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Michigan small game hunt opens

Outdoors Report

IRON MOUNTAIN — Squirrel, rabbit, hare and ruffed grouse hunting all opened Tuesday in Michigan.

Woodcock hunters can join the hunt when the season opens today. In addition to a small game license, make sure to have a free woodcock stamp, which includes a federal migratory bird hunter HIP endorsement.

Fall turkey hunting also is underway. Check leftover turkey license availability and get other season information at Michigan.gov/Turkey.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported these Upper Peninsula fishing conditions:

Keweenaw Bay: Those trolling caught a few salmon along with the occasional steelhead and brown trout, but on average, most are getting lake trout.

Marquette: Boat anglers caught lake trout. No limits but three to four fish per trip. No major reports of coho in the area; however, a few were caught, along with the occasional steelhead and brown trout. Shore anglers fishing the Carp River and the Chocolay River reported slow fishing, with only a few coho caught.

Menominee River: Walleye and pink salmon were reported in the lower river.

Detour: Had no report due to strong winds along the St. Marys River and northern Lake Huron.

Cedarville and Hessel: Good pike action continues at the Middle Entrance to the Les Cheneaux Islands when using chubs in 18 to 20 feet. Fish were also caught when trolling between Little La Salle Island and Peck Bay in 8 feet.

Carp River: Anglers caught smaller Chinook salmon when drifting skein and spawn bags or casting crankbaits and spoons at the sea wall.

Nunn’s Creek: Some have taken limit catches of Chinook salmon when drifting skein or casting spoons and crankbaits at the mouth.

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