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Outdoors report

Outdoors focus shifts to hunting

September 18, 2010
The Daily News

RON MOUNTAIN - Fishing was relatively quiet this week, but anglers were doing a little better with walleye and muskie.

"There have been a lot of guys going out in the past few days," reported John Grier's Whispering Pines Outpost. "Muskie fishermen were having success."

A 30-inch walleye was caught locally this week, according to Dean Lindblom at Country Bait and Tackle.

"We've gotten some nice reports of walleye coming in, including a 30-incher," he said. "It seems to slowly be picking up. Panfish are still active in Lake Antoine too."

To the north, Tom Bean at Crystal Bait in Crystal Falls said it was a slow week all around. Bob Kennard at Midtown Bait and Tackle in Channing said he's been selling "quite a few" wax worms for anglers seeking bluegill.

Patti Teske at Florence Sport and Bait said there was little fishing to report other than a few anglers hitting bass.

Elsewhere, the focus continues to shift toward hunting.

Wisconsin's fall hunting seasons begin to kick into high gear this weekend with the opening of the fall turkey, early archery deer, exterior zone Canada goose, ruffed grouse cottontail rabbit, and squirrel seasons.

The Department of Natural Resources cautions hunters that 19 northeastern Wisconsin management units are buck-only for both bow and gun hunters this year to help grow the herd.

Michigan's small game season opened Wednesday. Bird hunters are reporting early success.

"There's a lot of foliage yet, but guys are hearing a lot of birds," said Don Ciochetto at The Sport Shop in Iron River.

Whispering Pines mentioned a few hunters limiting out on grouse.

They've also registered 17 bear so far this season, but mostly small ones. The biggest so far weighed about 375 pounds.

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

Ontonagon: Fish have started to stage in front of the rivers. Lake trout were still deep in 50 to 65 feet of water.

Black River: Salmon have started to gather near the mouth so it will not be long before the run gets started.

Keweenaw Bay: Catch rates were spotty however a few anglers did well when trolling in 30 to 70 feet of water from Sand Point north to the first set of red rocks near the roadside park. They caught a mix of chinook, coho, lake trout, steelhead and brown trout when trolling 2.3 to 2.7 miles per hour. Those jigging for lake trout near Pequaming picked up a few fish in 240 feet of water. No salmon in the Falls River. Those fishing Traverse Bay caught lake trout when trolling off Big Louie's Point and Seven Mile Reef with spoons, dodgers and flies, or dodgers and peanuts in 60 to 130 feet of water. Limits of lake trout were caught by those jigging in 240 feet of water off Big Louie's Point and the Huron Islands.

Marquette: Water temperatures were 59 to 61 degrees. A few chinook salmon were caught near the Carp and Dead Rivers however the bulk of fish have not started to move in yet. Some coho and steelhead were spotted near the Chocolay River. Try casting spoons or using a single egg. If you catch a tagged fish, be sure to contact a local DNRE office.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye fishing was fair between the Escanaba River and the lighthouse when trolling or drifting crawlers in 15 to 35 feet of water. Those fishing between Gladstone Beach and the Narrows caught a mix of small walleye and perch when drifting or jigging crawlers in 25 to 33 feet of water. Good smallmouth action along the break off Escanaba in 25 to 30 feet of water. Try perch rigs or lindy rigs.

Big Bay De Noc: Smallmouth bass fishing was very good off Garden Bluff when using minnows just off the bottom in 20 to 35 feet of water. Good numbers of walleye were reported from Round Island south to the shoals off Peninsula Point.

Au Train: Water temperatures have cooled off and are averaging 58 to 60 degrees. A couple steelhead were caught out from the Rock River.

Munising: Those trolling have caught a few coho in Munising Bay and Trout Bay. Good numbers of fish were marked but catch rates were slow. Shore anglers are taking splake on spawn bags. Fish were averaging 2 pounds. Coho were hitting on spawn bags and lures such as small spoons.

Indian Lake: Catch rates picked up with walleye caught near the rock pile and the weeds along the west shore. Most fish were caught near the bottom when trolling or drifting crawler harnesses in 8 to 10 feet of water. Small perch were caught in front of the State Park. Smallmouth bass were hitting on crawlers and crank baits.

St. Marys River: Pink salmon have started their fall run. Fish have been caught at the Cloverland Power Plant and near the docks at the Soo Locks boat tours. Anglers are casting and jigging spoons and the bite was best right after sunrise.

St. Ignace: Fishing remains steady between the flats and the Coast Guard Station. Chinook and lake trout were hitting on orange and black or yellow and purple spoons.

 
 

 

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