Walleye, trout biting; Marinette to host Cabella’s pro-am tournament

Outdoors report

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers were landing walleye, trout and pike as temperatures were expected to soar into the upper 70s today.

“The guys going out are doing pretty well on walleye at Way Dam and Peavy (Pond),” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95. “A lot of small ones, though.”

Michigan’s bass season opens today. Crappies and bluegill were in shallow water but cool weather has slowed the bite, Grier said.

“Trout fishing has been pretty good, even with high water,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. Some anglers were using spinners, while others were having luck with wax worms.

“Some nice pike have been caught, casting with spoons,” Whisler added.

Cabela’s National Walleye Tournament takes place in Marinette, Wis., on Thursday and Friday. Professional and amateur anglers will take off each day at 7 a.m. from Menekaunee Harbor.

“With nice, stable weather, guys can run 50 miles in each direction,” said Evinrude pro Tom Keenan. “Bays de Noc is reachable to the north, and so is the mouth of the Fox River. I don’t think Sturgeon Bay will be a factor to the east, but there might even be a river bite. Someone could go one mile in the Menominee River and catch a big bag. The sky is the limit.”

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

Overall: Fishing on the trout lakes was slow because of the cool temperatures. Water levels were high and muddy once again after recent storms.

Lake Gogebic: Was producing a few walleye.

Copper Harbor: Has produced a couple legal size splake along with several small ones for those using spoons or natural baits. In Eagle Harbor, a couple Menominee whitefish were caught but getting them to bite was tough at both harbors.

Keweenaw Bay: Had very little fishing pressure. Rain and wind kept anglers off the water. Area rivers still have some steelhead.

Marquette: Boat anglers found a few trout and salmon to the east near Shot Point as well as in front of the Carp and Chocolay Rivers.

Big Bay De Noc: Was producing some walleye.

Manistique Lakes: Walleye fishing was slow. The panfish action was also slow.

Indian Lake: Was producing some walleye.

Munising: Boat anglers had good success for lake trout and coho with a few Chinook, brown trout and steelhead mixed in.