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Summer fishing winding down

September 4, 2010
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - Slow fishing was reported throughout the area this week.

"Things are slowing down," said Bob Kennard at Midtown Bait and Tackle in Channing. "Guys coming in are getting wax worms and beaver tails. They're still catching some panfish."

As has been the case most of the summer, bass anglers are still finding some success.

"There's been very few people out," said Patti Teske at Florence Sport and Bait. "Bass were biting real good. Most were using crawlers for those. Panfish is a little slow the past few days."

"There are some bass being caught," said Tom Bean at Crystal Bait in Crystal Falls. "Guys are using crawlers and top-water lures."

John Grier's Whispering Pines Outpost said fishermen were using crawlers, suckers and fatheads this week.

A few leeches are still available at Dean Lindblom's Country Bait and Tackle.

"The rainy colder weather has not been good for fishing," he said. "There's not much activity. We sold a few crawlers, beavertails and some perch and crappie minnows earlier in the week."

Don Ciochetto at the Sport Shop in Iron River said some of the regular trout fishermen are still finding success, but nothing really big has been caught.

Michigan hunters can purchase leftover antlerless licenses beginning Sept. 10. Only private-land licenses remain. Early goose season continues through Sept. 10.

The hook-and-line lake sturgeon season on the Menominee River opens today and runs through Sept. 30. There are special tag requirements. The season bag limit is one fish at least 60 inches long.

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

Black River Harbor - Strong winds have kept anglers off the lake.

Marquette - Catch rates for lake trout were fair however some limit catches were reported near the white rocks and towards Granite Island. Most fish were caught near the bottom but a few were suspended in 150 feet of water. Spoons and flies work best. No reports on salmon or steelhead.

Little Bay De Noc - Had fair to good walleye catches out from the Terrace Bay Inn in Gladstone Bay when trolling crawlers and harnesses in 25 to 35 feet of water. The southern end of the Black Bottom was fair in 10 to 40 feet of water but several nice perch and crappie were caught when jigging crawlers. Salmon fishing was fair in the southern waters when trolling spoons 65 to 95 feet down in 110 to 125 feet of water.

Big Bay De Noc - No walleye or perch to report but smallmouth bass catches were good for those using tube or crank baits in 15 to 30 feet of water from Ansell's Point south to Snake Island. Fairport had good catches when weather permitted. Boat anglers after salmon were heading south to Poverty Island and trolling spoons 80 to 140 feet down in 120 to 160 feet of water.

Au Train - A few limits of lake trout were caught north of Shelter Bay and near Grand Island. Fish averaging 3 to 5 pounds were caught on spoons and flies.

Munising - Catch rates were slow due to weather conditions. Reports from the Big Reef area indicate there are still good numbers of nice lake trout in the 20 pound range to be caught. Some perch were caught off Grand Island in Murray Bay. Pier and shore anglers caught a few splake. Try spawn bags or spoons.

Grand Marais - Those able to get out caught lake trout along the drop offs in 150 feet of water about five miles north of the bay.

Indian Lake - Walleye were caught by those trolling or drifting near the weed beds with crawler harnesses or surface rapalas. Perch anglers were fishing close to shore with crawlers. A lot of fish were caught however anglers put in a lot of time to catch fish big enough to eat.

St. Mary's River - At Sault Ste. Marie, chinook were caught in front of the power plant when trolling J-plugs near the drop off along the shipping channel. Pink salmon have been caught off the pier when casting small pink Cleo's.



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