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Bluegill action slows; bass fishing good

June 16, 2012
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - Bluegill spawning appears to have slowed or come to a conclusion throughout much of the immediate area.

"Bluegill seems to be done spawning," said Patti Teske at Florence Sport and Bait. "Guys are catching some crappie and lots of northern and bass."

Wisconsin's bass season opened today.

"Some have been getting a few keeper walleye," Teske added. "They were being caught on leeches and fatheads."

Bass fishing is going strong just about everywhere.

John Grier's Whispering Pines Outpost said a lot of bass were being caught and good fishing was reported overall. Top bait choices this week were leeches, suckers and shiners.

"Bass has been pretty active," said Don Ciochetto at The Sport Shop in Iron River. "Artificial black night crawlers with yellow spots was a popular choice."

Ciochetto added that walleye fishing is "up and down." He said trout fishermen were continuing to have success using Mepps and Panther Martin spinners.

Tom Bean at Crystal Bait said northern were hitting this week, as well as some walleye.

Bob Kennard at Channing's Midtown Bait and Tackle mentioned good bass action at Witch Lake and good size northern being caught at Way Dam.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said the black bear breeding season is in full swing. Sows have chased off yearling bears, so these young bears are on their own for the first time and they are being sighted at back yard bird feeders. Remove feeders to avoid unwanted black bear encounters.

Michigan DNR reported the following fishing conditions across the U.P.:

Ontonagon: River fishing is very slow but those fishing the big lake have caught lake trout. The fish were scattered and caught in the top third of waters 12 to 125 feet deep.

Keweenaw Bay: Those trolling caught fish from Sand Point north toward the red rocks at the roadside park at Keweenaw. Try 50 to 75 feet down in waters 60 to 90 feet deep with spoons or crank baits in a variety of colors. Those jigging found lake trout in 240 to 270 feet of water off the pine tree at Pequaming Point and the south end of Big Reef. A few more perch were caught at the Baraga Marina. Near South Portage, lake trout were taken off Farmers Reef, Newton's Reef and the Mud Banks in 45 to 70 feet of water. Some were jigging in 90 to 180 feet.

Marquette: Lake trout anglers are fishing about five miles towards Shot Point and taking fish 20 feet off the bottom in 180 feet of water or north of Granite Island in 200 feet of water. A few fish were taken on high-lines within 50 feet of the surface. Good numbers of lake trout were caught from Stannard Rock.

Menominee: More boats are targeting chinook in the waters of Sturgeon Bay. Some are heading to Chambers Isle and picking up a few. A couple salmon were caught near the Whalesback and beyond. Walleye anglers trolling in 12 to 15 feet of water along the Michigan and Wisconsin shoreline were not doing very well but they did catch freshwater drum and smallmouth bass.

Menominee River: Water levels near the dam are still low. Shore anglers were catching a few smallmouth bass, freshwater drum and rock bass when still-fishing with crawlers and minnows.

Cedar River: Bass anglers fishing from the mouth to the first rapids caught smallmouth but the fish were running small. Freshwater drum were also caught.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye catches were best at night when trolling crawler harnesses or crank baits near Kipling, the Narrows or out from the Terrace Bay Inn in 10 to 28 feet of water. During the day, the better fishing was near the beach at Gladstone in 14 to 28 feet of water or off the Black Bottom in 20 to 25 feet of water. Walleye were caught down by the "Fingers" and Round Island in 10 to 23 feet. Chinook salmon fishing was good to excellent out by the Ford River Buoy when trolling spoons 60 to 80 feet down in 80 to 120 feet of water. Perch were caught by those still-fishing with worms in 10 to 20 feet of water northeast of Butler Island and off the beach house at Gladstone in 14 to 25 feet of water. Several large channel cats were caught by walleye anglers.

Ford River: Has good smallmouth action for those casting crank baits in 10 to 12 feet of water along the edge of the mouth or those casting crank baits or plastics between the mouth and the first bridge.

Big Bay De Noc: Had very good walleye fishing from Poplar Point over to Kate's Bay when trolling crawler harnesses in 16 to 20 feet of water. With good numbers of fish and few anglers, this is a good place to go if you fish for walleye. Good smallmouth action between Porcupine Point and Poplar Point, Ogontz, Kate's Bay and Garden Bluff when casting crank baits or plastics in 12 to 15 feet of water. A few perch were taken in 8 to 12 feet in Garden Bay. Fairport had excellent salmon fishing however few anglers were out. Good numbers of fish were caught 65 to 95 feet down in 80 to 120 feet of water when trolling spoons. Schools of fish are chasing all the baitfish. If you like salmon fishing and your waiting until July you could miss all the action! For smallmouth, try the north end of Little Summer Island.

Au Train: Water temperatures are much warmer this year than last year. Lake trout were caught out towards Laughing Whitefish Point and Wood Island.



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