Friday: Outdoors

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Lake trout anglers were taking some limit catches. The hot spots were between the white rocks and Granite Island, off Shot Point, Sand Hole and way out to Stannard Rock. Many reported that the fish had moved deeper to 150 to 200 feet. • Au Train: Most ...

Bees and trees

MARQUETTE — The mission is simple: Save the bees by saving the trees. There are many ways to do that and learn about the outdoors at the same time. To further that mission, MooseWood Nature Center is hosting the first family-friendly “skill share” event Sept. 1, which is entitled ...

Woods walk provides unexpected audio

“Listen to the mockingbirds, still singing where the weeping willows wave.” — Septimus Winner The cooling shadows of the day were so dark and long now they covered the understory of the forest and were cast high up on a line of spruces standing guard — tall and straight — along the ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Lake trout fishing picked up with most boat anglers catching fish including some limit catches. The fish seem to be suspended so cover the entire water column when trolling spoons. Chartreuse was the hot color. Most were trolling between the white rocks and ...

Perseids peak

MARQUETTE — Space.com calls it “the icy parent of the Perseid meteor shower.” When Earth passes through the tail left by the Swift-Tuttle comet every summer, viewers can see the famous Perseids meteor shower. The event, which is expected to peak Aug. 11-12, intrigues Marquette ...

Passage of time leaves mark on forest

“God didn't make little green apples, and it don't rain in Indianapolis in the summertime.” — Bobby Russell Along the dusty woods road, the sun was shining bright across a vast opening created by a recent timber cut. From a tall dead snag, left intentionally by the loggers, a sparrow ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported spotty catches with most targeting the Escanaba River area or south near Breezy Point. Anglers are still reporting a lot of undersize fish in the Escanaba River but better reports in the “Black Bottom” when trolling or ...

Sound of river is music most sublime

“Sit down on this bank of sand and watch the river flow.” — Bob Dylan --------------------- If you stop your car on this old steel-railed bridge and look out the driver’s side window downstream, you don’t see much. The leafy branches from the trees overhanging the river block out ...

Plenty to keep us engaged in the woods

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” — Albert Einstein ------------ Warm, summery days seem to beg the invitation to come out and become a part of the seemingly glowing green, the warmth radiating from the bare rocks and the fragrances of summer. It ...

Gone fishin’: Upper Peninsula

• Marquette: Surface water temperatures warmed into the low to mid 60s. A fair number of lake trout were caught by those trolling around Granite Island and the “white rocks.” The fish were two to five pounds and seem to be scattered throughout the water column so anglers are using ...

Building adventures

MARQUETTE — Learning to use a power tool is one thing, but learning to use it surrounded by monarch butterflies and flying swallows is another. Combining nature, scrap wood, power drills and simple innovation is part of the annual Adventure Building Camp, which takes place in a retired ...

Outdoors North

“Summer days and the summer nights are gone, I know a place where there’s still something going on.” — Bob Dylan Returning to this quiet corner of the forest, it was clear pronounced changes had occurred since the last time I had been here, only a few weeks prior. The Canada ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Keweenaw Bay The E coli warnings have been lifted for fishing in this area. A few Chinook salmon were caught in 70 to 200 feet with spoons or a flasher/fly combo in the early morning. In Traverse Bay, a few lake trout were caught in 100 to 150 feet when trolling spoons. ...

Sometimes a new place is a hidden gem

“Our conversation was short and sweet, it nearly swept me off of my feet,” – Bob Dylan Under a splash of jack pines, a twisting path of white sand snaked between the yellow daisies and the green grasses grown up over what was once undoubtedly Great Lakes beachfront. Tucked into a ...

Better fisheries through chemistry

BIG BAY — The ongoing battle with sea lampreys went local recently, with U.S. Fish and Wildlife staff applying lampricides to local waterways in Marquette County. Chris Gagnon, USFWS fish biologist, was on site June 29 at the Big Garlic River on Granot Loma, an expansive private residence ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula •Munising: Offshore surface water temperatures warmed to the upper 50’s, low 60’s. Salmon fishing was not good as the fish have dispersed into other areas because of the warm water. Lake trout fishing was good around Grand Portal, north of Grand Island, Big Reef and ...

‘A sense of purpose’

MARQUETTE — Tending a garden — even the tedious task of weeding — can be preferable to sitting inside and watching television. Especially if you have a nice view of a hillside filled with wildflowers. Brookridge Heights Assisted Living & Memory Care, located at 1901 Division St., ...

Outdoors North: Peaceful reflection on the Fourth of July

“I can remember the Fourth of July, runnin' through the backwood bare; and I can still hear my old hound dog barkin', chasin' down a hoodoo there,” – John Fogerty In the back of my head somewhere, there are a thousand or so Norman Rockwell scenes, painted on my memory, depicting days of ...

Gone fishin’

UPPER PENINSULA • Marquette: Boat anglers targeting coho fished primarily the lower harbor near the green can, towards the Carp River and the mouth of the Chocolay River in 50 to 60 feet. Brown trout were also caught in this area. Lake trout anglers fished the “White Rocks”, the ...