Big bluegills highlight fishing action

Outdoors Report

Great Lakes Storm Chasers caught this sunset image near the Lake Antoine Park campgrounds in Iron Mountain earlier this spring. (Brandon Lake photo)

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers putting in the time are enjoying success, landing bass, bluegill and trout, to name a few.

“Fishing has been pretty good,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. “There’s been some big bluegills caught.”

Top-water lures are drawing largemouth bass, while minnows are a good bet for crappies, Whisler reported. “They’ve been catching a few nice walleye, but for the most part they’re small to medium,” he said.

At Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95, John Grier said trout fishing continues to improve with a couple catches in the range of 15 inches.

“They’re going to Way Dam and Peavy (Pond) for walleye and the Groveland Mine pond for bluegills,” Grier said.

In Crivitz, Wis., American Legion Post 413 is hosting a gun and knife show from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Crivitz Village Hall, 800 Henriette Ave. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase, with all proceeds benefiting veterans organizations. Admission is $5 for ages 12 and older.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported this activity in the Upper Peninsula:

Copper Harbor: Those trolling caught splake, brown trout and the occasional steelhead. A few fish were caught off the piers. Eagle Harbor was slow.

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers caught Chinook, lake trout and brown trout when trolling. A few boats made it out of Traverse Bay, as the launch is currently being dredged.

Marquette: Fishing was steady, with those targeting salmon taking three to six fish per trip. Most were getting a mix of coho, steelhead, lake trout or brown trout. Few Chinook salmon were caught. Most were heading east towards Shot Point and staying in shallow waters 50 feet or less. The lake trout action picked up, with most caught by salmon anglers in shallow waters. Those targeting lake trout have done well in 150 to 200 feet around Shot Point, Granite Island and the White Rocks.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye are still coming out of the rivers and good catches were reported near the mouth of the Whitefish River. The better catches were between Garth Point and the Vagabond Resort with crawlers or stick baits in 16 to 32 feet. Fair catches off Breezy Point in 16 to 22 feet and in the Escanaba River up near the dam and the fast water with a jig and crawler. Smallmouth bass anglers had good catches throughout the Bay with the better action near the mouth of the Ford River or upstream near the Clay Banks, off Garth Point, Squaw Point and Gladstone when casting plastics, spinners or crawlers in 4 to 12 feet. Most perch catches were incidental by walleye anglers in the “Narrows” in 30 feet and the Center Reef in 25 feet. Large northern pike were caught off the mouth of the Ford River when casting plastics or spinners. Shore anglers in Rapid River had good catches of bullhead with crawlers in the evening. For those looking to bow fish, carp are all over the shallows.

Manistique River: With the lower river being so low because of the gates closed, fewer anglers were out. A couple walleye and bass anglers fished the river between the fast water and the mouth. Most of the walleye have moved out but some were still caught with a jig and crawler or scented baits near the fast water. Smallmouth bass catches were fair with spinners or plastics.

Munising: Most boat anglers were targeting Chinook salmon; however, catch rates slowed, with only one or two fish per boat. Catch rates for coho were also spotty and the splake were undersize. The lake trout action remained good near Wood Island Reef and the White Rocks. Shore fishing was slow, with only a few small splake reported.

Grand Marais: Boat anglers continue to do well for lake trout, with limit catches taken near Au Sable Point and Five Mile Reef. Pier anglers targeting whitefish reported a slow bite; however, a northwest wind should bring in the schools of whitefish.

Detour: Limits of Atlantic salmon and a couple Chinook were caught at the Detour Reef and lighthouse. The fish were caught 18 to 25 feet down in 80 to 90 feet with a 4-inch spoon. Orange and chartreuse were the hot colors. The best fishing has been on the Drummond Island side of the river between the red buoy and the lighthouse.

Drummond Island: A couple walleye were caught off Paw Pointe, which is just north of Scotts Bay when trolling planer boards with orange and chartreuse crank baits in four to six feet. Fish were also caught from Maxton Bay when trolling pencil plugs in the late evening or a crawler harness in the early morning. Look for the areas where the clear water meets the stained water.

Cedarville and Hessel: Attention boaters — the Cedarville launch and parking lot is still under renovation. Boats can be launched at the Hessel Marina, located 3 miles west of Cedarville. There were no reports of yellow perch caught from Cedarville or the Les Cheneaux Islands. A few pike were caught in Snows Channel and Musky Bay. Try creek chubs in 6 to 10 feet or a spoon with a red eye along the weeds in 4 to 6 feet. For Hessel, no perch were caught at the marina and the splake have moved away from the fishing pier. Smallmouth bass fishing was fair in Mackinac Bay, which is 1 mile west of the Hessel Marina. Try dark green, orange and brown tube jigs in 2 to 4 feet. A couple largemouth bass were caught near Echo Island and Lone Susan Island within Mackinac Bay when using a spinner.

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