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Bass action still good

Cooler weather should boost trout success

August 11, 2012
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - Cooler weather is bringing mixed results for anglers, with bass still biting strong throughout the region.

"People have been catching bass all over the place," said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township.

Grier also reported anglers with limit catches of crappie and walleye at undisclosed locations. "It's been pretty good," he said.

Bob Kennard at Midtown Bait and Tackle in Channing reported good bass fishing at Witch Lake and Lake Ellen. "They're hitting walleye at the Michigamme Reservoir," he added.

At Florence Sport in Bait in Florence, Wis., Patti Teske said the fishing pace has slowed. "Some guys are getting some panfish, mostly bluegills, and a few bass and a few northern," she said.

To the west, bass are still doing "real well," but walleye action is "a little slow," said Don Ciochetto at the Sport Shop in Iron River. "Trout fishing is just starting to pick up," he added. "Now that it's rained and it's cooler at night, the trout are starting to bite a little bit."

At Crystal Bait in Crystal Falls, anglers were stocking up on leeches and crawlers for walleye.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, floating the Peshtigo River with small water craft has been producing some smallmouth bass and pike.

In Michigan, applications for antlerless deer licenses are on sale through Wednesday, Aug. 15.

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

Marquette: Lake trout action for the most part was poor to fair with most anglers reporting two to four fish in five hours of fishing. A few did manage limit catches about six miles east towards Shot Point in 200 to 230 feet of water. Fish the bottom 20 feet. Surface water temperatures cooled to the upper 60's.

Menominee: Is still producing salmon, steelhead and brown trout in 85 to 100 feet of water though the number of fish caught decreased. Anglers traveling past the Whalesback did catch a few in 110 to 120 feet of water. The baitfish are scattered so fish different depths. Walleye were caught in front of Wells State Park when trolling crawler harnesses in 12 to 15 feet of water. Those launching off Stony Point were targeting trout and salmon out near Chambers Island. Catch rates were slow but a few chinook were caught near the bottom in 85 to 100 feet of water.

Menominee River: Is producing smallmouth bass, channel catfish, freshwater drum and the occasional pike when trolling. Walleye were caught but many were small. Try crawler harnesses or rapalas. Shore anglers fishing in the late evening were targeting walleye and smallmouth bass.

Little Bay De Noc: Is still producing some walleye for those trolling or drifting crawlers in 20 to 30 feet of water along the Second and Third Reefs. Catch rates were fair between the Black Bottom and the lighthouse in 14 to 35 feet of water and between the "Fingers" and the Minneapolis Shoals in 25 to 35 feet of water. Perch fishing was fair for those jigging or still-fishing crawlers in 10 to 25 feet of water near Butler Island or 10 to 30 feet off Gladstone Beach.

Ford River: Shore anglers caught smallmouth bass when casting crank baits or top water baits along the bank.

Big Bay De Noc: Walleye seem to be located between the middle and the southern sections of the bay. Smallmouth fishing was excellent as the fish have already started to concentrate south of Garden Bluff and down by Snake Island. This activity is about a month early from previous years. Anglers are drifting along the break with minnows, crawlers or plastic baits 15 to 25 feet down. Fairport had good catches 40 to 90 feet down in 90 to 120 feet of water in the Gap but some were still traveling out to deeper water in search of bigger fish. Try spoons or cut bait.

Au Train: Catch rates for lake trout were poor to fair with most boats averaging only one to three fish in a five hour trip on the flats near Shelter Bay and the shipping channel in 180 to 220 feet of water. The cold front did cool the surface water temperatures to the upper 60's.

Munising: Boat anglers are targeting lake trout in the early morning on the west side of Grand Island, Trout Bay, Grand Portal Point, Trout Reef and Wood Island. The fish were two to eight pounds and some limit catches were reported for those putting in long hours. Pier fishing was non-existent.

Grand Marais: Had fair to good lake trout action five to seven miles north of the bay in 140 to 220 feet of water. Salmon were caught by those trolling halfway down in 50 to 60 feet of water with purple and gold spoons. The coho were three to four and a half pounds and were feeding on schools of sticklebacks. Chinook were six to eight pounds. Shore anglers caught a few small pike when casting in the weeds.

St. Mary's River: Walleye are being caught in Raber Bay at Carlton Creek by those fishing just off the weed beds in 12 to 14 feet of water using bottom bouncers with red and white spinner blades and crawler harnesses. Good smallmouth action on the north end of Lime Island around the rock piles in six to eight feet of water when casting tube jigs. A few northern pike were caught off the west side of Kemps Pointe in Fowler Bay when trolling or casting split body baits along the edge of the weeds.



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