IRON MOUNTAIN -A youth and 100 percent disabled veteran firearm deer hunt takes place on all lands in Michigan this weekend.
For youth 10 and 11 years old, valid licenses for this two-day hunt include a combination or antlerless license and only archery equipment may be used.
For youth 12-16 years old, and qualified veterans with disabilities, valid licenses include a combination, firearm or antlerless deer license.
During this two-day hunt only, a firearm or combination license may be used for an antlered or antlerless deer.
All hunters are required to wear hunter orange and must have permission from the landowner or leaseholder before hunting on private land. Antler point restrictions do not apply to the youth and 100 percent disabled veteran season.
Fishing pressure continues to drop off on area lakes and rivers, but anglers heading out have found success.
"We did have a bunch of guys going out even with the rain," reported John Grier's Whispering Pines Outpost. "They caught bass, crappie and sunfish. They were doing really well."
Pat Carey at Midtown Bait and Tackle in Channing said wax worms continue to sell as fishermen targeted late-season bluegills.
"They were catching some northern on the backwaters," he added. "There were some crappie being caught on Sawyer Lake as well."
The focus elsewhere continues to be on hunting.
"People are seeing partridge in places they have not been seeing them in the recent past," Carey mentioned.
Don Ciochetto at the Sport Shop in Iron River said hunters are hearing many birds, but the thick cover has kept shooting down.
"Some of the bear hunters seem to be doing really well," he added.
Whispering Pines has registered 28 bear through Friday morning, the biggest to date weighing more than 400 pounds.
Patti Teske at Florence Sport and Bait said archery hunters were finding bucks.
"We've registered a couple of nice bucks," she said. "Seems like they are easier to pattern right now."
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment reported the following fishing conditions in the Upper Peninsula:
Ontonagon - Lake trout have been caught in 80 to 120 feet of water when trolling spoons in the middle of the water column. Salmon are still staging near the rivers.
Black River - Chinook and coho should start their run anytime now.
Keweenaw Bay - Anglers are picking up a mix of coho and lake trout trolling between Sand Point and the red rocks near the roadside park. Try 30 to 70 feet down in 40 to 140 feet of water with spoons, dodgers, flies or body baits.
Fall's River - Anglers have caught a few coho on crawlers or spinners.
Marquette - Surface water temperatures were in the upper 50's. A few coho were caught but catch rates were still spotty. Most are trolling between the lower harbor and the Chocolay River in 40 to 80 feet of water with spoons. Catch rates in the Carp River and the Dead River were also spotty.
Little Bay De Noc - No salmon to report at the mouth of the Ford River but anglers have just started fishing the area. This time last year was good for walleye off the Ford River however that is not the case this year, at least not yet. Fair walleye and perch action between Gladstone and the Narrows when jigging or drifting crawlers in 25 to 35 feet of water. Walleye were caught from the southern Black Bottom south to the lighthouse with crawler harnesses in 15 to 35 feet of water. Good perch fishing north of Butler Island but the fish were small.
Big Bay De Noc - Has been slow with mostly smallmouth bass caught. Most are drifting or trolling minnows 25 to 30 feet down along the break from Garden Bluff south to Snake Island. Walleye anglers have to go out several miles from any launch to find fish, but weather has been a factor.
Munising - Good numbers of fish were marked in the Bay however catch rates were slow. Most anglers reported one or two salmon per trip when casting spinners, spoons or spawn bags. Steelhead were also caught. Shore anglers were still taking a fair number of splake when using spawn bags.
Indian Lake - Those drifting crawlers near the weeds along the west shoreline and the rock pile have caught walleye and perch. Those casting picked up smallmouth bass or pike. Perch anglers did well when jigging crawlers in the deep holes along the north end of the lake or in front of the state campground.