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Anglers landing walleye, bass, pike; panfish biting sluggish

Outdoors Report

James Pryal of Crystal Falls shows a 46-inch musky caught on a fly rod. “This massive girl came out of 15 feet of water to inhale my streamer,” said Pryal. “A short battle, a quick picture and this Goliath was back on her journey.”

IRON MOUNTAIN — Walleye action has been picking up, with jumbo leeches and large or fathead minnows the most popular baits for area waters.

“They’ve been getting quite a few nice ones,” said Fay Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., noting bass and northern pike catches also have been consistent.

Summer panfish seem to be in a lull, but trout anglers have been reporting some good results, she said.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said storms and strong winds have slowed fishing efforts on the Great Lakes, but inland fishing for bass was fair to good.

The Masters Walleye Circuit will launch out of Marinette, Wis., on Aug. 7 and 8. Weigh-ins will be at Menekaunee Harbor beginning at 3 p.m. both days.

Wildlife Unlimited of Dickinson County Inc. — supported by donors 41 Lumber, RC Fabricators, Bacco and Baker Sign in partnership with the city of Iron Mountain and Lake Antoine Association — placed the fishing pier on Lake Antoine last week. The pier, a long-term project for Wildlife Unlimited, offers handicap access for fishing, bird watching and just enjoying Lake Antoine. From left are Wildlife Unlimited board members Dane Baker, Bob Baker, Mike Holmes, Matt Borchardt, Bob Doepker and Randy Evosevich.

The Michigan DNR reported this Upper Peninsula activity:

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers fishing Huron, Traverse and Keweenaw bay had similar success. Jigging for lake trout remained somewhat productive, while those trolling picked up a few lake trout and the occasional Chinook salmon.

Marquette: Surface water temperatures are very warm for Lake Superior with the mid-to-upper 60s offshore and above 70 degrees near shore. A few anglers out trying for lake trout did poorly, with only one or two fish taken. Water levels were high at the mouth of the Dead River.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye catches were best along the “Black Bottom” when trolling crawlers or stick baits along the east bank in 20 to 30 feet; near Breezy Point right along the break; and a little further south near Round Island in 16 to 24 feet. Perch fishing was spotty with only a few caught near the green buoy by the Day’s River and along the First or Second Reefs with crawlers or minnows in 14 to 35 feet. There was good bass action near the mouth of the Whitefish River when casting plastics.

Manistique: Weather conditions have limited anglers. Most salmon anglers are still fishing the buoy area and towards Barques Point at 60 to 90 feet down in 100 to 120 feet. Most boated two to three fish.

Manistique River: There was still some walleye being caught up near the High Dam spill-over when using stick baits, jigs, and crawlers. The breakwall was good for walleye, but many were undersize.

Munising: There were very few anglers. Fishing was slower with only a couple lake trout taken. Fishing off the Anna River dock has been poor this summer with very few fish being caught.

Raber: Anglers had good catches of northern pike along the north shore of Raber Bay when trolling and casting crankbaits or a chrome spoon with a red eye just off the weed beds in the early morning. For perch, anglers were fishing between Big Lime and Little Lime Island in 6 to 8 feet with worms and shiner minnows. Also try a small white rubber body spinner bait near the weeds. There were no reports of lake herring at Lime Island.

St. Ignace: Those fishing the Pine River caught walleye when trolling and drifting worms or leeches. Many were small. On the Carp River, anglers caught walleye and perch when drifting worms and leeches off the sea wall. A few limit catches of walleye were taken in the early morning.

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