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Deer begin to move; waterfowl head south

November 6, 2010
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN Hunting has mostly replaced fishing as the main form of outdoor recreation.

The few attempting to fish are mostly targeting northern.

Deer are moving again according to hunters, but it doesn't look like the rut has started.

Don Ciochetto at the Sport Shop in Iron River said archery hunters are seeing deer, but many are still biding their time in the hopes of landing a bigger prize.

He and others think hunters will find more success this season than last.

Some muskie catches were reported by John Grier's Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. Large suckers were the suggested bait.

Patti Teske at Florence Sport and Bait had one angler find success with northern, but little else was reported.

Dean Lindblom at Country Bait and Tackle in Iron Mountain continues to sell bait, but he said he hadn't heard much from anglers on whether they were successful.

The fall waterfowl migration is in full swing, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Waterfowl numbers are starting to build on large inland lakes and along Lake Michigan.

Aerial surveys east of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., found 60,000 goldeneyes earlier this week, the agency said.

In Marinette County, Wis., the Menominee River has been producing perch and panfish from shore in and around the boat landings. Anglers were using crawlers and minnows.

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

Marquette - A few lake trout averaging 2 to 3 pounds were caught near the white rocks when boats could get out. Lake trout were caught off the Lower Harbor breakwall by those fishing in the early morning with assorted spoons, spinners, and crank baits. Shore anglers caught a few coho at the Dead River and the Carp River. Menominee were spawning close to shore. Best bait, a small hook with a single egg.

Little Bay De Noc - Strong winds may have helped here as water clarity has dropped and walleye fishing during the day has improved. Best catches where between the Second and Third Reefs when trolling crank baits in 14 to 24 feet of water. Bigger walleye are starting to show up. Good perch fishing was reported in the north end of the bay especially near Butler Island when jigging minnows or crawlers in 8 to 10 feet of water and near the Day's River with minnows or crawlers.

Big Bay De Noc - Few have been out due to strong winds. Smallmouth bass are still the primary target along the break between Garden Bluff and Snail Shell Harbor. Most were drifting minnows 15 to 30 feet down.

Munising - Bad weather has hampered boat anglers. Those fishing from shore caught light numbers of splake on spawn bags. The average fish was just over a pound. Focus has turned to steelhead with fish 4 or 5 pounds caught mostly on spawn by those casting or drifting.

Grand Marais - The few anglers that have been out did catch some steelhead when trolling in 5 to 10 feet of water in the bay. Bigger fish up to 5 pounds have been caught on body baits. Shore anglers caught steelhead near the mouth of rivers and creeks when using spawn bags.

St. Mary's River - Walleye are being caught off the south end of Moon Island which is in Munuscong Bay. Most were trolling crank baits.

DeTour - A few chinook salmon were seen in Nunn's Creek near M-134.



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