IRON MOUNTAIN - Anglers are anxiously awaiting the opening of the game fish seasons while testing the April waters for panfish.
Dean Lindblom at Country Bait and Tackle in Iron Mountain reported fishermen targeting panfish in Lake Antoine where a 15-perch was taken this week. Anglers were using fatheads, crappie minnows and worms.
Good steelhead action was reported near L'Anse according to Don Ciochetto at the Sport Shop in Iron River. Closer to home, he reported a few fisherman out after panfish.
"Guys are getting anxious for trout fishing in a couple weeks," he added.
Action was slow in Wisconsin this week, too.
"They're still catching a few walleye in the river, with some females coming up now, too," said Pattie Teske at Florence Sport and Bait.
Star Martin at John Grier's Whispering Pines Outpost said wax worms have been selling for anglers targeting bluegill on some inland waters such as Cowboy Lake.
Spring turkey season opens Monday in Michigan. Plenty of tags remain for those interested.
The Michigan DNRE reported the following fishing conditions across the Upper Peninsula:
Black River - Coho fishing is good right now for those trolling in shallow waters less than 14 feet deep. Most of the fish caught were coho however chinook and brown trout were also in the mix. Those fishing off the breakwalls did not catch as many fish however some nice coho were caught when floating worms under a bobber.
Ontonagon - Fishing has been very good with chinook, coho, brown trout and lake trout caught in shallow waters when trolling planer boards with stick baits or rapalas.
Keweenaw Bay - Those trolling for coho and lake trout did well in 30 to 60 feet of water off Baraga, L'Anse, the head of the bay and north towards Old Mission. Coho were caught off the dock near the marina in L'Anse. Anglers jigging for lake trout caught fish in 150 feet of water near Gay Point and 220 feet of water near Five Mile Reef, which is straight out from the Traverse Marina.
Marquette - Catch rates for coho were fair with water temperatures between the mid 30s and 40 degrees. Most were fishing near the bubblers or the upper harbor in 20 to 30 feet of water with crawlers. More lake trout were caught in waters 40 to 100 feet deep. Whitefish action was slow. Pier anglers in the lower harbor caught coho.
Carp River - Is producing light numbers of coho and steelhead for those using crawlers, spawn or spoons.
Little Bay De Noc - Good catches of small perch were reported near the beach at Gladstone. Try using worms or minnows in waters 6 to 20 feet deep.
Escanaba River - A few brown trout were caught up near the first dam when casting lures or spawn. No smelt reports this week.
Big Bay De Noc - Had good perch fishing with limit catches reported off the northwest bank when still-fishing with worms, minnows or wigglers in 8 feet of water. Many were 8 and 9 inch fish. Look for the bite to pick back up after it warms up.
Little Fishdam River - Smelt anglers took a few fish but no big numbers to report.
Au Train - Anglers are catching coho when trolling or casting jigs tipped with crawlers, spoons or crank baits. Stay shallow in 15 to 30 feet of water between the red rock area and the Rock River or near the mouth of the Au Train River. Splake and steelhead were caught near the Rock River.
Munising - Those trolling the bay, around Grand Island and near the Miners River reported good catches of coho along with a few splake or steelhead. Pier and dock fishing was slow. The Sand Point launch is experiencing low water levels.
Grand Marais - Boat anglers reported fair catches of coho and steelhead. Pier fishing was fair for trout and salmon however a few whitefish were also caught.
St. Mary's River - Steelhead and pink salmon are still being caught off the Portage Street Bridge when using spawn bags or flatfish.
De Tour - The docks were not in at the city launch. Those steelhead fishing at Albany Creek have caught some nice steelhead in the 6 pound range when floating spawn bags.
Carp River - Anglers casting spawn have caught steelhead at the Mackinaw Trail Bridge and the McDonalds Rapids. No smelt in the river yet.