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Bass season opens today

May 26, 2012
The Daily News

Good fishing reported this week in local area

IRON MOUNTAIN - Generally positive fishing was reported during the past week.

"It's been busy," Tom Bean at Crystal Bait said. "There still catching some walleyes yet. Some gill action has started up with some on their beds."

Patti Teske at Florence Sport and Bait also said panfishing was picking up this week.

"They're catching a lot of bluegill and crappie," she said. "The fish have moved to the shorelines now. While walleye was a little slow, just about everything else was biting."

John Grier's Whispering Pines Outpost said fishing was doing well, with reports of bluegills on beds. Popular bait choices this week included jumbo leeches, fatheads and crawlers.

Don Ciochetto at The Sport Shop in Iron River mentioned that trout fishermen did real well ahead of Thursday's stormy weather.

Anglers are reminded that Michigan bass season opened today.

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

Black River Harbor: When boats can get out, they caught lake trout and coho halfway down in waters 40 to 60 feet deep. River and breakwall fishing were slow.

Ontonagon: Had good fishing with the majority of anglers catching lake trout halfway down in waters 25 to 40 feet deep. Green spoons worked best. Walleye fishing in the river has been good for those trolling stick baits and crawler harnesses.

Keweenaw Bay: The bite has picked up with chinook, coho and lake trout caught when trolling from the Baraga Marina north to Carla's Restaurant on US-41 or from the L'Anse Marina to the Township Park. Anglers are trolling 40 to 60 feet down in 50 to 70 feet of water with spoons. Trolling speeds were between 1.9 and 2.5 mph. Those jigging for lake trout did well in 200 to 250 feet of water from Pequaming and the south end of Big Reef.

Marquette: Lake trout fishing improved for those trolling in 60 feet of water near the Lower Harbor breakwall. They were using a combination of lead core and dipsy divers with assorted spoons and flies. A few fish were caught in waters up to 150 feet deep near the "Sand Hole". The fish had sticklebacks in their belly. Chinook and coho fishing were slow. Surface water temperatures near the Chocolay River and the Carp River were in the upper 40's.

Menominee: Boat anglers increased with many targeting musky. A few fish were caught near Boom Landing but many came back with a pike or empty handed. Those trolling for walleye did fair to good near the mouth of the river. Smallmouth bass, freshwater drum and rock bass were caught. Boat anglers off the Cedar River caught smallmouth bass. Some nice walleye were caught on rapalas south of the launch at Stony Point in eight to 12 feet of water.

Menominee River: Anglers were fishing from shore or wading from Stephenson Island up to the Hattie Street Dam but efforts decreased as the turbines at the dam were not open which caused low water levels.

Au Train: Surface water temperatures were in the mid to upper 40's. A few anglers were out for lake trout but fishing was slow with three to five fish taken in six hours of fishing in waters 200 feet and deeper. No reports on chinook or coho.

Munising: Anglers were working hard to find fish. A couple chinook salmon weighing over 12 pounds were caught in the bay and west channel. A few lake trout were caught near Grand Portal Point in waters between 100 and 200 feet deep. Pier anglers were still-fishing with spawn bags for splake but catch rates were poor.

Grand Marais: Had fair to good whitefish action for pier anglers with some limit catches reported. The average size has increased but smaller fish were hitting before sunrise and after sunset. Success for whitefish depends on the wind conditions and some anglers were leaving empty-handed. The occasional coho and steelhead were still being caught around the bay. Those targeting lake trout five to six miles north of the bay caught fish in waters 100 to 300 feet deep. St. Mary's River: A few walleye were caught near Dan's Resort in Munuscong Bay when trolling crawlers or small crank baits in four to six feet of water.

DeTour: Is producing good numbers of Atlantic salmon, lake trout and even a few chinook salmon when trolling between the lighthouse and the Red Can on the south side of Drummond Island. Use chartreuse and chrome spoons 35 to 45 feet down in 80 feet of water.

Cedarville and Hessel: Were hot for northern pike. Anglers are casting or trolling stick baits in Cedarville Bay, Moscoe Channel, Musky Bay and Hessel Bay. A few perch were also caught. Wilderness Bay is producing Atlantic salmon and splake.



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