Friday: Outdoors

Changes underway for U.P. fisheries

ISHPEMING — Daily fish bag limits, fish stocking and other topics were discussed at the “Conversations and Coffee” event held April 11 at the Ishpeming Township Hall. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources holds “Conversations” forums annually throughout the state to garner ...

Outdoors North

“Remember when Mr. Barnum presented Jenny Lind, they named a candy after her, a circus after him,” — Gordon Lightfoot On a rainy Saturday morning, 100 years ago today, newspapers that hit doorsteps in the state capitol reported the death of a man named August Goetz. No one knew how ...

Gone fishin’

UPPER PENINSULA • Marquette: The bubblers were locked in tight with ice and snow. Before the storm, anglers were getting 1-3 coho per trip. Those targeting steelhead in the Carp and Chocolay Rivers have caught the occasional brown trout. • Munising: Still has ice fishing and anglers were ...

Leave No Trace

MARQUETTE — You’ve got your backpack and camping gear and you’ve hiked a long way. Now you’re ready to rest. Then you come upon an opening in the woods that would make a great camp spot for the night. It’s one thing to check in at a hotel where amenities, like showers and small ...

Trees are talking; question is, are we listening?

“She’s my knotty pine, she leans with the wind, she cries turpentine.” — Gordon Lightfoot The day I was there, the sky was an incredible cobalt blue. The white birch trees that stood between me and that deep-sea sky reached their crooked, twisted and aged fingers toward the ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Little Bay De Noc: Still had ice however the edges were getting soft in some spots. The area around Butler Island had opened up so use caution. Only a few anglers were targeting perch in 30 to 40 feet off Kipling. Catch rates were fair when using minnows or wigglers right ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Keweenaw Bay: Fishing was still slow unless you are looking for smelt as the fishing off Sand Point was great in 30 to 100 feet. Jig something shiny if the smelt are not there right away as it will usually bring them in. This would be a good time to bring a youngster out as ...

Lake Superior faces fishery issues

HARVEY — Lake Superior faces unique challenges compared with other Great Lakes, and those challenges were discussed Wednesday at a meeting of the Lake Superior Citizens Fishery Advisory Committee. The event, which took place at the Chocolay Township Fire Hall, brought together staff from ...

Outdoors North: Arrival of spring doesn’t come all at once

“To take you in the sun to (promised lands), to show you every one.” — Rod Argent The jagged seam stitching along the edge of the pillow has loosened. It won’t be long now before stuffing will begin to fall, in increasingly larger chunks of duff, twisting and turning in its tumbling, ...

Vandals compromise bat research project in Dickinson County

NORWAY — Conservation officers are investigating a break-in and theft of security cameras and signs from a mine site on private property near the city of Norway where an important bat research project has been under way. The old abandoned iron mine — a small, dead-end horizontal shaft ...

Outdoors North

“I’m a stranger here and I just moved into your town.” — Elmore James/Marshall Sehorn The day spring arrived — astronomically speaking — I stood just downstream of an arched highway bridge, where the dark and mighty Tahquamenon River empties into Whitefish Bay on Lake ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Lake Gogebic: Perch fishing started to pick up on the north end. • Keweenaw Bay: Fishing continues to be slow for lake trout, splake, and salmon. Smelt are still biting all day and night off Sand Point and out from the Baraga Marina. Splake and coho were seen off the ...

Show your support today at Relay for Life

Young adults are often described with all sorts of unflattering adjectives: lazy, unaware, self-centered, party machines ... most of which are not just unflattering but also untrue and don’t apply to the people of that age group we know. A group of Northern Michigan University students will ...

Outdoors North

“But my words like silent raindrops fell, within the wells of silence.” — Paul Simon As the shadows fell and the world turned, I watched the stars — in their intriguing constellations — move across the cold skies of a late winter’s March night. I made my observations over a ...

Gone fishin’

UPPER PENINSULA • Marquette: Ice was still present at the Upper Harbor bubblers. Those fishing the open water did well for coho but were dragging boats across the ice to get to the open water. This is very dangerous and is not recommended. Fishing on the Carp and Chocolay Rivers was very ...

Dip netting season open through May

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers the dip netting season opened Tuesday and closes May 31. The following species can be taken: bowfin, carp, goldfish, gizzard shad, longnose gar, smelt and suckers. Waters open to dip netting include all Lower ...

Hunter safety courses available

LANSING — Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers remind new hunters that it’s not too early to sign up for safety classes. All first-time hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1960, must successfully complete a hunter safety course. “Michigan offers quality hunting ...

Things looking up at Shiras Planetarium

MARQUETTE — Gazing at the stars, moon and other astronomical objects in the dark can be literally and figuratively an otherworldly experience. Viewing the nighttime sky, though, can be problematic, what with cloud cover, cold temperatures, urban light pollution and the like. That’s when ...

DNR website gets updated look

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ website at michigan.gov/dnr has received a makeover. With input from website users and web-development experts, the DNR built the site to make it easier to use and more helpful to customers. The new site features: a navigation ...