Friday: Outdoors

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Marquette: Both the Upper and Lower Harbors are producing coho along with a few brown trout and splake. Those jigging at the "bubblers" did best with pink or white jig heads with a white twisty tail. Those trolling also caught fish with Hot-n-Tots, shad raps and small spoons ...

Fisheries forum

ISHPEMING — Fishing tournaments, walleye stocking and regulations for muskellunge and brook trout were some of the topics discussed at Wednesday’s “Conversations & Coffee” sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at Ishpeming Township Hall. Discussing fisheries ...

Outdoors North: Spectacular waterfalls sited in Upper Peninsula

“Don’t go jumping waterfalls, please keep to the lake. People who jump waterfalls sometimes can make mistakes.” — Paul McCartney Along a muddy forest path, an elderly man moves toward the crest of a gently tumbling waterfall. He lowers himself to a rock for a rest. He’s been here ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula - Marquette: Coho fishing slowed some but a few anglers were still getting the occasional limit catch when jigging at the “Bubblers.” A couple splake were caught off the breakwall in the Lower Harbor when the ice was not there. Those targeting steelhead in the Carp and ...

Gimme shelter

SKANDIA — Private landowners can play an important role in improving Upper Peninsula deer wintering habitat, and how they can help was the focus of a public discussion Monday at the Skandia Community Center. Current and former employees of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula - Marquette: Fishing picked up as anglers were jigging and trolling for coho, brown trout, and steelhead near the "Bubblers" with artificial and cut bait. One of the docks was accessible for launching boats in the Upper Harbor. Shore anglers caught steelhead in the Chocolay ...

Rise seen in local tick-based diseases

HARVEY — The minuscule bloodsuckers we call ticks have their place in the natural world. They provide food for other animals, for example. However, passing on disease to domestic pets probably isn’t considered its preferred role in the ecosystem. Dr. Tim Hunt, a veterinarian at Bayshore ...

Outdoors North: Spring not here but promise worth waiting for

“I saw her sitting in the rain, raindrops falling on her; she didn't seem to care, she sat there and smiled at me. Then I knew, she could make me happy; flowers in her hair, flowers everywhere.” — Artie Kornfeld and Steven Duboff Typically, when the astronomical calendar marks the ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula There has been little activity for steelhead on the rivers and there have been no smelt reports. Most of the inland lakes have ice that is deteriorating rapidly. - Marquette: The ice has moved out of the harbor. The Chocolay boat launch was still iced in. Anglers have been ...

Predator-prey study ongoing for U.P.

MARQUETTE — Whitetail deer population trends aren’t always a simple thing to understand, especially in the Upper Peninsula. Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife research biologist Dean Beyer presented an update on the ongoing Michigan Predator-Prey Project for the Upper ...

OUTDOORS NORTH: Winter field trip provides peaceful interlude

“Days they pass so quickly now, the nights are seldom long; time around me whispers when it’s cold.” — John Denver Certainly, there were those who had come before us, ambling off the highway to this cabin beside the river, tucked in behind a steel gate and under the outstretched arms ...

Bulletin Board

Lenten activities announced MARQUETTE — St. Michael Catholic Parish of Marquette welcomes all interested persons to participate in the Lenten Mission it will be hosting from Sunday through Wednesday. Oblate Father John Graden and Mary Sellars Malloy will lead those gathered in song, ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula ¯ Marquette: Ice has moved back into the harbors however it is not stable. Some caught coho at the bubblers. Fishing pressure slowed on the Carp River due to ice but some were still trying for steelhead. Most of the pressure was on the Chocolay River for brown trout and ...

Flat tails, beaver ponds and trout streams cited

“Some day baby, when the river runs free, it’ll carry that water of love to me.” — Mark Knopfler There’s an old trout pond in Marquette County said to have years back held one monster fish, a true pole bender, a devilish delight caught just after sundown on a fluffy makeshift fly ...

Inland trout management plan

MARQUETTE — How fish like brook and brown trout will be managed in certain lakes streams and lakes is the focus of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Inland Trout Management Plan. Philip Schneeberger, Lake Superior Basin coordinator with the Michigan Department of Natural ...

Can-do motto serves Marquette native well

DETROIT — Kaylee Place’s motto might well be “never let go … hold on no matter what.” She’s applied it to her lifelong infatuation with sled dog racing, and now she also uses it as her workplace credo. The Marquette native does double duty these days, serving as the program ...

Weather fascinates: U.P. weather is fascinating

“Change in the weather, change in the weather; somethin's happenin' here. Change in the weather, change in the weather, people walkin’ round in fear.” — John Fogerty For all our world’s collective advancements in weather forecasting, satellite imagery, climate science, storm ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula: ¯ Munising: Warm temperatures in the mid 50's deteriorated ice conditions and even though temperatures dropped back into the 20's, most anglers feel the ice has not firmed back up. Anglers should avoid these areas: Bay Furnace area and the red can access off M-28 at ...

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 ...