Friday: Outdoors

Brook trout among most sublime of all meals

“You get a wiggly worm and then you watch him squirm, while you put him on a hook, and you drop him in a brook. If everything's gonna turn out right, you're gonna fry fish tonight.” — John R. Cash Here in the middle of February — deep into winter, past Groundhog Day, but not close ...

DNR fishing report

Upper Peninsula ≤ Munising: The action was slow. Anglers were mainly targeting whitefish and splake with eggs. A few were using minnows for splake but most of the fish were undersize. Some were able to get a few nice catches of whitefish averaging 15 inches at the city docks, the Anna River ...

Calendar

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Dear Annie: Woman must leave abuser

Dear Annie: I have been married to my husband for 34 years. He’s been emotionally and verbally abusive for the whole 34. He hit me a few times when we first got married (he was physically and verbally abused as a child), but he hasn’t hit me since then. However, he’s very bossy and ...

Dark Sky Park’s future uncertain

MARQUETTE — A nebula is cloudy. So is the future of the proposed Dark Sky Park near the Presque Isle Pavilion. The Presque Isle Park Advisory Committee was presented with a proposal for such a park in 2016 by the Marquette Astronomical Society. On Wednesday at Lakeview Arena, PIPAC ...

Grand Island marks deep connections to area

“I want to build a jumbo ark, a stretch 747, and with the grace of God, I will win my place in heaven.” — Nick Lowe A half mile off the Upper Peninsula mainland, an armed land agent and his men vigilantly stood guard. Perched along the shores of Grand Island, the men — heavily ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula ≤ Munising: Received 8 to 10 inches of snow. Snow squalls and blowing snow along with a lot of slush on the ice will make travel difficult. Anglers were ice fishing off Brown’s Public Launch, the city docks, the Anna River, and Sand Point. There was some slush on the ice. ...

Half a world away: Northern Michigan University students visit New Zealand

MARQUETTE — Ever been inside a volcano? Some Northern Michigan University students now can say they have. Thirteen NMU students spent part of winter break in New Zealand on a Superior Edge International Service trip. Rachel Harris, director of the NMU Center for Student Enrichment, led ...

Outdoors North: Dead of winter alive with wildlife, summer’s promise

“The birds like leaves on Winterwood; sing hopeful songs on dismal days. They've learned to live life as they should. They are at peace with nature’s ways.” — Don McLean Cold and shivery, icy and blizzardy, these early days of February are considered to be right in the heart of ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula - Keweenaw Bay: Had no ice. Cold nights have produced some skim ice only to be blown out by morning. - Houghton County: Anglers reported good success for large pike and walleye on Portage Lake and in Chassell Bay. - Lake Gogebic: Was producing walleye and jumbo perch. - ...

Banquet for the birds

MARQUETTE — Conservation groups like the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited and Trout Unlimited hold banquets to raise money — and awareness — for their causes. The Ruffed Grouse Society is no different since funds are needed for grouse/woodcock habitat projects and ...

Outdoors North: State, national symbols offer unusual variety

“The whisper of the forest tree, the thunder of the inland sea; unite in one grand symphony of Michigan, my Michigan.” — Giles Kavanagh Just like in the 1963 Elvis Presley movie of the same title, it happened at the world’s fair. But it wasn’t at Seattle’s Century 21 ...

New Ruffed Grouse Society biologist hired

MARQUETTE — The Ruffed Grouse Society and the American Woodcock Society recently hired Heather Shaw as the new regional biologist for the Eastern Great Lakes Region that encompasses Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Shaw will support the organizations’ scientific forest management efforts to ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Inland lakes in the region were getting sloppy with a couple inches of slush on top. Colder temperatures by the end of the week should shore the ice back up. - Lake Gogebic: Was producing a good number of walleye. - Menominee River: Most angling pressure has been at the ...

Backcountry marketing

MARQUETTE — It’s the type of product a winter sports enthusiast might expect to come from the Upper Peninsula, or at the least the parts with terrain. And speaking of all the ups and downs that go with that terrain, it should be noted many local outdoor types like to ski while others ...

Outdoors North: DNR wants to hear about turkey sightings

“When I was young I remember well, I'd hunt the wild turkey and bobwhite quail.” — Bob McDill There was a time, not too long ago, when seeing a wild turkey in the Upper Peninsula, especially the more northern portions of the region, was indeed a rare occurrence. However, with the ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula - Munising: The bay froze over however the following areas had partial open water or were not safe: Powell Point, Grand Island and access off M-28 near Christmas. The city docks had the most activity with 15 shanties and the ice was better than the Anna River though a few ...

Snowmobile safety

MARQUETTE — Snowmobile safety is stressed every winter, but it can be easy to forget while having fun on a machine in the Great Outdoors. With varying amounts of snowfall so far this season across the northern section of the state — and with the recent heavy snowfall in the Marquette ...

Winter is for the birds so don’t waste it

“In the wintertime, when all the leaves are brown and the wind blows so chill, and the birds have all flown for the summer.” — Steve Miller Over the past couple of weeks, a large influx of feathered winter visitors has been sighted across cities and towns of the Upper Peninsula, ...