Anglers catching crappie; leftover antlerless permits go on sale Monday

IRON MOUNTAIN — With a stretch of dry weather arriving, anglers were landing good numbers of crappie and bass, along with a few northern pike.

Live bait was working best for crappie, said Fay Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis.

Several pike in the range of 33 inches were caught this week, along with a couple of muskies over 40 inches. Bluegill and perch were biting on worms and leeches in shallow water near weed edges,Whisler said.

At Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95, John Grier reported good results for both largemouth and smallmouth bass.

“There’s a few people at (the Menominee River) Badwater catching crappies,” he said. Carney Lake has also been a destination.

Grier reminded Michigan hunters that leftover antlerless deer licenses will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 9 a.m. Monday.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported the following Upper Peninsula fishing activity:

Lac Vieux Desert: Bass anglers did well with spinners and top-water lures. Pike were also caught in the shallows around the weed beds. Muskie anglers caught a few but most were getting pike. Panfish anglers stayed busy however sorting and persistence is the name of the game when it comes to getting the bigger fish. Natural or artificial grubs worked best along the weed beds. A couple small walleye were caught.

Little Bay De Noc: Fair to good walleye catches were reported when trolling a crawler harness or stick baits in 12 to 16 feet off Breezy Point, south of the Ford River in 8 to 14 feet, and off the mouth of the Whitefish River in 12 to 18 feet. The Gladstone Bay area out from the Terrace Inn was good at times in 35 feet but the “Black Bottom” was best when using stick baits in 16 to 25 feet in the early morning or at dusk. Perch anglers reported fewer catches but some nice jumbos were taken. Fair catches were reported off Gladstone Beach in 18 to 25 feet and off Kipling in 22 to 24 feet. Smallmouth bass have started moving south; however, fish were still being caught either south or straight out from the Ford River with plastics in 12 to 18 feet and along the southern end of the “Black Bottom” in 8 to 15 feet.

Big Bay De Noc: Still had good bass fishing but anglers report the fish are starting to move south.

Marquette: Boat anglers were still doing well for lake trout in the white rocks and Granite Island areas. Some switched to salmon fishing, but very few had any luck. Many are trolling in front of the Chocolay River, Shot Point and 50 to 70 feet down inside the harbor. Those targeting salmon seem to be picking up bigger lake trout. No reports from Stannard Rock, but this time of year it is very important to watch the weather when taking trips that far out. River fishing started to pick up slightly near the dam on the Dead River or the Carp River.

Au Train: Boat anglers had good luck with lake trout north and west of Au Train island when trolling or jigging. Salmon anglers had no luck. Surface water temperatures were still in the low to mid-60’s so we need cooler temperatures.

Munising: Surface water temperatures were still in the upper 60’s. Lake trout anglers did well northwest of Grand Island and towards Wood Island Reef. Salmon anglers have not reported any fish.

Grand Marais: Continues to provide excellent lake trout fishing, especially east of Big Reef, off Five Mile Reef and off the Au Sable Lighthouse. Very few coho have been caught by boat anglers. Surface water temperatures remain in the upper 60’s.

Two Hearted River: Has a few salmon. Those fishing near the river mouth campground had some luck.