.

Cedarville and Hessel: Those fishing throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands were getting some perch. 

Fishing Tip: Stay safe when ice fishing in early spring

Winter is winding down, but there’s still time to go ice fishing. Remember, there are a few important safety precautions to take if you plan to do so:

  1. Toward the end of the season, ice becomes rotten and soft. Although ice may still be more than a foot thick, it might not be strong enough to hold someone safely.
  2. Don’t forget to keep carrying the appropriate safety items, such as ice picks and a throw rope. And remember to wear a personal flotation device when heading out.
  3. Continue to use the buddy system and have someone with you to help if you fall through the ice.
  4. Carry a fully charged cell phone in a waterproof plastic bag. Make sure it is easily accessible in case of an emergency.
  5. Pay attention to the weather. If it hasn’t been consistently cold or if there has been a lot of wind, you can’t guarantee there will be solid ice to head out on.

For more safety tips, visit Michigan.gov/IceSafety.

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