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Anglers turn attention to rivers; ice season ends at Little Bay de Noc

March 24, 2012
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - Not much ice remains on lakes, but the brunt of fishing activity is occurring on area rivers.

"The Brule landing is open now," said Patti Teske at Florence Sport and Bait. "It's been a little slow there, but they were getting some walleye farther down the Menominee River."

Teske said she also had anglers fishing open water for crappie and perch on some lakes.

John Grier's Whispering Pines outpost was selling crawlers and fatheads this week. A 12-inch perch leads their monthly contest.

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

Keweenaw Bay: Those fishing off the rock dock next to the L'Anse Marina have caught a couple steelhead on spawn bags. Boat anglers are heading out and catching coho, brown trout and steelhead when trolling in 20 to 40 feet of water from the L'Anse Marina to the red rocks at the head of the Bay and between Sand Point and Old Mission. Those jigging caught lake trout.

Marquette: Both the Upper and Lower Harbors are ice free. The launch ramps are open but the docks were not in yet. The beach access off the bubblers has been closed by the city due to the warm weather. Anglers were mainly coho fishing off the bubblers. A few boats are trolling between the Carp River and the Chocolay River.

Menominee: Boats trolling near the mouth and along the shoreline are targeting walleye and trout when jigging a minnow or trolling rapalas. Catch rates for trout were slow but those targeting walleye have caught a fair to good number of fish.

Menominee River: The surface water temperature was 42 degrees. Anglers were trolling from the mouth up to the Hattie Street Dam for trout and walleye. Shore anglers were doing well for walleye on Stephenson Island and on both sides of the river near the dam. Early morning or late evening produced the better catches. Most anglers were jigging with zip lures or using jigs with minnows but a few nice fish were also caught by those casting rapalas.

Cedar River: Has opened up but the stretch between the mouth and first rapids was high. The high water levels along with the speed of the flow will make steelhead fishing difficult. Those trolling north and south along the shoreline of Green Bay have caught a few walleye and pike when trolling spoons.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice season is officially over, even though the Bay is still ice covered in most areas it is breaking up and is not safe. The North Shore launch has been opened but the docks were not in as of this report. The warm temperatures have shore anglers heading out to fish for steelhead in the rivers.

Au Train: Is ice free. The Brownstone launch is usable for boat access but the dock was not in. Anglers fishing offshore at the Rock River caught a couple steelhead on a single egg. Boat anglers were trolling for coho but no catches were reported.

Munising: Small craft may now launch at both Sand Point and the Anna River. The city launch was also ice free however the docks were not in. Ice is no longer a concern for boat anglers. Coho action was slow for those jigging or trolling. A few splake were caught and those jigging from small boats did catch some whitefish.

Grand Marais: The bay is ice free and the launch has been partially dredged. Small to mid-size craft should be able to launch now. The pier has some open fishing near the Lighthouse Museum but the rest of the pier is still covered with ice and snow which should melt rapidly with the warm temperatures.

Cedarville and Hessel: Have bad ice, conditions are no longer safe.

Carp River: Steelhead are starting to show up near the mouth.



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