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Outdoors report

Panfish, bass still active for anglers

August 27, 2011
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - Panfish and bass continue to be active for anglers taking advantage of late summer fishing.

"There have been pretty good reports of bluegill, and scattered all over, not just one body of water," said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost. "And a lot of bass are being caught. Overall it's been good."

"It continues to be a terrific year for bass," said Don Ciochetto at The Sport Shop in Iron River. "Walleye has been off and on, and perch were good this week."

Bob Kennard at Midtown Bait and Tackle in Channing said leafworms were a popular bait choice for anglers going after panfish at Sawyer and Edy Lakes.

"Wax worms are coming back now too," he added. "Been selling some of those."

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

Keweenaw Bay: Fishing was slow but those heading out in the early morning did catch a few fish when trolling spoons in 130 to 150 feet of water. Fair pike action was reported near the Baraga Marina and the weed beds in L'Anse Bay. In Traverse Bay, anglers were still doing well trolling in 60 to 140 feet of water along Five and Seven Mile Reefs. Fish were caught in 130 to 185 feet of water off Big Louie and Gay Point.Those jigging in 170 to 260 feet of water have caught a few limits of fish and those trolling in 40 to 50 feet of water off Buffalo Reef caught a few coho.

Marquette: Surface water temperatures remain in the low 60's. A few lake trout were caught north of the White Rocks, the Clay Banks and Granite Island. The fish averaged 3 to 4 pounds. Those trolling outside the harbor breakwall did manage to catch the occasional coho.

Menominee: Salmon and trout fishing were slow even for those trolling spoons near Green Island and Chamber Island. A couple walleye were caught near Green Island by those trolling stick baits or crawler harnesses however the bigger fish were caught by those jigging minnows. Some were trolling the drop-off along the Wisconsin shoreline with crawler harnesses.

Menominee River: Is producing smallmouth bass, catfish, rock bass and freshwater drum for those drifting crawlers. Those jigging crawlers or minnows in the morning have caught a few perch off the breakwall. Walleye were caught upstream of Boom Landing or Mystery Ship Landing when trolling crawler harnesses or stick baits.

Au Train: Lake trout were scattered but most boats were still coming in with a few fish. Try north and east of Au Train Island and around Laughing Fish Point when fishing the bottom 30 feet of waters 160 to 180 feet deep.

Munising: Lake trout were scattered but most boats were still coming in with a few fish. Try north and east of Au Train Island and around Laughing Fish Point when fishing the bottom 30 feet of waters 160 to 180 feet deep.

Grand Marais: Lake trout were caught 5 to 7 miles north in the shipping channel, near Caribou Island or Grand Portal. Most were fishing in waters 70 to 200 feet deep. Lake trout were hitting on lures tipped with cut bait. The most popular lures were white, watermelon, and copper.

Manistique: Anglers are averaging 0-3 fish per boat with 6 or more hours of effort. Most are trolling spoons and flies in different colors and sizes while traveling 8 miles or more to 110 to 140 feet of water. The number of baitfish has decreased but so has the number of fish being caught.

Manistique River: Pike, smallmouth bass and freshwater drum have been caught by those putting in a lot of time. Catch rates for walleye were low. Pier and shore anglers are drifting crawlers and leeches while boat anglers are using spoons, crank baits or rapalas.

St. Mary's River: Walleye and pike are hitting in the channel of Munuscong Lake. Crawler harnesses with round or smiley V blades in orange, black and chartreuse.

Detour: Salmon are still present and averaging 8 to 16 pounds. Anglers are trolling the shipping channel to the #3 green can and lighthouse area and the Drummond Island side to the #2 red can with some boats continuing 3 miles south. Try silver and green flashers and flies or spoons in light orange, black and white or purple with pink dots. Lake trout and Atlantic salmon were also caught.

Cedarville and Hessel: Anglers fishing Hessel Bay for northern pike and yellow perch reported excellent fishing. Pike are hitting on chubs in 8 to 13 feet of water. Musky Bay and Government Bay are also good locations for pike in 10 to 15 feet of water.

St. Ignace: More anglers are heading out for chinook, lake trout, and steelhead. Salmon averaging 5 to 15 pounds were caught off the Coast Guard Station and around Mackinac Island.



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