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Outdoors report

Anglers welcome warming trend

April 10, 2010
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN -Chillier weather has slowed fishing activity, but action should increase as temperatures climb next week.

Locally, river fishermen were still catching walleyes, though the frequency slowed as the weather cooled.

"There still getting males yet," said Pattie Teske at Florence Sport and Bait. "Should go on like that for another week or two."

John Grier's Whispering Pines Outpost reported sales of crawlers and beaver tails, but fishing was slow.

Worms and fatheads were the top sellers at Country Bait and Tackle in Iron Mountain this week, but again, there wasn't much activity to report.

Don Ciochetto at the Sport Shop in Iron River said a few anglers were out targeting panfish, while others mentioned that suckers had begun running.

Spring turkey hunters are reminded that plenty of licenses remain available for sale in Michigan.

Also, April 1 was the deadline for Michigan ORV riders to have their new stickers. The new stickers are purple.

This is Wisconsin's weekend youth hunt. This turkey hunt is open to properly licensed youths ages 12 through 15 accompanied by an adult.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment reported the following fishing conditions:

Menominee River - Had good numbers of walleye.

Little Bay De Noc - It should not be long before all the docks are in at the launch sites. Boats have started heading out in all directions however few reports have come in. Rain should help those looking for steelhead in the rivers.

Au Train - Fishing was slow. Coho and steelhead were caught on spawn bags near the Rock River.

Munising - Boat launches are in use at Sand Point, the Anna River and the Municipal launch. Water levels were slightly lower than normal however coho, steelhead and splake were caught.

Grand Marais - Had fair catches of coho and steelhead for both pier anglers and those trolling around the mouth of the river. The boat launch is open and in full use.

Black River - Anglers fishing off both piers were catching coho.

Ontonagon - Anglers are taking a mix of salmon, brown trout and lake trout in shallow waters 6 to 15 feet deep.

Keweenaw Bay - The ice is gone and fishing was good with anglers catching rainbow and coho off Sand Point, off the rock docks and the bridge at the head of the bay. Those trolling did well for salmon when using spoons or Hot-n-Tots in 30 to 60 feet of water between L'Anse and Sand Point.



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