UP spring turkey season starts Monday

IRON MOUNTAIN — The spring turkey season opens Monday in the Upper Peninsula, with conditions more promising than last Wednesday’s deep-snow start for the Wisconsin hunt.

“Turkeys are still very grouped up and are generally being seen near farming operations or other areas with readily available food,” said Aaron McCullough, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wildlife technician at Wausaukee.

Permits are still available for Michigan hunters, said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township.

Some anglers are heading to Menominee for walleye, and a handful of ice fishermen are taking advantage of the season’s final days, Grier said.

“Things are going in the right direction,” he said of the warming trend.

Michigan’s inland trout season opens Saturday, April 28. A new regulation adds 36 Upper Peninsula streams, or portions of streams, where 10 brook trout is the daily possession limit. For streams not on the list, the daily limit remains five.

With the exception of Menominee County, 14 of the U.P.’s 15 counties have at least one stream on the list of those where having 10 brook trout will be allowed.

The Michigan DNR reported the following U.P. fishing activity:

Keweenaw Bay: The ice north of the lighthouse on the west side has broken up along the shoreline. Damage to ice in the bay could be extensive and heavy snowfall will cover dangerous areas.

Little Bay De Noc: Was still mostly ice covered. A few anglers were out but it is not recommended because of unsafe ice conditions. There is open water south of Aronson Island. The Ford River had not opened up yet but the Day’s River was open and the Escanaba River is open and shore anglers were able to fish the piers at the North Shore Launch.

Big Bay De Noc: Was still ice covered however the ice conditions were not safe.

Marquette: The bubblers were locked in tight with ice and snow. Before the storm, anglers were getting 1-3 coho per trip. Those targeting the steelhead in the Carp and Chocolay Rivers have caught the occasional brown trout.

Munising: Still has ice fishing and anglers were still catching smelt up to 10 inches long. A few splake were caught on Swedish Pimples tipped with minnows or on tip-ups. Catch rates for coho were not good however those putting in a lot of time did manage a few limit catches.

Grand Marais: Is covered in deep snow. Anglers were still trying to hit the small bays for whitefish and some have actually done well both here and in Whitefish Bay.

Two Hearted River: The additional snowfall will prolong any fishing activity for steelhead.

Detour: Anglers are waiting patiently for winter to lose its grip on Detour Village and the Eastern Upper Peninsula. Currently, snow and ice remain at both boat launches in Detour Village and no docks were in at either launch.