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Outdoors report

Bass fishing still good;trout streams running low

July 21, 2012
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - Bass continue to be the most active fish for local anglers.

"There's been lots of bass yet," said Patti Teske at Florence Sport and Bait. "Northern are still hitting on spinner baits, and bluegills being caught tended to be smaller. Some fishermen have been looking in deeper water to find larger fish."

Don Ciochetto at The Sport Shop in Iron River said the heat has kept fishing quiet, except for bass and some panfish action.

John Grier's Whispering Pines Outpost also listed bass as the most active fish this week.

"They're still getting them pretty good," Grier said. "I'm still hearing about some bluegill, and I also heard about a 16-inch crappie being caught this week."

Trout fishing has slowed as water levels have dropped on area streams.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said this week that fishing pressure has been moderate. In the north, with the warm air and water temperatures, many musky anglers have taken a break from fishing as they don't want to add any undue stress to the trophy fish. Largemouth bass have started to provide the most consistent fishing action, while the smallmouths continue to be a bit more difficult to find and catch. Walleye action has been fair to good.

Michigan DNR reported the following fishing conditions across the Upper Peninsula:

Keweenaw Bay: A few perch were caught off the Baraga Marina. Those trolling from Sand Point north to the Red Rock Cliffs caught coho and lake trout. Fish were caught in 30 to 40 feet of water with the Mayfly hatch. Good lake trout fishing in Traverse Bay when trolling along Big Reef, Big Louie's Point and the northeast side of the Huron Island in 120 to 180 feet of water.

Marquette: Catch rates for lake trout picked up for those fishing east near the "Sand Hole", north of the white rocks and around Granite Island. A few limit catches were reported. Some caught fish 60 feet down in 120 to 180 feet of water with high lines while others did good in 200 to 250 feet of water. Average weight was 15 pounds. Anglers used assorted spoons and flies with no particular color. Catch rates were consistent around Stannard Rock when jigging with suckers. Water temperatures were in the low 70's and water clarity was reduced due to an algae bloom.

Menominee: Chinook, steelhead and brown trout were caught in 100 feet of water near Green Island. Walleye were caught by those trolling in 12 to 15 feet. Fewer salmon were caught off the Cedar River even though good numbers of fish were marked. Water temperatures out at the Whalesback were in the mid 70's near the surface and the mid 50's near the bottom. Calm waters in the early morning or late evening were best at 65 to 85 feet down in 70 to 85 feet of water north and south or the green can. Those launching off Stony Point caught chinook salmon near the bottom in 85 to 100 feet of water.

Menominee River: Those trolling have caught freshwater drum, channel cats, smallmouth bass, northern pike and walleye. Crawler harnesses or different colored rapalas worked best. Shore anglers were targeting smallmouth bass and walleye in the early morning or late evening.

Cedar River: Bass anglers are fishing from the mouth to the first rapids. They caught undersize smallmouth bass, rock bass and freshwater drum.

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers fishing the "Black Bottom" caught fish when jigging or drifting crawlers in 14 to 20 feet of water. Some were heading south down by Breezy Point and the "Fingers" but catch rates were few even though a good number of fish were marked. Perch anglers did well off the northeast side of Butler Island when using crawlers in 17 to 25 feet of water. Salmon action was fair near the Ford River Buoy when trolling spoons 30 to 95 feet down in 50 to 140 feet of water.

Big Bay De Noc: Had fair to good smallmouth bass fishing. Water temperatures are on the rise so the bass are heading to deeper water. Best catches were in 18 to 30 feet off Garden Bluff or 14 to 22 feet out from Kate's Bay. Fairport still has good catch rates for salmon 50 to 90 feet down in 90 to 140 feet of water. Most are using spoons however some of the bigger fish were caught on natural or artificial cut bait.

Au Train: Had few anglers. The near shore water temperatures were in the low 70's and offshore waters were 68 degrees. With the warm water temperatures, an algae bloom has reduced water clarity.

Munising: Few anglers were out due to all the recreational boating. Lake trout have been caught near Grand Portal Point, Trout Bay and Wood Island in 100 to 180 feet of water in the early morning or late evening. A few limit catches were reported but those anglers put in a lot of time. Pier fishing was very slow.

Grand Marais: Boat anglers had fair to good success for lake trout fishing five to seven miles to the north and between Au Sable Point Lighthouse and Grand Marais. Fish waters 100 to 300 feet deep.

St. Mary's River: Up near Lime Island, the fly hatches have disappeared and lake herring are no longer biting. Fly hatches are still present east of Lime Island. Whitefish and herring are still being caught at Butterfield Island, Long Island and McComb Island when using small tear drops with wax worms or natural hatches in 30 feet of water.

DeTour: Is producing good numbers of Atlantic salmon for those trolling lead core 80 to 90 feet behind the boat between the Detour Lighthouse and first red buoy on the south end of Drummond Island.

Cedarville and Hessel: Had excellent pike fishing in Hessel Bay and Government Bay.



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