DNR sets office hours for Crystal Falls, Norway

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has updated the office hours for its field offices in Crystal Falls and Norway.

The Crystal Falls office is at 1420 U.S. 2. The lobby is open weekdays, except Tuesday, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The office is typically closed from noon until 12:30 p.m. for lunch.

The Norway office is at 520 U.S. 2. The lobby is typically open only on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The office is closed from noon to 12:30 p.m. for lunch.

Both field offices provide brochures, posters, maps, souvenirs for kids, along with information on wildlife, fish, forestry, parks, recreation and related regulations.

DNR staffers also sell all fishing and hunting licenses, resident and non-resident recreation passports (cash or check only for passports) and fuelwood permits. The locations also provide registration for furbearers and bears.

The Crystal Falls office lobby has a great collection of taxidermy for visitors to enjoy.

For the DNR’s Norway Field Office, call 906-563-9247 (dial 1 for a list of employees or leave a message). If an answer is needed before the following Tuesday, contact Breanna Brolin at the Crystal Falls field office at 906-875-6622 (dial 1 for a list of employees) or BreannaB@Michigan.gov.

Fishing action has picked up as rivers start to recede and waters begin to warm.

“Lots of walleye fishermen were out this past week,” said Fay Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. “Mostly smaller catches were reported. Large fatheads, sucker minnows and leeches were all performing well.”

Trout anglers were having some luck, catching “some nice-sized brown trout and a good number of smaller brookies,” Whisler added.

Crappie action was improving and reports on perch catches were tricking in, she said.

Upper Peninsula Recreational Off-Road ATV Riders will hold a spring ride today, meeting at 9:30 a.m. at Redline Sport and Marine in Norway. For more, go to https://www.uproar906.com/.

The U.P. 200 Sporting Clays shoot will be held today at United Sportsmen Club in Merriman and on Sunday at Great Lakes Sports and Recreation Club in Escanaba. For more, go to https://www.unitedsportsmeninc.com/.

The DNR reported this Upper Peninsula activity:

Little Bay de Noc: Anglers fishing for yellow perch reported improved success in areas near Kipling while using perch rigs with minnows and crawlers. Smallmouth bass fishing was good with soft plastics or crankbaits.

Big Bay de Noc: Anglers reported good smallmouth bass fishing. Perch anglers were still catching some, although the bite was slow.

Keweenaw Bay/Huron Bay: Anglers in Keweenaw Bay and Huron Bay were seeing an uptick in catches of multiple species as the water warmed up. Anglers were able to find mostly coho and Chinook salmon trolling in the bays. Fish were mostly caught in the mornings or early afternoon while trolling. Trolling was done at a wide range of depths from 150 feet all the way up to 30 feet. Most fish were caught on artificial lures. Anglers were also out in force with walleye season opening and trolling but catch numbers were not high compared to effort. Smelt runs were either finished in most streams or had largely reduced.

Cedar River and Green Bay (Lake Michigan): At J.W. Wells State Park & Cedar River State Harbor, walleye fishing was spotty out on Green Bay, with fluctuating water temps making it tough to have a consistent bite. There were few reports of brown trout being caught. Smallmouth bass were starting to move into the Cedar River.


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