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Friday: Outdoors

Angler help sought with muskie survey

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is asking those who fish for muskellunge to help with its ongoing efforts to investigate these fish through the DNR’s online muskie angler survey. Since 2014, this survey has gathered information about muskie angler demographics and ...

Outdoors North

“I can still hear her whisper, let’s go down to the waterline.” — Mark Knopfler When I stopped and stepped out, the dust was clouded and billowing down the dirt road behind me. It was dry. At my boot tips, I noticed a trail in the sand made by the dragging of a turtle’s tail. The ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Keweenaw Bay: Anglers who were able to get out between storms were able to catch lake trout while trolling in waters below 40 feet. Those targeting salmon in Keweenaw Bay and in Huron Bay did not have the best luck. Activity on the Falls River picked up with more expected in ...

Outdoors North: A season of remembrance

“I thought that the rain would cool things down, but it looks like it don’t,” – Bob Dylan Early this morning, I dreamt that I was out walking in a blustery scene, a time in the fall of blowing dead leaves and bare trees. The trees were maples and oaks, species that grow in this ...

Studying sparrows

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University biology students are performing field research in Chocolay Township to determine how blood-borne pathogens affect the nesting patterns of white-throated sparrows. The work involves catching the birds in a mist net, banding them and collecting blood ...

Gone fishin’

­­Trout streams in the Eastern Upper Peninsula currently have fly hatches taking place which has triggered the trout to start surface feeding. Good waters to try would be the Fox River, Two Hearted River, Sucker River and Au Train River. These rivers are wider, offering a more open fly ...