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Higher fire danger this weekend

IRON MOUNTAIN — Burn permit restrictions are in effect for Dickinson and Iron counties, as a lack of snow cover brings heightened wildfire risks.

Temperatures are expected to climb into the 60s today and Sunday, with no weekend rain. There’s a good chance of showers by Wednesday.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on Friday listed the fire danger in northeastern Wisconsin as moderate. Conditions are abnormally dry across most of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

At Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., Fay Whisler said a few anglers were going after walleye on the boundary waters, where there is a one-fish limit. Most of the catches were small, she said.

The Michigan DNR is accepting written comments on its draft walleye management plan through April 1. All written comments should be submitted to DNR-Walleye@michigan.gov.

The plan can be viewed at https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79119_79146_82437—,00.html.

The DNR reported this U.P. activity:

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers should use extreme caution if venturing out because of warm weather and strong winds over the last week. Those that managed to get out caught lake trout and cisco along with the occasional splake, pike and coho. Very few anglers have been out for smelt as catch rates were low.

Cedarville and Hessel: Ice conditions for the Cedarville Channel and into Government Bay are unknown but there were a few anglers fishing in front of Hill Island. Musky Bay and Duck Bay still had ice. Perch ranging 7- to 11-inches were caught in Musky Bay when jigging wax worms and perch minnows. The better action was off Pleasant Point heading into Duck Bay. Hessel had little fishing activity. No word on perch or splake but a lake trout was caught near the marina when jigging a minnow in 12 to 15 feet.

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