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Friday: Outdoors

Bound for Botswana

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University alumnus Martin W. Grosnick recently won the grand prize in the Pangolin Photo Safari Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest. His winning image, selected from 1,000 entries, shows a leopard basking in the subtle rays of sunrise on Kenya’s Masai ...

Outdoors North

“I love to go a-wandering along the mountain track, and as I go, I love to sing, my knapsack on my back.” — Friedrich-Wilhelm Miller If I could go anywhere in the world today, I wonder where that might be. There’s a lot of places I’d love to see again, but I already know that at ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Rivers and streams had good trout fishing. The pike and walleye action picked up some on the inland lakes. Keweenaw Bay: Those fishing Keweenaw Bay and Huron Bay caught lake trout when trolling or jigging. A few limit catches were reported. Traverse Bay is also producing ...

Outdoors North: Searching for peace in the forests

“Here we go again through the same old misery, look into my eyes and it's easy to see we can't undo the distance between me and you,” - Marshall Crenshaw As I stepped outside the front door, it was immediately noticeable how quiet the nighttime was. It was after midnight. There was no ...

Watch out for water hazards

MARQUETTE — Even in the Upper Peninsula, there still is plenty of warm weather left. Some might even say September is warmer than June, so from that standpoint, maybe summer is only half over. With warm temperatures comes the urge to get outside — and possibly ignoring all the hazards ...

Outdoors North

“I’ll not forget that day, when Mother Nature cried on Redwood Hill.” — Gordon Lightfoot As I stood at the base of the mammoth and ancient rocks, I instantly recalled the way up, the way to the top. There were the smoothed black-red rocks, warmed by the morning sun, that felt good ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Inland lakes in this region were good for panfish, fair for walleye and very good for pike and bass. Rivers with brook trout had good catch rates. Keweenaw Bay: Anglers had success trolling and jigging for lake trout. A few lucky anglers picked up a couple Chinook and ...

From loppets to luges

MARQUETTE — Perhaps few regions in Michigan, and perhaps the United States, are as defined by the outdoors as the Upper Peninsula. And with the rugged U.P. outdoors comes a diversity of outdoor recreation and the people who take part in it. To display this heritage, the Marquette ...

Outdoors North

“Let’s steal away in the noonday sun, it’s time for a summertime dream.” — Gordon Lightfoot While neck deep in Queen Anne’s lace, prickly purple thistles and squiggly vines, along the meandering edge of a cold trout stream recently, I realized that a change had occurred around ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Keweenaw Bay: Those able to get out on the nice days were rewarded as both Keweenaw and Traverse Bay provided ample lake trout for those primarily jigging. The few trolling also caught a few fish. Marquette: A few more lake trout, along with the occasional coho, were ...

Herbicide a tool in forest management

LANSING — From now through fall, people who visit or live near state forests may find signs posted that say herbicide spraying has taken place. They may occasionally find a road closed to off-road vehicle traffic or even see a helicopter flying above, trailing a mist of ...

Outdoors North

“I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings, coming down is the hardest thing.” — Tom Petty/Jeff Lynne I remember the little Indiana town along the Big Blue River that once manufactured sheet iron, caskets and a wide range of other items. Once called the “Rose City” for its ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Keweenaw Bay: Recent storms and wind had the bays all mixed up. Anglers still were getting a fair number of lake trout along with a few salmon; however, they were putting in a lot of time trying to find them. Jigging for lake trout seemed to work best. Little Bay De Noc: ...

Outdoors North: The magic of special places in nature

“Who are these people? What is this place?” — Tonio K. The idea of place holds a good deal of intrigue for me. Pick a place on a map, anyplace, and it’s somewhere that something resides. Maybe it’s a place somebody was born or grew up or it might simply be a spot where one day a ...

Canoeing courage: Ishpeming man continues Mississippi River trip

MARQUETTE — When you’re traveling 2,500 miles — on water in a canoe, no less — unexpected events not exactly in the vein of Mark Twain are going to happen. Nate Denofre of Ishpeming and Don Jokinen of Iron Mountain on May 8 set off on a big adventure: canoeing the entire ...

Gone fishin’

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers fishing Huron, Traverse and Keweenaw bay had similar success. Jigging for lake trout remained somewhat productive, while those trolling picked up a few lake trout and the occasional Chinook salmon. Marquette: Surface water temperatures are very warm for Lake Superior ...

DNR weekly fishing report

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers fishing Huron, Keweenaw and Traverse Bays are all reporting similar catches. Jigging for lake trout is producing the highest yield of fish. Those trolling for salmon found a few but caught more lake trout. Marquette: Surface water temperatures rose to about 70 ...

Keeping lampreys out of the lake

MARQUETTE — In itself, the sea lamprey is a fascinating animal. It resembles an eel, has a suction disk mouth filed with rasping teeth, and can live in salt and fresh water. Unfortunately, it does not belong in the Great Lakes because of its ability to decimate native fish populations ...