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Anglers land muskie,northern; bucks now more active

November 5, 2011
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - Fishermen continue to target northern, muskie and walleye as the fall fishing season winds down.

"We've actually had a lot of fishermen this week," reported John Grier's Whispering Pines Outpost. "They're buying up the walleye suckers, but we haven't heard much on how guys are doing."

Tom Bean at Crystal Bait in Crystal Falls said there was continued muskie action, with anglers using the bigger sucker minnows.

Patti Teske at Florence Sport and Bait reported a few northern and some muskie hitting.

Suckers and fatheads were the most popular bait among anglers at Dean Lindblom's Country Bait and Tackle in Iron Mountain.

"Guys were getting some walleye, but it's been pretty slow otherwise," Lindblom said.

Bow hunters are reporting more movement among deer this week.

"They're getting a little active now," said Don Ciochetto at The Sport Shop in Iron River. "Hunters are starting to see some scrapes and rubs."

According to Teske, a 12-pointer was taken near the Pine River on Tuesday evening.

"They're getting some bucks now," she said.

A couple of nice bucks were also mentioned by Grier's shop.

Positive reports continue to filter in from bird hunters.

"Birds have been real good yet," Bean mentioned.

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

Lake Gogebic: A few walleye were caught but the fish were just barely legal size.

Keweenaw Bay: A couple steelhead were caught off the end of the rock pier near the marina in L'Anse. Chinook, lake trout and steelhead were caught by those trolling off Sand Point, Carla's Restaurant, the L'Anse marina and north to the township park. Most boats were trolling between 1.8 and 2.4 miles per hour in 40 to 90 feet of water.

Marquette: Surface water temperatures were in the mid 40's. For the Upper Harbor, anglers fished from the white rocks to Granite Island but catch rates were poor with only a couple lake trout caught in four to five hours. In the Lower Harbor, catch rates were better with a few limits of lake trout taken by those trolling spoons in 40 to 80 feet of water from the breakwall to the green can and on to the Chocolay River. Anglers believe the lake trout should be spawning within the next seven to ten days. No steelhead, salmon or whitefish to report.

Carp River: Has fish but very few anglers were out.

Menominee: Boat anglers had very little to report. Those casting spoons or jigging spawn off the marina breakwall caught chinook, brown trout and steelhead in the early morning or late evening.

Menominee River: Is still producing a few chinook, brown trout and steelhead for those wading near the first dam. Some are drifting spawn or yarn while others are casting spoons or rapalas. Walleye were caught off the rocks on the Wisconsin side and off the Cat Walk when casting surface rapalas in the late evening. Some lake whitefish were also caught off the Cat Walk by those using blue and silver zip lures.

Little Bay De Noc: The best walleye catches came from 8pm until 10pm between the Second and Third Reefs with crank baits in 18 to 22 feet of water. Fair catches were taken between the Black Bottom and the Narrows when trolling crank baits or crawlers in 20 to 30 feet of water. During the day, head for deeper water in the Kipling Flats with crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers in 30 to 40 feet of water. A lot of fish were marked between Breezy Point and the Minneapolis Shoals but few fish were caught. November is shaping up for good walleye fishing.

Big Bay De Noc: Had lots of smallmouth anglers as catch rates were excellent with fish caught between Fayette and Snake Island when using minnows 15 to 30 feet down along the break. Creel numbers were down a bit from previous years but some good size fish were caught. Perch were a bit slow but a few good catches were taken near the mouth of Garden Bay when using minnows in 18 to 22 feet of water.

Munising: Boat anglers have wrapped up their season. Pier anglers caught the occasional coho but more splake. Steelhead were running small. Try spawn, spinners or spoons in bright colors. Splake prefer spawn.

Grand Marais: Boats trolling around the bay and near the Sucker River caught mostly steelhead and a few small coho weighing less than one pound. Steelhead were averaging five pounds. Black and white spoons caught the most fish. Shore anglers are still-fishing with spawn bags.

Manistique River: The number of chinook being caught has dropped over the last week for those wading near the Black Bass Hole and up near the dam. The few salmon caught have turned dark. Those fly fishing or drifting spawn and yarn in the fast water near the overflow wall caught steelhead, but many were small.

St. Mary's River: Those fishing the upper end of Munuscong Bay around Moon Island caught a few walleye when trolling crank baits in 10 to 12 feet of water. Smallmouth bass were caught near the rock piles around Moon Island and the dumping grounds when jigging tube baits.

Detour: Smallmouth bass fishing was good for those jigging tube baits in 6 to 10 feet of water near Bruce's Point.

Cedarville and Hessel: Anglers targeting perch are fishing Musky Bay and Little Joe Island. Four to five hours of effort is only yielding 0-5 fish.

Carp River: Is producing steelhead near the mouth, Mackinac Trail, and upstream to McDonald Rapids. The fish are hitting on spawn and range three to seven pounds.



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