Trout opener in Michigan today; Menominee River anglers catch walleyes, suckers
IRON MOUNTAIN — Cold nights are preserving ice and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources speculates some lakes will still be iced over when the general fishing season opens Saturday, May 5.
In Michigan, today marks the statewide trout opener on Type 1 and Type 2 streams as well as Type A and Type D designated trout lakes.
“There’s a few guys who say they’re going to go out,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. Others are willing to wait.
Wisconsin anglers risking the ice are catching some crappies, said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. “I’d be very careful,” he added.
To the south, Menominee River anglers had mixed luck fishing for walleye. Stephenson Island and the Hattie Street bridge had good numbers being caught, along with suckers.
“Turkey flocks have begun breaking up and many small groups of birds are now being seen scattered around,” said Aaron McCullough, Wisconsin DNR wildlife technician at Wausaukee.
Bear and elk hunting applications are available in Michigan starting Tuesday.
The Michigan DNR reported the following Upper Peninsula fishing activity:
Keweenaw Bay: Still had ice however with the warm weather, the shoreline ice was getting very soft. Anglers will need to use caution getting on and leaving the ice. Coho, splake, and steelhead were caught out from the Falls River by those using small minnows or wax worms. Smelt were still being caught out from the Baraga Marina.
Little Bay De Noc: Ice anglers were still out but ice fishing season should end this week with the warmer temperatures. All the area rivers are open except for the Ford River which should open up within the next week. The piers at the north shore launch are open for use. The winter access gates are closed so anyone that still has an ice shanty inside will have to contact the DNR to have it removed.
Marquette: Has a lot of ice. The Upper and Lower Harbors as well as the bubblers are inaccessible at this time. Both the Chocolay and the Carp Rivers had a handful of steelhead that moved in but the major run has started yet. Those targeting steelhead were getting a few brown trout.
Munising: Had lots of anglers out ice fishing. They were jigging mainly for coho but only a few were caught. The Anna River has opened up by the mouth which has allowed anglers to fish from the pier. Splake and steelhead were caught on spawn.
Two Hearted River: Steelhead are steadily moving into the river and the big push of fish has not really occurred yet. Many fish in the river are dark.
Newberry: Expect snowpack on all roads heading into area trout lakes and many streams.