Archives: October 2012

Wooden Nickel Halloween Party October 27th

Saturday October 27th from 8pm-2am, join us at the Wooden Nickel for
costume contest with up to $100 cash prize for best costume. There
will be $3 bomb shots all evening and pumpkin ale on tap! see our
Facebook page for more details!

‘Ask the DNR’ to air on WNMU-TV Channel 13 on Thursday, Oct. 4

“Ask the DNR” returns to WNMU-TV Channel 13 in the Upper Peninsula Thursday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. The show will focus on fall hunting and fishing opportunities and regulations.

The hour-long program features a panel of Department of Natural Resources employees taking questions from viewers who call in during the live show to 800-227-9668.

Thursday’s show will feature conservation officer Jerry Fitzgibbon from Alger County; wildlife biologist Kevin Swanson from Marquette; fisheries biologist Cory Kovacs from Newberry, and deputy public information officer Debbie Munson Badini from Marquette.

Questions are answered live on the show; any questions not answered before the end of the episode will be answered by phone call to the viewer.

“Ask the DNR” is produced five times a year on WNMU-TV 13, the public television station in Marquette. It is aired live on public television stations throughout the Upper Peninsula and northeastern Wisconsin and typically replays the following day at noon. Please consult local television listings to confirm replay times for the program.

UPPER PENINSULA Weekly Fishing Report from Michigan DNR

Black River:  Anglers have reported nice catches of chinook, coho and pink salmon below the Rainbow Falls.

Keweenaw Bay:  Boat anglers are fishing when they can get out.  Many were taking to the piers or fishing inland as the last rain did bring more fish up into the rivers.

Fall’s River:  More fish have moved up into the river.  Anglers were harvesting coho and pink salmon.  They will also find the occasional chinook or brown trout.

Chocolay RiverAnglers have caught a good number of coho salmon.

Marquette:  Boat anglers fishing inside the breakwall for salmon did not catch many fish.  Surface water temperatures are still quite warm in the upper 50’s.  No lake trout to report this week.

Dead RiverShore anglers caught a couple pink salmon when using spinners.  The occasional chinook and coho were also seen.  Try flies, spinners or small stick baits.

Carp RiverShore anglers caught a few coho on stick baits, spinners, crawlers or spawn.  Water clarity was turbid.

MenomineeWalleye fishing was slow.  Those trolling near Green Island caught few fish.  Panfish were caught by those drifting wax worms or crawlers near the lighthouse.  Those fishing north or south of the Cedar River reported fair walleye fishing.  Most are using crawler harnesses during the day and switching to Reef Runners or Thundersticks after dark.  The better bite was between late evening and early morning in 20 to 30 feet of water.

Menominee River:  A couple salmon were caught near the Hattie Street Dam but no big numbers of fish yet.  Chinook and pink salmon were taken by those floating yarn or casting spoons.  Boat anglers caught walleye when trolling crawler harnesses or casting crank baits.  Many were sub-legal.  Smallmouth bass, pike, rock bass and bullhead were also caught.

Little Bay De Noc:  Perch anglers fishing near Kipling reported several nice catches with crawlers in 10 to 23 feet of water.  Fair catches were taken between the “Narrows” and Gladstone Beach in 14 to 28 feet.  A few walleye were caught near Kipling but the better catches came off the mouth of the Escanaba River when drifting or trolling crawler harnesses in 10 to 25 feet of water.  Smallmouth bass were caught south of the “Black Bottom” and over to Farmers Dock in 15 to 25 feet.

Escanaba RiverShore anglers saw fish near the 1st Dam.

Big Bay De NocSmallmouth bass anglers caught fish off the Bluff when drifting crawlers or minnows in 10 to 35 feet of water.  The area has a good number of bass. The Nahma Launch near the mouth was dredged last week so access should be easier.  Ogontz and the Fish Dam access site were very low and not being used.

Au TrainShore anglers fishing off the mouth of the Rock River caught just a couple coho when using spawn in the early morning.

Munising:  Boat anglers are targeting coho but the results were slow for the few boats that were able to get out.  There were no reports of lake trout this week.

The number of pier anglers has increased since the cooler temperatures and rain arrived.  Catch rates were fair to good for coho and splake.  The coho averaged two to five pounds and steelhead averaged 3 to 5 pounds.  Fish were caught throughout the day but the bite usually quite at sunset.  High winds made for better catch rates for those casting spinners or spoons while others did alright with spawn bags.  Orange was the hot color for spinners and spoons.

Grand Marais:  Boats trolling in the bay caught coho and steelhead.  Pier anglers reported slow catch rates.

St. Mary’s River:  A warning boat anglers along the entire watershed including Detour and the area around Drummond Island.  Water levels are lower now than they have been all summer.  Boat anglers need to be extremely careful.  Smallmouth bass have been caught in 6 to 8 feet of water on the north end of Lime Island when jigging brown or green tube baits.  Some caught perch between the Raber boat launch and Round Island in 15 feet of water.  The best walleye action was off Raber Point or Antelope Point when trolling crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers in 12 to 14 feet of water.  A few perch were caught south of the Neebish Island Ferry docks and near the red buoy straight out from Greens Resort in 14 feet of water.

DetourFishing was very slow at the Detour Reef.  Anglers caught chinook, pink salmon and Atlantic salmon around the lighthouse.  At this time chinook salmon should be moving into spawn at Detour Harbor, and at the old coal dock at the north end of Detour Village.  A few Pink salmon are in Albany Creek on Hwy M-134 west of Detour.  Cooler nights dropped the water temperature in Scotts Bay to 57 degrees.  A few limit catches of yellow perch were taken near Bald Island, Peck Island and the northwest side of Ashman Island in 14 feet of water.  Try spreaders and minnows.  Pike action was slow but good numbers of smallmouth bass were caught off Bruce’s Point and along the north end of Scotts Bay.

Cedarville and HesselCatch rates have slowed for pike and perch.  Splake are in the Hessel marina but the season closes on September 30th.

Carp River:  Is absolutely packed full of pink salmon.  Chinook salmon are also in the river.  Anglers are fishing the near the mouth of Nunn’s Creek.

St. Ignace:  Fewer boats are trolling for salmon.  Fish are still there but the numbers are declining as fish migrate to the rivers and creeks.