Fishing contests today at Sawyer Lake, Long Lake

Outdoors Report

IRON MOUNTAIN — After several days of wickedly cold weather, temperatures in the 20s might make it feel like a summer picnic at today’s Tip-Up Town of the U.P. at Sawyer Lake.

“A big time in Channing,” said Mid-Town Bait & Tackle’s Bob Kennard, who will open extra-early for anglers heading to the celebration.

For those needing buttons, registration starts at 7 a.m. on the lake, located four miles north of Channing. The contest runs until 4:30 p.m. with up to $2,000 in prizes for catching tagged fish, along with category awards for adults and children. Food will be served until 6 p.m.

“We’ve been selling a lot of bait and buttons,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost just north of Iron Mountain on M-95. Grier will offer a walleye contest this month after a 36-inch northern took honors in January.

Not many anglers braved the conditions this week, but those who did found some success, said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis.

Lakes in northern Wisconsin are covered with 18 to 20 inches of ice, the Department of Natural Resources said. Crappies and walleye have been biting.

Roadhouse 139 will host a fishing derby today on Florence County’s Long Lake. Fish will be measured on the lake from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the registration deadline is noon.

Also, the U.P. Trappers Association’s 14th annual Midwinter Trappers Workshop takes place today at the Hermansville Community Center in Menominee County. The day-long workshop begins at 8 a.m., featuring trapping and fur handling demonstrations, supplies for young trappers, fur buying and more.

The Fred Waara Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its monthly board meeting Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time at Barrel + Beam, 260 Northwoods Road, Marquette.

The Michigan DNR had no fishing report this week due to weather-related closings of state offices Wednesday and Thursday.