IRON MOUNTAIN - It's been a terrific season for bird hunters, according to reports from throughout the area.
"Bird hunters have been doing awesome," reported John Grier's Whispering Pines Outpost. "They're doing really well."
Don Ciochetto at The Sport Shop in Iron River also offered good news on bird season.
"The bird hunters are doing a really good job, although it can be spotty" he said.
Bear hunters continue to report lack of activity at bait piles. Ciochetto said hunters were having bait hits earlier in the season, but it has slowed down.
Grier's shop has registered 46 bears to date.
Michigan archery deer reports have been slow to filter in with the season still new. There was a six-pointer taken Thursday evening in Dickinson County.
Fishing activity has slowed considerably. Reports from those going out indicate bass continue to be active. Some anglers have switched to minnows.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said this week that fall colors are now at or near peak, with a few areas past peak, but good color being reported in most areas.
People heading out should be aware that there is a two-day statewide youth deer hunt today and Sunday in Wisconsin.
During any gun deer hunt, all other hunters - except waterfowl hunters - are required to wear blaze orange clothing. This includes archery deer and turkey hunters.
Many more archery hunters were afield last weekend and they were reporting more pre-rut activity, with scrapes and rubs becoming more abundant.
The Wisconsin bear season comes to a close Oct. 9 and hunters have continued to report that bears have not been coming to bait as usual, because of an extremely plentiful acorn crop this year.
Fishing activity has been relatively low on waters across northern Wisconsin. Water temperatures have dropped down to the mid to upper 50-degree range and many northern lakes are seeing the fall algae bloom that is associated with the turnover period.
Musky action continues to be very good in the north, with some anglers beginning to use suckers with some success.
Michigan DNR reported the following fishing conditions across the Upper Peninsula:
Ontonagon: Had very little fishing activity however anglers reported good lake trout action near Silver City. The reefs in and around Union Bay were producing 8 to 12 pound lake trout. Anglers are trolling spoons or spin-glows in 30 to 70 feet of water.
Black River Harbor: Boats trolling in 40 to 60 feet of water near the mouth of the river caught coho and steelhead.
Black River: Is producing chinook and pink salmon just below Rainbow Falls.
Keweenaw Bay: Had good salmon action 35 to 50 feet down in 40 to 60 feet of water or 50 to 65 feet down in 130 to 150 feet. Most of the catch was coho followed by lake trout and steelhead. In Traverse Bay, lake trout were caught between Gay Point and Big Louie's Point in 130 to 160 feet of water or around Five Mile and Seven Mile Reef in 90 to 140 feet. Those jigging off Big Louie's Point caught lake trout in 230 to 280 feet of water. Coho and lake trout were caught off the South Portage Entry. Try 60 to 130 feet of water along Farmer's Reef, Big Reef or Rabbit Island.
Fall's River: Anglers caught coho and pink salmon when casting spoons and spinners or drifting crawlers and spawn bags.
Marquette: Boat and shore anglers are catching fish. Coho action was fair at the Carp River for those using crawlers with light split shot. A few chinook were caught. Some caught fish when casting spoons, spinners or stick baits. Lake trout action was fair in 180 to 200 feet of water with fish averaging 3 to 10 pounds. Lake trout have started to move in closer to shore as they get ready to spawn. Surface waters temperatures were still in the upper 50's.
Dead River: Had a few more chinook salmon. Anglers are using flies, light spoons or spinners. No coho to report this week but pink salmon are present and hitting on crawlers or small spoons.
Menominee: Walleye fishing was best in Michigan waters. Follow the shoreline and fish along the drop in 20 to 30 feet of water. A few were fishing Green Island but catch rates were slow. Walleye action was fair off the mouth of the Cedar River when trolling north and south. Try crawler harnesses during the day and switch to reef runners or thundersticks after dark. No reports from Stony Point as water levels at the launch were very low.
Menominee River: Boat anglers caught small walleye. A few more chinook, pink salmon and brown trout were caught upstream of Stephenson Island. Those fishing downstream of the island caught smallmouth bass and rock bass. Shore anglers at the Hattie Street Dam are catching more trout and salmon.
Cedar River: Water levels were still very low and those trying did not catch anything.
Ford River: Anglers are catching chinook. Try spawn, spoons or crank baits.
Little Bay de Noc: Had fair walleye catches off Kipling when trolling or drifting crawler harnesses in 18 to 30 feet of water or the Black Bottom and near the mouth of the Escanaba River in 8 to 30 feet of water. Several reported good catches of perch in the same area when using crawlers in 20 to 30 feet.
Escanaba River: Had the better fishing with chinook salmon caught up near the 1st Dam by those casting spoons, crank baits or spawn.
Big Bay de Noc: Had lots of smallmouth bass anglers fishing between Garden Bluff and Snake Island. They were drifting or still-fishing with minnows, crawlers, tube baits or crank baits in 18 to 25 feet of water. Live bait worked best.
Au Train: Boat anglers caught coho between the Rock River and Shelter Bay. Try 40 to 50 feet of water with spoons or stick baits.
Rock River: Shore anglers caught a few coho at the mouth and below the spillway with spawn or crawlers. Early morning is best. The fish average between 19 and 21 inches. No chinook salmon to report.
Munising: Boat traffic increased with the better weather. Catch rates have improved some but were still spotty with an average of 1 or 2 fish taken along the eastern shoreline. Water temperatures were still 58 degrees. Pier anglers reported slow catch rates for steelhead and coho. Splake have been caught but the fish were running on the small side. The bite stopped at sunset. Some are casting bright colored spoons and spinners while others are using spawn bags.