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Panfish caught in deeper water; good walleye results

Outdoors Report

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers are landing bluegills and crappies in 12 feet or more of water as panfish action has picked up, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said.

At Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., Fay Whisler said crappies are biting in the evening and early morning. Bluegill fishing has been steadier, she said, recommending live bait in 10 to 12 feet of water.

Walleye fishing has also been good, Whisler said, noting “they’ve been getting some nice ones.”

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said Lake Michigan anglers in the Marinette area were trying for trout and salmon with mixed results. Chambers Island was the only place with reported catches of some salmon with the occasional rainbow or brown trout. Fish were averaging 3 to 5 pounds and were caught 50 to 70 feet down in deep water south of the island.

The Michigan DNR issued a reminder that any angler who harvests a muskellunge is required to report the harvest within 24 hours of the time of the catch. You can report your harvest online at Michigan.gov/RegisterFish or by calling 906-287-0816.

The following Upper Peninsula activity was reported:

Keweenaw Bay: Recent storms and wind had the bays all mixed up. Anglers still were getting a fair number of lake trout along with a few salmon; however, they were putting in a lot of time trying to find them. Jigging for lake trout seemed to work best.

Little Bay De Noc: The best walleye action was from Breezy Point south to Round Island trolling a crawler harness or stick baits in 14 to 25 feet both early and late. Fair to good smallmouth action in the grassy areas around the mouth of the Tacoosh River when casting plastics or near the mouth of the Ford River, but the fish were smaller. Perch fishing was fair near Kipling in 12 to 30 feet with crawlers. Salmon anglers have reported very few catches in the area this season. Those with large boats have been heading to Green Bay waters or over to the Summer Island area for better fishing.

Manistique: When salmon anglers could get out, catch rates were few. Those after lake trout reported fair to good catches southeast of the buoy in 120 to 180 feet. River anglers should be looking for early salmon as they start to show up the end of July.

Indian Lake: Was producing some walleye.

St. Marys River: Fishing was good for most. A decent number of Atlantic salmon and whitefish were caught behind the powerhouse. Those fishing the lower river caught walleye, pike and smallmouth bass.

Raber: Had fair to good walleye action when trolling Raber Bay in the early morning. Troll south of the boat launch along weed beds with shad-colored crankbaits in 8 feet.

Detour: Walleye anglers heading out from the DNR launch reported good catches of walleye up at Swedes Point. Try planner boards with 6-inch, shad-colored crankbaits in the early morning or late evening. Walleye anglers had success using crawlers or minnows with a slip-bobber in 8 to 12 feet.

Drummond Island: Cisco are still being caught at Little Trout, Big Trout and Burnt islands when jigging a brown or red teardrop with wax worms in 25 feet.

Cedarville and Hessel: Yellow perch are being caught at the Island #8 Bridge with worms or minnows off the weed beds in 6 to 8 feet. There are reports of perch being caught at the east end of Snows Channel, at Connors Point. Try close to the weed beds when casting a small white or pink twister tail jig in 4 to 6 feet. Middle Entrance to the Les Cheneaux Islands is producing yellow perch at the mouth of Peck Bay in 4 to 8 feet with small worms or shiners. For Hessel, anglers reported good northern pike fishing in the early morning with large minnows and creek chubs under a bobber or when casting black and chrome crankbaits in 8 feet outside the pier.

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