IRON MOUNTAIN - This is Michigan's annual Free Fishing Weekend.
Both resident and non-residents can fish without a license today and Sunday. All regulations still apply.
Anglers taking advantage of Free Fishing Weekend should be able to find some action on area waters, with panfishermen reporting the most success.
"There have been a couple of bluegills and some crappie being caught," said Tom Bean at Crystal Bait in Crystal Falls. "It should be a decent for the free fishing weekend. Red tails are going pretty good right now, and there are quite a few guys going for bass."
Bob Kennard at Midtown Bait and Tackle in Channing also said bluegill fishing is good.
"Sawyer Lake is hot right now," he said. "Guys are using wax worms and leafworms."
Panfish are active in Wisconsin, too.
"They have been getting fish," said Patti Teske at Florence Sport and Bait. "Guys were getting some nice bluegill, crappie and perch. Most of the panfish have been caught on worms."
Bluegills are biting in western Iron County, according to Don Ciochetto at the Sport Shop in Iron River said. "Walleye remains kind of quiet though," he added.
A local walleye club is hosting a tournament on Peavy Pond near Crystal Falls today. Headquarters is the upper dam boat launch area. According to Dean Lindblom at Country Bait Tackle, anglers have been catching walleye on Peavy.
"We've been selling a lot of crawlers and beaver tails," he said. "Guys have hitting Peavy for walleye have been using fatheads and leeches."
John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost mentioned some nice walleye out of the Peavy area and bluegills on beds throughout the area. Gene's Pond in northern Dickinson County was producing a lot of bass. Anglers were purchasing leeches, crawlers and panfish minnows.
The Michigan DNRE reported the following fishing conditions in the Upper Peninsula:
Little Bay De Noc - The best walleye fishing was in 15 to 20 feet of water north of the Second Reef during the day and in waters less than 15 feet at night. Most fish were sub-legal. Those fishing the southern water reported bigger fish but fewer fish were caught. Most are trolling crank baits or crawler harnesses in 10 to 25 feet of water. Perch fishing was fair in the north end of the bay when drifting or still-fishing crawlers in 15 to 25 feet of water. Good smallmouth action throughout the bay when jigging or casting tube baits or crawlers in 6 to 12 feet of water.
Big Bay De Noc - Anglers fishing in the evening caught walleye off Ansell's Point in 15 to 20 feet of water and the "Boot" in 12 to 15 feet of water. Most were trolling crank baits or crawler harnesses. Bass anglers found fish in 6 to 14 feet of water as the fish were leaving the beds. Off Fairport, anglers reported several good catches of salmon 45 to 80 feet down in 80 to 120 feet of water.
Indian Lake - Had good walleye fishing when drifting along the west shoreline with crawlers or leeches on a harness. Many were small but some nice fish were taken as well.
Au Train - Lake trout were caught north of the island and near the shipping channel.
Black River Harbor - Fishing is slow close to shore as most fish are being caught in 200 to 300 feet of water. The river might be good in the early morning as fish can be seen feeding on minnows.
Ontonagon - Lake trout fishing was still good with most fish caught on the bottom in 100 feet of water. Walleye fishing is good for those trolling up the river.
Lake Gogebic - Walleye fishing continues to get better. During the day, anglers are trolling the middle of the lake with stick baits. Morning and evening anglers are fishing near the weed beds with jigs and minnows or crawlers.