Anglers landing boundary walleye; Spring Hearings online April 12-15

Outdoors report

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers were targeting walleye on Michigan-Wisconsin boundary waters and finding some success during the transition from winter to spring.

At Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., Fay Whisler said fathead minnows were the preferred bait.

“They’re catching a lot, but they’re on the small side,” she said. The limit is one per day.

Some anglers were also landing bluegills on waxworms, Whisler said.

Fishing licenses expire March 31 in both Michigan and Wisconsin. In both states, everyone older than age 16 needs a license to catch fish.

The Wisconsin Conservation Congress and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced the annual Spring Hearings again will be conducted online due to the pandemic.

The public will have the opportunity to provide input on proposed natural resources rule changes from the DNR and advisory questions from the Natural Resources Board and WCC.

The 2021 Spring Hearing online input webpage and will go live at 7 p.m. April 12 and will remain open for 72 hours. Results will be posted as soon as they are available.

This year has 23 proposed rule changes related to fisheries and five proposed rule changes related to wildlife management. Advisory questions are listed as well.

Wisconsinites can also recommend changes to natural resource issues by submitting citizen resolutions online.

All citizen resolutions must be received by 5 p.m. April 5. Those who complete the online input form will be able to see the resolutions that were submitted by individuals indicating they reside in that county.

More information is available at https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/about/wcc/springhearing.

The Michigan DNR reported this Upper Peninsula activity:

Keweenaw Bay: Ice anglers had slow catch rates the past couple of days when the ice was good to fish. Warm temperatures have hit the ice hard and recent high winds have blown a lot of the ice out. Shore anglers have managed to catch a couple coho and the occasional brown trout and lake herring. Some boats have made their way onto the bay, but floating ice chunks are still around. Rivers in the area have started to open up or are close to doing so. Few fish have been caught but anglers reported no fresh fish have moved into the rivers yet.

Cedarville: Anglers reported that about 12 inches of ice in Musky Bay. The access site to Musky Bay had a small section that was usable, but conditions are changing fast. Fishing was good for yellow perch while anglers have been doing a lot of sorting. Anglers jigging minnows and waxworms reported some success harvesting perch in Musky Bay and off Pleasant Point. Anglers fishing in the Cedarville Channel reported having success catching yellow perch.

Hessel: The public beach access site was still usable, but conditions are changing fast. Anglers were jigging minnows and wax worms with success catching smelt, lake trout, splake and yellow perch.


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