IRON MOUNTAIN - Fishing pressure was low as anglers continue to wait for lakes to ice over.
Skim ice was reported on many inland lakes, with some bays and inlets beginning to freeze over, but no safe ice was reported yet by area bait shop owners.
Most area shops have received, or will be soon getting, a full array of winter bait choices.
Reports from the now completed firearm deer season tended to be more positive farther to the west.
"It was fairly productive," said Don Ciochetto at The Sport Shop in Iron River. "There were some nice large bucks taken."
Tom Bean at Crystal Bait in Crystal Falls mentioned a couple of 11-pointers, some eights and a few nice 10-pointers as well.
Patti Teske at Florence Sports and Bait said hunters her way reported a mixed bag.
"They saw a lot of does, but not as many bucks," she said.
Closer to Iron Mountain, there were fewer positive buck reports.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said hunters harvested a preliminary total of 226,260 deer during th nine-day gun deer season, based on calls to around 600-plus deer registration stations across the state. That total is up 3.6 percent from 2010.
Wisconsin hunters posted the third all around safest season on record, with no fatalities for the second year in a row and only the third time on record.
Wisconsin's muzzleloader hunt is already under way through Dec. 7 for hunters holding unused gun buck and antlerless deer tags. The archery season remains open through Jan. 8. There is also a statewide antlerless deer hunt Dec. 8-11, but is open in regular units only to hunters with valid antlerless deer tags for the unit in which they are hunting.
Michigan's muzzleloading opened Friday, and archery re-opened as well.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported the following fishing conditions across the Upper Peninsula:
Menominee River: Those fishing down near the Hattie Street Bridge have caught some walleye after dark.
Little Bay De Noc: Those walleye fishing during the day marked good numbers of fish along the north end of the bay but few were caught. Night fishing was still the best option with fish caught by those trolling crank baits along the east side of the Second, Third and Center Reefs. Anglers are now waiting for ice as they anticipate a good winter season for both perch and walleye.