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Anglers landing perch; snowmobile trails groomed

Outdoors report

IRON MOUNTAIN — More anglers are heading out and snowmobilers as well are taking advantage of milder weather.

“They’ve been catching some perch with mousies,” reported Fay Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. Some bigger bluegills and a few northern pike were also among the catches, she said.

As of last weekend, the Tri-County Snowmobile Club had groomed 119 miles of trails. The club’s next meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, at Waucedah Township Hall in Loretto.

Wisconsin trail conditions were listed as good in both Florence and Marinette counties, and excellent in northern Vilas County, according to travelwisconsin.com.

Anglers are reminded of the March 15 ice shanty removal deadline for Michigan-Wisconsin boundary waters.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported this Upper Peninsula activity:

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers recently had better success with catching fish each trip out. Most were catching splake along with the occasional coho, brown trout, lake trout, whitefish and burbot. Anglers have reported seeing smelt but very few have been caught during the day.

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions improved, and anglers were fishing all the way down to Escanaba. Lots of anglers are walleye fishing, however catch rates have been spotty. Yellow perch fishing was fair to good.

Munising: Fewer anglers have been out due to bitter cold temperatures. Those that have gone out reported nice catches of coho and quality size splake. Whitefish numbers were low. Those targeting lake trout were starting to head out. Schools of smelt were scattered off Sand Point and the Anna River.

Cedarville and Hessel: Ice conditions off Cedarville were unknown. Anglers were seen in Musky Bay, Cedarville Channel and Government Bay. Catch rates were unknown. Off Hessel, anglers are fishing in the bay however there are some areas that do have considerable snow drifts. Perch fishing slowed but some were still able to find fish up to 10″ when jigging.

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