Warm weather for last days of deer season

IRON MOUNTAIN — The waning days of the firearm deer hunt should deliver pleasant weather, with high temperatures staying near 40 or above from Sunday through Thursday, which is the final day of the Michigan season.

Wisconsin’s nine-day gun season ends Sunday, and hunters have reported good success at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis.

“There’s lots of nice bucks being taken,” said Fay Whisler, mentioning several nine- and eight-pointers as leading the way.

Earlier this week, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reported that Florence County hunters registered 627 bucks on the opening weekend of the season, compared with 521 during the same period a year ago.

The Michigan DNR reported the following Upper Peninsula fishing conditions:

— Ontonagon River: Those that want a mid-day break from deer hunting are encouraged to fish the Middle Branch downstream from State Highway M-28 (Agate Falls), which offers good opportunities for lake-run brown trout.

— Menominee River: Anglers targeting whitefish reported fair to good catches.

— Little Bay De Noc: Walleye fishing remained good although even fewer anglers were out. Those fishing the “Black Bottom” found fish in 18 to 25 feet when trolling stick baits. The head of the bay saw the most action with the majority of anglers fishing around the Center Reef and taking good catches. Those fishing during the day were trolling stick baits or crank baits in 24 to 32 feet. Night anglers were much shallower in eight to 16 feet.

— Tahquamenon River: The Dollarville Flooding near Newberry was open in the main channel but most of the bays, backwaters and the boat launches were iced in. The launch at the Dollarville dam was iced in but the one at McPhees Landing had open water. Water levels were high with some ice floe coming down.