Good results on trout, more lakes opening up

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers undeterred by the late spring are catching trout on Upper Peninsula streams while some lakes may still be locked in ice for today’s general fishing opener in Wisconsin.

“Guys that are trout fishing are doing pretty good,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95. A brookie measuring nearly 15 inches was the best catch.

A few walleye were taken locally from the Menominee River, with mixed luck reported to the south.

“Some anglers were having success catching walleye near the mouth of the Peshtigo River,” said Ben Olson, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fisheries technician at Peshtigo.

Trout anglers in Wisconsin should be aware that deliveries of fish to stock many northern inland waters is delayed beyond the fishing opener due to road weight limits and ice conditions.

Many trout streams are high and even out of their banks in some locations, the DNR said.

Warm weather in the last few days has more lakes opening up, said Fay Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis.

Spring turkey hunting is in full swing and permits remain available, noted Grier.

The Michigan DNR reported the following Upper Peninsula fishing activity.

Little Bay De Noc: Most of the ice is gone with the exception of Kipling and the Escanaba Yacht Harbor. Water temperatures remain cold in the high 30’s. Hopefully the docks at Rapid River, Gladstone, North Shore and the Ford River will be installed yet this week. There is still some floating ice out in the bay so use caution. Pier anglers at the North Shore launch caught a few smallmouth bass. All rivers are high and fast.

Big Bay De Noc: Had no anglers. Garden Bay was still iced over but the ice was too dangerous to venture out on. There could be open water by the end of the week. Almost the entire upper bay was ice covered but showing signs of breaking up. The area off Nahma and Ogontz Bay look to be the first areas to open up. The Sturgeon River was overflowing its banks in the first several miles by the lake. The launch at Fairport was not operational.

Marquette: Fishing on the big lake has been slow because of ice in the area. When the ice was gone for a couple days anglers did well catching coho and brown trout when trolling or jigging on the bubblers. At the beginning of the week, the ice had returned to the harbors. There is a dock in place in the Upper Harbor so when the ice leaves anglers will be able to launch. On the Carp and Chocolay Rivers, the steelhead run has not really started yet but a few were caught. Water levels have come up on both rivers so anglers should expect a good run soon.

Munising: Had low fishing pressure. All of Munising Bay remains ice covered. Anglers were still ice fishing for trout and whitefish but catch rates were poor. Pier anglers are able to fish open water but are limited to a section in front of the Anna River mouth. Other areas remain ice covered.

Grand Marais: Remains ice covered and will stay that way until we get rain and temperatures 60 degrees and above for an extended period. The pier was ice covered. The only open water is an area in front of the Sucker River mouth where a few anglers have caught a couple coho.

Tahquamenon River: Reports on smelt in the river were limited. A few anglers had success getting a gallon or two, but with lots of effort. Warmer temperatures this week should certainly bring fish into the river. Length of the run all depends on water temperatures and the amount of fish.

Newberry: Water levels in the area streams are high due to the snowmelt. The warmer weather is really hitting the snowpack in the northern areas of Luce and Alger Counties. The inland lakes were still ice covered. Many roads going into sites still had snowpack including drifts in shaded areas making them impassable.

Detour: No docks were in at either of the two boat launches in Detour Village.