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Outdoors report

Warm fall helps anglers, hampers archers

October 16, 2010
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN A look around the area shows anglers taking advantage of the warmer than average weather - and finding mixed fishing results.

"They've been catching all kinds of fish," said Patti Teske at Florence Sport and Bait. "Bass, walleye, northern. Minnows are the bait most are using. Walleye suckers were working."

Bob Kennard at Midtown Bait and Tackle in Channing reported good sales of walleye suckers and fathead minnows, but he hasn't heard much in the way of reports.

"Guys have been catching a lot of walleye," said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost. "They haven't been getting a lot of legal ones, though."

Tom Bean at Crystal Bait in Crystal Falls said anglers were fishing for walleye, with a few still targeting bluegills.

Perch were still hitting on Lake Antoine, according to Dean Lindblom at Country Bait and Tackle.

"Nice perch too," he said. "Walleye has slowed down, and guys weren't catching many muskies. We're selling a lot of big sucker minnows, fatheads and crappie minnows."

Archery deer hunters were hampered this week by the warm weather.

"Some were saying it was warm enough that they had mosquitos in their blinds," said Don Ciochetto at the Sport Shop in Iron River. "Bird hunters continue to do very well."

Grier said his shop's bear total is up to 51.

"Had a guy with a real nice eight-point buck the other day," he added.

"Still getting good reports on birds."

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

Silver City - Had exceptional lake trout fishing in 60 to 120 feet of water. The key, trolling spoons or spin glows just off the bottom where there is structure. Salmon fishing was slow.

Ontonagon - A couple steelhead were caught near the mouth of the river.

Keweenaw Bay - Catch rates were spotty with only a few coho caught by those casting Cleo's from the rocks in L'Anse. Traverse Bay was slow. A few hardy anglers going across to the Huron Islands caught lake trout in 130 to 150 feet of water. In the South Portage Entry, a few lake trout were caught by those trolling in 100 to 140 feet of water along the Farmers Reef and Newton's Reef or those jigging in 220 to 240 feet of water near the Big Reef.

Marquette - Had good lake trout fishing with limit catches reported out towards the white rocks and north of Granite Island in 150 to 200 feet of water when trolling silver and melon colored spoons just off the bottom. Chinook and coho were slow with only a few reports of fish caught near the Lower Harbor breakwall and the Chocolay River.

Dead River - Catch rates were slow as water levels have dropped considerably. Fish were visible however they were not hitting. Try casting small spinners.

Carp River - Also had low water levels and slow catch rates.

Little Bay De Noc - Has mostly perch anglers during the day and walleye anglers at night. Fair to good catches of perch east and northeast of Butler Island when using minnows and crawlers in 10 to 25 feet of water. Walleye anglers did best at night when trolling crawler harnesses in 10 to 20 feet of water over the Second and Third Reefs or from the Terrace Bay Inn over to the Black Bottom in 8 to 23 feet of water. Those walleye fishing during the day caught a few fish just off the Black Bottom in waters 40 feet or deeper.

Big Bay De Noc - Reported very good smallmouth bass fishing between Snail Shell Harbor and Snake Island. Try drifting minnows in 15 to 30 feet of water.

Indian Lake - Some nice perch were caught by those drifting crawlers in 8 to 10 feet of water along the south end of the lake. Catch rates for walleye were slow with only a couple fish taken on crawler harnesses near the rock pile, and they were too small. For northern pike, anglers were fishing the north end of the lake with crawlers on large spinner baits or casting crank baits. Smallmouth bass and bullhead were caught on the bottom with crawlers.

Grand Marais - Boats trolling just off the mouth of the Sucker River have caught some nice steelhead along with a few coho. Those trolling in the bay caught steelhead in shallow waters 5 to 10 feet deep.



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