Friday: Outdoors

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 ...

Shoes or boots?

MARQUETTE — Trail running shoes or hiking boots? It depends what you want to get out of your trek. A Northern Michigan University student’s master’s thesis focuses on that topic. Ashley VanSumeren, who is majoring in exercise science, is conducting the project entitled “The Effects of ...

Outdoors North

“Then she turned away and said, ‘Once I loved, but love is dead.’ And I whispered, ‘Sometimes love is only sleeping.’” — Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil I woke up earlier than usual for a weekday work day, running an errand of love, delivering three young ladies to their waiting chariot ...

Smithsonian exhibit to visit Michigan

EAST JORDAN — A pair of exhibits, organized in part by the Smithsonian, will teach Michiganders about water conservation and stewardship this summer. The Smithsonian’s “Water/ Ways” exhibit and the newly created Michigan Water Heritage project will be touring six Michigan towns ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Overall: Brook trout fishing in the small streams was good. Mayfly hatches on some of the inland lakes have slowed catch rates. • Munising: Boat anglers continue to catch Chinook salmon. They also caught brown trout and the occasional steelhead or lake trout. The ...

Trout Unlimited chapter helps veterans fish at Lakenenland

HARVEY — Like riding a bicycle, fishing for trout is something some people never forget. Even if they’re fishing for bluegill. The Fred Waara Chapter of Trout Unlimited Wednesday helped members of the Jacobetti Home for Veterans cast lines into the pond at Lakenenland, a sculpture park ...

Outdoors North

“I’ve come to know there's life at both ends of that red dirt road.” — Ronnie Dunn/Kix Brooks As I rolled down the highway to another work day, early morning rain that fell within the hour was lifted into the air by the cars ahead, leaving me and my windshield wipers in an intermittent ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Keweenaw Bay: Fishing was good as those trolling off Sand Point and the head of the bay have caught Chinook, coho, lake trout, brown trout and splake. Hot baits were chartreuse stick baits and green, black or blue spoons in the top 1/3 of waters 40 to 80 feet deep. In ...

Bill clarifies Michigan Receational Passport coverage

A bill recently introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives would expand the stated uses for state Recreation Passports, clarifying that holders can use the permits to access designated state forest campgrounds and trailheads along with state parks and boat launches. The bill was ...

Paws in the parks: Michigan state parks offer pet-friendly solutions

NEGAUNEE — As travel trends change, recreational vehicles get larger and modern technologies come to campgrounds, one thing has not changed: love for family pets and including them in daily activities and even vacations. However, traveling with pets can pose several questions. Where do you ...

Outdoors North

“You feel there’s no way to go on and life is just a sad, sad song, but love is bigger than us all, the end is not the end at all.” — Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon The ground at this place is littered with golden frail catkins, fallen from the white birch trees, blown here by the wind. ...

Remember your actions can affect bear movement

It’s pretty impressive to think a black bear can find a meal about anywhere in the forest — food is not the limiting factor for bear locations, a Michigan Department of Natural Resources press release states “Bear, like other wildlife, are smart and make finding food their job,” said ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Munising: Boat anglers took fair catches of Chinook and coho salmon in Trout Bay and west of Grand Island. Most are trolling in shallow waters less than 20 feet deep between 2 and 2.5 mph. A few lake trout were caught in 130 to 150 feet around Wood Island. Water ...