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Friday: Outdoors

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 ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Keweenaw Bay: Lake trout fishing continues to be good for those trolling and jigging. A couple nice brown trout and a small number of Chinook salmon were caught. Marquette: Decent numbers of lake trout are coming in near the White Rocks and Granite Island in 120 to 200 feet. ...

‘Trails on the Rise’

MARQUETTE — Things like tapered leaders and improved clinch knots, instead of bicycle tires and hiking boots, were the focus on Wednesday at the Noquemenon Trail Network Singletrack trail off M-553. “Trails on the Rise” was part of the new Trail Talk series sponsored by NTN Singletrack ...

Calls of the wild spark much contemplation

“So, I’m up here in the north woods, just staring at a lake, wondering just exactly how much they think a man can take.” — John Prine I was sitting, relaxing when a cool breeze fluffed the curtain at the window as it rolled in through the mesh screen. It wasn’t long afterward that I ...

Endoscopes, agates

MARQUETTE — An endoscope can give a viewer a look at the inside of a paper wasp nest, something only a paper wasp typically would see. However, MooseWood Nature Center is one place that has an endoscope for such a purpose — with the bonus that the wasps inside are long deceased. The ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Keweenaw Bay: Anglers did well bobbing and trolling for lake trout. A few Chinook and coho were caught trolling spoons and flies, but most fish were lake trout. • Marquette: Fishing picked up with some boats doing well bringing in four or more fish. Many were fishing for ...