Fishing at Ski Brule!
Any parent, grandparent or adult who has tried to take young children out angling knows you need to ﬁnd some ﬁshing action without too much delay. Accomplishing that will make it an enjoyable and lasting outing. For open water season,pan ﬁsh ﬁshing is probably the best option available locally. If you are taking several children, and unless you have a larger boat,it is good to consider a shore ﬁshing option.This allows the kids to run around when they lose interest between bites. Iron County has several options for shore, pier, and boat ﬁshing that are good choices for a youth ﬁshing day. Iron County’s best lakes for abundant bluegills and sun ﬁsh are Runkle, Glidden,Indian, Fire and Fortune Lakes. Some shore ﬁshing opportunities are available at Runkle, Glidden and First Fortune Lakes. Runkle Lake has a ﬁshing pier and some public shoreline at Runkle Lake Park that are available to ﬁ sh for numerous pan ﬁsh and it is a good choice for very young anglers. Runkle Lake also has a boat access site. Glidden Lake State Forest Campground provides both shore ﬁshing because the entire shore-line is state owned, and it has boat access. First Fortune Lake’s best shore ﬁshing is accessed through the Bewabic State Park. A ﬁshery crib reef is located in easy casting distance from the shore of the point just north-east of the bathing beach. Numerous DNR surveys and personal snorkeling reveals tha the crib reef is heavily used by pan ﬁsh and bass. Indian Lake has limited shore ﬁshing opportunities although boating access provides easy access to an abundant pan ﬁsh population. Three ﬁsheries crib reefs are also located in Indian Lake that make good locations to catch pan ﬁsh and bass. Fire Lake’s only practical access is by boat although its small size makes a small boat a reasonable choice to ﬁsh from. As water temperatures warm near 70 degrees, bluegills start bedding/nesting. They are very vulnerable during this period and anglers should be encouraged to maintain the ﬁshery by not over harvesting the larger male bluegill that take the role of guarding the nest of eggs and fry. Fisheries research reveals that the large bluegills, especially males, maintain the quality of a lakes bluegill population size structure. With that in mind, ﬂy ﬁshing with small ant imitations is an excellent way to introduce novice ﬂy anglers to that sport. Bluegills are just starting to stage for bedding or limited nesting on some northern bays that warm sooner than main lake areas. If you get your young angler into nesting ﬁsh you should encourage them to selective harvest. You should not take larger bluegills, but can keep and eat the medium (less than 8 inch) ﬁ sh. Lake Ottawa is another lake to consider in Iron County. This lake has a U.S. Forest Service ﬁshing pier and is a good place to catch smallmouth bass, rock bass, and occasionally perch and walleye. Anglers should note that Lake Ottawa is restricted to catch and release ﬁshing for bass. Bass Lake , just off M-73, is also a good fora small boat for pan ﬁsh and some shore ﬁshing opportunities are available at the US For-est Service public access site. Fortune Pond , just west of Crystal Falls,has a handicap accessible DNR/Wildlife Unlimited ﬁshing pier and is currently stocked with rainbow and brook trout. Water clarity is excellent so ﬁshing early morning and evening is most effective. Water clarity allows you to see the bottom at about 40 feet deep at the end of the pier. Caspian Pit , just east of Caspian near the Iron River, is also stocked with rainbow trout and has a city of Caspian ﬁshing pier at the access site.