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Outdoors report

Fishing activity slow but license sales brisk

March 31, 2012
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - On Sunday April 1, all anglers 17 years of age and older will be required to have a 2012 Michigan fishing license.

Fishing activity remains slow in the area.

John Grier's Whispering Pines Outpost reported a few anglers out for perch, but not much else happening.

Don Ciochetto at The Sport Shop in Iron River said license sales were brisk this week and a few guys were out targeting suckers for pickling. He also mentioned area streams are experiencing low water levels now.

Patti Teske at Florence Sport and Bait said few fishermen were out with the return of colder weather.

Hunters are encouraged to visit their local sport shop to inquire about Michigan's Mentored Youth Hunting program.

The program is designed to introduce youth under the age of 10 to hunting and fishing, offering a "package" license for just $8.50. For one low price, youth hunters under the age of 10 will be able to hunt turkey (spring and fall, any hunt period/location, on private or public land), deer (two tags, any deer) and small game, trap furbearers and fish for all species.

By eliminating the minimum hunting age in Michigan, the Mentored Youth Hunting program is geared toward parents and other adult mentors who want to teach children under the age of 10 how to hunt and fish. It lets parents determine if and when their child is ready to hunt.

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

Keweenaw Bay: A slow bite comes with the cooler weather. A few hardy anglers have picked up a mix of chinook, coho, lake trout, brown trout and steelhead when trolling a mix of spoons and body baits in mixed colors. The best trolling speeds are between 1.8 and 2.4 mph. Those jigging for lake trout had good success in 240 to 260 feet of water out from Whirl-I-Gig Road. Coho and steelhead were caught off the mouth of Linden Creek in L'Anse when using spawn bags before the cold front.

Marquette: Fishing has been slow with only a few smaller coho caught when trolling from the Lower Harbor breakwall to the Carp River and the Chocolay River in 20 to 30 feet of water. No steelhead or brown trout were reported. Shore fishing was slow for those targeting splake, menominee and lake whitefish.

Menominee: Boat anglers were trolling in Michigan and Wisconsin waters for both walleye and brown trout. A couple brown trout were caught by those trolling spoons about a mile out from the mouth.

Menominee River: Had good boat traffic for walleye between the mouth and the Hattie Street Dam. Those jigging with a minnow were doing the best, but those trolling rapalas were also picking up a few. The number of shore anglers and those wading has increased from Stephenson Island upstream to the Hattie Street Dam, on both the Michigan and Wisconsin side.

Try casting rapalas and stick baits or jigging with a minnow or plastic worm. Fish were also caught using a zip lure and a minnow. Only a few brown trout were caught by shore anglers when drifting yarn or casting spinner baits. Suckers are also starting to show up.

Cedar River: A few boats are heading out from the Cedar River and targeting trout while trolling spoons or stick baits north and south along the shoreline.

Au Train: Fishing has picked up with steelhead caught at the Rock River by those using spawn. Those trolling have caught the occasional coho and steelhead. The cold front dropped water temperatures and no bug hatches have been reported. The dock was not in at the Au Train boat launch.

Munising: All area launches are accessible though Sand Point and the Anna River are suited for small craft only. The city launch is open and the docks are in. Boat anglers are targeting coho between the east side of the bay and the Miners River, Trout Bay and Murray Bay.

Most boats were returning with three to five fish. Coho were the most abundant followed by steelhead, splake and brown trout. Small boat anglers jigging for whitefish caught steelhead, coho and splake instead. Shore anglers caught steelhead and coho when still-fishing with spawn.



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