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Panfish, bass biting in advance of warmup

Outdoors report

IRON MOUNTAIN — Bluegill and bass fishing is good as anglers can expect temperatures in the 80s next week after showers on Sunday and possibly Monday.

“We’re hearing good reports on bluegills and crappies, lots of bass,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95. “Not too much on trout, but for the most part people are having good luck.”

Bluegills are biting on worms and leeches, while leeches and plastic baits are working for bass, said Fay Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. “Smallmouth bass action has been excellent,” she said. “Walleye fishing is steady, but they’re still mostly small.”

Florence County’s annual Badwater Bass Tourney, held on the Menominee River in Spread Eagle, Wis., is just three weeks away. Sign up at exploreflorencecounty.com under the events calendar. Either a Wisconsin or Michigan fishing licence can be used.

In Marquette County, the Republic Sportsman’s Club hosts its annual fishing derby July 19-21 at Munson Park. For information call 906-869-5990 or 906-869-2744.

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

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers were starting to find more fish when trolling spoons and crank baits. Depths vary but anglers caught Chinook, coho, steelhead, brown trout and quite a few lake trout.

Escanaba River: Was producing some limit catches of walleye.

Big Bay De Noc: Was producing some pike.

Whitefish Point: Anglers have caught some large walleye.

St. Marys River: Had good fishing for walleye, pike and smallmouth bass. Those targeting Atlantic salmon did well trolling behind the federal power plant.

Detour: Salmon fishing improved with good catches of Atlantic along with a couple Chinook taken by those trolling from the Detour Lighthouse to the red buoy on the Drummond Island side of the river. Fish were hitting smaller spoons 18 to 25 feet down in 80 to 90 feet.

Cedarville and Hessel: Pike were caught throughout Musky Bay and around Little La Salle Island. Try creek chubs or large minnows in 12 o 20 feet.

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