Keweenaw Bay

Baraga County - Michigan

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  • 24 spots

Keweenaw Bay, as with all of Lake Superior, is a deep, infertile fishery which hosts a variety of cold water species. Lake trout provide the most draw. This species is readily caught in large quantities on Keweenaw Bay, but tend to run small by lake trout...

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Keweenaw Bay Fishing Reports

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  1. Awesome night last night! Went 12 for 15 on burbot including this beauty that was one inch shy of a Michigan Master Angler! These are quickly becoming an addiction ...more for me πŸ˜‚

    25 in. Burbot with a Buckshot Spoon w/ Smelt

    1. David Raymond 0
      Cooked in sugar water, they taste like lobster ;)
    2. Stan Myaskovskiy 0
      Thank you so much for the advice! I was only 20' deep tonight. So no wonder I didn't get any bites. Wednesday I'll give it another go. :)
    3. Jacob Anderson 0
      Thanks Stan! Burbot are actually really easy to catch. I've only ever targeted them out on Keweenaw Bay, but from mid to late February through March they come ...more up to 30-60 feet to spawn. Pretty much anywhere in those depths is productive. After dark provides the best action. I like to use a large rattling spoon tipped with a generous piece of smelt and pound the bottom with it. Glow in the dark lures are also effective. For line you can just use straight braid for the sensitivity or whatever you want, they aren't line shy at all.
    4. Stan Myaskovskiy 0
      Nice one! Would you mind sharing some insight on how to target these? I'm more of a Splake fisherman but I'd love to try my luck with these too. Heard they ...more are TASTY!
    5. Rich Pardy 0
      Nice one dude!!
    6. Robert Coleman 0
      Awesome Jacob! WOW, what a fish!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    7. Capt Morris Campbell 0
      Haha!! He would probably try that. He gave up on the cold and is in SW Florida until April
    8. Jacob Anderson 0
      Thanks Morris! No better time than the present! Right now they're getting ready to spawn. ive been getting them within a short walk from shore in 40 to 50 feet ...more of water. Just pound the bottom after dark with a heavy spoon and a piece of smelt and it's pretty much guaranteed success.
    9. Capt Morris Campbell 0
      My buddy up there wants to catch one of those in the worst way! Nice work Jacob.
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  2. I've wanted to catch these guys forever and finally got my chance last night! Iced 4 solid burbot on tipups in between smelt fishing. Am I the only one who thinks ...more they're not ugly at all?πŸ˜‚

    Burbot with a Tipup w/ Cut Smelt

    1. Robert Coleman 0
      Awesome Jacob! I think they are pretty cool looking too. Neat markings on the bodies! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
  3. Also picked up a decent splake before smelt fishing last night. These are quickly becoming one of my new favorite species to target through the ice.

    Splake with a Spoon

    1. Stan Myaskovskiy 0
      Thanks! :) gotta invest in snowshoes. Best purchase I ever made. They really made me enjoy ice fishing this year and not minding a hike. I have been having minimal ...more luck so far but learning superior and having a good time regardless. Got a new ice machine so excited to see if that ups my game at all
    2. Jacob Anderson 0
      Stan, this was out in front of the Falls River. The shallow splake bite seems to have died with all the snow we've been getting, I haven't been on the Bay ...more in over a month now. Hoping for some warm fronts to get rid of the slush out there so I can walk out there again!
    3. Stan Myaskovskiy 0
      Where did you get this one? :) what side of the bay? Out today and tomorrow trying to target Splake. What depth? Of course if don't mind sharing. Beautiful catch
    4. Kevin Dube 0
      that's my go to spoon. I hammer kbay with those
    5. Rich Pardy 0
      Nice catch buddy!!
    6. Christopher Pereira 0
      very nice!
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  4. I love ice fishing because it gives me a chance to target species I might otherwise never try for. Some buddies and I caught about 50 smelt through the ice on panfish ...more rods last night. It's good to be well rounded, multi species angler. Even if you have a favorite species to target, it's often smart to take a break and try something different. It gives you a different perspective on the food chain and ecosystem and might open your eyes to alternate strategies for the species you like to target most. I'm looking forward to trying this again!

    9 in. Rainbow Smelt with a Jig and Waxie

    1. Rich Pardy 0
      Hook that up for some pike bait!!
    2. Robert Coleman 0
      AWESOME looking fish Jacob! πŸ‘
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  5. Crossed a new species off the bucket list yesterday! Fun fight on 3 lb. line and a panfish rod😁😁

    19 in. Splake with a Spoon

    1. Rich Pardy 0
      Nice splake man!!
    2. Capt Morris Campbell 0
      Those are really great fish!! Nice work Jacob
    3. Robert Coleman 0
      AWESOME Jacob! Sweet looking fish. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    4. Jimbo Harwood 0
      That's sweet Jacob!! Congrats on the new species. πŸ‘Š
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  6. Took this picture of a school of hundreds of fish below my hole. They were suspended in the water column anywhere from 5 to 15 feet off the bottom. Does anyone know ...more if these are whitefish or Menominee or Cisco??

    Lake Whitefish

    1. Kevin Dube 0
      I'm betting they're splake. I've seen them like that through the ice on the head of the bay.
    2. Paul Jukkala 0
      Lake herring
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  7. Details: 42 in. Northern Pike with a 4" zoom fluke

    in evening around 9pm

  8. I fished Lake Superior for burbot this evening. The fishing was really slow. I ended up catching only two fish. This one came on a tip up with a piece of cut smelt.

    Burbot with a Tip Up

    1. Rich Pardy 0
      Catching the burbot with the bluetipz, nice!!
  9. A nice Gitche Gumee burbot caught on a buckshot spoon tipped with cut smelt.

    Burbot with a Buckshot Spoon

    1. Craig Gates Jr. 0
      What size buckshot soon do you use and are they fairly active in mid February?
    2. Rich Pardy 0
      Great shot of that burbot and the full moon.
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  10. I caught this guy just as it was getting dark on a tip up. The best way I've found for tip up fishing for burbot is to use a single treble hook, and put one ...more minnow on each hook point (three total). I place a split shot a foot or two up the line, and then let the entire rig lay right on the bottom. After it hits bottom I let out a couple more feet.

    Burbot with a Tip Up

    1. Whenever you want to come catch stripers let me know. They should be here very soon in the salt. And the Hybrids should be starting this month and through the rest ...more of the year I get em. I have a camper we can park right at the Lake and have a blast for a week or 2.
    2. Cody Rubner 0
      Great tips Tim! I'm going to try to improve my tactics when it comes to Burbot next year, only tried once this year and struck out!
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