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Walleye plan on UP agenda

Outdoors report

IRON MOUNTAIN — Michigan’s inland walleye management plan will be discussed when the Department of Natural Resources’ Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council meets virtually Thursday.

The public may participate by attending the virtual format. For instructions and additional details, contact Kristi Dahlstrom at dahlstromk@michigan.gov or 906-226-1331 by 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Thursday’s meeting is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The group will also hear updates on carbon credits and renewable energy.

To find nomination forms to be considered for a future council member vacancy, or to locate current agendas, past meeting minutes and reports, go to Michigan.gov/UPCAC.

The walleye and northern pike possession season closes Tuesday in the Upper Peninsula Great Lake waters, inland waters, and St. Marys River. The muskellunge possession season also closes Tuesday in all Great Lakes waters, inland waters and St. Marys River.

The DNR advises anglers to be cautious of the ice in places where temperatures start to climb above freezing as things can change quickly and become dangerous.

The DNR reported this Upper Peninsula activity:

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers should be cautious when venturing out on the ice with the current warm temps hitting the bay. Anglers have caught a good number of lake trout and lake herring recently. Some splake, whitefish, coho and the occasional brown trout were still being caught. Smelt anglers at night are still reporting low catch rates and those venturing out for burbot at night managed to catch a few.

Cedarville: Anglers have been doing really well catching 8 to 11-inch yellow perch while jigging minnows and wax worms in Musky Bay and Duck Bay. There was very little fishing pressure in the Cedarville channel and the point going into Government Bay.

Hessel: Yellow perch fishing has been slow this week with little fishing pressure being reported. However, anglers have been catching splake while jigging minnows in Hessel Bay and in Wilderness Bay.

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