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Friday: Outdoors

Caring for the crag

MARQUETTE — Slugg’s Bluff sounds like the name of a 1960s-era Clint Eastwood movie, but it’s actually the site of a local weekend conservation project. Northern Michigan University student Brandon Caltrider, a junior studying biology and president of the NMU-based South Superior ...

Overnight rainstorm paves way to sleep

“Now the rain’s been droppin,’ drip drop a drippin’ every day you’ve been away.” — Aaron Schroeder and Chuck Kaye I’m sitting up in bed listening. Everyone else has gone to sleep. With the darkness gathered around me, I’ve got my eyes closed listening. I can hear my watch ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Keweenaw Bay: Splake and salmon were being caught and a few lake trout were caught in Huron Bay when the weather permits. Traverse Bay was producing some lake trout and salmon in shallower water. Marquette: Had no updates due to weather conditions. Anglers were starting to see ...

Early autumn venture intrigues, educates

“Summer’s end’s around the bend, just flying.” – John Prine The afternoon couldn’t make up its mind between sunny skies, cold winds and clouds threatening rain. I decided to spend those hours traveling gray-graveled backroads, looking for some respite from the hurry here and there ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Keweenaw Bay: A few salmon, and some splake and lake trout were caught. Those fishing Huron Bay had some success for lakers in deeper water. Marquette: It was another windy week! Quite a few lake trout were caught, including a 60-pounder. Steelhead and brown trout were also ...

Upgrades at Marquette Mountain

By AMY GRIGAS Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — If you have ever driven south out of Marquette down winding Marquette County Road 553, chances are you have driven by Marquette Mountain. The mountain has been around since the late 1950s and is often referred to as “the hill” by ...

Autumn’s arrival means saying good-bye to summer

“Swimming in the big lake, taking it easy, taking any comfort we could find.” — Bob Seger With a splash and swift turn in the water, the brook trout at the end of my line broke the top of the water’s surface and jerked hard toward the bottom of the stream. I stood on the outside ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Keweenaw Bay: Lake trout have been caught in both Keweenaw and Huron Bay when trolling or jigging in deeper water. • Little Bay De Noc: Walleye catches were spotty especially with the north winds. The better action came in the evening when trolling stick baits or ...

A ‘stellar’ hobby

MARQUETTE — As many people who have tried to take a photo of the nighttime sky can attest, “astrophotography” can be challenging. A few local people, thought, have achieved “stellar” results. One is Todd Stephens of Marquette, a member of the Marquette Astronomical ...

The nighttime skies and campfire conversations

“Sometimes the best words are left unspoken, sometimes the best words are left unsaid,” — Marshall Crenshaw From where I sat in the cool grass, I could look up to see the smoke roiling into the sky — tumbling and twirling. The night had begun to fall softly as the warm glow of twilight ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Boats are still picking up a fair number of lake trout near the White Rocks and Granite Island. Some bigger fish over 10 pounds have been caught every day which is a good sign the fish are starting to move closer to shore. Those targeting 120 to 140 feet had good ...

A monarch mission

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer RAPID RIVER— The mobile gaming application “Agents of Discovery” recently launched a new mobile “mission” that offers a new way for visitors to explore Hiawatha National Forest’s Peninsula Point Lighthouse and day-use area near Rapid ...

Outdoors North

“I ain’t never been with a woman long enough for my boots to get old. We've been together so long now they both need re-soled.” — Toy Caldwell For me, getting rid of an old pair of cowboy boots is like getting rid of an old pickup truck, it’s a hard thing to do. I’ve got an old ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Keweenaw Bay: A couple limit catches of lake trout were taken by those trolling or jigging in the deeper waters of Huron Bay and the Keweenaw Bay. The launch in Traverse Bay is mostly cleared out from dredging that has been going on. Some coho are starting to be caught ...

Dog Etiquette 101

MARQUETTE — You see a large dog barreling down at you on a trail while you’re walking your small, timid dog. Or you come across a large pile of canine feces. These make for a less-than-wonderful trail experience. Dog etiquette was the focus of Wednesday’s latest installment in the ...

Outdoors North

“What am I doing hangin’ ‘round, I should be on that train and gone; I should be ridin’ on that train to San Antone, what am I doing hangin’ ‘round.” — Michael Martin Murphey I was whipping along on the highway when I glanced off the road to my right to see a scene that slowed ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Keweenaw Bay: Good numbers of lake trout were caught by those trolling or jigging. Anglers were starting to see Chinook and coho as well. Fishing depths and tactics are still sporadic, but if you find significant changes in water temperatures, drop some spoons and put in a ...

DNR’s Great Lakes Enforcement Unit keeps eye on anglers

By KATIE Gervasi Michigan Department of Natural Resources MARQUETTE — The day begins hours before sunrise. Gear, food and water are packed. Preferably leaving the dock by 4 a.m., conservation officers in the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Great Lakes Enforcement Unit ...

Outdoors North

“It’s shining brightly, it’s looking pretty right, from early morning to real, real late at night.” — Bob Seger As easy as a melody, our little raft floated across the top of the water, pushed gently onward by a warm summer breeze. There was no need to paddle, only to drift and to ...