Friday: Outdoors

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 ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Limits of lake trout were caught between the white rocks and Granite Island. Depths vary day to day but 150 to 200 feet was the typical range. A couple limits of coho were taken in both harbors in 20 feet and a couple chinook were caught. • Little Bay De Noc: ...

Outdoors North: Wild berries another reason to visit woods

“Deep as the sea and as wild as the weather, we will go just you and me to pick wild strawberries together.” — Gordon Lightfoot On a recent walk along a section of an old Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic railroad bed, there in the day’s fading sunlight, I came upon a sight I didn’t ...

Assessing Dead River lampreys

MARQUETTE — A little chemistry mixed with Dead River habitat could go a long way into the never-ending battle against the invasive sea lamprey. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service assessment crew has been surveying streams to find lampreys, with those streams to include the Dead River as well ...

Childhood memory had a lifelong imprint

“Underneath that tree, there's just gonna be you and me; underneath that apple suckling tree oh yeah.” – Bob Dylan As I recall, it was a warm afternoon under an azure sky, along the county road, in a place where the lumberman’s axe and saw had felled more than a hundred trees. I ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Keweenaw Bay Jigging or bobbing for lake trout was fair with most fish in the two-pound range. Coho and brown trout fishing was good when trolling orange spoons in the top 20 feet of waters 50 feet or deeper. At the South Entry, coho and brown trout were caught around the ...

Pretty pathway

MARQUETTE — Like any home, the Trestle Corridor has to be constantly maintained. A crew from the Marquette County Conservation District gathered Thursday morning to pull invasive weeds from the demonstration garden the district tends. Anyone who regularly walks down Fourth Street just ...

Outdoors North: Snapping turtles, trout bookend U.P. day

“This damned traffic isn’t getting any thinner, please, cross me over the road.” — Steve Gibbons It was about four fingers before dark, with the remains of the day sinking down behind the outline of tall cedars and tamaracks. Ordinarily, the evening star would be visible off the ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Marquette: Limits of lake trout were caught between the white rocks and Granite Island in 190 to 220 feet. A few coho and brown trout were caught in the harbor and near Shot Point. Little Bay De Noc: The best walleye catches were in southern waters between Breezy Point and ...

Gauging the greenery

NEGAUNEE — A field guide came in handy on Saturday when professional and amateur conservationists performed a botany survey at the Vielmetti-Peters Conservation Reserve in Negaunee Township. The reserve was donated by the Vielmetti-Peters family in 2016 to benefit the public and the ...

Heading into nature an exercise in passion

“The map of my heart looks a lot like yours from the one-way streets to the old detours to the dark dead ends with their missing signs” — Mary Chapin Carpenter Whether using the stars to plot our course, a chart scrolled away in a fading memory, the wonder of the satellites, a good old ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Ontonagon: Had good lake trout fishing when trolling spoons in 20 to 60 feet. • Keweenaw Bay: Coho, steelhead, splake and browns were caught when trolling spoons and stick baits along the shoreline or in the top 50 in 100 to 200 feet. Those jigging for lake trout had ...

50 states marathons

MARQUETTE — For many people, running one marathon is tough. Running one in every U.S. state — remember, there are 50 of them — is positively brutal. Well, maybe not for everybody. Christina VandeZande, 52, has that ambitious goal. She is a member of the 50 States Marathon Club, whose ...

Father’s Day: Time together beyond valuable

“I’ve long since retired and my son's moved away. I called him up just the other day. I said, ‘I'd like to see you if you don't mind.’ He said, ‘I'd love to, dad, if I could find the time.’” — Sandy and Harry Chapin Having trouble figuring out what to give your dad for ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Lake Gogebic: The walleye bite has slowed a bit, however, those trolling were still getting a few fish on crawler harnesses and crank baits. The smallmouth action picked up for those using stick baits and jigging around structure. A few smaller pike were caught. Those ...

MARIGOLD MANIA

NEGAUNEE — Who couldn’t use a little more yellow in their lives? Negaunee’s Miners Park just got a big dose of that color when fourth-graders from nearby Lakeview Elementary School planted marigolds they raised in the school greenhouse. The planting was part of the annual Marigold ...

Outdoors North: Birds can be an avenue to explore outdoors

“And when you look into her eyes, you see what you want, when everything was undone, every field was open nothing was impossible yet, for the kid with the butterfly net.” — Graham Parker During a recent traveling conversation, the confessional voice of a 12-year-old rolled up over the ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Ontonagon: Fishing picked up for lake trout in 5 to 25 feet. Anglers also caught salmon, brown trout and steelhead. Lake Gogebic: Anglers caught walleye by casting, trolling, jigging and drifting natural or artificial lures. Live bait included minnows, leeches and ...

DNR education programs connect people to outdoors

MARQUETTE — In Michigan, you’re never more than an hour's drive from a state park or recreation area. As the millions of annual visitors to our state parks and recreation areas know, these places offer an abundance of ways to enjoy the outdoors, from hiking and biking to swimming and ...