IRON MOUNTAIN As deer hunting takes center stage, late fall continues to offer some prime fishing on inland lakes.
"They are catching some walleye, nice eating-size ones," said Dean Lindblom at Country Bait and Tackle in Iron Mountain. "Muskie are taking hits, and so are northern. Most are using the 10-inch suckers for muskie and pike and walleye suckers for northern and walleye."
It's been a bumper year for grouse hunters, with many still out taking advantage.
"I just had a few guys stop in who did very well with partridge," said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. "Between the two of them they put up about 40 birds."
Grouse hunting will be suspended Monday for Michigan's firearm deer season, which runs through Nov. 30
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment reported the following fishing conditions across the Upper Peninsula:
Marquette - Still has lake trout off the Lower Harbor breakwall. This is the time of year for shore anglers to catch menominee when using a small hook with a single egg or wax worm.
Little Bay De Noc - Had fair to good walleye action from the Narrows north to the head of the Bay. Most are trolling crank baits in 14 to 25 feet of water between the Second and Third Reefs. Fair catches were also reported near the east bank out from the Terrace Bay Inn when trolling crank baits in 20 feet of water. For perch, the better fishing was out from Brach's Cabins in 8 to 14 feet of water, the green buoy near the Day's River in 14 to 20 feet of water or the flats in Kipling in 10 to 25 feet of water. Catch rates have improved since water temperatures have cooled. Usually when water clarity drops, walleye fishing improves.
Grand Marais - Is still producing some steelhead for shore anglers fishing near the mouth of local rivers.