Outdoors

The Testament of a Fisherman

ESCANABA — The Testament of a Fisherman Robert Traver 1964, (Judge John Voelker 1903-93) I fish because I love to; Because I love the environs where trout are found, which are invariably beautiful, and hate the environs where crowds of people are found, which are invariably ...

DNR seeks public comment trout plan

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has released its draft inland trout management plan and is seeking public comment on it. The plan, available online at michigan.gov/fishing under Angler Alerts, focuses on the ecology and management of populations of inland trout in ...

Fish Report

Little Bay De Noc: Very cold temperatures have firmed the ice in the northern Bay but many dangers still exist. Anglers are mostly walking out and with warm temperatures forecasted by the end of the week and into next week, even walking may be dangerous. Walleye season closed on March 15. Perch ...

DNR issues final Little Presque Isle trails plan

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources issued its final decision on non-motorized trails designations at Little Presque Isle, a popular recreation site located a few miles northwest of Marquette in Marquette County. Over the next few weeks, DNR staff will be finalizing a ...

Conservation pendulum changes direction

ESCANABA — History is a chronological record of significant events (as affecting a nation or institution) often including an explanation of their cause. The history of conservation, especially that which has been created in Michigan, is about to see a major swing of the pendulum. This time, ...

DNR sees increasing number of recipients in Master Angler program

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the 2016 results from its Master Angler program. This program, in place since 1973, recognizes large fish caught by recreational anglers. This past year, 1,807 anglers representing 24 states and the countries of Canada and ...

DNR’s Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Councils to meet

MARQUETTE — A good deal of great information will be offered for the public and to a joint session of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Eastern and Western U.P. Citizens’ Advisory Councils, March 14 in Marquette Township. The two panels meet bi-monthly throughout the year. ...

Tim Kobasic column: Time to end September deer hunt for youth?

As is typical this time of year, when fall hunting quotas are being determined, the suggestions of how to be a bit more conservative on deer harvest are coming in. Most have been aired on an annual basis and often meet with debate putting one user group against another. To start off, ...

Fishing report

Little Bay De Noc: Had a slow week and low angler participation. Walleye catches have been down all winter and anglers have been unable to fish the southern waters where most of the walleye are because of poor ice conditions. Anglers did report some walleye caught in various locations when ...

Indian Lake fishing tourney set

MANISTIQUE — The Friends of Indian Lake Fishing Tournament is set for Aug. 12 at Indian Lake State Park. A Michigan Recreation Passport is required to enter the state park. The tourney, which starts at 7 a.m., will feature four categories for adults and youth (walleye, bass, northern pike, ...

Black bear population booms in northern Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula is experiencing a bear boom. The black bear population has risen 29 percent in the region since 2012 and almost 50 percent since 2000, according to wildlife management specialist Kevin Swanson of the Department of Natural ...

Fishing report

Little Bay De Noc: Had very little change in ice conditions. A few anglers were fishing south of the Escanaba River but ice conditions are very dangerous and anglers should avoid this area. Overall fishing was slow although perch remained fair. Walleye catches were low with most fish undersize. ...

Erosion causes problems at F.J. McLain State Park

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is temporarily adjusting camping and lodging fees at F.J. McLain State Park for the upcoming camping season, anticipating the potential unavailability of flush toilets and showers. “Due to erosion along the campground shoreline we ...

Seasonal lake sturgeon released

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and several partners released more than 7,800 juvenile lake sturgeon into various public waters across the state this summer and fall in an effort to rehabilitate this culturally significant fish species. The juvenile fish were ...

Flashback to days as a nimrod

ESCANABA — One of the common questions I like to ask someone being interviewed is how they got started in outdoors adventures? Most of the time the answer of what sparked their interest settles in having been influenced by a relative. Almost every one of them can recall stories of days gone ...

2016 Deer harvest number being compiled

ESCANABA — Representatives from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and various outdoors organizations as well as individual sportspersons were present the southern Upper Peninsula Conservation Coalition met in quarterly session last week. This is the time of year when data ...

Trapper workshop set for Saturday

HERMANSVILLE — The public is invited to the 12th Annual New Trappers Workshop Saturday at the Hermansville Community Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST. Admission is free and food and refreshments will be available throughout the day. There will be several demonstrations. Eugene Arduin and Bob ...

DNR creel clerks collecting angler info

LANSING — As the winter fishing season continues, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that DNR staff again will be interviewing them about their fishing trips. The DNR appreciates anglers’ cooperation in obtaining these critical data for fisheries ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions have improved slightly with the colder nights but most anglers are still fishing north of the Escanaba River. Deep ruts from melting and refreezing have made travel difficult in some areas so use caution. For walleye, a few catches were reported off the reefs ...

Warmer weather throwing a curve at winter activities

ESCANABA — It’s hard to believe that we’re at the end of January given the recent warm-up that spans across the Upper Peninsula. I’ve seen winters that started strong then slacked off, and others that were reversed. It used to be referred to as a comparison of the lion and the lamb. ...