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Outdoors report

August 28, 2010
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - While fishing was slow overall, perch and panfish anglers reported steady success in spots this week.

"There's a lot of panfish being caught," reported John Grier's Whispering Pines Outpost. "Guys are catching crappie and perch. Most fishermen were using crawlers. We've also been selling suckers and crappie minnows. Northern and muskie fishermen are using spinner baits."

Badwater and Lake Antoine were popular destinations for panfish.

"There are some guys catching nice perch yet," Dean Lindblom at Country Bait and Tackle said. "Other than that, we've haven't been hearing much of anything. Walleye don't seem to be coming in."

Don Ciochetto at the Sport Shop in Iron River said bass fishing is still good.

"Trout streams are a high, and with all the rain, a little dirty, so it's been a slow week there," he added. "Muskie action seems to be picking up a little bit."

Panfish anglers were having success in northern Dickinson County.

"Squaw, Edy and Lake Ellen are still going pretty good," Bob Kennard at Midtown Bait and Tackle in Channing said. "Most guys are buying up crawlers and crappie minnows."

Patti Teske at Florence Sport and Bait suggested spinners for bass.

"There were a few northern being caught," she added. "Perch were biting earlier in the week on worms. Guys were finding them a little deeper."

Michigan deer hunters can find out antlerless drawing results on the DNRE Web site beginning Sept. 1.

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

Black River Harbor - Fishing has picked up with coho caught by those trolling flies with a flasher or dodger about halfway down in 75 to 100 feet of water. Lake trout were also caught on spoons.

Marquette - Fishing slowed with the weather however lake trout were still being caught north of the White Rocks and in the Sand Hole when fishing between the bottom and 30 feet up. Spoons worked best and good colors were silver, gold, orange or melon. Surface waters here were averaging 68 degrees. Lake trout were also caught around Stannard Rock.

Little Bay De Noc - Had fair to good catches of walleye when weather permitted. The best fishing was off the Black Bottom when trolling or drifting crawlers in 10 to 38 feet of water however the bigger fish were caught between Round Island and the shoals when trolling stick baits or crawlers in 14 to 25 feet of water. Perch fishing was up a bit this week with several jumbo fish taken by the ship docks in Escanaba when jigging crawlers in 25 to 40 feet of water.

Big Bay De Noc - Perch fishing tapered off. Anglers were catching mostly smallmouth bass when casting tube baits or crank baits in 15 to 35 feet of water between Ansell's Point and Garden Bluff. Au Train - Lake trout action was slow except for a few fish taken north of Au Train Island and Wood Island Reef. Surface water temperatures have cooled this past week due to rain. The average surface water temperature was 68 degrees.

Munising - The Big Reef continues to produce good lake trout action with fish between 10 and 25 pounds being caught with spoons just off the bottom. Small perch were caught in Murray Bay and a few small splake were seen by those fishing around the Grand Island dock.

Indian Lake - Small walleye have been caught by those trolling or drifting the north end of the lake and around the rock pile with crawler harnesses. Smallmouth bass, pike and perch were also caught but most fish were running on the small side.



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