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Wisconsin youth hunt this weekend

Outdoors report

IRON MOUNTAIN — This weekend brings Wisconsin’s youth gun deer hunt, always held on the Saturday and Sunday nearest Oct. 8.

It is open to licensed youth hunters ages 15 and younger, participating with a mentor.

Weather conditions are expected to be pleasant but slightly breezy through the weekend, with highs in the mid-50s.

Most archery hunters are being selective, said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. Only a handful of harvests have been reported.

Fishing, meanwhile, has slowed, “a mixed bag of small fish,” including smaller walleye and pike, Whisler said.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reported that Lake Michigan muskellunge were being marked in 12 to 14 feet of water near Oconto County’s Geano Beach.

The Michigan DNR reported these Upper Peninsula conditions:

Keweenaw Bay: The past week has been hit or miss. Anglers were marking lots of fish but only picked up a few coho, steelhead, brown trout or splake. Those catching fish were putting in their time to do so.

Marquette: A few boats were out and caught a small number of coho, steelhead and brown trout. Some limit catches were taken near Granite Island, including fish up to 10 pounds. The fish were found in shallow water along the breaks. Those trying for whitefish had no luck. Shore anglers fishing from the Chocolay River access, the mouth of the Carp River and Dead River reported one or two fish per trip, mostly coho, brown trout, splake and small Chinook salmon. Those starting to fish the breakwall by the Coast Guard Station caught a few lake trout on spoons.

Little Bay de Noc: Walleye anglers reported fair catches, with most fishing north of the “Narrows” in the early morning or late at night when trolling a crawler harness or stick baits in 12 to 20 feet. Night anglers anchored in the shallows and casting stick baits also caught fish. Perch fishing was fair in the same area with crawlers or minnows in 6 to 25 feet. Smallmouth bass are in fall mode and were found 25 feet down in deeper water near the Black Bottom. Most were using dropshots or minnows. No salmon in the rivers.

Indian Lake: In Schoolcraft County was producing some perch.

Manistique River: The fall salmon run has peaked, as very few silver fish are being reported. Most were casting crankbaits about 100 yards from the dam. Some have started looking for steelhead, but no catches were reported. Walleye are still in the river, and a few were caught by salmon anglers.

Munising: Had some improvement, but catch rates were still low, especially for boat anglers. Those shore fishing the Anna River and Bay Furnace caught a few coho and splake along with a few small rainbows on spawn or casting spoons. Most of the coho were still somewhat silver.

St. Marys River: Salmon fishing slowed. The pink salmon run lasted about two weeks near Sault Ste. Marie.

Detour: Gusty winds have kept salmon and trout anglers off the water.

Cedarville and Hessel: There were reports of a few perch caught in Cedarville Bay, across from Viking Marina. Try just off the cattails in 6 to 8 feet with worms and shiners. A few catches were taken at Island #8 off Hill Island Road.

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