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Bass bite strong; heat slows fishing overall

August 14, 2010
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - Persistent anglers were catching fish this week, but the heat and humidity slowed the action.

"We've had a lot of guys coming in for soft plastics for bass," said Dean Lindblom at Country Bait and Tackle in Iron Mountain. "Perch continue to bite on minnows, while other panfish are hitting on worms and crawlers. Walleye is low-key, though there are some successes out there. Pike and muskie have been hitting on artificial baits."

The bass bite remains strong throughout the area.

"Fishing has been pretty good," said Don Ciochetto at the Sport Shop in Iron River. "Trout is steady. Bass is really good, and guys are getting northerns, too."

Bob Kennard at Midtown Bait and Tackle in Channing said leafworms and crawlers were the most popular choice this week.

"Sawyer Lake is good right now," he said. "Way Dam is OK, and guys continue to find success in southern Marquette County."

Tom Bean at Crystal Bait reported some bluegill action but slow conditions overall.

John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost said the heat did keep a lot of fishermen from going out.

"I heard of some walleye success on the river with one guy saying he limited out this week," he said. "There have also been some nice perch and bass caught."

Michigan hunters are reminded that Sunday is the deadline to apply for antlerless deer permits.

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

Keweenaw Bay - Fishing was slow so anglers have not done well in the Bay or the South Portage Entry.

Ontonagon - Fishing has been good for salmon and lake trout. Best time to fish was 6-10 a.m. and again in the evening. Most are trolling spoons in 100 feet of water.

Marquette - Had fair fishing with a few limits of lake trout taken north of White Rocks and the Sand Hole in 180 to 200 feet of water.

Little Bay De Noc - Had fair walleye fishing near the Black Bottom and south to Breezy Point when trolling or drifting crawlers in 18 to 30 feet of water. The First and Second Reef were also producing fish for those using crank baits or crawlers, but many were sub-legal. Bass anglers reported good numbers of smallmouth throughout the Bay. Some nice yellow perch were caught by those jigging crawlers in 20 to 30 feet of water off the Narrows. Salmon anglers had little to report.

Big Bay De Noc - Had good yellow perch fishing in Garden Bay. Most were still-fishing crawlers in 8 to 12 feet of water. Good smallmouth bass fishing from Kate's Bay south to Snake Island. Try tube baits in 12 to 30 feet of water. Fairport had good trout and salmon action for those trolling spoons 80 to 145 feet down in 100 to 180 feet of water.

Au Train - Fishing was a bit slow. Lake trout averaging 3 to 5 pounds were caught north of the Wood Island Reef and north of Au Train Island in 150 to 200 feet of water. No reports on salmon or steelhead. Surface water temperatures were 70 degrees in the Bay and the upper 60's near the Wood Island Reef.

Munising - Lake trout fishing was just average in Trout Bay, near Wood Island and along the Pictured Rocks coastline. Anglers are trolling an assorted color of spoons. Shore anglers reported slow catch rates for splake. Time of day does not seem to make much difference in success rates.

Grand Marais - Lake trout fishing was good with some limit catches reported 5 to 7 miles north of the bay in the shipping channel. Some are also heading west and fishing near Au Sable Point. Most are fishing in 150 to 200 feet of water. Those fishing high lines 50 to 75 feet down caught a few coho and steelhead. Shore anglers targeting pike and perch near the boat launch had little success.

St. Mary's River - Walleye are still good in Raber Bay, the north end of Lime Island and the west side of Round Island when trolling crank baits in 6 to 12 feet of water. Good walleye action near Carlton Creek where anglers are trolling pink bladed crawler harnesses with red beads. Northern pike were caught off the docks when casting spoons in the evening. Near 9 Mile Road, walleye anglers are trolling bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses in 25 feet of water. Muskie and pike were reported at the north end of Munuscong Bay and Moon Island.

De Tour - Salmon and trout anglers are still trolling both sides of the shipping channel to the red can on the Drummond Island side or the green can to the lighthouse. Salmon were hitting 20 to 35 feet down and trout were about 50 feet down in 100 feet of water. Some large lake trout were hitting past the lighthouse near the Humps. Try white spoons with a red nose, green or purple.

Cedarville and Hessel - Pier anglers in Hessel are fishing for perch, pike and bass. Perch fishing has been excellent with fish averaging 9 inches. Early morning is best with crawlers on the north end of Haven Island, the south shore of Hessel Bay and first or second cut into Snows Channel. Perch can also be picked up off Cedarville, Little Joe Island, Government Bay or the Moscoe Channel when trolling stick baits in 8 to 12 feet of water. Dredging has begun at the Cedarville launch, which means the launch will be closed for about three months.



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