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IRON MOUNTAIN — Michigan’s archery deer season opens Saturday, Oct. 1, with the state’s new online reporting requirement in the air.

Under a mandate announced in August, successful harvests must be reported through the Michigan.gov website or an app available from Apple or Google Play stores on mobile devices. However, state lawmakers are set to scrap that requirement, with a House-approved bill before the Senate.

Regardless of legislation, deer tags are still required, as hunters must attach a kill tag issued by the Department of Natural Resources to a deer that is killed.

More information is available at https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/things-to-do/hunting/deer/deer-harvest-reporting-faqs.

Wisconsin archery season kicked off Sept. 17, but most hunters are waiting for cooler weather to set in.

The fishing pressure, meanwhile, was light. Anglers have been lucky to land smaller walleyes on tracks, said Fay Whisler of Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis.

“Northern pike hit on the Menominee River with sucker minnows the best bait,” Whistler added. The bluegill sting has been good on area lakes, she said.

Anglers on the lower Peshtigo River in Marinette County had good luck catching yellow perch, Wisconsin DNR said. Many small perch were caught, about one perch in 10 being guardians. Pink salmon were also caught in the Peshtigo River.

The Michigan DNR reported this activity in the Upper Peninsula:

Little Bay de Noc: Anglers targeting walleye focused on areas near the first reef, in front of Kipling, near Gladstone, and between the Ford River and No See-um Creek. Pole anglers fished along the weedy edges at Kipling and near the Days River.

Manistic: Anglers have reported a fair amount of pink salmon and chinook salmon in the river. Typical float fishing methods and crank bait casting have proven effective for anglers. A few walleyes were also caught.

Marquette: Fishing activity increased slightly last week in Marquette. There have been no major changes in the reporting of lake trout catches by anglers. The best places to catch lake trout were near White Rocks (over 70 feet of water) and near Granite Island (over 100 feet of water). A few chinook and coho salmon have been reported near the Chocolay River. Anglers reported catching chinook and coho salmon in 60 to 80 feet of water as they dragged spoons near the mouth of the Chocolay River. A few salmon were reported coming from the river itself.

Munising Bay: A few other anglers were out with very few fish caught. A few undersized splakes and a coho were caught. Water temperatures were still in the upper 60s and water levels were low at the Anna River. Fishermen threw spoons or fished with spawn. A few boat fishermen had gone out without action. Anglers tried to troll the bay to Trout Bay with no action.

Grand Marais: A few dockside fishermen were fishing for whitefish without success. Water levels in the Sucker River were low.

Keweenaw Bay / Huron Bay: Anglers were getting anxious about salmon moving through the bays with some reports of coho and chinook salmon being found near the mouths of the rivers. Most bay anglers were successful. Lake trout bit spoons and flies in medium depth water. Most successful anglers fell behind. The time of day varied a lot.

Big Traverse Bay / South Portage Entry: Anglers have had good luck hunting lake trout in waters 50 to 130 feet deep. The fish were caught in the water column at these depths. Most of the fish were caught trolling with silver spoons. Anglers have not yet started reporting salmon in their catch. Some anglers have had good luck with pike and bass in near shore waters and from the docks.

Au Train: The best opportunities to catch lake trout were trolling or jigging around Au Train Island in over 150 feet of water.

Les Cheneaux/Detour: Detour anglers were catching a fair amount of lake trout on the flats in 90 feet of water while dragging spoons near the bottom. They were also picking up a few pink and chinook salmon in the area. In the Hessel area, fishermen were starting to collect scum at the marina using spawn. A few perch were caught around the bridge at Island 8.

Lake George: Fishing in Lake George was productive with catches of pike, smallmouth bass and perch. Occasionally, a few walleye have also been caught, which represents a marked increase since the beginning of the month. The methods used were trolling and jigging, but this varied from day to day depending on the interest of the fish.

Lac Nicolet: Fishing in Lac Nicolet has improved over the month. Mainly due to weather and temperatures. The methods remained consistent for the species in question (trolling for walleye, casting for pike and bass, jigging for perch and casting, drifting, jigging and trolling for the various salmon), and some of the fishermen interviewed took hours to track fish. There was salmon caught, with some walleye, pike and perch caught occasionally in the lake as well. There were more types of salmon in the river but counted numbers were still down at the moment but these numbers will start to increase as the season continues as they rush towards the habitat of spawn this fall. Numbers for pink salmon were lower but this is partly due to weather conditions influencing the migration, as the run continues it is expected to increase in both success and numbers.

Upper St. Marys: Anglers have had success catching rainbow trout, yellow perch, pike and walleye near the Soo Locks. Water temperatures were getting colder and certain weather conditions in the area were increasing fish activity. Anglers mostly used live bait when sitting near the bottom of the river or trolling with crankbait.

Whitefish Bay: Fishing pressure was low due to windy conditions. Some lucky anglers have caught good-sized coho trolling with spoons in 80-100 feet of water.

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Earnest A. Martinez