IRON MOUNTAIN - Anglers are reminded that a that a new fishing license season began Friday. Copies of the new Fishing Guides are available at all license vendors.
Colder weather during the past week has helped ice hold on some inland lakes. Anglers on foot were getting in some late-season action in various locations, but ice conditions vary considerably.
Pattie Teske at Florence Sport and Bait reported bluegills and crappies biting on the Spread Eagle Chain.
"Ice was still good there," she said. "It hasn't started to break-up along the shorelines yet."
Some boat anglers have been accessing on the Menominee River, which is now open in many spots.
Dean Lindblom at Country Bait and Tackle in Iron Mountain reported fish being caught on Lake Antoine, including one angler who limited out on perch.
"Ice is patchy, but there are areas where they have been able to walk out," he said.
More than a few anglers have been doing well with crappies this week, but exact locations were not disclosed.
"A few perch were being caught here and there," said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township.
Grier reminded hunters that plenty of turkey permits remain available for the spring season.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported the following fishing conditions across the Upper Peninsula:
Lake Gogebic: Still has ice fishing as cold temperatures have been making ice over the last week. A few perch were caught in 25 to 27 feet of water. Try wigglers 1 to 3 feet off the bottom in 25 to 27 feet of water.
Keweenaw Bay: Those ice fishing reported limit catches of coho, a good number of lake herring as well as a couple chinook, rainbow trout and whitefish. Hot spots were Perch Corner, just north of Linden Creek, off the Falls River and Sand Point. Try Swedish pimples or tear drops with wax worms.
Marquette: The better fishing has been in the early morning for coho, chinook, brown trout, herring and whitefish. Try near the bubblers using jigs tipped with a twister tail or cut bait. Hot colors were orange, green or pink. The few boats trolling near the Upper Harbor had no luck. Access sites were limited because of high winds pushing ice in closer to the shore. Ice has been moving in and out near the Carp River and the coal docks.
Carp River: Steelhead were caught upstream by those using crawlers or small silver crank baits.
Little Bay De Noc: Is now in between seasons. The recent cold snap is only delaying the inevitable. Angler participation was low due to ice conditions. Rivers in the area are still frozen except for the Escanaba River.
Au Train: Anglers need to be aware of wind and weather conditions as the ice was shifting and could be dangerous. A few were still fishing out from the Rock River and the Au Train River. Coho were caught out from the Brownstone landing at the mouth of the Au Train River. Try fishing early with jigs, spawn or silver spoons.
Munising: More anglers are showing up as catch rates increased. The surface ice is very slippery so anglers are advised to wear cleats and be careful. Coho fishing has picked up with most getting one or two fish, but some landing three or four. Try jigging rapalas or Swedish pimples 10 to 20 feet down in 40 to 60 feet of water. Most fish are averaging 15 inches.