IRON MOUNTAIN - With no safe ice remaining, area anglers have been hitting the Menominee River and hydraulics area to take advantage of early spring fishing.
River angers have been targeting walleyes and reporting mixed success.
"There have been a few walleye caught," said Pattie Teske at Florence Sport and Bait. "Guys casting from the shore are using rapalas, while others have been trying fatheads on jigs."
John Grier's Whispering Pines Outpost reports boats accessing the hydraulics area with some perch success occurring.
Dean Lindblom at Country Bait and Tackle in Iron Mountain said fishermen getting boats out on the river have been coming in for fatheads.
Anglers ages 17 and older will need their 2010 Michigan fishing license as of Thursday, April 1.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported the following fishing conditions across the Upper Peninsula:
Menominee River - Shore anglers are targeting trout and walleye near Boom and Stephenson Island, the Cat Walk and near the dam. The number of gates open on the dam seems to affect catch rates. When three gates were open, fishing was good. When the gates were closed, the water levels were lowered and catch rates slowed. Those fishing off the Cat Walk were using top water rapalas. The perch color with red hooks worked best. Shore anglers and those wading were casting rapalas or drifting yarn and spawn.
Green Bay - Continues to open up. Any remaining ice is not safe.
Little Bay De Noc - Has open water in the southern half of the bay with the exception of the Escanaba Yacht Harbor. Open water at the Rapid River launch and the Ford River launch however the docks were not in yet. Rivers in the area are open however water levels are below normal. If boating early, be sure to stay at a slow speed and watch for ice flows.
Marquette - Anglers are fishing from boat, shore and piers. Boat access is possible at both the upper and lower harbors. Coho, splake, steelhead and even a few lake trout have been caught. The average size for coho and splake was 16 to 18 inches. Fish were caught near the Carp River when using jigs with twister tails, spoons, spawn or crawlers along the shoreline or the backwaters in the lower harbor.
Fall's River - Coho and steelhead were caught on spawn bags and yarn.
Au Train - Ice was still present near the Brownstone ramp so boat access was not possible. The ice should leave the bay soon. Fishing has picked up in Au Train Bay. Anglers are targeting coho and steelhead.
Au Train River - Anglers are fishing the mouth for steelhead and coho however catch rates were spotty. Try spawn for steelhead or spoons for coho.
Rock River - Catch rates for coho and steelhead were slow but fish were caught.
Munising - Still had some fishable ice between Sand Point and the Anna River however extreme caution needs to be use. Coho and splake were caught but no limits were seen. Smelt fishing was poor.
Munuscong Bay - Anglers are heading 200 yards west of Dan's Resort and fishing in 2 1?2 feet of water using minnows.