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Autumn anglers targeting muskie

Wisconsin Youth Hunt this weekend

October 9, 2010
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - Steady muskie activity was reported this week by area anglers.

"They are getting some muskie," said Tom Bean at Crystal Bait. "Guys were using 10-12 inch muskie suckers. Gills were going well with perch and crappie minnows, and walleye was picking up a little bit this week too."

Patti Teske at Florence Sport and Bait said muskie were hitting on the Brule River, but not much else was reported by fishermen.

Along with hearing about some muskie success, John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost says anglers were still doing well with smallmouth bass.

"We've registered 47 bear so far," he added. "We're still hearing good reports on partridge, and that should do nothing but improve as the leaves continue to fall. There have been a few nice bucks taken by archery hunters."

Dean Lindblom at Country Bait and Tackle said many anglers were targeting muskie and pike right now.

"A lot of guys were catching walleye too," he said. "They were catching walleye with walleye suckers and golden shiners. Our biggest sellers this week include fatheads and crappie minnows."

Don Ciochetto at the Sport Shop in Iron River said bird hunters continue to do well, and he said it continues to be a very good season for bear.

Wisconsin's youth deer hunt is today and Sunday. Under Wisconsin's new Mentored Hunting Law, hunters as young as 10 years of age may participate in this hunt with a mentor. All hunters (archery hunters included) must observe blaze orange requirements during the youth hunt.

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

Black River Harbor - Chinook, coho and lake trout have been caught by those trolling a flasher and fly combo 40 to 55 feet down in 70 feet of water.

Keweenaw Bay - Those trolling had to work at it but they did manage to catch a few coho in the head of the Bay and north to the red rocks near Keweenaw. Try 30 to 70 feet down in waters up to 150 feet deep with a trolling speed of 2.4 to 2.7 mph. The fish were hitting on spinners, spawn or crawlers. At Sand Point, try Cleo's or Swedish pimples. In Traverse Bay, a few lake trout were caught in 150 feet of water between Gay Point and Big Louie's Point.

Fall's River - Is producing some coho for those using spinners, spawn or crawlers.

Marquette - Surface water temperatures were in the low 50's. Those trolling between the Carp River and the Chocolay River marked few fish. Those out for lake trout did well north of the white rocks in 150 feet of water.

Dead River - Salmon are visible in the river. A few chinook and coho were caught with small spinners or spawn.

Little Bay De Noc - Had fair to good perch fishing with crawlers in 20 to 30 feet of water from the Narrows north to the flats. Walleye anglers were fishing the northern sections of the bay when trolling crawler harnesses in 15 to 28 feet of water between the flats and the Center Reef.

Ford River - Salmon have been spotted in the river however the current is still quite strong and the clarity is low, so few fish have been caught.

Big Bay De Noc - Had good smallmouth bass fishing when anglers can get out. Most were trolling or drifting minnows in 15 to 35 feet of water along the break between Garden Bluff and Snake Island.

Au Train - Steelhead and coho have been caught in Shelter Bay by those using a combination of spoons and crawlers.

Indian Lake - Yellow perch anglers did best in the deeper holes along the shoreline when drifting or jigging crawlers. Many were throw backs but those putting in the time caught some nice fish.



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