Friday: Outdoors

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Had good fishing with many taking a mix of lake trout, coho, steelhead, and even a few chinook 50 to 60 feet down near the white rocks and between the Upper and Lower Harbors. Most were using downriggers with 3 to 5 colors of lead core. A few salmon were caught ...

Longing for Indian Summer at the Mackinac Bridge

“Lot of water under the bridge, lot of other stuff too,” – Bob Dylan When I was a young kid, I was given a small, white, spiral-bound booklet of color photographs that showed the Mackinac Bridge, standing tall over the ever-changing moods and complexions of the straits below. I got ...

Wildlife photographer, videographer talks about unique deer

MARQUETTE — “Ghost deer” sounds much more poetic than “melanin-deprived cervid.” Whatever you call it, an albino white-tailed deer seen in the wild is a memory that probably will last a lifetime. Jeff Richter of northern Wisconsin has spent countless hours photographing white ...

Gone fishin’

• Marquette: Limits or near limits of lake trout were caught between the white rocks and little Presque Isle. The occasional coho was caught near the white rocks. Those fishing near Granite Island had mixed results and the fishing at Shot Point has slowed. No salmon were caught in the rivers ...

Understanding the importance of streamside, lakeshore habitat

MARQUETTE — The thousands of rivers, lakes and streams in Michigan are beautiful, special places, not only to a wide range of people, including anglers, boaters and campers, but numerous plant and animal species. Those areas between the water and the uplands are called riparian areas or ...

Outdoors North: The swift departure of summer approaches

“We’re caught in a trap, I can’t walk out, because I love you too much baby,” – Mark James Just a few steps outside the back door, I heard nothing. The silence was disturbing. In the weeks since May, I had become accustomed to hearing the chattering of chimney swifts as they banked ...

The birds and the trees

MARQUETTE — Who knew that studying the connection between insects, birds and trees could end up being like a chemistry experiment? Birds eat insects from some trees, yet leave others untouched. Why? It could be that when the insects begin to munch on leaves, the trees send out a “help ...

Meteor showers provide stunning displays

“On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair.” — Don Henley/Glenn Frey It seems like it was a lifetime ago, when I used to spend a good deal of time exploring the fascinating nighttime world of the Devil’s Punchbowl area, a geologic attraction situated not far from California’s ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Strong winds scattered the fish. A few lake trout were caught near Granite Island, the white rocks and off Shot Point. A couple coho were caught near Shot Point. • Au Train: Lake trout were caught in front of Au Train Island and Shelter Bay. • Munising: A ...

USFS project benefits wildlife

GLADSTONE — Black-backed woodpeckers have unique habitat needs. During periods without wildfires, these birds live in small, dispersed populations in unburned stands of conifer trees. However, after a large wildfire that burns into the treetops, black-backed woodpecker population predictably ...

Snake River Canyon remains bridge too far

“I know every inch of highway, every foot of backroad, every mile of railroad track.” — Mark Lindsay/Keith Allison If you were like us, back in those days, you knew the height of every crack in every displaced, or frost-heaved section of sidewalk from your house to the playgrounds, or ...

Gone fishin’

• Marquette: Good numbers of coho were still being caught in top 30 of waters 50 to 60 feet deep in the Lower Harbor and off Shot Point. Short cores and copper, dipsies and downriggers have all taken fish. Lots of lake trout were caught between the white rocks and Granite Island in 130 to 200 ...

Having a ‘lake-ation’

HARVEY — Fourteen-year-old Ruben Meza of downstate Madison Heights could have spent last Friday beachcombing along Lake Superior. Instead, he worked the stretch of land along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail near the Michigan Welcome Center. The site, located along U.S. 41 by Lake Superior, is a ...

American roadtrip pastime an adventure

“I like big cars, like the one that’s sitting in my grandpa’s yard.” — Heather Myles As I sat down recently to the television news, I heard a thud — a big thud, the kind that likely echoed all the way around the girth of this big old world. The unsettling noise, followed by an ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Marquette: Limits or near limits of coho were taken in the top 30 feet in the Lower Harbor and off Shot Point. Limits of lake trout were caught between the "white rocks" and Granite Island. Those running high lines also caught the occasional steelhead, brown trout or ...

In color: Marquette author releasing third edition of book

MARQUETTE — Wounded deer getting away from their hunters has been an issue, and most likely will be for some time to come. This is the topic of a new book by Marquette author Richard P. Smith, which actually is the third edition of “Tracking Wounded Deer,” which is subtitled “How to ...

Visit to Indiana provides new sights, sounds

“It will fill you with emotion, if you let it be your guide so turn around; turn around, it’s on the other side.” — Kerry Livgren In the uncomfortable heat and humidity of a late south-central Indiana afternoon, like a character in a Lewis Carroll novel, I ventured through the mirror ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Little Bay De Noc: The walleye action was slow. Most fish were caught from the Escanaba River south to the Ford River. Near the Escanaba River, anglers were trolling a crawler harness in 18 to 24 feet. Off Breezy Point, anglers were using a crawler harness or stick baits just ...

Battling alien invasion

NEGAUNEE — They weren’t trying to be killjoys for boaters or anglers enjoying a day on the Dead River Basin in Negaunee Township. However, local conservationists and local utility officials took part in “Landing Blitz 2017” July 7 to help spread the word about combating the spread of ...

What’s flying: Changes begin as summer marches on

“The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire.” — Pamela Hansford Johnson The sun paints it own tones across the summer landscape, highlighting each shade in bright, unclouded moments, dampening all the colors, especially the greens and reds, on cloudy days, and ...