Fourteen-pointer shot in Dickinson County; 11-pointer in Iron
IRON MOUNTAIN - Some positive reports are coming in from hunters taking part in Michigan's firearm deer season, which opened Tuesday.
Dean Lindblom at Country Bait and Tackle reported a 14-pointer shot in Dickinson County.
"The guys had been watching this same deer for three years now, and finally took him," he said. "Hunters have been seeing a lot of six-pointers, but many hunters are still waiting."
An 11-pointer was taken in Iron County, according to Tom Bean at Crystal Bait in Crystal Falls.
"Guys are seeing deer, couple of eight-pointers," he said.
A good-size eight-pointer was mentioned by Bob Kennard at Channing's Midtown Bait and Tackle.
John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township said the rut seems to be just getting started.
"Hunters are now seeing a lot of rubs and scrapes," he said. "I suspect this weekend will be very busy."
Wisconsin's firearm season opened today.
"The rut should be on," mentioned Patti Teske at Florence Sport and Bait.
The Wisconsin season runs nine days, with state Department of Natural Resources officials reporting the rut, or mating season, at its peak or just past peak with many reports this week of bucks actively pursuing does throughout the day.
Very little fishing activity was reported locally. A few anglers were going for splake on Lake Ellen, using crappie minnows. Fatheads were being used by walleye anglers.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported the following fishing conditions across the Upper Peninsula:
Little Bay De Noc: Water temperatures have dropped to the low 40's. Lots of walleye were marked north of the Narrows and those fishing at night caught fish. During the day, anglers were fishing near the Kipling Flats and around the reefs but catch rates were spotty. Limit catches were reported by those trolling crank baits in 10 to 28 feet of water. Fair to good perch fishing was reported around Butler Island with minnows in 8 to 14 feet of water and along the Narrows in 18 to 30 feet of water. Several nice catches of northern pike were taken just off the mouth of the Day's River when trolling crank baits.
Big Bay De Noc: Had fair walleye fishing.