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Outdoors report

Minnows working for panfish anglers

July 31, 2010
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - It was a mixed bag for fishermen this week, with rainfall slowing things down in some spots.

"It's been slow with all the rain," said Patti Teske at Florence Sport and Bait. "A few panfish and a few bass, but nothing much to brag about this week."

Don Ciochetto at the Sport Shop in Iron River said it's been a good year for bass.

"Walleye seems to be picking up a little bit," he added. "Trout slowed down this week. Nothing big anymore, other than browns."

Bob Kennard at Midtown Bait and Tackle in Channing said Squaw Lake and Edy Lake were producing panfish.

"We're selling a lot of minnows, wax worms and leeches," he said.

"Michigamme is up with all the rain and the guys there are doing OK on walleye."

John Grier's Whispering Pines Outpost reported nice catches of perch, bass and brown trout, and a steady flow of hunters getting their antlerless applications.

Dean Lindblom at Country Bait and Tackle said minnows were working best for panfishermen in southern Dickinson County.

"The fishing was pretty good this week," he said. "Minnows seem to be the ticket. Panfish were hitting like crazy on minnows, especially perch when using jigs."

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

Black River Harbor - The salmon and trout bite were slow. Anglers had to make long runs to the south in order to find the chinook and coho.

Ontonagon - Fishing was good with lake trout in the 3 to 8 pound range caught straight out or a couple miles north. The fish were in 60 to 80 feet of water in the early morning and late evening however mid-day the fish were in 110 feet of water. More coho salmon have been caught south of the harbor and down near Silver City. Lake trout were close to the bottom and salmon in the upper half of the water column.

Lake Gogebic - Has been good for walleye, bass and perch.

Little Bay De Noc - Fishing was slow however some walleye were caught near the Escanaba River when trolling or drifting crawlers in 18 to 24 feet of water or south from Portage Point to the Ford River in 10 to 38 feet of water. A few perch were caught off the beach at Gladstone when jigging worms in 14 to 25 feet of water or south of the shipping docks in 20 to 30 feet of water. Salmon were recorded 60 to 75 feet down in 80 to 90 feet of water.

Big Bay De Noc - Most of the anglers here are bass anglers. A good number of smallmouth bass are still being caught in Kates Bay and near Ansell's Point. Most are casting or drifting tube baits, crank baits or minnows in 14 to 28 feet of water. Few are targeting walleye so no report for this week. Off Fairport, water temperatures are extremely warm so anglers will need to fish deeper. Try 75 to 90 feet down in waters over 100 feet deep.

Marquette - Was producing a good mix of coho, lake trout and steelhead when trolling outside the Lower Harbor and towards the Chocolay River in 50 to 70 feet of water. Good lake trout action near the Sand Hole and the White Rocks north of Granite Island. Gold and silver spoons were the ticket.

Indian Lake - A good number of yellow perch were caught by those floating a worm under a slip bobber along the drop-off on the west shore and the weedbeds along the north shore. Walleye anglers were starting to catch a few keepers when trolling a crawler harness along the rock pile in the middle of the lake and along the drop-off on the east side. A few pike and smallmouth bass were also caught.

Manistique Lake - Is producing some nice catches of bluegill in the south lake.

Au Train - Lake trout fishing was slow however a few fish have been caught in 150 to 200 feet of water around Wood Island and the shipping channel. There were rumors of coho near the Shelter Bay area.

Munising - Lake trout fishing was fair. The most productive spot was near Wood Island with fish averaging 5 to 10 pounds. Success in the Big Reef appears to be past its peak however a fair number of fish were still caught. Anglers are trolling lures or floating cut bait. A few salmon were caught in Trout Bay and along the Pictured Rocks. Shore fishing for splake was slow with only a few fish taken by those casting body baits or still-fishing with spawn.

Grand Marais - Boat anglers reported fair to good results when fishing the deeper waters in the shipping channel, which is 5 to 7 miles north of the bay. A good number of fish were running on the small side.

St. Mary's River - Near Munuscong Lake, walleye have been caught when trolling the bell area and south.



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