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Walleye anglers find success

Outdoors report

September 24, 2011
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - Fall walleye fishermen were reporting increased success this week.

"Walleye has picked up a bit," said Tom Bean at Crystal Bait. "Guys are using suckers for those. Muskies are also a little more active, using the 12- to14-inch suckers."

Don Ciochetto at The Sport Shop in Iron River also received reports of improved walleye fishing.

"Seems to be picking up, getting some nice ones," he said.

John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost mentioned some out of town fishermen doing well with northern.

Panfishing was a little slower, according to Patti Teske at Florence Sport and Bait.

"They seem to have moved out of their normal spots," she said. "You have to work a little bit harder to find them." Muskie, northern and bass were still biting."

Some perch success on Lake Antoine was reported by Dean Lindblom at Country Bait and Tackle in Iron Mountain.

"Fishermen are still picking up crawlers, beaver tails, leafworms and some leeches," he said.

Bob Kennard at Midtown Bait and Tackle also had a small supply of leeches remaining.

"We're going through walleye suckers too," he said.

Bird hunters report plenty of sightings this week.

"Those with dogs were flushing quite a few," Ciochetto said.

Grier said a group took 29 ruffed grouse last weekend.

Bear hunters continue to do well. Grier's shop has registered 30 so far. Teske mentioned "quite a few bear" being taken.

Michigan's youth and disabled veterans firearm deer hunt runs today and Sunday. For youth ages 10-16, and qualified veterans with disabilities, valid licenses include a combination, firearm or antlerless deer license.

Michigan's fall color display continues to advance across the Upper Peninsula, with peak conditions still one to two weeks away. Overall, color in the U.P. is still less than 50 percent

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reported that fall color is starting to come on in the northern counties.

Michigan DNR reported the following fishing conditions across the Upper Peninsula:

Keweenaw Bay: There are a few salmon and brown trout showing up in the rivers around the bay. In Traverse Bay, fishing was spotty with a few chinook and coho taken by those trolling in 40 to 50 feet of water off the Buffalo Reef. Those trolling off Big Louie's and Gay Point caught fish when trolling spoons in 130 to 185 feet of water. The bigger fish were caught by those jigging in 170 feet of water.

Marquette: Lake trout action was fair with most anglers picking up two to five fish that averaged three to five pounds. The better fishing remains north of the White Rocks to Little Presque Isle and the Clay Banks in 100 to 140 feet of water.

Carp River: Coho and chinook action were slow.

Menominee: Walleye anglers are catching some fish near Green Island when jigging minnows or trolling crawler harnesses or stick baits. Some are also trolling the drop-off along the Wisconsin shoreline.

Menominee River: The Boom Landing launch, restrooms and cleaning station in Marinette are closed for the season. Those trolling the deeper holes have caught smallmouth bass, pike, and a few walleye on crawler harnesses, rapalas and crank baits. The area upstream of Boom Landing and the Mystery Ship Launch produced the most catches. Perch were caught at the marina and off the breakwall. Early morning and late evening produced the bigger fish. Anglers are reminded that the sturgeon season is catch-and-release only from the mouth upstream to the first dam.

Little Bay De Noc: A few walleye were caught between the Black Bottom and the Narrows when trolling or drifting crawlers in 15 to 25 feet of water. Fish were marked near Round Island but few were caught. Perch fishing was fair off the Center Reef in 20 feet of water or Gladstone in 20 to 30 feet of water. Both are using crawlers or minnows. Smallmouth bass were caught when casting tube baits or crank baits in 10 to 20 feet of water off Hunters Point and Farmers Dock.

Ford River: A few salmon have been caught at the mouth when casting spoons, crank baits or spinners.

Big Bay De Noc: The smallmouth bass are still a bit north of Snake Island and not quite staged for the fall fishing. Try between Kate's Bay and Garden Bluff in waters 4 to 15 feet deep.

Munising: Boat anglers are now focused on coho salmon and the better fishing seems to be in the early morning in 20 to 50 feet of water when trolling dodgers, flies and spoons. Some caught the occasional pink salmon. Pier anglers caught splake and coho when using spoons, spinners or spawn.

Grand Marais: Lake trout fishing was slow and those trolling caught coho and pike. No reports of any steelhead in the bay yet. Pier and shore fishing was slow.

Manistique: Chinook salmon are being caught near the mouth of the river and just past the breakwall by boat anglers trolling small spoons or rapalas. No steelhead or brown trout were taken but some walleye were caught.



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