Michigan elk and bear applications due soon; UPROAR to meet

Outdoors report

IRON MOUNTAIN — June 1 is the deadline to apply for elk and bear hunting licenses in Michigan.

Hunting units and season date information to assist in purchasing an application is available at Michigan.gov/Elk and Michigan.gov/Bear. Apply online or at any license retailer. Applications are $5.

Drawing results will be posted online June 24.

Hunters who want another chance at a bear or elk license can increase their odds by applying for the Pure Michigan Hunt. Applications are $5 and are available at any license agent or online at eLicense. Hunters may buy as many applications as they want. Learn more at Michigan.gov/PMH.

UPROAR, or Upper Peninsula Recreational Off-Road ATV Riders, will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Big 10 Sports Bar & Grill in Quinnesec. More club information can be found at https://www.uproar906.com/.

With trout season in full swing, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that trout are known to have excellent vision, thus the following tips:

— Cast out far ahead of you to prevent the trout from seeing you.

— When wading, do so carefully and avoid rapid movement, which could spook the fish.

— Don’t wear any shiny objects, including watches or tools on your vest.

— Stay away from wearing bright colors, stick to dark browns and greens.

— Remember that trout usually face into the current, so cast upstream.

The Wisconsin DNR reported that a few walleyes were caught in the Menominee River on crawler harnesses.

The Michigan DNR reported this Upper Peninsula activity:

St. Ignace: A couple anglers brought in lake trout while trolling and jigging with spoons off Mackinac Island. Good colors to use were chartreuse, blues, silvers and pinks. Anglers fishing for steelhead at the Carp River found no success.

Ontonagon River: Activity on the river was extremely low. Fishing efforts are expected to see a great increase over the next few weeks. Reports suggest that few fish were being caught.

Ontonagon/Silver City/Union Bay: These ports saw a significant increase in anglers over the past week. Reports show that some coho salmon and brown trout were caught in low numbers in addition to increasing numbers of lake trout. Anglers had the best luck when trolling shallow waters. The fish cleaning station at the Ontonagon marina is now open for the season.

Black River Harbor: Fishing out of the harbor was reported to be decent. Anglers reported catching coho salmon, brown trout, lake trout and Chinook salmon in small numbers. Reports show fish were caught by those trolling shallow waters. Anglers described the bite as sporadic.

Lex Cheneaux/Detour: Anglers were catching a few splake and Atlantic salmon off the pier at the Hessel marina, but the bite was reported to have slowed. The perch were slowly making their way into the marina, but there were yet to be any caught. Anglers caught small northern pike and bass on the Hill Island Bridge with plastics and live minnows. In Detour, the Atlantic salmon and lake trout fishing was steady in the flats area. There were also reports of anglers catching a mixed bag of coho and Chinook salmon, as well as a steelhead and a splake caught while targeting Atlantic salmon.

Keweenaw Bay/Huron Bay: Fishing was reported to be steady. Anglers had luck fishing both from shore and from boats. Shore anglers were able to catch splake and rainbow trout. Boat anglers were successful during trolling and jigging trips, with jigging trips producing more fish in the form of lake trout and the trolling trips producing more salmon. Salmon were also found in some of the bays; however, the anglers had to work hard to find them. Jigging trips were successful with both cut bait and plain hooks, while trolling was entirely done with plain hooks and artificial baits. Try getting on the water early and trolling near shore for those morning trout and salmon.

Traverse Bay/South Portage Entry Canal: Anglers had successful fishing trips while both trolling and jigging, with the focus being on salmon. These fishing events produced many more lake trout than salmon; however, a few coho and Chinook salmon were caught. Salmon were caught mostly during the morning in nearshore waters of varying depths. Lake trout were found primarily in 100 feet of water, biting on both natural and artificial baits, and were full of smelt at the surface. Follow bait in the water column and fish just off where you find them for the best lake trout fishing.


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