Saint Ignace






Overall: Pretty good ice everywhere on the east end. All lakes are ice covered and there was a lot of traffic through the weekend on area lakes. Lakes near Newberry had a lot of angler traffic for panfish with some success, but the bit overall was slow.

Munising Bay: This area just recently froze, and a few anglers were heading out off the Anne River. Ice was thin and those venturing out should use extreme caution.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions were improving with colder temperatures, but heavy snow cover made travel hard for many. Ice from the head of the bay south to the “Narrows” was five to nine inches thick and snow covered. The “Narrows” and areas around Butler Island have new ice and should be avoided. Although walleye catches were fair at best through the head of the bay, the best catches were reported in Gladstone out in the channel. Anglers jigged rapalas with minnows in 30 to 34 feet. Perch anglers reported good catches. Best catches were out from Brach’s Cabins in 16 to 18 feet using minnows or wigglers. Also out in the Kipling flats in 30 to 35 feet. Some limits of perch were reported. The northern pike bite was good also in Kipling. Best bets were using tip-ups with sucker minnows in 10 to 23 feet.

Big Bay De Noc: Was producing some large walleye.

Munuscong Bay: Slow action for yellow perch but there was a lot of activity. Walleye were being caught as well.

Schoolcraft County: Inland lakes here had steady fishing with a variety of fish being caught; including panfish, yellow perch, walleye and some pike.

Cedarville and Hessel: Yellow perch were starting to pop up and ice conditions were improving. Pressure was starting to pick up with those better ice conditions. Ice was about 10 inches with some spots at 12 inches or more. Anglers were catching perch between eight and 10 inches with wax worms and wigglers in 12 to 18 feet in Hessel Bay. Anglers were also catching splake this past week, but there were no confirmed harvests. Anglers spearing in Musky Bay got a few pike up to 26 inches in 12 feet of water.

Brevoort Lake: Anglers were finding northern pike, walleye and yellow perch. Try the east end of the lake with minnows.