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Big walleye caught during boundary season

Outdoors report

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers have had some luck fishing for walleye on the Michigan-Wisconsin boundary, though many of the catches are small.

One angler, however, used the one-fish limit to full advantage, landing a 28-incher, said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. “We’ve been selling a lot of minnows,” he added, noting fishing action has started to pick up.

For panfish, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources recommends looking for crappies in shallow water — sometimes only a couple feet deep — as the fish spawn in the spring. Crappies like both minnows and jigs. Anglers are reminded that a 2021 fishing license is required as of April 1.

Spring turkey seasons are just around the corner, with the Upper Peninsula opener Saturday, April 17, for a hunt running through May 31.

Wisconsin’s spring turkey season is comprised of six seven-day periods from April 21 through June 1. There is also a youth turkey hunt April 17-18.

The Wisconsin Conservation Congress 2021 Spring Hearing begins online at 7 p.m. Monday. 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 through the online input opportunity.

The web page will remain open until 7 p.m. Thursday and results will be posted as soon as they are available. For more information, go to https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/about/wcc/springhearing.

“We look forward to hearing from the public on a wide variety of natural resource issues,” said Tony Blattler, chair of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress. “We are pleased that we can adjust to the current situation and protect the health of our communities while continuing to provide an opportunity for the public to weigh in.”

This year there are 23 proposed rule changes related to fisheries and five proposed rule changes related to wildlife management. The Michigan DNR reported this Upper Peninsula activity:

Keweenaw Bay: The seagulls were actively “hunting,” flying low, looking down and searching the waters. There was a north wind, which was putting a good chop on the water surface, so it’s likely that the gulls are having a hard time seeing anything, but there was a good congregation of gulls at the Falls River and other area creeks.

Cedarville: One boat angler was drifting crawler harnesses off Pleasant Point, targeting perch with no success. They were also casting spoons for a chance of pike with no success.

Hessel: One angler fishing off the pier with spoons and minnows for splake with no success.

Carp River: There were a few people fishing off the pier and also at McDonalds Rapids, but the catch success is unknown.

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