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Michigan archery opener today; muskie anglers successful on Brule

October 1, 2011
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - A late-week storm slowed fishing efforts for many anglers.

Pattie Teske at Florence Sport and Bait said muskie fishermen did well last weekend on the Brule River.

"I didn't get any reports on panfish, but the guys were buying crappie minnows," she said.

John Grier's Whispering Pines Outpost sold a lot of sucker minnows this week, but fishing was slow.

Don Ciochetto at The Sport Shop in Iron River said a few anglers were still targeting walleyes.

Continued perch success on Lake Antoine was reported by Dean Lindblom's Country Bait and Tackle in Iron Mountain.

"A couple of guys were still catching northern, but not like they were a week ago," he said.

The wind storm helped out area bird hunters, removing some of the cover.

The bear count at Grier's shop was up to 45 as of Friday morning, well ahead of last year's pace.

Michigan's archery deer season opens today statewide. Hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset.

Fall colors are coming on fast in the northern part of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula, with several areas reporting colors near their peak.

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

Keweenaw Bay: Fishing activity was down at all ports but river fishing has improved. Those casting spoons and spinners have caught chinook, coho and even a few brown trout.

Marquette: Had low angler activity and slow catch rates.

Dead River: Water levels are low but pink salmon have started to move in and some females were starting to spawn.

Carp River: Coho and chinook action were slow due to low water levels.

Menominee: Anglers are still targeting walleye around Green Island. Some are jigging perch minnows while others are trolling crawler harnesses.

Menominee River: Those jigging minnows have caught perch at the Menominee Marina. Early morning and late afternoon produce the bigger fish. Smallmouth bass, crappie, sunfish and bullhead were caught behind K-Mart but the fish were small. Catch and release sturgeon fishing between the Hattie Street Dam and the end of the breakwalls will close on September 30th. Those targeting sturgeon have caught smallmouth bass, walleye and catfish.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers were trolling crawlers in 12 to 28 feet of water near the Black Bottom and the Narrows. Northern pike were active at Kipling and Aronson Island for those casting or trolling spinners, crank baits or spoons in 10 to 17 feet of water. Several large fish were caught near Escanaba when casting crank baits or small spoons near the mouth of the river. Perch action was fair in 10 to 20 feet of water at Kipling or 10 to 12 at Gladstone.

Ford River: Salmon are moving into the river however catch rates were slow.

Big Bay De Noc: Has smallmouth bass anglers with mixed reports however it is still a bit early as most of the fish have not showed up around Snake Island. Boat anglers are drifting minnows 10 to 25 feet down between Garden Bluff and Snake Island.

Au Train: Surface water temperatures remain in the low 60's. Catch rates for salmon and lake trout were slow.

Rock River: Had a few pink salmon but water levels were low with little water running over the spillway.

Munising: Boat anglers are focused on coho salmon in the bay. Catch rates were fair to slow with the better fishing in the early morning with dodgers, flies and spoons. Water temperatures were still up near 60 degrees. The average coho was three pounds. Splake action was hit-or-miss.

Grand Marais: Had fair lake trout fishing along the shipping channel however most of the fish were small. The occasional coho and pike have also been caught. A couple steelhead were taken near the mouth of the Sucker River but no reports of any fish caught in the bay yet.

Manistique: Boat anglers are still catching salmon near the mouth of the river and just past the breakwall. Small spoons or rapalas produced the most fish.

Manistique River: Those wading near the Upper Dam are targeting trout and salmon. The shoreline is filling up with anglers casting small double jointed and floating rapalas. A blue and silver combination or perch were good colors. Some are drifting orange colored yarn in the fast water. Anglers are starting to see a few brown trout but no steelhead to report.

St. Mary's River: Walleye were hitting in Munuscong Lake and around Lime Island.

Cedarville and Hessel: Pier anglers at Hessel are catching smallmouth bass and pike.

Nunn's Creek: Is experiencing a run of chinook salmon. Fish are hitting on orange and glow or green and glow spawn bags.



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