Submitted by Stephen King

Drummond Island Johnson’s Sport Shop (906-493-6300. They reported, “Pretty quiet right now. The bays have opened up. But, nobody out yet. However, we are starting to see a few smelt coming in. And, yes, we do have a smelt run over here. We have a couple small streams and usually get a pretty good run. Also, the ORVs are out. Been seeing a few jeeps around. They seem to be out there having fun. So, tell everyone to come on over and enjoy the early spring on the Island.”

Brevoort Lake: K & V Grocery (906-643-9665) Bait, etc. 

All is quiet in Moran. Talked to Kathy at K&V Grocery. Home for your one stop vacation shopping in the suburbs of Moran. They have gas, groceries, and, bait, including the happiest minnows in all of Moran.  Kathy noted that things are pretty quiet right now. Not many people fishing. A few ORVs going by. But, like most, she is in the “spring lull” that the U.P. has every April.

Curtis: Mick’s Bait Shop. (906-586-6040)  Tried talking to my old buddy, Mick. But, she is on vacation in Florida. However, the store is open, and the nice lady I talked to told me that not many people are out fishing on the Lakes. But, the few that are out there are catching a few pan fish. Mostly perch, and a few crappies. And, she did say, “Fishing must be pretty good, because a couple of them just came back in for more minnows.”

Deer Park (Muskallonge Lake) Northwest of Newberry, on Lake Superior shore. Bait, cabins, store, etc.  (906-658-3341.)   Talked to Christy, the owner, she noted, “I have seen more activity this year than in most. Probably because the weather has been so nice. We are seeing quite a few ORVs. The Trails are open, for the most part. But, we still have some ice and snow in the woods. So, the trails are a bit rough in places. Some places, they are a bit hard to get through.”

She went on, “One of the places that is hard to get through is out by the mouth of the Two Heart. People are trying to get there to fish. And, yes, the fish are in, and yes, they are cathing them. I haven’t heard of anybody catching any menominees, yet. But, the steelhead are in.”

They are also getting some fish at the Reed and Green Bridge. But, the fish that they are catching are the ones that have been in the river all year. The new run hasn’t made it up that far yet.”

She finished, “But, we are open. So, give us a call if you are coming up hear.”

Autrain Grocery Store and Motel (906-892-8142)  Talked to Sara. That was just fun. She said, “I have no idea. I don’t fish or know anything about fishing.” Then, I asked, “Just wondering, because I know there is usually a lot of people fishing at the M-28 bridge, by Lake Superior, at the mouth of the river.” Sara then replied, “Well, they haven’t been fishing there very much. But, they have been fishing over at the mouth of the Rock River.”  And, this is the report from Autrain. But, Sara did promise to ask more about fishing. And, they do have good home made pasties.

L’Anse: Indian Country Sports: (906-524-6518)  Did not answer the call.

Copper Harbor Fuel Stop (906-289-3483)  Talked to Ron. He noted, “They are catching steelhead, lake trout, and splake, right here in the harbor. Fishing has been pretty good from what I have been hearing. Also, the snow is pretty much gone. So, the trails are starting to open up. Have not seen any ORVs yet. But, they should be starting to come up soon.  (The Fuel Stop has fuel, some bait, and munchies, including some awesome subs, when available.)

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