Wisconsin fishing opener today

IRON MOUNTAIN — Wisconsin’s general inland game fish season opens today with rivers and trout streams running high, but improving.

“Walleye fishing has been picking up on the Menominee River,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. “There have been reports of crappie and perch biting on minnows,” he added.

Michigan’s trout season is off to a slow start, held back by high water, according to John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township.

“They’ve been catching some perch from shore by the Twin Falls Dam,” Grier said.

Whisler noted a couple of nice brown trout catches at an unknown location.

Along Lake Michigan, boaters landed browns, pike and a few walleye in Marinette, while anglers at Oconto were able to land smallmouth, northern pike and a rare walleye.

Thanks to heavy moisture this spring, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources predicts a fast and vibrant green-up in the Northwoods as leaves fill out and flowers unfurl. There have also been a few reports of morel mushrooms being found.

With a stretch of dry weather in the forecast, turkey hunters should expect to see gobblers becoming more active.

The Michigan DNR reported the following Upper Peninsula fishing activity:

Marquette: Coho are still being caught in both harbors especially in the morning but catch rates did slow. The few heading out for lake trout were getting limit catches almost every time. Some coho and brown trout were also caught.

Menominee River: The dam at Hattie Street had four gates wide open making it very difficult to fish.

Little Bay De Noc: Perch anglers reported fair catches between the Day’s River and the Third Reef with crawlers and wigglers in 26 to 35 feet. The “Narrows” also produced fair catches using the same in 30 to 38 feet. Angler participation for pre-season smallmouth bass in the Ford River picked up and many reported good catches mainly around the mouth when casting spinners or plastics from the shore. Boat anglers also did well. This is a great time to catch and immediately release some big bass.

Manistique River: Had a few boat anglers targeting steelhead but most were shore anglers fishing the fast water below the dam. They reported good catches even though the peak of the run is pretty much over. Fly anglers used beads while others used spawn and yarn. The sucker run was starting to taper off.

Au Train: The Brownstone launch was still closed. A few anglers fishing off the rocks around the launch caught a couple coho and splake. Those launching small boats from shore have also caught a good number of coho.

Munising: Had good catches of coho with some reporting limit catches. Most were trolling spoons and stick baits in less than 50 feet. Hot colors were orange and gold. Catch rates for splake slowed. Shore and pier anglers had mixed results with good catches one day and slow the next. Water temperatures remain in the 30’s.

Grand Marais: When they could get out, boat anglers were taking a good number of coho. Pier anglers reported slow whitefish action. Of the fish caught, most were small about 12 inches and were hitting on a single egg. The odd coho was also caught.

Two Hearted River: Water levels were high and steelhead fishing was slow.

Cedarville and Hessel: The perch bite slowed but a few were taken straight out from the launch behind Cedarville Marine were all the flags are. Those fishing around the docks did manage to catch a few eight to 11 inch perch on minnows and leeches. At Hessel, splake continued to bite both inside and outside the marina pier.