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Outdoors Report

Trout, crappie anglers finding some success

May 8, 2010
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN -Windy conditions made fishing challenging during the past week, with many anglers simply sitting on the sidelines anxiously awaiting next weekend's walleye opener.

"Fishing was slow this week," said Dean Lindblom at Country Bait and Tackle in Iron Mountain.

Persistent trout anglers were finding success, according to Don Ciochetto at the Sport Shop in Iron River.

"Trout has been pretty good even with the lower water levels," he said. "There have been some nice brookies and browns."

John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost said crappie fishermen continue to find success.

"Most people fishing crappie are doing well," he said. "Guys are using panfish minnows on those. Trout guys are doing OK too."

Bob Kennard at Midtown Bait and Tackle in Channing said bluegill were biting up that way.

"We're selling a lot of leafworms and beavertails for the panfish," he said.

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

Black River Harbor - Early morning salmon fishing was good in waters 15 to 25 feet deep. Windy conditions have limited fishing opportunities.

Ontonagon - Lake trout fishing was good along the mud line and for those going out to waters 60 feet deep. Salmon are still showing up but most of the fish caught have been lake trout.

Keweenaw Bay - Catch rates were slow but those willing to put in the time did catch some coho when trolling spoons or body baits 35 to 60 feet down in 40 to 70 feet of water. In Traverse Bay, those jigging for lake trout did well off the stacks in 150 to 170 feet of water.

Marquette - The marinas are now open in both the upper and lower harbors. Those out salmon fishing said the coho action was slow however some nice chinook in the 5 to 7 pound range were caught in 20 to 30 feet of water when trolling from the lower harbor to the Chocolay River. There has been an increase in lake trout, steelhead and chinook over the last week. Limits of lake trout were caught out near Stannard Rock.

Little Bay De Noc - Perch anglers reported fair to good fishing off the sandbar near the Day's River when still-fishing worms or wigglers in 20 to 25 feet of water. Those looking for panfish have caught smallmouth bass however anglers are reminded that the catch and immediate release bass season does not open until May 15.

Whitefish River - Steelhead action was slow however a few fish were caught up past the first bridge.

Big Bay De Noc - Perch fishing was fair in the shallows however the fish have now moved out deeper. South River Bay should be a good area for the bass opener.

Au Train -Catch rates for coho continue to be good and lake trout action was fair for those trolling rapalas and assorted spoons from the red rock area to the mouth of the Au Train River. Some nice brown trout along with a few chinook were also caught.

Munising - Coho fishing slowed however windy conditions have impacted angler efforts. Lake trout fishing has started with fair results. Shore and pier anglers have caught the occasional splake or whitefish when using spawn bags or natural baits.

Grand Marais - Pier anglers caught good numbers of whitefish when the weather was good. Boat anglers caught the occasional coho or steelhead.

Manistique Lakes - Perch anglers on both lakes have had some success.

Tahquamenon River - Anglers should be able to catch some steelhead.

St. Mary's River - Bay De Wausi, of Lake Nicolet is producing some yellow perch in 4 to 6 feet of water when using worms or minnows. A few whitefish were caught by those drifting spawn bags with 4 to 6 ounce sinkers and three way swivels off the Portage Street Bridge.

De Tour - Lake trout anglers were trolling around the #3 Green Can. No Atlantic salmon were seen or recorded. Angler pressure was low even as smaller spawners were entering Albany Creek.

Cedarville and Hessel - Boat anglers are fishing Hessel Bay for splake and Atlantic salmon. Pier anglers and those still-fishing were using spoons and minnows while those trolling were using spoons and rapalas. The splake regulations have changed this year so be sure to review page 11 in your 2010 Fishing Guide. Numerous small perch along with the occasional keeper were caught.

Carp River - Steelhead action did slow however some fish were still being caught at the mouth and up near the McDonald Rapids. Spawn bags or small spinners in silver or gold caught fish.



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