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Mixed results for walleye

Bluegills, panfish hitting on area waterways

May 22, 2010
The Daily News

The opening week of walleye season produced a mix bag for area anglers.

"There were mixed reviews," Tom Bean at Crystal Bait said. "Some guys did OK, while others not so good. A lot of 17-18 inchers. Nothing real big."

John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost also said those reporting success were catching mostly small fish.

"Some guys struggled, but others reported doing just fine," he said. "All depends who you ask. We've been selling leeches, fatheads and crawlers."

Grier also said trout fishermen continue to do well, and a few anglers were hitting bluegill pretty good.

Don Ciochetto at the Sport Shop in Iron River also reported good trout action.

"Trout is still very good with a lot of good size brookies and browns," he said. "Panfishing has been good too. Walleye success hasn't been the best."

Fatheads and crawlers were also the main baits of choice according to Dean Lindblom at Country Bait and Tackle.

"Guys had to look deep to find the fish, but results were mixed," he said. "Those who did catch reported small fish, 15 to 17 inches for the most part."

Lindblom added that "people are limiting out on panfish (bluegills.)."

Gaylord Scott at Florence Sport and Bait said fishing was slow to fair in that area this week.

"Water temperature is still low even with the warm weather," he said. "Bass were biting and bluegill has been slow. I haven't heard anything on walleye."

The Michigan DNRE reported the following fishing conditions across the Upper Peninsula:

Black River Harbor - Fishing was slow with a few small rainbow and browns caught.

Ontonagon - Lake trout fishing was good in 80 to 100 feet of water. Most fish were caught 20 feet off the bottom when trolling orange and green spoons. The morning bite was slow but picked up in the afternoon.

Marquette - Had very good lake trout fishing. Chinook, steelhead and brown trout were also caught by those trolling towards Shot Point and the Sand Hole with cut bait. Limit catches of fish up to 25 pounds were caught around Stannard Rock.

Little Bay De Noc - Walleye fishing should start to pick up with warmer temperatures in the forecast. Perch anglers were still fishing near the Day's River and Sanders Point.

Indian Lake - In Schoolcraft County is producing walleye however many were small. Anglers were trolling crawler harnesses or rapalas. A few brown trout in the 18 to 20 inch range were also caught on rapalas. Yellow perch fishing was slow however one 14 inch fish was taken. A few pike were caught but most were small. One nice lake herring was also recorded.

Au Train - Coho and lake trout fishing was spotty. Those that caught fish did so when trolling towards the red rock area and past Au Train Island.

De Tour - Anglers trolling the No. 3 green can for lake trout, chinook and Atlantic salmon did best with stick baits or spoons. Some nice fish were caught. Good colors were fire-tiger or green with white dots.

Cedarville and Hessel - Anglers are splake fishing off the pier in Hessel. Water temperatures are still averaging 53 degrees which will keep the splake close to shore. Catch rates for pike were fair with lots of smaller fish caught. Anglers are trolling planer boards or casting stick baits.



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