ESCANABA - Trout fishing season is underway in the Upper Peninsula with mixed results.
"The trout opener was very good in the western Upper Peninsula," said George Madison, Michigan Department of Natural Resources & Environment Fisheries Biologist in Baraga. "Conditions have been excellent for anglers and the bite is good. We've seen very successful catches, both in streams and lakes."
In the central U.P., (including Delta County) however, many streams and rivers are suffering from multi-year droughts which have diminished brook trout populations, according to Madison.
"Last year was one of the lowest groundwater cycles on record so the water levels have been down in that area," he said.
Diane Carlson, owner of Bay View Bait & Tackle of Gladstone, hasn't seen much in the way of trout anglers.
"The weather conditions have been pretty good, but there is not much going on, at least not that I've seen," said Carlson. "Perch fishing has been decent, but in regards to trout, business is slow."
Madison says trout fishing has been better as you head northward into Marquette County and east into the Hiawatha National Forest area.
"The Marquette state fish hatchery has been stocking brook trout and the Thompson hatchery is stocking rainbow trout and brown trout to inland lakes and streams," said the biologist. "The size of the fish being stocked is better than the past few years. Many streams are receiving fish of catchable size."
Madison adds if anglers haven't had much success so far this season, they should keep trying because fish are getting into area waters despite the lower levels.