Big bluegills caught, bass are still biting

IRON MOUNTAIN — Bluegill and bass catches highlighted fishing action this week, along with a few northern pike.

“Lots of reports on big bluegills — one fellow had one that was 12 inches,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. “Everybody’s hooking bass,” he added.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said walleye, bass, pike and panfish were found along weed beds and drop-offs on inland lakes.

Pike action has been steady, but “nothing spectacular,” Grier said.

The DNR suggests targeting walleye during the evening and morning “low light” hours.

Michigan hunters are reminded that the deadline for antlerless deer permit applications is Thursday.

In Wisconsin, bonus harvest authorizations will be available for purchase starting Aug. 19 at 10 a.m.

The Michigan DNR reported the following Upper Peninsula fishing activity:

Keweenaw Bay: Lake trout fishing continues to be good for those trolling and jigging. A couple nice brown trout and a small number of Chinook salmon were caught.

Marquette: Decent numbers of lake trout are coming in near the White Rocks and Granite Island in 120 to 200 feet. Many boats are catching more than five fish per trip, but some were still struggling. Spoons and spin-glo’s were the ticket. Most were two to four pounds, but some were more than 10. Those targeting coho and steelhead were fishing up higher in the water column.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye fishing had mixed results as some reported decent catches while others did not. The best area was the First and Second Reefs near Kipling in the early morning or evening when trolling or jigging crawlers in 10 to 15 feet. Those fishing the southern waters and out to Green Bay caught fish near the “Fingers” when trolling crawlers or stick baits along the ridges, Minneapolis Shoals in 16 to 30 feet and near Round Island in six to 12 feet. Fair perch catches out from Brach’s Cabins and north to Nelson Bay in five to 17 feet with crawlers. Shore anglers reported smallmouth bass and small walleye up near the First Dam in the still-water with crawlers or plastics. Smallmouth bass were active at Garth Point, Hunters Point, Escanaba River and Ford River when casting spinners or plastics along the weeds or rocky areas in 14 feet. Pike were caught on rapalas and crank baits in 10 to 15 feet near the First Reef.

Manistique: Chinook salmon fishing slowed though anglers were marking fish in some areas. Most fish were smaller and were found from the Red Buoy south to Portage Bay. Try 50 to 70 feet down in 80 to 120 feet. Baitfish were in the area.

Manistique River: Had good walleye fishing up near the Paper Mill when casting jigs with plastics, crawlers or stick baits.

Munising: Those targeting lake trout had mixed results as some were getting four to five fish per trip while others were getting limit catches. While most were smaller, a few Master Angler fish were also caught. Those trolling or jigging out near Big Reef caught fish four to six pounds. Those fishing off the Anna River docks reported poor fishing.

Grand Marais: Had good lake trout fishing near Au Sable Point, Five Mile Reef, the shipping channels, and Caribou Island. Most were limiting out in less than four hours when trolling however those jigging also had a good time. Coho fishing was very slow. With warmer water in the marina, northern pike were cruising the weeds so try casting or trolling assorted spinners or shallow running stick baits.

Raber Bay: Cisco were caught on the east side of Lime Island. Northern pike were caught on the south side of Lime Island when casting or trolling a chrome spoon with a red eye in four to six feet in the early morning. Carleton Creek, located two miles south of the Raber boat launch, is reporting fair walleye action when trolling a crawler harness and bottom bouncer just off the weeds in 12 to 14 feet.

Drummond Island: Cisco and lake whitefish were caught around Cass Island which is on the north end of Drummond.

Cedarville and Hessel: The Cedarville public boat launch off Meridian Road is still closed for repairs. The estimated completion is the middle of September.

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