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Anglers cast for early panfish; Wisconsin turkey opener April 11

April 7, 2012
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - Fishing activity remains slow, as anglers gear up and wait the remaining weeks to the walleye opener.

John Grier's Whispering Pines Outpost reported some fishermen going out to target perch and crappie. Licenses sales continue strong at the shop.

Patti Teske at Florence Sport and Bait said bait was selling this week, particularly worms, but she didn't receive any reports on success.

Don Ciochetto at The Sport Shop in Iron River mentioned a few guys out for perch and some others checking to see if bluegill were moving, but little was reported on either front.

Wisconsin's turkey season opened this weekend with a youth hunt. The regular season opener is Wednesday, April 11.

Wisconsin DNR said turkey populations should have come through the relatively mild 2011-12 winter in good shape and as long as the critical nesting and early brood-rearing season remains dry and warm, populations can be expected to approach their natural limits.

Hunters can also look forward to more days in the woods in 2012 as the hunting periods have been extended to seven days each.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported the following fishing conditions across the Upper Peninsula:

Keweenaw Bay: Coho and steelhead have been caught near L'Anse by those fishing off the mouth of Linden Creek.

Marquette: Boats out trolling did best between the lower harbor breakwall and the Chocolay River. They caught a few coho, brown trout and steelhead in water less than 30 feet deep. They were marking fish right on the bottom. Surface water temperatures dropped and were near 37 degrees. Water levels were low on the Dead River and the Carp River.

Menominee: Boat anglers trolling in Michigan and Wisconsin waters did manage to catch a couple brown trout on spoons about a mile offshore. Walleye numbers were light but a few fish were caught. Those boats heading out from the Cedar River were trolling spoons or stick baits north and south along the shoreline.

Menominee River: A few fish were caught between the mouth and the Hattie Street Dam by those jigging a minnow or trolling rapalas. Shore anglers were out between Stephenson Island and Hattie Street but catch rates for walleye were slow. They were casting rapalas and stick baits or jigging with a minnow or plastic worm. A few fish were caught on a zip lure with a minnow. A couple brown trout were caught by those drifting colored yarn or casting spinner baits. The number of suckers in the river is starting to increase.

Au Train: Those shore fishing near the Rock River caught a couple steelhead but catch rates were slow. There were no reports for chinook or coho.



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