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IRON MOUNTAIN – The deer hunting for young Wisconsin takes place this weekend statewide in all areas open to hunting.

Young residents and licensed non-residents aged 15 and under are eligible and, accompanied by a mentor, may hunt deer with a firearm, bow or crossbow. Highly visible clothing is required this weekend for all hunters except those who hunt waterfowl.

Archery deer hunting has got off to a slow start due to recent warm weather, said Fay Whisler of Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wisconsin.

Musk fishing has also been slow, with a few cubs caught, while grouse hunting has started to pick up as the leaves begin to fall. Crappie and crappie action has been good for anglers, with shit biting little minnows, Whisler said. Some of the crap was on the order of 12 inches.

The Big 4-Plus Sportsman’s Club in Long Lake, Wisconsin, will hold an election for its officers on Tuesday at its annual general meeting. Several administrator positions are open. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Long Lake clubhouse. All questions can be directed to JoAnne Smith at 715-674-2020.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will host the second meeting of the Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan Committee from 8 a.m. to noon Monday via Zoom.

The committee is made up of a group of stakeholders representing conservation, business and hunting organizations and tribal governments. The Wisconsin DNR began monitoring the state’s wild white-tailed deer population for CWD in 1999. The first positives were found in 2002.

The meeting ID is 896 1799 5386 and the dial-in number for those not using a Zoom link is 312-626-6799. No registration is required to attend and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the MNR website.

The Michigan DNR has reported this activity in the Upper Peninsula:

Ontonagon: Anglers may have found a few lake trout in 100 feet of water by trolling spoons. Boats were still heading for 150 feet of water and fishing in deep water to catch lake trout. Anglers found some heavier lake trout in shallower water.

Union Bay: The lake trout fishery remained stable in 150 feet of water, but fishermen had to work for the fish because the water temperature fluctuated greatly. The spoons were the ticket, but the water temperature played an important role.

Black River Harbor: Anglers would catch lake trout near the bottom in the cooler water. Boat fishermen always went to deeper waters to find active fish.

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers reported catches of lake trout, coho and rainbow trout in Keweenaw Bay and Huron Bay. Anglers were mostly trolling and were successful in the morning and mid-afternoon when the water was calm.

Big Traverse Bay / South Portage Entrance: Anglers were reporting water temperatures ranging from 61 degrees to 64 degrees throughout the water column. Anglers caught lake trout, brown trout and coho salmon while hanging around the lighthouse at the mouth of the Portage Canal. Anglers were successful mainly in the morning and some still caught fish in the afternoon. A decent number of lake trout were emerging from the water in Big Traverse Bay.

Little Bay de Noc: Perch fishermen reported fair to good success when fishing at Kipling. Fishermen were targeting depths of 10 to 16 feet of water while using drift or coarse fishing methods with caterpillars. Walleye fishermen concentrated their efforts around reefs while dragging harnesses of caterpillars and crank baits. Smallmouth fishermen reported good results.

Big Bay de Noc: Smallmouth anglers caught a good number of fish. Fayette, Ogontz and Nahma were the main launches of choice. Fishermen threw structures in deep water and were successful with reaction baits, as well as imitation gobies. Contacts with large pike have been reported.

St. Ignace / Les Cheneaux: Fishermen were catching salmon at Nunns Creek. Anglers saw a few salmon mixed with moulac trout at the Hessel Marina. A few perch and bass were captured in the middle entrance to Cedarville.

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