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Outdoors report

Snow interrupts walleye success

January 14, 2012
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - The late-week snow slowed what was a good week of fishing.

Walleye anglers reported the most success during the week.

"They were catching lots of walleye on all area lakes and rivers," said Dean Lindblom at Country Bait and Tackle in Iron Mountain. "Walleye and pike suckers were working best. There were also reports of some perch and crappie."

Tom Bean of Crystal Bait in Crystal Falls recommended minnows and wax worms for crappie.

"Walleye was good until the snow hit," he said. "They're still getting northern, too."

John Grier's Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township reported a busy week. A 28.25-inch northern currently leads the shop's monthly contest.

Bob Kennard at Channing's Midtown Bait and Tackle said anglers were doing well at Way Dam where ice is approaching a foot-and-a-half thick in spots. Panfish anglers on other lakes were targeting bluegill and crappie, he added.

The snowstorm kept fishing pressure low in western Iron County late this week, according to Don Ciochetto at The Sport Shop in Iron River.

"I expect things will pick up this weekend," he said.

Patti Teske at Florence Sport and Bait said walleye were biting, along with northern. Fishermen were using suckers for bait.

"It's not too bad for crappie either," she said, adding anglers were jigging with minnows for this fish. "They're getting some bluegill on the (Spread Eagle) chain, too."

Snow was falling across Wisconsin on Thursday, after most Department of Natural Resources offices submitted reports.

DNR properties and county snowmobile coordinators and snowmobile clubs will evaluate conditions to determine if and when trails will be groomed and opened. Check the Department of Tourism's Snow Conditions Report for updates.

The nice weather of the last week brought out good numbers of ice anglers where there is good ice. While many northern Wisconsin lakes now have a foot or more of ice. There were still lakes in southern Wisconsin with open water.

In the north, anglers were reporting action for walleye and northern pike was picking up with some nice sized fish being caught on tip-ups, but action slowing some for panfish.

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

Lake Gogebic: Those ice fishing in the early morning or late afternoon have caught walleye and yellow perch although catch rates have not been consistent.

Portage Lake: Has ice. Anglers fishing off the town of Chassell have caught the occasional walleye along with yellow perch, northern pike and black crappie.

Keweenaw Bay: Had no safe ice because of the mild weather.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions are very different from previous years so anglers are only fishing from the "Narrows" north to Garth Point. There are still many dangerous areas throughout the Bay so most anglers are traveling by foot only. Pressure cracks are also causing some problems so anglers need to use extreme caution when crossing them. Fair to good walleye catches reported throughout the north end with Hunters Point and the Kipling Flats the best. Try early morning or dusk when jigging rapalas with or without minnows in 18 to 30 feet of water. Perch fishing was fair to good around Butler Island with minnows or spikes in 10 to 24 feet of water. Perch were also caught on minnows near the Day's River and in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor when jigging minnows, spikes and wigglers in 6 to 10 feet of water. The harbor is surrounded by open water. Those fishing out from the first yellow gate in 20 feet of water were taking good numbers of pike.

Big Manistique Lake: Has ice fishing however catch rates for walleye were just fair. Some have started driving vehicles out on the ice however anglers are reminded that taking a vehicle out on the ice is never a good idea.

 
 

 

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