Friday: Outdoors

Silent rockhounding

ISHPEMING — Not everyone has easy access to a mine or quarry, and rocks like iridescent pyrite speckled with quartz and hematite might be hard to find in your backyard. That’s when the Ishpeming Rock and Mineral Club can come in handy. The club held its annual silent auction Sunday at the ...

Outdoors North: Memories of childhood, U.P. wilderness delight

“Whispers of the North, soon I will return again to those endless afternoons in sunshine and in rain.” — Gordon Lightfoot Many of us can recall halcyon days, often early in our lives, when we were taken into the woods by caring adults who sought to instill a sense of the wild, the wonder ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Western Upper Peninsula streams and rivers will have high water levels for the Saturday trout opener. The Type-A inland trout lakes will open on Saturday and should provide good fishing opportunities. Look for light smelt runs in the western rivers that access Lake Superior, ...

Trail Town goes national

MARQUETTE — The city of Marquette — a designated Trail Town of the North Country Trail Association — will be the site of this year’s NCTA annual celebration, a national event set for July 27-29 at Northern Michigan University. More commonly known as the North Country Trail, the NCT ...

Coming of spring means outdoors fun begins

“Randy looked like a tick about to pop.” — A Christmas Story With spring springing all around, the opening of the inland trout season just around the corner, and the warming days of May just a moment or two away, a great many people will be heading into the Outdoors North to pursue a ...

Gone fishin’

- Marquette: Coho fishing slowed in the harbors. Those doing best were fishing the “bubblers” and taking 3 or 4 fish per trip. A couple coho and brown trout were caught when trolling near the mouth of the Chocolay River and the Carp River. Steelhead fishing in the rivers was slow. - Au ...

Budding tribute

MARQUETTE — A memorial garden undoubtedly is what Tami Dawidowski would have wanted. The Marquette Beautification & Restoration Committee Inc., wants to establish a memorial garden for its late president, who died March 1 at UP Health System-Marquette. The garden would be adjacent to ...

Outdoors North: Spring brings own palette of sounds to U.P.

“Frog went a-courtin’ and he did ride, with a sword and a pistol by his side, uh-huh.” — Traditional With the springtime comes the familiar sounds of migrating birds, winging back north to set up early nesting territories, sometimes with the frost and snow still on the ground. Perhaps ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Marquette: Both the Upper and Lower Harbors are producing coho along with a few brown trout and splake. Those jigging at the "bubblers" did best with pink or white jig heads with a white twisty tail. Those trolling also caught fish with Hot-n-Tots, shad raps and small spoons ...

Fisheries forum

ISHPEMING — Fishing tournaments, walleye stocking and regulations for muskellunge and brook trout were some of the topics discussed at Wednesday’s “Conversations & Coffee” sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at Ishpeming Township Hall. Discussing fisheries ...

Outdoors North: Spectacular waterfalls sited in Upper Peninsula

“Don’t go jumping waterfalls, please keep to the lake. People who jump waterfalls sometimes can make mistakes.” — Paul McCartney Along a muddy forest path, an elderly man moves toward the crest of a gently tumbling waterfall. He lowers himself to a rock for a rest. He’s been here ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula - Marquette: Coho fishing slowed some but a few anglers were still getting the occasional limit catch when jigging at the “Bubblers.” A couple splake were caught off the breakwall in the Lower Harbor when the ice was not there. Those targeting steelhead in the Carp and ...

Gimme shelter

SKANDIA — Private landowners can play an important role in improving Upper Peninsula deer wintering habitat, and how they can help was the focus of a public discussion Monday at the Skandia Community Center. Current and former employees of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula - Marquette: Fishing picked up as anglers were jigging and trolling for coho, brown trout, and steelhead near the "Bubblers" with artificial and cut bait. One of the docks was accessible for launching boats in the Upper Harbor. Shore anglers caught steelhead in the Chocolay ...

Rise seen in local tick-based diseases

HARVEY — The minuscule bloodsuckers we call ticks have their place in the natural world. They provide food for other animals, for example. However, passing on disease to domestic pets probably isn’t considered its preferred role in the ecosystem. Dr. Tim Hunt, a veterinarian at Bayshore ...

Outdoors North: Spring not here but promise worth waiting for

“I saw her sitting in the rain, raindrops falling on her; she didn't seem to care, she sat there and smiled at me. Then I knew, she could make me happy; flowers in her hair, flowers everywhere.” — Artie Kornfeld and Steven Duboff Typically, when the astronomical calendar marks the ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula There has been little activity for steelhead on the rivers and there have been no smelt reports. Most of the inland lakes have ice that is deteriorating rapidly. - Marquette: The ice has moved out of the harbor. The Chocolay boat launch was still iced in. Anglers have been ...

Predator-prey study ongoing for U.P.

MARQUETTE — Whitetail deer population trends aren’t always a simple thing to understand, especially in the Upper Peninsula. Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife research biologist Dean Beyer presented an update on the ongoing Michigan Predator-Prey Project for the Upper ...

OUTDOORS NORTH: Winter field trip provides peaceful interlude

“Days they pass so quickly now, the nights are seldom long; time around me whispers when it’s cold.” — John Denver Certainly, there were those who had come before us, ambling off the highway to this cabin beside the river, tucked in behind a steel gate and under the outstretched arms ...

Bulletin Board

Lenten activities announced MARQUETTE — St. Michael Catholic Parish of Marquette welcomes all interested persons to participate in the Lenten Mission it will be hosting from Sunday through Wednesday. Oblate Father John Graden and Mary Sellars Malloy will lead those gathered in song, ...