DNR lists ‘family friendly’ fishing spots

Outdoors report

IRON MOUNTAIN — Lake Antoine, Cowboy Lake and Gene’s Pond in Dickinson County and Peavey Pond and Fortune Chain in Iron County are among the “family friendly” fishing waters recommended by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR’s map at https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/things-to-do/fishing/where/fffw shows locations statewide that are easy to access and have a high likelihood of catching fish.

Driving directions for top spots in the Upper Peninsula can be found at https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/things-to-do/fishing/where/fffw/upper-peninsula-family-friendly-fishing-waters-locations.

The Fumee Lake Commission will host a guided bird walk with Chris Kionka beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 18, in the east parking lot. A trail maintenance work bee is scheduled the same day at 9 a.m., also meeting in the east parking lot.

Outdoors enthusiasts in Dickinson County are reminded the DNR will close a section of White Post Road north of Felch beginning May 23. The road closure is for replacement of a bridge over Skunk Creek about a quarter-mile east of Norway Lake Road, or Dickinson County Road 581.

The project is expected to be completed in mid-August, with the road due to be reopened Aug. 16. During the closure, traffic will be rerouted over Lantz Road to the Norway Lake Truck Trail to reach White Post Road.

Upper Peninsula Power Co. will temporarily close its boat launch facility at Dam No. 4 on the Boney Falls reservoir on the Escanaba River on Monday.

“We are asking the public to avoid the Boney Falls boat launch on May 13,” said Brett French, vice president of Business Development and Communications. “Crews will be working in the area to assemble a construction barge and to stage materials that are necessary for construction of the improvements that will be made this summer. As an alternative, we are asking recreationists to use the boat launch that is located near Dam No. 3 on the Escanaba River to ensure the public’s safety.”

Construction activities are scheduled to occur until Oct. 18 – Monday through Friday – and additional intermittent delays may be experienced in the vicinity of the Boney Falls boat launch.

A few walleyes were being caught in the Menominee and Peshtigo rivers, the Wisconsin DNR said. Fishing with crawlers on jigs or pulling flies upstream was reported to be effective.

The Michigan DNR reported this U.P. activity:

Little Bay de Noc: Perch fishing near the narrows was reported to be fair. Anglers caught fish near the drop-offs in the narrows, using perch rigs baited with worms. Some success was also had when using minnows. Smallmouth bass fishing near the head of the bay, as well as the Ford River, was good.

Manistique: Angers targeting steelhead had some success when drifting spawn or beads. Anglers reported catching a few small trout and steelhead, as well as suckers.

Ontonagon River: Fishing pressure was low on the river, as high turbidity limited effective fishing efforts. Reports suggest that few to no fish were caught.

Ontonagon/Silver City/Union Bay: Reports show that boat anglers were catching coho salmon and brown trout.

Black River Harbor: Fishing from the harbor was reported to be good, as anglers had luck in finding coho salmon, Chinook salmon, brown trout and lake trout. Coho salmon were caught in low numbers by those fishing from shore. Reports show that fish were caught by those trolling shallow waters.

Marquette: Boat anglers who made their way out on the lower harbor saw declining catches of coho salmon. Increased numbers of Chinook salmon were caught in the lower harbor when trolling in 8 to 20 feet of water and closer to the south shore between the rivers. Trolling orange moonshine glow lures was reported to work well for the Chinook salmon. Trolling at lower speeds, around 1.8 mph, seemed to be good for salmon as well.

Au Train: The smelt were still moving up the rivers but in dwindling numbers. There were decent numbers of coho salmon, steelhead and Chinook salmon still being caught when both trolling and casting. Lake trout fishing started to pick up nicely.

Munising: Fishing was reported to be relatively slow. Some anglers reported catching lake trout and a few Chinook salmon. Popular methods were jigs and spoons.

Grand Marais: A few boats were able to catch their limit of coho salmon. There were reports of steelhead being caught out from the mouth of the Sucker River. Popular methods included trolling Rapalas and spoons.

Keweenaw Bay/Huron Bay: Anglers had luck fishing both from shore and from boats. Shore anglers found most of their fish using natural/live baits and letting them sit close to the bottom. Splake and rainbow trout were the main catches from shore. Boat anglers were successful during trolling and jigging trips.


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