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Fishing still good, walleye bite improves

February 27, 2010
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN -Area fishing continues to remain good, with anglers even reporting an increase in walleye activity this week.

"Some customers I talked to said they were doing fairly well on walleye," said Don Ciochetto at the Sport Shop in Iron River. "There weren't getting a lot, but had activity anyway."

Annual Fisheree takes place on the Michigamme Reservoir this weekend.

"Guys have been getting a couple of walleye here and there," said Tom Bean at Crystal Bait. "They're still catching crappie and bluegill too."

John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost also heard from anglers reporting an increase in walleye activity, and he mentioned the northern bite picked up again this week.

"Finally had some guys getting a few walleye," he said. "They were mostly using walleye suckers. Bluegills were still hitting pretty good, and some were still finding a few perch."

Patti Teske at Florence Sport and Bait said the fishing hasn't been too bad of late.

"I'm hearing they caught some halfway decent perch on Spread Eagle," she said. "There's been a bunch of northern being caught, and the panfish are still hitting."

Dean Lindblom at Country Bait and Tackle in Iron Mountain is holding a fishing contest through Sunday afternoon for anglers of all local lakes. Fishermen are encouraged to stop by the shop for more details. All money collected will go out in prizes.

"They're catching crappies on Cowboy Lake, and the perch are biting on Lake Antoine," he said. "Guys have been hitting the mine ponds and getting a lot of bluegill out there."

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported the following fishing conditions across the Upper Peninsula:

Menominee River - Menekaunee has ice however there is open water under the bridge. They are catching yellow perch and bluegills however most are small. Not many using the slip at Sixth Street because there is a current in front of the launch which causes unsafe ice conditions. Those setting tip-ups for northern pike off Boom Landing and the Mystery Ship launch had success when using a perch colored rapala with a shiner. The number of shore anglers has started to pick up on the Michigan side of the Hattie Street Dam. Brown trout and walleye have been caught off the Cat Walk. Anglers are open water fishing on the Wisconsin side. Walleye have been caught in the late afternoon and early evening while brown trout were caught during the day when using rapalas with or without minnows.

Green Bay - More ice shanties are popping up as anglers target yellow perch and lake whitefish. They are jigging minnows and wax worms. Anglers are jigging for perch inside the marina. Some are setting tip-ups for trout however there were no reports of any fish harvested.

Little Bay De Noc - Ice remains favorable north of the "Narrows" with the exception of pressure cracks and the warm water discharge near the power plant. The southern bay remains mixed with hidden dangers from the shipping traffic. No anglers in this area are driving vehicles out on the ice. Walleye catches where up near the First and Center Reefs while using tip-ups with large sucker minnows in 8 to 13 feet of water. Anglers off the Escanaba River also did well when jigging rapalas with minnows or tip-ups 25 to 35 feet down along the break. Walleye were caught near the shipping docks when jigging rapalas or minnows in 20 to 30 feet of water. Perch were in 10 to 20 feet of water. Use extreme caution in this area. Many perch have started to move into shallow waters 6 to 11 feet deep. Northern pike are active just off the mouth of the Whitefish River. Good numbers of large fish have been taken off tip-ups with minnows in 10 feet of water. Whitefish anglers have moved in off Sand Point for the first time this year. The ice has not been stable in the area and is still considered dangerous.

Munising - Ice anglers are out in force and targeting whitefish and splake. Try just off the bottom in waters 20 to 60 feet deep.

Manistique - A few brown trout and steelhead were caught off the breakwall.

Copper Harbor - Limits of splake have been caught but the fish are running on the small side. Caution needs to be used as the ice blows in and out.

Keweenaw Bay - When the bite was good anglers did well catching coho and herring off Sand Point, the Light House and the L'Anse Marina. Try 8 to 20 feet down in waters 10 to 60 feet deep with Swedish Pimples, little Cleo's and small jig heads with twister tails and wax worms. Hot colors were green and white, green and gold, orange and gold, orange and white or neon pink. Smelt were caught at night between Baraga and Bucks Marina.

Munuscong Bay - Catch rates picked up when fishing deeper water near the channel.

Cedarville and Hessel - Catch rates for perch picked up in Hessel Bay in 6 to 8 feet of water.



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