IRON MOUNTAIN - Generally slower fishing was reported through the region this week, as high winds late in the week made it difficult on anglers.
"Not a very active week," Don Ciochetto at The Sport Shop in Iron River said. "There were some nice panfish caught, some bluegill and crappie. Bass has still been good, but walleye was slow."
John Grier's Whipering Pines Outpost reported some decent bluegill fishing earlier in the week, but action has slowed since. Crawlers and leeches were the shop's top sellers this week.
Leecher were also popular at Channing's Midtown Bait and Tackle.
"We've been selling a lot of leeches," Bob Kennard said. "Witch Lake was active this week. It's been a little busier than a few weeks ago."
Further west, bass fishing was still active.
"They're getting a couple of bass here and there," Tom Bean at Crystal Bait said. "Still using leeches and crawlers for bass, walleye, northern. Pan fishing has been so-so."
Wisconsin DNR said this week mid-August brings cooler weather and with it sumac are beginning to change colors, bird migration is beginning to peak, bears and turkeys are filling up on acorns and fishing, more often than not, is good especially musky fishing. With the dry summer, the fall foliage may be not as brilliant since many of the maple leaves are drying up and falling off already.
Michigan DNR reported the following fishing conditions across the Upper Peninsula:
Keweenaw Bay: The fish bite has been slow in the Bay. Only a few Coho were picked up between Sand Point and the roadside Park in Keweenaw Bay. Anglers were trolling in 40 to 80 feet of water.
Marquette: High north winds this past week prevented most anglers from fishing activity. Best areas were east of Marquette towards Shot Point where anglers were fishing approximately 150 feet down in depths of 200 to 220 feet of water. Most anglers reported scattered catches of lake trout with a few Coho salmon reported. Most fish averaged two to three pounds.
Cedar River: There are a few Chinook still being caught in 85 to 95 feet of water with the fish being caught 50 to 60 feet down. Walleye anglers are getting some fish in 12 to 15 feet of water heading north and south from the mouth using crawler harnesses. Some boats are doing fair to good. The many high wind days this week made fishing difficult. Bass anglers are fishing from the mouth of the Cedar River upstream until the water level gets low. You can not go much farther than the Interstate Bridge by boat. Shore anglers can go a little further upstream than the bridge but the water levels are very low upstream.
Menominee River: Those trolling the Menominee River had a rough week with both high winds and low water levels. There were some smaller class walleye with a few in the bigger class being caught on different colored rapalas or crawler harnesses. Smallmouth bass and rock bass were also being caught with those casting crank or tube baits. Those still-fishing near the mouth were catching bluegills and yellow perch but most of them were small. A few shore anglers were mainly targeting smallmouth bass or walleye. Night crawlers and leeches worked the best.
Little Bay de Noc: Walleye anglers reported fair catches when weather permitted throughout the Bay. The Second and Third reefs in Kipling reported fish being caught while drifting or trolling in 18 to 28 feet of water using crawlers w/harnesses. Catches were also reported out from the Terrace Bay Inn in 25 to 35 feet of water. Several catches out from the mouth of the Escanaba River in 14 to 30 feet of water trolling and drifting crawlers w/harnesses. Fair catches of perch reported in Kipling north of Butler Island. Most anglers still-fished with crawlers in and around 20 feet of water. Good catches of smallmouth bass were reported off Hunters Point in 18 to 22 feet of water and also south down to Farmers Dock area in 18 to 25 feet of water. Some used crawler's w/jigs and others used tubes or crank baits. Some salmon anglers have been going out but no reports were received.
Big Bay de Noc: Very low angler participation here this week because of winds. Smallmouth catches have been good to excellent when weather permitted. Most have been off Garden Bluff and towards Snake Island area. Anglers fished the break using crawlers, minnows or cranks 15 to 30 feet down. No walleye reports this week.
Fairport: Low angler participation all week. Anglers that did go out stayed in the Gap area trolling mostly spoons in 80 to 110 feet of water and 60 to 75 feet down. Greens, blacks and reds were doing best.
Munising Bay: Boat anglers are targeting lake trout almost exclusively. Fishing continues to be slow due to strong variable wind conditions. Lake trout anglers are spreading their efforts over multiple areas including the west side of Grand Island, Trout Bay and Wood Island reefs catching fish in the two to eight pound range. A few anglers have been able to make it out to the Big Reef recently and have reported very good success with fish on average in the five to 10 pound range and some lunkers over 30 pounds. Pier angling was slow especially for those targeting splake and perch. Splake anglers were primarily still fishing natural baits and casting though few catches were reported.