IRON MOUNTAIN - Area anglers are reporting good fishing as the Fourth of July weekend arrives.
"Guys are doing awfully well on panfish, and more and more are getting into muskie now too," said Don Ciochetto at the Sport Shop in Iron River. "Looks like a good weekend."
Tom Bean at Crystal Bait in Crystal Falls also mentioned good panfish, with fishermen reporting bluegills being caught.
"Guys are getting a couple of northerns here and there," he added.
Patti Teske at Florence Sport and Bait said bluegill action is still going good. She also said bass are biting.
Good bluegill fishing was reported by John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost.
"We're selling a lot of leeches and crawlers, but the bluegill guys are still using wax worms," he said. "They've been getting some northern out of Lake Antoine. Overall, it's been pretty good."
Walleye fishermen were finding some success on Way Dam, according to Bob Kennard at Midtown Bait and Tackle in Channing.
"Sawyer Lake is still producing panfish. Witch Lake and Squaw Lake were still warm too," he said.
Crawlers and leeches were top choices at Dean Lindblom's Country Bait and Tackle in Iron Mountain.
"It was a little slower this week, but still good, he said. "They're catching some nice fish out there. It's been steady."
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment reported the following fishing conditions in the Upper Peninsula:
Black River Harbor - Salmon are being caught in 75 to 120 feet of water trolling with dodgers and flies. No reports on lake trout.
Lake Gogebic - Is producing some 12 and 13 inch perch. Walleye have been caught by those trolling along the west shore. Weeds are on the surface now and some areas are almost too thick to fish.
Ontonagon - Lake trout are just off the bottom in 35 to 65 feet of water.
Ontonagon River - Walleye fishing was slow because the river was muddy.
Keweenaw Bay - The salmon and lake trout bite were slow. A few perch were caught in the Baraga Marina when using crawlers or minnows and a few pike were caught on minnows. In Traverse Bay, the bite was hit-or-miss however a few lake trout were caught in 140 to 150 feet of water. At the South Portage Entry, good fishing continues on the Farmers Reef, Newton Reef, Big Reef and the Mud Banks.
Marquette - Had a few reports of coho and lake trout caught by those trolling between the Lower Harbor and the Chocolay River.
Little Bay De Noc - Mayfly hatches did slow the bite however walleye were caught off the Day's River when drifting or jigging crawlers in 14 feet of water. Some yellow perch were caught off Butler Island when still-fishing worms in 10 to 20 feet of water. Good pike action near Kipling when trolling crank baits in 10 to 16 feet of water over the coal piles. Catch rates for salmon were slow.
Escanaba River - Walleye were caught when drifting crawler harnesses in 10 to 25 feet of water up to the first bridge.
Big Bay De Noc - Had some good walleye reports from Ansell's Point when trolling or drifting crawler harnesses in 16 to 22 feet of water. Smallmouth bass were hitting on tube baits or crank baits in 12 feet of water off Porcupine Point and Ogontz. Perch anglers reported fair catches in Snail Shell Harbor when jigging or still-fishing worms in 10 to 20 feet of water. Fairport had good salmon action with limit catches reported by those trolling spoons or meat rigs 60 feet down in 100 feet of water. Steelhead were caught along the bug line.
Indian Lake - Had slow catch rates combined with undersize fish in regards to walleye and northern pike. Anglers were trolling the west shore, south shore and the rock pike. Yellow perch were also small. Anglers were jigging crawlers and minnows along the north and south end of the lake.
Au Train - Lake trout were caught near Au Train Island when trolling gold and silver spoons. No chinook or coho to report. Surface water temperatures were averaging the low 50's.
Manistique - Salmon were caught about a half mile from shore.
Grand Marais - Lake trout fishing was good with limit catches reported north of the port. The average size was 6 to 8 pounds. Anglers were using a combination of lures and cut bait. Pier fishing has tapered off, but a few whitefish were still being caught on a single egg in the early morning or at night.